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Old 08-13-2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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Retrofitting outdoor kitchen for generator storage?

We're looking at a Keystone Travel Trailer for purchase soon, and figure, being in Alaska, we'll end up doing our share of boon docking. We're pulling with a full-size van so cannot carry a generator in the bed of the truck. I'm leaning toward a 3000-watt class generator, and as far as I can tell, those *will* not fit in the front pass-through storage.

Which brings me to: we do not anticipate using the outdoor kitchen (which it seems EVERY trailer comes with these days), so I came up with this idea: take out the refrigerator and pull-out stove, and put a generator in there. I'd cover the walls with sound foam, put in two high-CFM fans (intake and exhaust) to keep it cool and bring in fresh air. The LPG is even run there, if I want to run the generator on propane. I could even run 30AMP wire up to the electrical panel so I don't have to run a plug to it when we set up camp.

I figured to reduce heat further, I could even extend the exhaust pipe and vent it outside the chamber. Maybe underneath the trailer?

Anyway, just some thoughts. Has anyone attempted this? I'd be interested in your ideas!
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:30 AM   #2
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FYI, most onboard generator cubbies are metal lined to help prevent fire. That said, there are plenty of threads about people with 5ers putting generators in the front cubby like you are talking about. Dont try to use the flimsy shelf that is installed in most of them. I removed my outdoor fridge and store a Honda 2000 in there while camped but don't trust the shelf to hold while traveling.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:41 AM   #3
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Ah, yeah, metal lining would probably be a greatly thing to do.

My first thought was just to use that outdoor-kitchen for storage of the generator, which I might still do. But then I thought...why not leave it there while running, etc.?

Whether I mounted it, or did storage-only, I would certainly remove all the shelving and make sure I installed something more secure so it would hold while traveling.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:47 AM   #4
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I like the idea. You are on the right track just watch the fireproofing. Some of that foam can be touchy. The previous owner of my last trailer installed sheet styrofoam around the gen thinking it would quiet it, but it just shrunk and bowed from the heat. It was a generac 4k in its own metal enclosure too.

Weird side note- I have a good friend that is also a J. Kugler.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:08 AM   #5
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Yeah, the foam will certainly have to be fire/heat proof.

Your friend doesn't happen to be a Joshua, does he?
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:10 AM   #6
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Check out some of the posts from the 5ers putting gens in the front cubbies. Some great installs.
No its James, originally from FL.
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:28 PM   #7
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Most 5ers are designed to put a generator in the front with minimal modifications, your outdoor kitchen was designed to be just that, a kitchen. You'll need to to line it with metal with no gaps, add lots if insulation all around sides + top & bottom to prevent the noise & exhaust fumes entering the living space & still not sure I'd feel comfortable with it in that spot with my family sleeping next to it with a 1-2" hollow interior wall separating us.
I personally think it would be easier & safer to have a rack welded to the frame on the rear of the RV & use the kitchen area for storage as your 1st idea.
Just my .02 cents worth!!
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:50 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips. Yeah, certainly my first tack would be just using it for storage. I'll have to see what it would take to get a rack back there. I've heard conflicting things about how much the bumper will take in weight. I might have to get something welded to the frame.

The other thing I was thinking was that it would be a little more hidden when traveling if I stored it in the kitchen cubby.
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