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Yesterday, Ken was absolutely amazing!!! I was called upon to do a resume, so we had only been at the trailer a short time when I had to leave to type it up. While I was gone, Ken got the last of the flooring in (When he got done he said it was in there perfect that "it was tight as a ..." uhh nm) anyway, he had the floor in, and the framework up for the wall around the air compressor/storage area, and was working on the wall frame for the potty/supply room. (Cleaning supplies, maintenance supplies, etc.) The window in the door had been busted out, and is covered by a piece of wood from the outside. Right now, it looks like a mid-evil torture device with all the screws stuck through the door. No one ever replaced the window in the door, so I went and removed the inside frame around the window, cleaned off the shards of glass and adhesive, and had Ken cut a piece of Plexiglas in the dimensions needed, and replaced it. (I tried to do it with the scroll saw, but the plastic melted & cooled around my blade and broke it. I didn't have my jigsaw with us, so I asked him to do it with the circular saw. Worked well.) Now I need to get a covering over that piece of glass.... HEY... I just got an idea (tapping finger on chin...) okay gonna make a minor change to that window - to add security to it. *returning to the present....* anyway, it looks a lot better, and a tad safer with Plexiglas in there. Ken wants to put another grate on the door, and a second bar at the bottom. I may look into getting a new door then do the bar and grate. Not sure yet. Here are the pictures of what it looks like so far in there - If I wanted, I could work in there now, but I need the generator, and it's stored inside. It takes the two of us together to get that heavy beast in and out of there. We're trying to find a way to maybe attach the generator to the tongue or something - take it off the handle and wheels and weld it, or something? Dunno yet. But we'll figure out something, I'm sure. We're going to get the bench topping, and trim and that maybe this weekend, and get the finishing touches on there. to finish it up. (Close in the end of the workbench, etc, like what I have in Beastie.) Need another support under the long portion of the work bench, too, I think. It's longer than the one in Beastie is.

Also got Shawn's punkins cut.
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Hi Barb. Be careful running a generator in a confined space....

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If I wanted, I could work in there now, but I need the generator, and it's stored inside. It takes the two of us together to get that heavy beast in and out of there. We're trying to find a way to maybe attach the generator to the tongue or something - take it off the handle and wheels and weld it, or something?
OK, here's some inspiration for you. Probably better than putting it on the tongue, which would add quite a bit of weight - strain. If it has an electric start, I'd wire it so you could start it from inside. AND I'd put enough mufflers on it to keep it very quiet - outside. Installing a Generator Compartme

Or, you could probably make a compartment for it, and rig it so you can slide it in and out, from the outside, not the inside. But if you want that option, I'll let you do your own research. Again, mufflers, mufflers, mufflers - I find the continuing noise from your average generator quite irritating, even at a distance.

You might also look into solar panels and an inverter. I don't know if they could provide all the power you would need, but it wouldn't surprise me much if so. But I guess a large part of that would be how much you want to spend. Check out some of the youtube videos on solar power, and it'll probably give you an idea. Not so expensive either, and you'd save enough on gas to probably pay a system totally off in a not so long a time.

Hmm, now that I think on it, I wonder how much power you could get with a small gas engine powering an automotive alternator, with an inverter? I'm not an electric type guy, it's pretty much magic to me, but I think that could work, with the right inverter. Hmm, need to check that out. Inexpensive, small, simple, if it will work. And mufflers, mufflers, mufflers. Did I fail to mention that generators running really, really, are irritating?

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Hi Barb. Be careful running a generator in a confined space....
Exactly, James. I won't do it. It goes outside. I just have to store it inside for fear of it "walking away."

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That is going to be an issue....Are you able to mount it outside, say in the tray of your truck? I suppose you then have the problem of it walking and taking the truck with it.....LOL.

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That is going to be an issue....Are you able to mount it outside, say in the tray of your truck? I suppose you then have the problem of it walking and taking the truck with it.....LOL.
ROFL Yeah, tell me about it!!! We want to mount it somewhere but have to look into where. With the way this is built, it's not easy. I also want it hidden out of view if possible. For the time being, I just have to deal with taking it in & out of the trailer. what a p.i.t.a. but gotta do what we gotta do....

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Hi Barb
I have a large heavy generator. I have got myself a heavy duty power lead that I can run out and roll up. A lot easier than shifting the generator and the generator stays in a nearby shed that I can lockup and cuts down on the noise. Caravans have an external power connection point that you may be able to install
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I have a large heavy generator. I have got myself a heavy duty power lead that I can run out and roll up. A lot easier than shifting the generator and the generator stays in a nearby shed that I can lockup and cuts down on the noise. Caravans have an external power connection point that you may be able to install
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That won't work for me, John. See, my trailer is at a storage unit. I actually live in an apartment, so I have the trailer so I have a place to work. We have a iron grate platform that was on the back of my old workshop (Beastie) we used to keep the generator on, but there's no hitch hookup on the new trailer, and I've become very leery of this place, so the generator has to stay inside till we come up with a better mode of utilizing him for the time being.

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Is it possible to mount it on a rail system similar to how the big Winnebago motorhomes (bus size) have them? It could be rolled back inside when your finished.

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If there were a compartment yes Ross but there isn't. We thought about creating a platform on the front tongue cuz it would fit nicely. For the time being it's chained to the rear of the trailer and covered when not in use. (Knock on wood) it hasn't been messed with. Going today after work to do more organizing. Then off to check on mom since Manda took today off cuz Shawn has no school.

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