Removing the generator compartment

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nessab190
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Removing the generator compartment

Post by nessab190 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:44 am

Has anyone cut away the generator compartment or part of it? I'm removing the generator completely and I'd love to shrink that box down by about half. Any pics? Thanks

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Re: Removing the generator compartment

Post by calimike » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:29 pm

are you reselling the genny?

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Re: Removing the generator compartment

Post by nessab190 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:00 pm

Sure! I also have a water heater, propane furnace, grey water tanks, stove, and some other parts 😊

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Re: Removing the generator compartment

Post by skater » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:10 pm

I don't think anyone has done this.
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Re: Removing the generator compartment

Post by nessab190 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:05 am

Cool. I'll post pictures to show the process then!!

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Re: Removing the generator compartment

Post by nessab190 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:55 pm

So this was easier than I had anticipated thankfully.

I started by removing the generator door which took drilling out the rivets in the aluminum frame above the door, there were about 5 or 6 of them. Then once the door was off, I drilled out all of the remaining rivets in the door trim.

After that, I went inside removed all of the electrical boxes which were just screwed on, removed wiring, etc.

I tried prying the box up first and just seeing if it would come out but it turns out there are 2 rivets underneath the entire box (I'll address those more below) which held the floor of the genny box down.

All the remaining rivets I could access from inside the van I drilled out as well. This included the rivets under the tape by the floor. They are a bit hidden, but pulling the really old duct tape up allowed me to get at them. All of them drilled right out and were easy to get to except for 2 which I couldn't access from the inside. On the outside of the van at the bottom of the frame for the Genny door and just inside the compartment, you can peel back the insulation and get at the remaining 2 rivets, one on each side. I had to drill these out from the back of the rivet and then use a punch to drive them out as the head of the rivet was in the inside of the van and I was drilling from the outside. Once all of these rivets were off, I removed the back of the box (1 piece of metal) and the top 3 sides which are all one piece of metal.

The hardest part for me came next. I couldn't figure out where the box was attached to the floor, it seemed like it should be free, I couldn't see any rivets etc, but it would just not come up. I started prying with a piece of plastic slid underneath my prybar to protect the floor and all of a sudden a rivet popped. There were 2 of them on the long edge farthest away from the door of the compartment. Once those 2 were popped, the bottom slid right out!

That was all for the removal of the compartment. I sealed the hole with wood and will insulate it with foam, and screwed the compartment cover back on with metal screws. After that the last step was to rip out the wiring and seal the gas line which I did with a 1/4 in barb fitting and an end cap.

Hopefully this helps someone!

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