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    Default Canvas for M116A2 Generator Trailer

    Haven't been on here in a while but now just got a new to us M116A2 trailer which we will be using to haul a 2-71/30kw gen set. Would like to price out a canvas tarp for the bows.
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    Not going anywhere much, just need to get the unit onto a usable trailer and out of the garage. Got the trailer at a real good price.

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    This wasn't really a request for parts, more like where to look.

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    When last I looked some years back, there were NONE to be found. Literally NONE. You may get lucky and find that one guy who has one stashed away, but, from what I recall, they are very, very rare these days. I am sorry that I cannot be of any help to you.
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    rare indeed. it took me 4 years to find mine
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    There were about 4 NOS covers offered on eBay a couple months ago & they went fast. I think they sold in the $400-$500 range with shipping. I hesitated to buy one and when I went back to take a 2nd look they were all gone.

    You could have one constructed by someone who does canvas work. There was an outfit a while back advertising on eBay that made custom military covers but they wanted something like $1200 to do a M116a2 cover!

    With that said, I'm not that fond of the OEM covers used on the M116A2 trailers. I have two of them and they are a bit of a pain to roll up by one person and the roll up tie straps degrade over time and can come off or cause leaks when the threads holding them fail or get pulled loose. Plus they don't handle snow or ice loads very well. Also, if your driving down the road at hi-way speeds towing with something like a pickup truck it puts a LOT of stress on the front cover (pulling a sail).

    I've thought about replacing them when they eventually become worn out by using aluminum panels attached across the top trailer bows and building a frame for aluminum, or some type of HD synthetic material, to construct hinged panels on all 4 sides that can be raised up at a 90 degree angle and held up with the assistance of pneumatic lifts or metal prop rods. That way, the raised side panels provide protection from rain, snow or sun when gensets are running or being serviced and could also be designed to be locked up tight when closed. If designed right it would be a significant improvement over the OEM canvas cover, offering better features, security & longevity. If someone has access to a metal fabricator shop there would probably be enough interest in doing a group SS buy to spread out the design/fab cost. Anyway, just my !
    GEN #1 House Gen PU-751/M: 1986 MEP-002a/M116A2 w/Aux Tank & OEM cover
    GEN #2 Spare Gen PU-751/M: 1991 MEP-002a/M116A2 w/Aux Tank & OEM cover
    GEN #3 Shop/Barn Gen NF-2 Enclosure: 19XX MEP-002a w/Aux Tank
    GEN #4 Spare Gen PU-751/M: 1991 MEP-002a/M116A2 (a work in process)

    * Disclaimer - My comments on this forum are based on my opinion and my experiences only. It is your responsibility to verify any information before using or to hire a professional.

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