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granny 6

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Posted: 06/27/12 07:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are thinking of replacing our Onan diesel generator with a Generac 8.5 diesel generator.

Anyone ever done this in their RV??

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Posted: 07/02/12 08:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How is your present generator installed--stationary or on a slide platform? Is your present generator being replaced because of hours, too small, or some other reason? Is your present generator diesel?
Will the new generator fit in the same compartment?

Is rebuilding your present generator an option?

Obvisiouly, i don't understand your installation or the need to replace the generator.


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Posted: 07/02/12 08:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry, I just woke up and saw that you said your existing generator is a diesel generator.

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Posted: 07/02/12 09:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Everything will fit. Just need to replace ours with a new generator. The Generac is just much cheaper than an Onan.

Any thoughts on our doing this??

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Posted: 07/04/12 01:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not aware of your needs or situation but I would consider the following:

How many years and how many hours do I plan to run the generator?

Is one quieter than the other? Where will I use the genny's {campground or boon dockinig) and will a noise difference affect me?

Is there a fuel operating difference between the two i'm considering?

What is the life of each generator i'm considering?

Is overhauling my existing genny an option? Am I capable of doing the work (replacement or overhaul) myself or do I need to pay someone?

Is there a good trade school available that would overhaul for the cost of parts? Sometime they are looking for work to use for teaching.

Is a good low hour used genny an option? Colaw and Visione are two possible sources of used genny's. I've bought from both. Colaw is in Carthage, Mo and Visione is in southern Ky just off I 65 near Corbin.
Both can arrange for having the work done.

Are all connections between the old and new exactly alike? Things like remote start, fuel lines, power out to the coach and 12 v to the gennys starter?


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Posted: 07/04/12 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Northern Tool has gennies on sale. Here is the url to their RV gens.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_generators+rv-generators

I see what you're saying about the price difference between Onan and Generac. More watts out of Generac at a lower price.


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