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HadEnough

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Posted: 02/06/19 06:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bucky wrote:

The first step is dropping it out of the camper no matter how you look at it. We can't do it for you. That leaves your hands or your wallet. You choose.


I think I'll try that drill trick as the first step.

But the thread asked

1) what's a decent place to buy a new generator around the area I'm in and...

2) any neat tricks to mount a Honda generator I have to the TC?


Reason being, once it's removed, it can't be run at all. It's not like I'm at a house. I'm traveling.

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HadEnough wrote:


Cummins in Fort Meyers refuses to answer the phone or answer emails. Left several messages asking to buy a generator. Nothing.


Forget RV dealers.
Try contacting some other Cummins dealers.
The one in Ocala has treated me VERY good.
Fixed my problem when I was prepared to buy a new one.


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Had,

It sounds like the Onan has an "Electric End" only problem.

To this end, look up "Electric Motor Repair" and call some until you find one that will take on the unit. Unfortunately, if it is like the other RV installations I have seen recently, it may be difficult to even diagnose while it is in place. Then, ask them if they can help you remove it. If that does not work, try to find a nearby and friendly shop that can help you remove it so it can be carried to the motor shop.

If you need to run it out of the camper, just buy a spare regulator and some LP hose. Then pull one of your LP tanks to run it. With a 2.5K$us budget, you have a lot of room to break even.

No AC out is usually a simple problem. (In older Onans, it can be simple but expensive but still less than new.)

Installing any Honda that was not built to be an RV unit, may be a serious undertaking.

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Why not call up Cummins/Onan Tampa 813-626-1101 and have them fix it? They'll give you a power hookup while you "reside" in the back lot.

Cummins Ocala recently repaired my 25-year-old Onan LP generator; had to pull it out the front of the MH but no big deal. Far cheaper than a replacement, which wasn't needed.


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Question about the drill trick.

The automatic transfer switch defaults to generator or shore power or no connection?

Because if I run the generator and try the drill trick, it won't work unless the power transfer switch makes a connection.

I'll try Tampa Cummins since Fort Myers isn't responding

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I thought you could plug it directly into the generator.

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bgum wrote:

I thought you could plug it directly into the generator.


It's the Cummins Onan generator with the problem. No outlets on these. Just a hard wire into the TC's electrical system at a junction box.

I'm on the road now so it'll be a bit of an issue to hard wire up a drill in a parking lot, but still worth it if the automatic transfer switch won't allow the current from the drill to get to the generator.

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Let us know how it comes out.

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Typically the ATS is connected to shore power by default, with the generator being the priority connection. That is to say, it stays connected to shore power unless energized by power from the generator, at which point it switches over, generally after a brief time delay.





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DrewE wrote:

Typically the ATS is connected to shore power by default, with the generator being the priority connection. That is to say, it stays connected to shore power unless energized by power from the generator, at which point it switches over, generally after a brief time delay.


****. That's what I thought. Thanks for confirming that.

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