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Posted: 02/14/20 06:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would like to junk the Onan I have and replace with electric start generator. Does any one know what generator I can use in place of Onan?.
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Posted: 02/14/20 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your Onan is NOT electric start???

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Posted: 02/14/20 07:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^^^ This. I've never seen a factory installed one that wasn't.


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Bruce Brown wrote:

^^^ This. I've never seen a factory installed one that wasn't.

Me too. I just got tied of Onan computer issues. It is 20years old and spend a lot of time and money trying to keep it going. I have Ryobi 3600 but is not electric start. Just wander if someone was successful to replace Onan with other genset.

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Posted: 02/14/20 08:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

He probably didn't mean it that way .

I bet he wants to buy a store bought gen that will work in place of his Onan
and is elect start .
Problem is we don't know what coach , size gen or fuel type ( gas or diesel )

Personally I would either try to repair what he has or go back with another
Onan .

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The Onan I have is microlite 4000. Previous owner replaced the carburettor, but in process,he pinch the wire going to fuel shut off solenoid, That fried the computer. I bypassed the wire and worked fine for a while, but now, the fuel gauge sensor is messing up and gen will run for a min. The tank is full. When run, does not produce any electricity - could be computer related too. I am just tied of fixing this piece of junk and Onan is way too expensive to replace. The Ryobi, that I have, is pull start and will take too much "hassle" to convert to electric start. Just do not like computer controlled generator.

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Posted: 02/14/20 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Built in genset? get another Onan or get it fixed. Colaw may have a good used one.
Portable look at Harbor Freight for 3500 electric start.

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myface wrote:

Just wander if someone was successful to replace Onan with other genset.


That might depend on your definition of "successful".
I think examples of that will be slim and none.

Visit an RV dealer or 3. Look at what kind of generators that various style and make of units have in them.

Then think about being out on the road when it is 100F and having no A/C because the generator is down.

You might decide that the price of a new Onan.....or a newer used-rebuilt one is well worth the money.

Might try looking up Cummins/Onan dealers in your area.
They might be able to help with a "deal".

Almost any decent unit these days will be computer controlled to some extent.


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Posted: 02/14/20 10:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Onan has a "control board"

Any generator large than 1000w is going to have a control board

All of the New electric start inverter style generators will have more complicated "control" board and electronics than the Onan

Plus you have to install fans for air ciculation if this is a fixed in place install

I put a sliding drawer in a storage compartment
Mounted a 3000w electric start Champion inverter generator on it and plugged in the shore cord
Worked great for being parked, and made it easy to fuel and service
But could not be used for the A/C while driving


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Posted: 02/14/20 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PowerHouse has a electric start model that may suit your needs. 3500 watts 800.00. Northern Tool amoung others sells them.

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