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SCADAMAN29325

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Posted: 10/24/22 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

opnspaces wrote:

For your house batteries question. Do you already have existing batteries and need to replace? Or is the battery compartment empty and you need to know what to put in there?

Battery compartment is empty.

If you have existing batteries I would first try to determine if you have 6 volt or 12 volt batteries.

Hopefully the voltage is plainly marked on the batteries. But if not you can count the caps on top of the battery used for adding distilled water. Each cap is a 2 volt cell. So 3 caps per battery = 6 volts and 6 caps per battery = 12 volts.

For replacement batteries (both 6 and 12 volt) I find the best prices at Costco.


I will check them out.

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Thanks to all!

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Even if you find this part, older Onan gennies can be troublesome, particularly if they have not been used much. It could be quite tasking to get it to run smoothly since their carbs tend to gum up easily, some have luck cleaning them, most times a new one has to be ordered.

Portable gennies is another route to take, inverter versions run quieter, provide cleaner power, and are more fuel efficient. We have a Champion 3K watt inverter genny with electric and remote start, easily powers our single AC unit and most 120Vac items on our 30 amp rig at the same time.

Being new to RVing do you plan to have power hookups most of the time, or is your preferred method primarily off the power grid? Two (or 4) house batteries will better serve your needs for off grid camping, we use 6 volt GC2 batteries from Samsclub, a single 12 volt can work if mostly using electric sites.

Our last 3 RVs have had onboard gennies, our first 2 TT/5er did not and we did not purchase a portable genny, that was 2 decades ago & did not realize their benefits when RVing off the power grid. Although we have solar we quickly learned that our Onan provided 100% self-containment at a touch of a button.

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One other option is, if you opt for a portable genny, it might be possible to install a front hitch. You might be able to do it and not block airflow.
Here is an older thread with some info and pics.

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fusea........d/tid/26491343/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm

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Posted: 10/25/22 05:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you tried NAPA for your part? Amazing what they can do if they have a good parts person.

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Phil,
Before you give up, Make sure that you know how to get the unit out of where ever it is.
Next, get on the web or the phone and find a local friendly small engine shop. When you talk to him, have the model numbers and all the information at your side. If you find one that will even look at it, you are half way there.
Onan engines of all manner power small machines all over the industrial world. The generator is just an engine attached to an electric machine and it doesn't sound like that machine has any issues.
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What is the needed part in question? Can a similar part for another year/model genset be made to work by an experienced repair guy? Perhaps a complete same used genset, in working order, could be found, bought and have installed cheaply enough. Spend some time asking around about possibilities and alternatives. If you can find a new Onan LP genset that will fit, and you want to keep your rig, maybe a new genset would only cost two thousand dollars more that trying to fit and install a different type of genset. Some long time genset repair guys have sheds full of used generators that may fit your rig. Also, consider peddling your old rig and buying newer rig with good genset, batteries, converter/charger, etc. A working RV generator can come in handy during power outages or merely to operate the microwave for lunch.

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I will be taking it to my SIL, the welder and talk to him about installing a portable.

OMG, they are very proud of those LiFePO4 batteries!!!

Thanks, Phil

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I will be taking the Gen to our local outdoor power equipment dealer. But not being very hopeful I'm planning on transplanting a portable to the existing gen compartment.

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New Gen

I will be removing it from the frame and putting it in here:

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Rerouting the exhaust using this muffler kit

The biggest issue being the VERY SMALL space of 30 x 24 x 14.5 WxDxH ONLY 14.5" high!!!

And install a $1000 worth of batteries (3 x 100ah LiFePO4). Later on solar panels (~$1000?).

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Your posted generator is an open frame contractor generator and is 80 decibels (db). I think, no I guarantee) you will find it punishingly loud. Even with a muffler you will find that the majority of the noise comes from the engine cases and not out from the exhaust pipe.

I've been out in the desert many times when some camp a half mile away is running a contractor generator and it is loud. No it's not punishingly loud at that distance. But it is loud enough to imagine that people in that camp are going to have to speak very loudly to be heard.

If you want any peace in camp with the generator running you're going to want to stay at 60 db or less. Here's two from Amazon. The first at 53 db is extremely quiet but may not run your air conditioner if that is what you want it for.
53 db 2000 watt link

And this one below which is heavier but will definitely run your air conditioner and still fairly quiet but it is starting to push the noise level.
61 db 4500 watts


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