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Old 09-28-2011, 07:48 AM   #1
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Generator Air Filter Access

hello, I have a 1987 24' Fleetwood Southwind with an Onan Emerald1 Gen. I am about to pull my hair out trying to figure out how to change such a simple thing as the air filter on the generator. It has the 2 thick sheet metal walls on both sides, I cannot get to the bolts that hold them on because they are mounted on the inside, no clearance to get to the 1 bolt that holds the filter cover on, the filter cover has to slide to the right to come off, the filter cover would not be able to go right far enough to remove even if I got the bolt off, no clearance, What a design, How do I get to it? Does the generator have to be removed to change an air cleaner? I'm don't want to mess anything up. thanks for any help.
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Is there a removable plate on the top that you can take off?
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no, looks to be encased in the protective box. thanks for the input.
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hello, I have a 1987 24' Fleetwood Southwind with an Onan Emerald1 Gen. I am about to pull my hair out trying to figure out how to change such a simple thing as the air filter on the generator. It has the 2 thick sheet metal walls on both sides, I cannot get to the bolts that hold them on because they are mounted on the inside, no clearance to get to the 1 bolt that holds the filter cover on, the filter cover has to slide to the right to come off, the filter cover would not be able to go right far enough to remove even if I got the bolt off, no clearance, What a design, How do I get to it? Does the generator have to be removed to change an air cleaner? I'm don't want to mess anything up. thanks for any help.
All you need is about 3/4 in clearance on the filter side. It is a 7/16 bolt. screw it out. leave the bolt in the housing. move the filter housing housing to the right 1/2 in. to the right to clear the lip. pull the housing and filter out toward you.
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I will give it a try. Will what is attached to the filter housing, (can't see it very well its behind the filter housing, breather hose probably) come out with it? thanks you very much
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Only one bolt as shown in this picture from BGE (Emerald 1) Operators manual.



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