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Old 06-30-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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How many hours do you have on your generator?

I have a 2001 Itasca Sunrise on the F53 chassis. It has an Onan 5500 Emerald Gold generator. We leave in a couple of weeks on a short week long trip to the Smokey Mountains and the generator will go over 2000 hours total since new while we're gone.Anybody have a feel for how long this genset may go with proper maintenance? I change the oil and filter every 100 hours and the plugs once a year. It has NEVER malfunctioned. It runs as well today as it did when it was new.
Just curious if I've been lucky or is this normal for this genset?
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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Ours is an Onan 12,500 quiet diesel with 2,300 hours. Runs like a champ. I expect 10,000 hours out of her.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:57 PM   #3
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Ours is an Onan 12,500 quiet diesel with 2,300 hours. Runs like a champ. I expect 10,000 hours out of her.
On one site someone posted a picture of a diesel gen set that had a little over 25,000 hours on it. And supposedly no repairs.
We have a Power Tech 8KW with only 305 or so on ours, but our dash air quit so we'll be using the gen more now.
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700-ish on my 10k Onan. I keep 'er maintained and exercised... I expect it to outlast the coach.
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Power Tech 10K, with 1550 hours on it, currently has a 12V control issue, but otherwise has been trouble free.
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Mine only has 550 hours and it's been in service for 10 years. Doesn't get much constant use except when I want to run the front A/C when traveling in really hot weather. Or when in transit between destinations.

FEMA uses these generators for thousands of hours continuously only stopping for oil changes and routine service. You shouldn't be surprised to get well over 20,000 hours without any major repairs providing that it had been used regularly and serviced correctly.

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I have a 12.5KW Onan and just hit a 1000 hours. I was trying to relate it to driving a car. So I figured that would be the same as driving a diesel car at a constant 60 mph for 1000 hours on the highway or 60,000 miles.
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How did you arrive at the 60 mph correlation, Mike? Most generators seldom run at more than 50% load, which is really just loafing along. Might well be more like 30 mph than 60.

But R. Kimbrough has a gas Onan, and that's a constant speed generator. It has to maintain its speed (RPMs) even if the load is low, so it suffers a bit more wear than the variable speed Quiet Diesel, which is an inverter/generator.
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I did it based on RPM and not load and assumed it was a constant rpm. The load is an unknown factor to me but the rpm which is movement on the rings up and down the cylinder and the bearings turning which is wear and like they say "highway driving". I just did it to give me a reference in my mind. My three roof AC units probably take it to a little more that 50% load. I doubt that my 60,000 miles has caused any real wear on that Isuzu diesel. It does seem to run better after I did my 1000 hr and set the valves.
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I went to school on the Onan at mobile, Al. They told us the design life was 10,000 hours on the gas gen. They also said many lasted much longer.
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As stated in many other threads," Better used than not" MHO. I'd trust a used and maintained gen set gas or diesel, over a old low/no hour unit. Use them , exercise them ,and maintain them , the set will do better that those , stored and ignored till needed.
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I have the same Gen as the OP. It is a 2004 model. I have apprx 100hrson it. The RV wasn't used much for the first 6 years, only had 7K miles & about 35 hours on the Gen Set. I run it at least 30 mins every month with a load on it. I change the oil when I change the V10 oil. 1-2 times a year. Probably not nessasary due to running time, but oil sitting in a motor will colect condensation & that is not good for any motor.
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