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Old 11-26-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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Need generator advice

Hey all,
I have a 1996 Beaver Monterey in really excellent shape, new laminate floors etc. I am a full timer on a limited budget. Well my generator decided to kind of bite the dust....it is an onan 6.3 lp, I am sure the same age as the motorhome. I has about 300 hours on it, at least that is what the hour meter says....I know, by the way that that is a bad thing....Anyway, it runs fine but does not produce enough electricity, not like it did. All at once it stopped acting normally. I have taken it to a local, very knowledgable dealer who is telling me that the stater or armature is gone. They are recommending that I not fix it but replace it. They have quoted me 4600 for a new onan lp 5500 installed. I know that that is a reasonable price, I just don't want to sink that kind of money into this motor home which dealers tell me is worth about 15k retail. I have consults with a big onan a dealer who is telling me that I could be a couple of grand to fix....I would love everyone's thoughts. Thanks sooooo much for reading this.lee

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Old 11-26-2013, 07:19 AM   #2
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I would check around to see if you can find an electrical repair shop. They can rebuild it much cheaper than a few grand. You might have to remove it yourself tho so if that isn't an option you may be stuck with the higher bill.
I just had my starter go out and a new one was about 450. I took it out and a local shop rebuilt the whole starter for 120. Worth a shot. Call around you might be surprised.

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Old 11-26-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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I am no generator expert but if this was mine I would consult with someone who does not have a vested interest in selling me a new generator. Locally we have a very good shop that repairs and rebuilds electric motors (they sell them as well of course). I would have them run some tests and tell me what is wrong. Bet it's something much less than replacement. Also you should check Craigslist and eBay. I picked up a good 6.5 Genny from a motorhome for $500 that I'm going to use as backup for stick house. There are some very knowledgeable people on this site so I'm sure you will get a wealth of info.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:32 AM   #4
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What gives you the impression that the generator is not producing as much output as it used to? This could be a clue.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #5
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When it comes to Onan generators, always do yourself a favor and get at least a second opinion. Take it to someone that does generator repairs as their primary function.
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