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Old 11-28-2019, 11:48 PM   #1
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Quiet Diesel Belt Change Cost?

My genset is due for a belt change but the unit is NOT on a slideout. Can anyone estimate the cost to drop the unit and change the belt? I cannot do this job myself. What should I expect to pay?

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Old 11-29-2019, 12:34 PM   #2
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Years ago that was discussed, I don't remember much about that thread though, hopefully a search using the Google box at the top of this page will locate that thread.
I do remember someone described the work and procedure to replace the belt.
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How many hours on the generator?
No idea what the cost would be, the job itself takes 30 minutes but getting the generator out would be a PITA and you will pay accordingly. Depends also on how hard the manufacturer made it to get the generator out.

If you do go this route I'd look at the maintenance schedule and see what's next and if it makes sense to go ahead to do the next biggest service at the same time.
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I will be able to let you know on the 3rd. I’m taking mine in to get some work done and I’m going to look into getting all of the sched maintenance done on the genset.
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Personally, unless I camped in places where generator outage would be a major issue, I'd wait until the belt broke. IMO, Onan is very conservative on their belt replace recommendation. After all, they work on gensets on a bench in a shop and don't have to sweat remove & replace time.



You could easily run into 5-6 hours of labor to remove and re-install the genset, plus the actual belt replace. At $125-$150/hr.


Mine was on a slide and still a bear to get at. At 1200 hours I struggled for 90 minutes and managed to get the rear cover loose enough to peak inside and the belt still looked like new. Rather than invest another couple hours to actually get at the belt and replace, I just closed it up and continued using it. Still running nicely at 1800 hours...
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the job itself takes 30 minutes .
Not hardly...takes longer than that to get all the screws out of the top and back with it sitting on sawhorses.
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OK 45 minutes. Getting the top off isn't that big of a deal. When I changed my belt I don't remember it taking that long but I also don't remember if I was drinking a beer or 6.
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CW wants $250 to drop and $250 to reinstall.
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CW wants $250 to drop and $250 to reinstall.
No guarantee it will ever run again thou !!
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I just had the 1000 hour work done by Cummin's, the darlings charged me around $1600 for that work. Mine is on a slide. And I remember taking the top and sides of for some other problem I was having getting to things. There are plenty of screws on the thing. Not sure I agree with Onan's schedule, a belt can last a long damn time. I had the service done only because I bought the coach used and had no history and we are now using the coach over 6 months a year on the road, I just wanted the peace of mind. At this point I would probably just use the gen until it was near death, whenever that might be and then just replace the whole thing.

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If it is a serpentine belt I would run it until it fails the worry about it
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It’s a single V belt and life expectancy of a diesel generator is 20,000+ hours. My 04 Dynasty’s 10K Onan has the original belt but only 1,000 hours...not looking to replace the belt and it’s on a slide making it possible to get behind it and replace the belt that’s on the back of the unit.
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It’s a single V belt and life expectancy of a diesel generator is 20,000+ hours.
Life expectancy of the belt, or the generator?
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