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Old 03-06-2016, 10:48 AM   #15
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I have thought about the amount of work coming in and thought the same. But we do have a few RV dealers around us and none really offer this service if they do they do crappy work. We were gonna do other stuff for RV's also since it really is easy work. A lot of people are just lazy to do it themselves or they don't like going up on roofs like my friend is. So I usually work on the tops and he does the lower work. I don't know if it will ever happen what I'm thinking of trying. I just don't think anyone will pay what the work is really worth. It really is a lot of work what we are doing to my friends trailer right now but I don't think you will see any other generator install like this one when we are done. It truly will be one of a kind. Once we are done I'm gonna go to the local RV dealers with a photo album of the work we did and see if they can sell it with the new 5th wheels. You never know it might work or it might not. But I'm always willing to venture off and try something new. Never know we could end up with a big yard with trailers parked inside waiting to get work done to them. All these RV repair services really suck around here and thats why we do the work ourselves cause we know its gonna get done right the first time and last. I guess it's like the old saying you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:17 AM   #16
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Completely understand about most RV repair work--yes, good ones are needed, but we consumers usually balk at paying for the best work. That is why throughout the OEM stuff, a lot of it has to redone on new units. And, even paying top dollar doesn't guarantee the end result.
Good RV techs/repair shops are hard to come by, so hope you get up and running.
Would like to see the photo album when you finish.
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Heres a quick peek of how its going. We still need to run all the wires install batteries and a few other things. But from here on out its the easy stuff. Let me know what you think.
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Forgot the inside of the cabinet.

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We ran it after we put the door on and it was really quiet. You only hear it from the bottom. With the door open you can't even hear it when you are next to it. Its coming out pretty nice if I do say so myself. Cant wait till its done. But to tell you the truth I don't think anyone will pay the price to have this done. Its a lot of work and a lot of money in materials but the biggest expensive for the customer is gonna be the labor.
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Do you already have the generator or you gonna go buy one?
You quoted me but who are you asking?
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joedaddy805,
Beginning to look top-notch. The gen is on the left, in the cabinet, and the lower box/cutout is for the batteries?
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Beginning to look top-notch. The gen is on the left, in the cabinet, and the lower box/cutout is for the batteries?
Yes the box on the right of the Gen is gonna be for the 3 batteries 1 for the gen and 2 6volt for the house batteries.
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You quoted me but who are you asking?
Yes are you gonna buy a propane Gen?
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We priced getting an LP Gen for our 5th wheel. Pretty expensive... around 7k for the gen, prep and installation. We are looking at alternatives right now. We are leaning towards getting a 1k Solar install and a small 2k portable gen for backup.
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We priced getting an LP Gen for our 5th wheel. Pretty expensive... around 7k for the gen, prep and installation. We are looking at alternatives right now. We are leaning towards getting a 1k Solar install and a small 2k portable gen for backup.
I wonder what kind of work they were gonna do. How much were they charging you for the Gen? What size was it? Did you price a gas Gen also? I heard they gas ones are cheaper and I also heard the propane Gen use a lot of fuel. You could also get the gas Gen and buy the conversion kit for I think around 200.00 and you could run both gas and propane. Cheaper route instead of buying just a propane Gen then you have both options if need be. All we are gonna do for fuel issue is carry a boat gas tank and hook up a quick disconnect fuel line to it.
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It was a cummins onan 5.5k LP gen. Standard with most fifth wheel packages. Didn't price gas, as that would add a third fuel type to the equation. (diesel truck, lp coach, and then adding gas was not something we want to do.)
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LP gens are voracious propane eaters--if I run both my ACs in 100d temps, will go thru 40# tank in just over 24hrs. Gas is better, but adds problems to factory install as to gas tank.
The typical 5.5k Onan as a factory option is in the $6-7k range.
But a factory option will be much better, unless you find someone like joedaddy...
If I was to order a new fiver, it would have to have the gen prep even if I did not opt for it at the time.
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I installed one in my jayco. It had gen prep. I highly reco gas or diesel. Too much trouble with filling propane. Cost about 4000. Got a great price and service from Colorado standby. They ship very quickly. All of the wiring was plug and play except a few things. http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f6...vap-32146.html

The hardest part was figuring out how to get it in the hole. I used a transmission jack with furniture slides. Worked very well.
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