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Old 03-13-2009, 07:39 PM   #15
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Northern Tool has reaqsonably priced diesel genset advertised as super quiet.

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Old 03-14-2009, 04:54 PM   #16
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I've thought about setting up a small diesel genset in our rig. The Onan QD3200 is just about right in terms of wattage and weight (205#). Yes, I'm sure it costs a pretty penny more than some Chinese genset off of eBay, but I'm equally sure that it wouldn't take long to be real annoyed with the cheap Chinese genset if I went that route. Cheap labor isn't only reason their stuff is cheap.

As for getting the dB down to below 68 on a noisy genset? That could be tougher than you'd think. First, good sound proofing material isn't cheap. Second, you've got to do something about the miriad of parts that are shaking, rattling and rolling that they didn't give a hoot about when designing the thing. An Onan QD, PowerTech, Honda, or Yamaha was designed to be quiet from the gitgo and that makes a difference.

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Old 03-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #17
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Amen Steve! Don't buy anything but a Yamaha, Honda or Onan. If you do, it will be noisy and you will not be able to get parts after 1 year. I really like my Onan micro quiet 7KW. It's a gasser but it's about the quietest gen set I have ever had. Yes, it was expensive but Damn, what a nice jenny and so easy to service.
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Our last coach was a Beaver Patriot, a dynamite diesel pusher that came with the best quality hardware available. While most DP's in this price point have Onan QD diesel gensets, ours had an Onan Emerald 6.3 KW LP genset. Some folks thought poorly of this but we liked it better than the QD.

  • It was quieter. Yep, even though it was air-cooled, it was quieter. The Onan specs say so and our experience dry camping with a bunch of other Beaver DPs confirmed it--we had the quietest generator of the bunch. The deal is that the QD is quiet at very low load, but since it's an inverter generator the RPM increase under load--and it's a 3600 RPM generator. The LP generator is an 1800 RPM engine and that makes a big difference. And that was with ZERO sound proofing! Just think how quiet it would be if I'd lined the compartment with sound proofing.
  • The exhaust doesn't stink. Now, understand that we LOVE diesels; we've had 7 diesel cars, 2 trucks and 2 boats, but the exhaust of an LP engine isn't nearly as odoriferous as a diesel engine.
  • The LP engine is so much simpler and easier to maintain. No cooling system to maintain just a spark plug and inexpensive fuel filter.
  • The LP generator didn't affect our range. The refer uses next to nothing and the hot water heater not a lot more, so our 60 gallons of LPG would run the generator for a long time. If you stay close to the Interstates, this isn't an issue, but if you like to get as far off the beaten path as we do, it can be a bother when the generator is drinking your main fuel.
  • Reliable. Diesels are long lived, but not any more reliable than an LP engine. In fact, I'd say the diesel is less reliable. There's that cooling system, a more sensitive fuel system, and the inverter. The LP generator is
So, Paul, I'm not surprized you like your MicroQuiet gasser.

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