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Old 06-29-2016, 12:46 AM   #1
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Putting older generator in 2015 Heartland Cyclone

Ok i have a 2015 heartland cyclone 4100 hd. It has the generater prep. Was woundering if a generater out of a 88 bounder rv would work its a onan emerald 3 genset. I can get a good deal on it. Will it just plug rite in or what. What all do the camper generater preps consest off?
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Old 06-29-2016, 01:24 AM   #2
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Generator prep. can vary slightly from one manufacturer to another.
What fuel??


Generally the compartment will be segmented (sealed walls) for air and noise and fume separation.
There would typically be wiring & j-box provided from the compartment to the main electrical panel.
There should or could be a power transfer switch that allows switching the main panel to /from shore power to generator power.
Generally there is not an allowance for fuel source unless specified. 5r's typically use LPG. Your Cyclone may need a fuel line to the gas day-tank if provided.
Onan typically has a template available for each model that is used to map out the hole(s) required on the compartment floor for ventilation, service, and exhaust porting. Might also want / need correct exhaust pipe, remote start panel.
Not exactly just plug right in, but not exactly rocket science either.
Cummins/ Onan often will set them for parts and labor (shop rate).


Make sure the "cheap 88" still runs and makes electricity. They can get kind of pricey to rebuild, engine, and stator/brushes etc.


Happy motoring.
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Its a gas set up runs off the fuel tank from the filling station in the back. O yea its a 6.5 kw. Runs great guy put some money in it before he died. Just did not know if i had to convert some wires or conections since its older.
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May be some minor differences, but nothing an electrician can't fix. As long as the gen set will fit the space, it should work. I'd make sure the support area is strong enough to hold it.
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O yea looks strong in there has fuel lines and everthing ran i looked it up seems that they come with 5.5kw cummings onan so going to a 6.5 onan emerald 3 cant be too major i hope. Thank you everyone for yalls input so far.
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Yes indeed, sounds like you're covered. The 5.5kw and 6.5 kw are often interchanged. They're near the same weight. You might even luck out and have 240V. found only on the commercial 6.5 now.


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So what would the benifit of have 240v. How would i check look on the plate on engine?
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Yeah it would be in the specs. for that model.
You might not ever need /want 240V. We've got a 240v clothes drier we can only utilized in a 50A CG (which is most of the time). We didn't want to $pring for the commercial 6.5kw. The 5.5kw runs both a/c's plus. Think a Laundromat would be cheaper than running the genny.
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