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Old 03-11-2019, 04:42 PM   #29
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I bought a used Onan 5500 for my previous gas rv for around 900 cdn dollars. It took about three hours to change out. Far less hassle being able to just hit the button on the dash to start or stop. Also where are you going to carry the fuel. Having jerry cans in closed up compartments can be a recipe for disaster. Much better drawing from the main rv tank. I was so happy when I got the generator fixed. Resale value is better with the genny working correctly. Probably make it worth more than the cost to replace or repair it. Good luck.
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:02 PM   #30
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I think U bolts may be a better description of how I anchor it to the carrier. They are similar to Exhaust clamps. Got them at Home Depot with Lock nuts.

You know when it is bolted to the carrier you never have to worry about it again.

Just pull the carrier and generator off the RV as a unit.
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What about fueling did you leave it on the carrier? We are planning on refueling at gas stations
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My Generator has the cap on top of it.

So once I gas the RV i just pull up 10 ft and gas the generator.... NO muss NO Fuss.....
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My Generator has the cap on top of it.

So once I gas the RV i just pull up 10 ft and gas the generator.... NO muss NO Fuss.....
One more question. What do you use to protect it from the weather while going down the roads?
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Honestly........ Never thought about it...the one time it rained on me i just used it without problem.

I would say the correct answer would be not to use it and leave it covered.......
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Contractors run portable generators in the rain all of the time.

I stored my EU2000 uncovered for 8 years. Ran it in the rain if needed.
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Should work as long as you camp a few hundred yards from anyone else. Then at least you will be the only one that has to put up with the noise. Fine at a noisy construction site. Terrible in a quiet camping area!
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I built a platform to carry my genny and spare gas cans.




I made up a pair of supports by welding 2 inch to 1-1/4 inch receiver adapters to plate steel and bolting the assemblies to the existing stabilizer jack plates already welded to the frame. Adding the 1-1/4 ball mounts to the platform allows easy removal by just removing one bolt on each side.



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I built a platform to carry my genny and spare gas cans.




I made up a pair of supports by welding 2 inch to 1-1/4 inch receiver adapters to plate steel and bolting the assemblies to the existing stabilizer jack plates already welded to the frame. Adding the 1-1/4 ball mounts to the platform allows easy removal by just removing one bolt on each side.



Your storing gas cans inches from the water heater flame !!!???
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I have a 32 foot Class A motorhome with a 5500 Onan generator on board the only problem is that the Generator is having some bad problems leaking oil so I have bought myself a smaller portable champion 3650 generator I am securing it on to the back with a hitch basket and plugging it in. So we can have power while driving. Has anyone ever done this or is it safe to do? I also plan on getting one of those generators storm tents to put over to protect it from the weather while we're driving.

I've been doing that for years. My CO detector has never gone off.
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What was wrong with gettin the Onan fixed?
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Worked at many campgrounds over the years. At one, on the Colorado River, dirt bags would come in at night, cut the chains and take the generator. Fast and no noise.
So as someone said earlier, Bolt that thing down and don't depend on a chain to keep it secure.
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I wouldn’t worry about carbon monoxide. I would clamp that down with c-clamps and chain it. Maybe add a fuel tank, looks like there is room.

https://www.tank-depot.com/product.aspx?id=1032

Out of curiosity, how many hours on the onan? Any tech will be able to diagnose it. If you have or are passing a Cummins dealer, stop in and let them have a look. The smoke could be anything. Even a drop or two of oil anywhere near the exhaust would seem extreme.
Yeah , do you have any idea what Cummins shop hour charge is ? 65+ for them to tell you that you need a new carb . Because the new techs are all about parts replacement not diagnostic. 147$ later plus labor and no guarantees, fact !
Onans suck fuel and are noisy. I have two, the micrlite 4000 is very temperamental... runs when it feels like it , no ryme or reason. 5500 is very reliable but who needs 5500 running all day for a frig and a/c ?
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Like "twinboat" pointed out...

Please tell us you remove those cans before you fire up that water heater!
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