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Old 03-06-2019, 04:08 PM   #1
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Use of portable generator underway

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.
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I would be concerned about Carbon Monoxide being drawn into the back of the RV. That big cracker box creates quite a vacuum going down the road and they are not known for being air tight.
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I would be concerned about Carbon Monoxide being drawn into the back of the RV. That big cracker box creates quite a vacuum going down the road and they are not known for being air tight.
Doesn't the Onan give off Carbon Monoxide also? I have had my alarm go off while parked. I am thinking of replacing the Onan (problems) with something similar but put it in the same place the Onan is and run it on propane.
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Should work fine, isn't the main engine exhaust out back too.

OK, its on the side but if the suction was so great, it would grag that in also.
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Hope that contractor Genny get along with your electronics....
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68 dBA... Ouch.
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Hope that contractor Genny get along with your electronics....
It generates electricity the same way the Onans do.
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How about fixing the on-board gennie? If an oil leak is the only issue with the on-board gennie than fixing that would eliminate the issue of any use of a gennie hanging off the back.
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Go for it! Just be respectful of others when you stop.
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What are you trying to.power while traveling? Air conditioning?

Hope you dont camp near me with that noisy unit...
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You have a working carbon monoxide detector inside the coach, correct? As long as that works this generator should be fine and present no more danger than your onboard one
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This is meant to power the ac unit while traveling as temp solution. I don't have the $600 for Cummins to tell me there is a problem with the Onan. And a full Onan replacement would cost almost $6,000.
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Should be fine, not sure storm tent will work with all the air turbulence back there while driving.
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It will work without issues. My 5500 onan had issues $1,200 later in repairs it died & locked up within 2 weeks. I installed solar myself, utilized a sound barrier with the generator when in a campground (rarely used for more than 30 minutes).
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