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Old 06-07-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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Generator Recommendations (fix old or buy new?)

Hey folks,

I have a Onan Marquis 5500 generator in my 99 Fleetwood Southwind with about 700 hours on it.

Well, I just brought it into Cummins for repairs (no voltage but runs fine). They told me the voltage regulator is shot ($700 part) and estimated the total cost of repair at $1700 Cdn.

At that price and with the age of the unit, would anybody recommend I fix or replace the generator. If I replaced,I thought about going with a Honda (u/k model?)

They can only recommend another Onan as its Cummins I'm chatting with.

Anybody have an insight on this? Pricing guesstimates?

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Old 06-07-2016, 11:00 AM   #2
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Have you checked this site:

https://www.flightsystems.com/

I replaced the voltage regulator in my Onan 6500 myself, (don't tell anyone, but I'm a girl). LOL

Lots cheaper than buying a new generator. Give flight systems a call.

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$1,000 labor it can't be that difficult shop around for best parts price and if a girl can do it well. Just kidding LOL
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Suggest you shop around. Maybe a mobile tech, or maybe a local generator repair outfit.
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I called Flight Systems. They quoted $320 US plus $40 shipping. In Cdn that's $460 and still need to pay for installation.

I was kind of thinkin I could buy a Honda (uk price) then sell the old Onan (providing faulty voltage regulator details).

I shud point out Cummins quoted $1700 including installation of voltage regulator and cleaning of the slip rings.

Someone pls make me feel better about this? Lol


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I already tried shopping around, there is literally nobody around that will touch a generator, they all seem to focus on lawn mowers.

Last year I overheard a tech refer to my "Onan" as an "Oh No!" 😳

Techs don't seem to like these. I'll see if I can get that quote down. Hmmm


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Just got a quote on new Honda

Honda Generators
EG5000c $1800 (Cdn)
Eg6500 $1979 (Cdn)

Doesn't include installation. Hmmm


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Have you checked this site:

https://www.flightsystems.com/

I replaced the voltage regulator in my Onan 6500 myself, (don't tell anyone, but I'm a girl). LOL

Lots cheaper than buying a new generator. Give flight systems a call.

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I suggest you fly Kaye up and have her fix it. Kaye can you work on Power Tech gens? I might need you in the future .
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The EG5000C is a portable generator, correct ?

How are you going to install it in place of a perminate mounted unit ?

Fuel supply, remote electric start, exhaust system routing, cooling air flow and sound control.
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Thanks Twinboat,

Yes, I've been scowering the Internet and it looks like a pricey upgrade for the swap! A few have tried though!

I figured selling the old to cover some costs might be an option, but it's worth max $200 on CL.

Back to the Darwinians board!


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I would be looking at the cost to install a different generator plus the purchase price, compared to repairing the one currently in the MH.
Also if one is 'somewhat' handy with tools, most of these type projects can be done by the owners. You might need to take it a shop to check function after you do the repairs but.....
I am not a great fan of replacing things with something different and then attempting to work out the 'bugs'.
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I tend to agree. I hesitantly gave Cummins the go-ahead as there were just too many potential bugs is need to contend with, although a new Honda sounded great! I just worried about onboard start switches, gas line, exhaust, cooling etc.

Cummins quoted me $5500 for a brand new Onan generator ...yikes!

They will try to do the repair as quickly and efficiently as possible to keep hourly costs down.

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have you looked online at rv salvage yards there are alot out there that may be a direct swap!
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I called Flight Systems. They quoted $320 US plus $40 shipping. In Cdn that's $460 and still need to pay for installation.

I was kind of thinkin I could buy a Honda (uk price) then sell the old Onan (providing faulty voltage regulator details).

I shud point out Cummins quoted $1700 including installation of voltage regulator and cleaning of the slip rings.


Someone pls make me feel better about this? Lol


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Been a while, but I don't know how you could diagnose a voltage regulator issue without cleaning the slip rings first? Are they quoting you worst case scenario?
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