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Old 06-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Has anyone added a gen start switch?

I have one in the dash on the allegro and I want to put one in next to the Microwave. I can't figure out why Tiffin didn't put one next to the item you use the most with a generator. They put the only switch on the left hand side of the dashboard next to the window... could they have made it more inconvenient??

anyway I was wondering if anyone added a switch for an onan 5500 before and how did it go? Hard.. easy?

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
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I will be watching this topic as I am in the same boat.

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easy. 3 wires, "start" "stop" and a ground (from the control board)
3 lug single pole double throw momentary toggle switch, ground wire to center terminal, start and stop on the ends.

Check on the genny itself, there is probably a connector for a second remote, you can buy a pigtail from cummins-onan for a sanitary install.

Or just splice into the existing wires, either at the genny or at the dash switch whichever is easiest. You can parallel the new switch with the existing one.

There are 5 wires in that harness, the 3 above, one that is not used, and the fifth is hot from the genny when it is running, can be ignored, or used for an "on" light or an hourmeter.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:07 AM   #4
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Here is the switch:

Amazon.com: Sierra International RK19550 DPDT Illuminated Momentary On-Off-Mom Marine Rocker Switch: Automotive

Exact same switch Damon used on my dash. I just ordered one to go in the cooktop vent face or in the hall way control panel. Will decide which would be a better/easier install when I look over the wire run. Would rather have it in the hall panel but pulling wires to there is near impossible but I have thought about adding an access panel before.
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