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Old 10-15-2015, 07:59 AM   #15
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I would consider replacing the guests.

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Good suggestion

Never had that problem.. You see the only time I run the Generator at night when sleeping is when I'm powering a Field Day operation.. ANd then the "Guests" are outside talking on radios,, The ticking does not bother me since in my childhood we had wind up alarm clocks and they tick too.

Shut the Generator off and within a few mintues the ticking stops.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:29 AM   #16
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I would consider replacing the guests.
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Ding, Ding, Ding! We have a winner here. My sentiments exactly. I would be tempted to say I have a tent that will solve the problem. My rig, my comfort!
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Yep. But we NEVER travel with them!!!!
Exactly, this is the best way to keep peace in my opinion. I don't care how big an RV is, it is only big enough for two of us to live in.
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OK J Birder I'll come clean... It is an in-law that is bothered. Wife's sister. Your solution is elegant in so many ways but not possible.
Murf2u: The genny is like magic fingers since it is below the bad and the AC is white noise. To me both good for sleep but the meter clanks more than ticks. It is inches from the sleeper's head and seems to disturb whatever demons lurk there (did I say that??)
Deny: Pure genius and simplicity! So all I would need is to hopefully intercept the wires from the geny to the run/stop/ counter switch, move the counter down into the genny box and then buy and install a run/stop switch and put it in parallel with the one I moved! Not hard to do at all! Thanks. Of course it would still be easier if I could find a digital unit. I'll do some looking just in case.
Don't any of you guys have in-laws??

Would it be possible to wrap some sound insulating material around the offending counter? Might have the take out some fasteners & pull out some. Just uncoupling it from the cabinet might help some.


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Exactly, this is the best way to keep peace in my opinion. I don't care how big an RV is, it is only big enough for two of us to live in.
YES!!! I agree! Then that is settled. No more in laws allowed! I can always depend on you guys to give me the right solution!
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how about just an insulated box around the 'clicker' ?
would certainly muffle it... (like we ALL would want to do with the in-law !!!)

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Would it be possible to wrap some sound insulating material around the offending counter? Might have the take out some fasteners & pull out some. Just uncoupling it from the cabinet might help some.

I sorry, but telling me I can't run the generator in south Florida is not going to happen.


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Great idea Steve !!!

I guess I type slowly when on conference calls !
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I replaced mine with a Hobbs digital meter because the OEM one was driving me nuts. Just had to connect it to a 12VDC prior to installation to run the hours up to match the OEM meter.

Newspaper is to document the date and hours on the genset itself at the time of change.
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If you get a digital Hour Meter for motorcycles, they are cheap and all you have to do is wrap the wire around the plug wire. No cutting, no 12v hookup.

Amazon.com: Hour Meter Tach Tachometer Hourmeter 2-4 Stroke Gas ATV Dirt Bike Generator UTV: Automotive
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Hi
I have an Onan Microquiet genset and it has a on/off switch and hour meter which ticks as it turns. It is situated at the head of the fold out couch/bed and it keeps them awake. It is loud. They force us to sleep without the genset and AC in terribly hot humid Florida weather!
Has anyone replaced theirs with a digital one? Can it be done?
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Here are 2 12V hour meters described as being "super-silent": T40 Quartz DC Hour Meter On ENM Company
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Item # T40B45, T40 3-Hole Quartz DC Hour Meter On ENM Company

However keep in mind that "super-silent" is in the ear of the listener.

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technically seen these hour meters are a nice to have, but should not be necessary for the genny to run. So an immediate fix would be to try and get it out of the wall housing and disconnect the ground cable on the backside (usually the brown, black or white one...). Just to make sure nothing happens, wrap the open contact of the cable in electrical tape before closing it up again.
In case it's directly grounded over the housing you'll have to take away the "plus" cable. That'll work as well, but is a bit more dangerous as you could short your battery when taking it off... so use double the electrical tape to protect that from happening
However note that this and/or replacing the hour counter will have your genny running longer than what the hourmeter displays. So if this is a one-time occasion cheapest and quickest will be to unplug it, use the genny and plug it back in once the guests are gone

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