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Old 07-21-2021, 12:04 PM   #1
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Onan Microlite 2.8kw

My wife decided she wanted a class B instead of the camper trailer we just bought last year (not comfortable towing or backing ...). She found a 2003 Pleasureway Excel DT and we picked it up yesterday. Of course, this unit was purchased without a generator, and she wants one. On searching, it seems like the Onan Microlite 2.8kw is the usual genset installed.
With all that said, I'm looking for feedback from those with that genset on your experience. Is it worth installing or more trouble than it's worth?
Reason for asking is I see lots of negative comments out there, but we all know that people are more to comment if they're not happy.
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My wife decided she wanted a class B instead of the camper trailer we just bought last year (not comfortable towing or backing ...). She found a 2003 Pleasureway Excel DT and we picked it up yesterday. Of course, this unit was purchased without a generator, and she wants one. On searching, it seems like the Onan Microlite 2.8kw is the usual genset installed.
With all that said, I'm looking for feedback from those with that genset on your experience. Is it worth installing or more trouble than it's worth?
Reason for asking is I see lots of negative comments out there, but we all know that people are more to comment if they're not happy.



I have a 2016 PW lexor TS. We have the Onan 2.8 probably different model. It is loud and vibrates the floor of the van. I would look at the new inverter generator Onan 2800i. I do not know if it will fit where your previous generator was housed but worth a look see. If you have space, you might consider carrying a quiet inverter generator to plug via shore power port? Just some another consideration. It will depend on how you plan on using your van?
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I have the latest and greatest Onan Inverter 2.8 generator, it is so much quieter and has less vibration than the previous non inverter Onan 2.8 I had in a Promaster, hated it!

If you have a choice, I would also go gas, not propane. Propane tanks get consumed fast and are more difficult to fill. On my 40 gal tank, I can run the genny for 6 days.

Go look at some class B’s with the new 2.8 inverter genny and get an idea for yourself.
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The older units are noisy and finnicky, but the newer ones sound like they may have solved those problems. When it's hot out and you're not plugged in, they do a nice job of supplying power to your high draw appliances, like M/W and A/C.
You could use the space for several hundred amp hours of lithium iron phosphate batteries, and put some panels to charge them on top of your motorhome. Probably more costly than the Onan 2.8Kw generator, but quieter and more energy efficient. Get enough Ah and you might even be able to power your microwave and A/C (but maybe not at the same time) for short periods of time.
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I wouldn't have an RV without a generator. AC snd microwave are essential appliances on my unit. My generator is an older propane unit and It has had some problems requiring expensive repairs but.still it serves the purpose. My roof AC has a heating element which is invaluable in the shoulder seasons, spring and fall, warming up the bedroom on chilly mornings. I understand the newer sets are quieter and run smoother. I am with your wife.
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I wouldn't have an RV without a generator. AC snd microwave are essential appliances on my unit. My generator is an older propane unit and It has had some problems requiring expensive repairs but.still it serves the purpose. My roof AC has a heating element which is invaluable in the shoulder seasons, spring and fall, warming up the bedroom on chilly mornings. I understand the newer sets are quieter and run smoother. I am with your wife.
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I have the latest and greatest Onan Inverter 2.8 generator, it is so much quieter and has less vibration than the previous non inverter Onan 2.8 I had in a Promaster, hated it!

If you have a choice, I would also go gas, not propane. Propane tanks get consumed fast and are more difficult to fill. On my 40 gal tank, I can run the genny for 6 days.

Go look at some class Bís with the new 2.8 inverter genny and get an idea for yourself.

Did you install yourself? I have 2016 PW lexor TS. The existing Onan gives me about 6 inches of clearance? Do you experience any scrapping of generator box when coming down steeper driveways?
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