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Old 01-23-2020, 09:50 AM   #29
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Ok we agree on 5000 watts or more...
what about the portable ones, they are a lot cheeper
they make PL ones.
can i run the exhaust out side?
just run the line to the gen ?



If it were me and there was a generator prep kit available, I would be going with a permanent installation. Less chance of theft, less lugging around of heavy objects. You have some that will remote start with a fob or key/switch, built in transfer switch.

Sure, you could save a grand or more with a cheapie Home Depot genny but then, you could have saved it with a cheaper 5thh wheel as well. Why go cheap on such a nice rig?

If I were you it'd be a 5500w permanent install. If you intend to use it only occasionally, go for propane. If it's for more intensive and regular use, gas, or even diesel in some cases.

If you do go for gas/diesel don't let the thing sit unused for 6-12 months on end without proper inspections and maintenance. Propane is more forgivng of that, no fuel gunking or algae growth in the tank or carb.
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My 2 cents are that I have 2 Honda 2200s in the bed of my truck. They can run everything in my 39’ Cardinal and 1 AC. I leave them locked in the bed of my truck and run a cord you can’t hear the run. Total cost 2k and I keep them in my garage if power ever goes out at home.
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5500 Onan permanently installed is the way we're going to go. Coach is prewired for it, with a power button awaiting inside the coach in the control panel.
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5500 Onan permanently installed is the way we're going to go. Coach is prewired for it, with a power button awaiting inside the coach in the control panel.
I think you'll love the convenience of that setup. 5500W should power just about anything you'd need. I'm also of the opinion 2 A/C units at the same time is overkill unless you have a shoddy,poorly insulated trailer (which I really doubt yours is) or you like camping in an oven.

For myself, I dislike lugging anything around that isn't needed. We even started using the RV like it was meant to be used. We leave with a full fresh water tank, generally never connect sewer hoses except for the tank dumps, fill fresh water as needed and rarely hook up to power sources. It makes camping way more enjoyable IMO.
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way to go!!!!! you'll like it when you have to use it. remember to exercise the onan each month.

our trailer is in a storage area without electrical power available. when we go over to do things like vacuum we just press a button and the generator starts up and provides power. very easy. we have also used it when the park had power problems.

keep documentation of the install as onan has a 2 year warranty on all parts, 3 years on major parts.

but most important, enjoy!
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