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Old 03-28-2002, 09:12 PM   #15
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Not nuts, just prepared. I am almost afraid to ask but what is the fence post for??
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Old 03-28-2002, 09:24 PM   #16
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you crack me up!
I should have said: metal fence post or a pipe
to break the lug nuts and to tighten them.
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Old 03-29-2002, 05:00 AM   #17
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You guys crack me up!!! Does anyone know how many guys are definitely planning to go to Pensacola to the Motorhome Rally?
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Old 03-30-2002, 02:52 PM   #18
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starter motor

I just checked my receipts, a starter motor for my 79 454 cost 45.- (that incl core charge). It's livetime replacement, available at most major autoparts stores.
A dealer starter motor runs 200.- plus.
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Old 03-30-2002, 04:19 PM   #19
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Well Peter, That is living proof that a visit to a Chevrolet Dealer is dangerous for your health. Every experience I have had with a Chevrolet Service Department has been a mind blowing experience. Example: When we made a trip to Arkansas during late February, torrential rains caused me some motor electrical problems, and It seems until things dried up, I was having generator problems. I stopped in a Chevrolet place to have the generator checked because it briefly didn't show charging on dash. After checking us over, the Service Manager let me know that I needed a new Generator, and it would cost us $478.00 installed. I told him to stand by while I called my mechanic at home - My mechanic said - I just checked your generator before you left on this trip and it is fine - It is changing - I let him talk to the Service Manager, and the servivce manager told him what it was charging = not what the book said - My mechanic asked to speak to me, and said "settle up with them and get outa there-there is nothing wrong with the way your generator is charging-Nontheless, it cost us $50.00 for "checking fee". Enough Said!!
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Old 09-06-2004, 08:09 PM   #20
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Pulling an Onan Generator

For what it's worth, it IS possible to pull a 6.5 KW Onan out of the access door.......with a fork lift.

Had to take off the carb (and the intake manifold), and the air cleaner.

I will also remove the air cleaner bracket prior to reinstallation.

Actually, the job went a bit slicker than anticipated.

The genset was pulled for a variety of reasons - primarily the insulation in the genset box failed all at once - the "foam" between the aluminum mylar is really nasty - it got everywhere - including inside the cooling fins of the generator - plus I have never decarbed the inside head - had to pull the genset to get to it. 800 hours on the hour meter and no known previous maintenance.

Everything will get a much needed cleaning, and new insulation will be installed.

This, along with a revised gas feed system to the unit, is a last ditch effort to avoid purchasing a new generator.

Any more problems with this one and serious thought will be given to PeterH's suggestion to use it as a boat anchor (if I had a boat). Besides, a Honda water cooled would save 100 lbs compared to the present Onan.
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:13 AM   #21
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use old onan or???

I have a propane 6kw onan generator - probably at least 20 years old. I know it fired up fine 2 years ago. I pulled it out of a '67 Chevy stepvan I bought at the time. Nice and heavy...

My question is this - I was thinking of installing it into one of my tow vehicles (2001 gmc savannah boxtruck 16'). The truck is my working studio when I'm on the road, and would of course allow for longer times spent in the boonies... Do these things -Onan- have a pretty good lifespan, or should I save myself a lot of pain, and just get a quiet, new Honda? I realize that there's particulars not being said, but any general thoughts/opinions/"don't be a fool"s would be appreciated.

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Any more problems with this one and serious thought will be given to PeterH's suggestion to use it as a boat anchor (if I had a boat). Besides, a Honda water cooled would save 100 lbs compared to the present Onan.
Dennis, after you get all fixed up and shiny and before you reinstall it, rig it up for a good hard test run under different loads. But be aware that they tend to run beautifully once they are removed.
Whilst you enjoy the perfect performance, you could read this:
Installing a Honda 4010/6010
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I have a propane 6kw onan generator

My question is this - I was thinking of installing it into one of my tow vehicles (2001 gmc savannah boxtruck 16'). The truck is my working studio when I'm on the road, and would of course allow for longer times spent in the boonies... Do these things -Onan- have a pretty good lifespan,
Onan engines are very good, propane powered engines run very clean. There isn't as much wear (or maintenance) as with a gas engine. On the downside they run off the same fuel supply as the refrigerator, furnace, etc. and the supply is usually more limited. Propane is more expensive than gas so they cost more to run. Both (especially the air cooled Onan) require a huge amount of air for cooling. If you mount it inside you will need to cut a large hole in the floor and make a heat/sound proof compartment.

Dennis- (before sending the Onan to a watery grave) Onans run at 1800 rpm vs. the Hondas at 3600. Both very good engines but the half speed has to be worth a lot in engine life.

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another question...

While the topic of generators is being kicked around, I'm trying to figure out the economy setting on my Honda 3000. When it is on, the idle drops down, however, when a load is connected, the engine speed doesn't seem to come up to same rpm as when the econo switch is off. It sounds like it is under a greater load than if the switch were normal position. I took it to the Honda dealer and they checked it and said it was ok. Is it? Thanks.
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How much load? Have you checked voltage to see if it is still at 120v? If it is try a larger load and see if the speed comes up.

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How much load? Have you checked voltage to see if it is still at 120v? If it is try a larger load and see if the speed comes up.

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I'll have to check the voltage. The first time I noticed it was when I used the coffee maker (which I think is 1200 or 1300 watts). I've run the a/c with it and it has no problem starting on the regular setting but on econo the compressor will struggle to start. I'll check the voltage output of the generator. I did check the a/c to see how many amps it draws prior to running it on the generator and it was 10.5 @ 121 volts connected to the shore power.
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