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Old 04-21-2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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Excella 34' where is the Genset?

I am looking to buy a 34 but I cant find mention of a gen set in any of them, I prefer to camp off site. where can I fit the genset (I guess easiest answer is right outside the trailer) but I would like to go integral

Any help appreciated
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:19 PM   #2
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Howdy valletta -- Welcome to the Forums! Airstream trailers have never come with a genset. I've read of a few custom installations but doing this within the shell is problematical. Somebody did a thread where they mounted two Honda eu2000i gensets on the A-frame. Genset were put in Airstream motorhomes but I can't speak with any authority on that.

A lot of people boondock with their Airstreams and there is a subforum at http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/ with much discussion on power while off-grid.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:25 PM   #3
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Airstream trailers have never come with a genset.
You sure about that? My father's '78 Sovereign International has an LP-powered Onan that appears to be a factory installation. It's mounted streetside underneath one of the rear twin beds. There's a box built around it that's lined with sound deadening material, a vented factory type door to the outside, and the exhaust exits through the belly pan. The controls are mounted with the trailer's control panel inside the overhead cabinet at the front of the trailer with the control wiring running inside the walls all the way to the back. If it wasn't a factory install, someone went through a LOT of trouble to get it in there like that. I'm not doubting that it was never an option, but it looks to have been custom ordered with the unit.
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Sovereigns were available with a 300 watt LP generator mounted in a cubbyhole. My 74 owner's manual shows it, and the '74 and '77 service manuals both show them as options.
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A LPG generator was available on Airstreams in the mid 1970's.
I believe it was only a 12 volt unit to keep the battery charged.

(That was ahead of it's time along with the Excella-Vac disc brakes.)

I've seem one AS with the LPG generator in person years ago, a 73 Excella 500.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:17 PM   #6
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A LPG generator was available on Airstreams in the mid 1970's.
I believe it was only a 12 volt unit to keep the battery charged.

(That was ahead of it's time along with the Excella-Vac disc brakes.)

I've seem one AS with the LPG generator in person years ago, a 73 Excella 500.
I can confirm that it's 12-volt. Pulls a 700-watt inverter without breaking a sweat though. The controls are set up on a timer. You crank the timer over up to about an hour maximum, and then hit the start button. My only complaint is that it's rather loud in comparison to some of the smaller modern portable generators, and it makes the streetside twin bed vibrate like a cheap Vegas hotel room bed.
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Valletta:

We caravaned with a couple who had a late 1990's classic 30 who had a factory installed genset. It was under one of the dinette seats and exhausted out the side.
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Hi Valletta

We install Onan or Generac 4000 Watt (3600 LP) gen sets under the forward dinette seat on 30's and 34's. The installation is a little involved but it can be done.

They exhuast vent through the floor. We modify and exterior compartment door to be the intake vent.

They can also be installed under the bed but the dinette seat is an easier and neater installation.

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A LPG generator was available on Airstreams in the mid 1970's.
I believe it was only a 12 volt unit to keep the battery charged.

(That was ahead of it's time along with the Excella-Vac disc brakes.)

I've seem one AS with the LPG generator in person years ago, a 73 Excella 500.
That's the one. It is "rated" at 300 watts, but another post here shows that the rating was conservative.
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Hi Valletta

We install Onan or Generac 4000 Watt (3600 LP) gen sets under the forward dinette seat on 30's and 34's. The installation is a little involved but it can be done.

They exhuast vent through the floor. We modify and exterior compartment door to be the intake vent.

They can also be installed under the bed but the dinette seat is an easier and neater installation.

Andy
Andy- Do you have any photos of the generator installations you have done? I have a 32' Excella with the dinette and was considering a Onan Microlite 2800 under the seat nearest the fridge and fabricating a new vent to the outside for air intake. Thanks
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I have seen one late '90's trailer with an genset custom installed by the factory. It is a very unusual and rare option. I think you would be better off finding a trailer you like, then adding one.
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I installed a 3200 quite diesel onan in the back of the truck, works like a dream! And heck the truck is for sale here on the classifieds… I ordered a new 11 Ford and I’m going to do the same genset in the new truck! I first started looking at how to install a generator in my 31 classic, and just could not come up with a good way of doing it without hacking up my Airstream… there is just no good place to put it…
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