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Old 08-09-2003, 06:50 AM   #1
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Any other B Van owners out there that I can exchange info with? I've owned mine since 1997 and have put over 120,000 miles on it. I know a lot, but I need to know more! Right now I have Onan generator problems that I'd like some help on! Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2003, 12:04 PM   #2
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http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Airstream190/

What kind of problems are you having with the genset? There is a discussion group monitored by Onan but I has misplaced the link.
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Old 08-09-2003, 02:43 PM   #3
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I am convinced that the rotor gives out because the air conditioner draws too much power........at any rate, I have gone through 2 generators and haven't had more than a few hundred hours on each. Now I'm faced with the dilemma of whether or not to buy another Onan or something else. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-09-2003, 06:14 PM   #4
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If you plan to run the genset while on the road or you need the convenience of a built in genset with an inside remote start your options are rather limited.

Otherwise you might check to see how a couple of Honda 2000's would fit. These are a lot lighter and would provide plenty of juice for the AC when hooked parallel. But they would be more cumbersome and these particular gensets use a pullstart.
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Old 08-10-2003, 06:21 AM   #5
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Hmmmmm. generators in tandem......never thought of that! Makes sense though! But you're right, it would be cumbersome. Right now I am in correspondence with Airstream and Onan over this problem. They have suggested using a 4000 generator instead of the 2800, but of course it would require adjustments to the space it fits in........I don't think I want to be a guinea pig on that venture.
Cheapest genset I've found is thru Colorado Standby for $1767 delivered. I'm still pondering the merits of Onan though........
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Old 08-10-2003, 10:27 AM   #6
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only a few of the newer inverter based gensets allow parallel operation. Honda and Yamaha are the most popular of these from what I can tell.

They are extremely quiet because they don't depend upon engine speed for output voltage or frequency. The 2 kw version with pull start is only about 50 lb while the 3kw version with electric start is about 150 lb. These are stand alone types not designed to be run as a permanent mount in an RV though. I haven't researched non-Onan smaller in-RV gensets (yet)

The inverter design has a drawback in that the initial surge capability is limited which might make starting an AC problematic. 3 kw is marginal (especially at altitude) but 2 - 2kw seem to do OK.
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Old 09-17-2003, 05:33 PM   #7
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Thumbs down forgit the Yahoo B190 site !

Typical of Yahoo they want way too much information to join anything they host....its really just a way to gather info and pass it on to their "partners" which we all know results in a ton of crappolla e-mail.... they even want your Credit Card Number n' exp.date...they gotta lot of balls

And the B190 site doesn't have much participation..

Anyone know of any other 190 sites.... ?

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Old 09-17-2003, 05:44 PM   #8
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they even want your Credit Card Number n' exp.date
I belong to several Yahoo forums (B190 is one) and never have been asked for any info close to that. I grant there isn't a lot of participation, but that is probably due more to the number produced than anything.

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Old 09-17-2003, 05:57 PM   #9
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Yahoo B190 site....

Ya, John go check it out as a new user. They say its to verify you are over 18 which is of coarse BS... no body in their right mine would give 'em all that info to be a member...

Now I see why its reported that 68 percent of ALL Spam crappolla e-mail originates through Yahoo...
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Old 01-21-2006, 09:29 PM   #10
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Any other B Van owners out there that I can exchange info with? I've owned mine since 1997 and have put over 120,000 miles on it. I know a lot, but I need to know more! Right now I have Onan generator problems that I'd like some help on! Thanks!
Just joined. Do you still have your b-190. I bought a '94 in 2004 and love it. Had some gen probs but finally got them fixed.
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:06 PM   #11
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That microlite 2800 should be plenty to handle the A/C in the B-Van. But they do need proper exercise on a regular schedule. Mine need carb work. Not enough hours and its rather gummed up.
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My microlite 2800 died last summer, but I don't think it was well maintained over the years. Until it died, it didn't seem to have any problem handling the A/C...
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We have a 1997 B-Van we picked up last fall. I remember reading on this forum about having to remove the Onan 2.8 Microlite Generator to change the oil. I wasn't going to do that, and I wasn't going to drill a hole throught compartment under the genset,'
Just completed my oil change with this trick. It worked perfectly.
1. Go to Safeway (any store) and bought a turkey baster.
2. Went to Napa and got 8 inches of rubber tubing.
3. Tipped B-Van by driving right side (passenger) on the street curb.
4. Stuck rubber tubing onto turket baster and stuck the tube into the oil fill
and sucked all the oil out. Worked Great!!!!
5. Added new quart of oil and presto. Ran genset, checked level. Done!!
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Look at Generac. They make a lot of RV gensets that are less money than Onan and run better. In fact, Onan copied the current Generac v-twin bottom belt drive design on their new models.
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