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Old 06-22-2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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checking generator oil

As a new user, I hope someone can tell me the best way/ easiest way to check my generator oil & add oil if necessary.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Airforums.

Some say you need to remove the spare. I didn't. I backed mine to the end of the driveway so the rear was hanging out over the street which gave me ample clearance to crawl under. Remove the rear panel on the Onan which gives access to the dipstick and fill port. The drain plug is on the bottom towards the right front corner of the Onan. I used an oil suction gun that's normally used to suck oil out of a differential that doesn't have a drain plug. I put the quart of Onan oil in it and placed the tube in the fill port and squirted it in. Check the Onan manual that should have come w/ your AI for verification cuz Airstream changed gensets after mine was made.
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Also checking the oil is done without screwing the dipstick in which is typical for many small engines.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:12 PM   #4
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Yep my spare was in the way and would not allow me to remove the dipstick without first partially lowering it.

I chalked it up to learning how to access the spare tire but was kinda scratching my head as to WHY did it have to be this way????
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Thanks for the response. Gen manual says check oil every 8 hrs! Yea, sure ��
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Also mine says to change after the first 20 hours and every 150 hours after that.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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As a new user, I hope someone can tell me the best way/ easiest way to check my generator oil & add oil if necessary.
Welcome Bob,
Theoretically the oil level should be proper as you just purchased the coach.
Once again and welcome to Airstreaming!
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:16 PM   #8
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All's well in theory. Mine was slightly low which would allow the generator to run but stall when the AC was turned on. Checked the oil level and it did show on the bottom of the stick so I changed the oil and brought the level up. No more stalling.
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As a new user, I hope someone can tell me the best way/ easiest way to check my generator oil & add oil if necessary.
TulsaBob - Did you manage to check the oil level? I also have a 2015 Interstate Ext and want to check the oil level. The only way I can see to check it is to remove the spare. If there is another way I would appreciate any knowledge anyone would care to share.

Even if I remove the spare and leave it in the garage, I will not be checking the oil level every day.
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See post #4 Above. Once you lower the spare down a little it will be hanging on the cable and you can push the spare back an inch or two, to allow you to remove your dipstick and check your oil.

You won't need to check it every day.
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I did not have to lower my spare to check the generator oil on my 2014 EXT. The cover can be removed with the spare in place and I could then remove the dipstick. To add oil I used an old fashioned oil can squirter.
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I did not have to lower my spare to check the generator oil on my 2014 EXT. The cover can be removed with the spare in place and I could then remove the dipstick. To add oil I used an old fashioned oil can squirter.
I did try that, but I couldn't find a way to remove the dip stick. I am going to try and drop the spare a little tomorrow and see how that works.

Thanks everyone for replying.
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Thanks everyone - no easy way. Find a lift and some help ��
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