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Old 01-23-2015, 04:15 PM   #435
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Resonator. Onan makes one, but so do aftermarket manufacturers. Should reduce noise by about 3dB, which doesn't seem like much, but that's the same as cutting the volume in half. I have an Onan resonator on my 2012 Interstate.
Where did you find the 3db reduction spec? All I could find was a 1db and listened to a video
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where they slipped it on and off and it didn't seem to be a 50% reduction.
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:19 PM   #436
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By any chance do happen to have a part number? Does the resonator get installed at the end of the exhaust tip? Did you use an OAM part or an aftermarket part?

3dB - yes, we could all use a 3dB raise at work... Gotta love the Log function.. I'm a radio engineer, so my days are filled with dBm and dB calculations concerning RF Antenna Systems..

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Old 01-25-2015, 03:21 AM   #437
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What is the model number of the Yakima rack? Is the aluminess ladder the side one? Can you post pictures? Thx


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Old 01-25-2015, 03:22 AM   #438
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I installed a weather band radio, as well as a ladder (aluminess.com) which ties into the frame of the Sprinter and the existing roof rack rails; in addition, I installed a Yakima roof-rack system so that I can take my kayak on trips. The ladder system really helps, I have a Diablo Paddle Sport kayak which I fly fish off of; using the ladder as a guide, I can load the unload the kayak by myself.

I'm looking to reduce the generator exhaust noise from the generator; anyone have any suggestions or solutions?

What model is Yakima rack? Is the aluminess the side ladder? Can you post pictures? Cost.


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Old 02-15-2015, 07:46 AM   #439
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COOL: We got a Curt hitch step (their #31001) to facilitate ingress / egress at the back doors, given that the back doors on our relatively rare model of Interstate actually function as doors (and I love both the view and the reduction in claustrophobia that they provide). This step design is small enough to provide safety and convenience while still being easily stowable. The available Sprinter-specific options were too large for what we wanted.

UNCOOL: During the process of fitting (re-holing) the Curt, we discovered that the bracket that holds the electrical line is positioned so close to the receiver part of the hitch that the use of a locking pin is precluded. I guess they built this one assuming nobody would want to use anything more elaborate than a cotter pin? As if anything hooked to the hitch would never be subject to theft? IMO, I might as well Scotch tape a $50 bill to the hitch as leave that attractive little step in place with no lock on it.

Anyway, I'm glad we discovered this now instead of 48 hours prior to a long trip when we were getting ready to hook something larger up (such as a Yeti platform). Another example of scope creep, where what should have been a one-hour adjustment turns into a bigger job as we figure out how to modify the bracket. More on that in a future blog post.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:04 PM   #440
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As a stopgap, we swapped out the horrendous Sprinter OEM dash speakers ("original" in this case meaning brown paper cones) for a $25 pair of Walmart speakers (lower speaker in photo).

Forum consensus says that it's not worth using better speakers as long as that original radio remains in place. And we haven't yet decided how to upgrade the radio, but at least in the meantime, we will have slightly better listening.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:22 PM   #441
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So far I have not had to add oil to the generator but, the last time I checked the oil level, I could see that the only way I was going to add oil was with my trusty oil can. While these oil cans work well, they are messy to store. As I was also wanting to take extra oil along on our soon to happen California trip, I started thinking about a container that would be leak proof and protect my other things from the oily bits.

First I began thinking about where I could store these items other than inside the motorhome. Since my 2012 Sprinter does not have the auxiliary battery, that space on the left side of the engine bay was a likely prospect. Since the storage unit was going to be in the engine bay, I wanted something that would not be affected by heat and a metal container was the obvious choice. I took some measurements and began to look online for a container that would fit.



An old style ammo box looked like it would fit perfectly. A trip to Bass Pro and I had said ammo box in hand. It holds two quarts of oil and my oil can. Plus it has a rubber seal on the lid to make it waterproof.



For installation, my first thought was to make a bracket using the existing holes for the auxiliary battery tray. Those holes though gave me a better solution. Why not buy the factory tray? After doing a search, I found the part number and soon found one on eBay.





A trip to my local NAPA store netted me some 1/4" well nuts to use on the two holes on the sides of the inner sheet metal. A trip to Lowe's and I had the 5/16" well nut for the rear hole.







The 1/4" well nuts were a bit too large. A little adjustment with my Dremel and they fit perfectly. I soon had the tray mounted and the ammo box in place. For now I decided to hold the box down with bungee straps. If this does not work out well in actual use, I can always drill through the bottom and bolt the box directly to the tray.



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Nice!

I'm almost tempted to remove my "extra" battery simply to pout an ammo box under the hood!
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:52 PM   #443
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Great idea jerhofer! I've been wondering how I could make use of that space for storage. Thanks.


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Old 03-12-2015, 10:11 PM   #444
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While I was packing the AI today for our trip to California next week, I decided there had to be a better place for the table pole. I had been keeping it in an overhead cabinet where it was either difficult to access or was rolling around when the home was unpacked.

After doing some experimenting, I decided the best place was sitting vertically in front of the table top next to the outside wall. I removed one of the screws for the top table top mount, cut a piece of two sided Velcro to length and fastened it with the screw. I then place a piece of Velcro on the pole bag and on the bottom of the table top. It will ride forever there.









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After doing some experimenting, I decided the best place was sitting vertically in front of the table top next to the outside wall. I removed one of the screws for the top table top mount, cut a piece of two sided Velcro to length and fastened it with the screw. I then place a piece of Velcro on the pole bag and on the bottom of the table top. It will ride forever there.
Yours came with a storage bag? That's novelů

Anyway, personally I would have put it behind the galley in the window recess, horizontally. No need to even fasten it down, because it will ride there easily as well, especially since you've got a bag to keep it from clanking when you hit a bump. But that's just me.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:05 PM   #446
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Mine didn't come with the bag but it does have two hold-down straps in the rear overhead locker to contain out. Never have used it and considered leaving it and the table at home.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:26 PM   #447
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Great ideas! We'll try them. Unloading the rear storage to access the pedestal is a pain.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:19 AM   #448
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Good idea Jerry.

I just keep mine in the front overhead. Works for me.

BTW Setting up our table has become a ritual. As soon as we get to our camping spot I spin the passenger front seat around (sometimes both front seats) and put the table up.
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