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Old 07-08-2018, 03:01 PM   #2101
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Im not the electronics guy, as you know, but this is the unit:

https://www.harborfreight.com/3500-w...tor-63584.html

And this is the "Parallel Kit".

https://www.harborfreight.com/RV-Rea...Kit-62564.html

I dont want to spend $1500 if I dont have to, but a pair of these looks very interesting...
57db, is quieter than the smaller 2000w unit I have, and that is pretty quiet.
The Kohler 7000w was 70 to 85Db outside and 65db, even inside running under load.
Clean power output, and electric start.
I bet a pair of them mounted side by side would sill leave room for another set of 6v Golfcart batteries and still be lighter than the original.

All just a maybe for now.
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:08 PM   #2102
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Don't think that parallel kit you linked does what you want, it's a 30A output for use with 2 2000 watt generators

Edit
If you wired yours like I have mine, 2 30A plugs, totally separate circuits, you could just run the 2 predator generators and give each one a plug, no bridge necessary
(It'll be more complicated for you than it was for me, because I assume you have a rotary switch, I'd need to see your wiring diagram, mine were already isolated making it easy)

Edit 2, that generator has an awesome owners manual, and it has parallel capability, just need to find the correct parallel kit, I wonder if it'll bridge the two into a proper 50A 220V RV outlet, since it can technically only put 30 to each side
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:13 PM   #2103
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Steve, as much as I like old things and like working on old things even by my standards it's probably time to just bite the bullet and move on from the Kohler.

You've not the only one that's made a mistake something like what you did with the Kohler. When I was building spitfire race engines I managed to collect a lot of expensive parts that were no longer usable due to my negligence
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:56 PM   #2104
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I hear ya Brad.
It may well turn out to be so, but I still will need to pull the Kohler out and clean up the mess.
I will assess the damage and decide then.

While this heat wave plays out, Iíve been working on my metalwork skills.
Iím busy on the lathe making mods to the ball/radius turning attachment so I can make the large radius roll die I need to move the wrap project forward.

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Added a 48oz BFH(Bossing Mallet) to the mix to move metal faster.

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Also, modified a tipping die for the bead roller. I used an old skateboard wheel as the lower....

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And a little play time produced this quilted effect, which was too heavy/deep and curved the piece of scrap, but i learned something.
I can now do quilting/embossing/flames.... in theory!

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That cheered me up a little after last weeks disaster!
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:34 PM   #2105
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Check out this guys beadroller setup
He upgraded to a new machine, but go back to page 15 to see his homemade setup that he had pretty good results with
https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f199...1/index20.html
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:59 PM   #2106
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Pretty cool!
I look thru the whole thread.... great skills that guy has.

He started with what I did, an olf HF unit, altho we diverged somewhat...
Look back at Page 134 and 135 in this thread, to see my Bead roller progression.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:15 PM   #2107
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Today, in the mail....
Wayneís unit(maybe that sounds odd?&#129315 and a 2.5l coolant overflow tank to replace the second plastic one!Click image for larger version

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Old 07-11-2018, 06:15 PM   #2108
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If that new tank is all metal, the coolant level sensor may or may not work as expected. The module detects conductance between one probe and the other in the plastic tank. The second probe is grounded to the frame.

It may be OK with a isolated probe to the module as in the original setup and have the tank grounded?
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:41 PM   #2109
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Thanks Wayne!
Yes, I still have the rubber isolated probes from the OEM tank attached to the wires, so I was planning to drill this tank and install those, in this one.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:41 AM   #2110
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Not been out to the MH because itís been unbearably hot here at home... mid to high 90s virtually all July and the first week of August. Out where itís stored it was 10 to 15 deg higher.
Then, last week we had the Holy Jim fire, that blazed viably from where we live. We were not in danger, but it was worrisome. We had several days of smoke, so I was happy to stay inside with the AC on!
The local views of the smoke, and fire were crazy!
No way was I going over to work on the Airstream and maybe not be able home again!


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Old 08-16-2018, 01:49 AM   #2111
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I put a good amount of time in on some other projects, as my workshop/garage has some AC, and it stayed in the high 80s.
I managed to fix a bunch of stuff on Robynís Range Rover, which will go up for sale soon.
Modified the radius attachment for my lathe, and with that I turned a pair of round over or tank roll dies, that I think will push the wrap project forward again.
More soon!
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Nice radius tool!
I hope to be that good on a late eventually
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[QUOTE=Keyair;2143464]Not been out to the MH because itís been unbearably hot here at home... mid to high 90s virtually all July and the first week of August. Out where itís stored it was 10 to 15 deg higher.
No way was I going over to work on the Airstream.....

Wishing you a good outcome.
We are on opposite sides of the U.S. and our problem is similar but is limited to temperature, I have my AS at home, but can't work on the outside due to temp. We have been at 90+ for more than any time I can remember. Tried to paint patio a one or two day project took a month due to the daily rains and the humidity, can't stop the sweat dripping diluting the paint

Enjoying your inside work progress.
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:37 PM   #2114
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Thanks Dave!
Yes, its been a bear, with this heat.

Oh, If I told the story of the Range Rover AC failure I would likely get some abuse... deservedly!
Its working now... just cleaning it up, ready for sale... but I do need to use it to load the "Fluked" up Kohler Genset, and bring it home, before its sold... lots of blankets to protect the nice clean interior of course...
After thats gone I gotta rebuild thecarb on the Chevy K10... then there is the leaking NP 205 Transfer case...
Then I used my Vacuum dent puller to repair the Mercedes 190D where some jerk hit and run the door...
I wonder about my sanity some days...

Yesterday, I had to do a Pulminologist/Cardiologist run with the FiL... but I popped into the Metal store on the way home and picked up some fodder for the next stage.

Grabbed some 2" bar 1" bar, and some 3" x 1/2" rounds.
Spent some time looking at the 1/4 Plate Aluminum and wondered if I should redo the bumpers into something prettier than the stock front one... I think I could do away with the banana wraps all together...
Maybe later....
Also ordered some "Dimple Dies" for some play work.

Its cooling off, so I hope to get out there this coming week... watch this space!
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