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Old 06-08-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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Modern Generator replacement for genset?

Has anyone taken out their genset and installed a modern inverter generator like a honda/yamaha 3000?

I was looking at the Polished 345 for sale in the classifieds and saw that he had replaced the original genset.

How difficult would it be to wire one in? How about getting fuel to the unit from the main tank? How expensize would a custom exhaust be for one of these units? Any experience or info would be greatly appreciated! I did a search and didn't quite find the info I was looking for.

I have a 3000 generator already and I am looking at my leaky, noisy, genset unit and wondering if this would be a viable option.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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97sx, the genset in your rig was designed and built to be run while driving down the road. This is NOTY true of the Honda. I would advise some thorough researching before attempting this switch.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:15 AM   #3
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and I am looking at my leaky, noisy, genset unit and wondering if this would be a viable option.
Is that a Onan? It should be quiet as all get out, at least our 6.5 is.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:21 PM   #4
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Is that a Onan? It should be quiet as all get out, at least our 6.5 is.
It's a kohler. Doesn't help there is an exhaust leak that needs welded up. Also the inside of my genset compartment looks just like the photos keyair took of his....lining/ insulation is falling off everywhere.
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It's a kohler. Doesn't help there is an exhaust leak that needs welded up. Also the inside of my genset compartment looks just like the photos keyair took of his....lining/ insulation is falling off everywhere.
The fix is easy and cheep only takes a few hrs! I love hondas but the truth is one (Onan) is built for 1,000 plus hrs and the other (Honda 1000 or 2000) is built for weekend use.
If you wont to get rid of vibration and smell then buy a Honda and a good 50 foot plus cord but if you wont a built in unit then you should buy one that is designed to run in a housing.
Honda does have built in models
Honda RV EV6010 Generator
http://svrowan.wordpress.com/2010/09...rator-muffled/
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:01 PM   #6
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yes, and the RV EV 6010 will run Two Air-conditioning Units

I am Very happy with my well serviced Onan
very quiet and faithful
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:24 PM   #7
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The fix is easy and cheep only takes a few hrs! I love hondas but the truth is one (Onan) is built for 1,000 plus hrs and the other (Honda 1000 or 2000) is built for weekend use.
If you wont to get rid of vibration and smell then buy a Honda and a good 50 foot plus cord but if you wont a built in unit then you should buy one that is designed to run in a housing.
Honda does have built in models
Honda RV EV6010 Generator
Generator muffled s/v rowan
The Honda 2000i and 3000i have a full 3yr commercial, rental, and institutional unlimited hour warranty, thats more than weekend use.
The onan only has a non commercial 2yr full warranty.
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #8
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I am Very happy with my well serviced Onan
very quiet and faithful
Ditto that, plus ours is propane-powered.
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Mike, that is my Next Project. Like AirRowan is doing
and I plan to add an additional Propane tank where the exhaust Muffler was before the Banks system was installed.
I think that will work space wise. ???
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:44 PM   #10
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As I said to you in our PM's, I would fix the exhaust, and maybe upgrade the muffler if needed, and then revamp the insulation....
Spend any real money you have on a Solar panel/panels... that way you don't have to run the Genset!
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I would fix the exhaust, and maybe upgrade the muffler if needed, and then revamp the insulation....
Have you guys figured out if the Kohlers run hot, or was AS just guilty of poor insulation practices?
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Have you guys figured out if the Kohlers run hot, or was AS just guilty of poor insulation practices?
I just think the insulation they used had a limited lifespan. I peeled back the reflective sheet and the insulation just crumbled away. There went another hour with the shop-vac. I'm really pleased in how the dog house cover turned out so will use the same headliner from dynamat.com when I come across a spare $110 for the generator compartment.

My Kohler gets hot after a while, not hot enough to be alarmed though, but I don't have a temp gauge to look at to get all worried about!
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