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Old 11-23-2017, 07:01 PM   #1
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76 Argosy Motorhome Generator

Hi I just purchased a 76 Argosy Motorhome. I looked everywhere for a owners manual however I was unable to locate one. There is an original working Onan generator connected to the vehicle. I can turn it on via my ignition key when starting the vehicle. I'm wondering how to use the generator to power a tv or fan when not connected to shore power. I have never used it and do not have a clue how to start it from inside the vehicle and where to plug the load into. I was also wondering if the generator needs routine oil replacement and where to fill the oil on the generator and how often (2 cycle or ?). Are there any other routine maintenance the generator needs?
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:14 PM   #2
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Find the tag with the GenSet info, Model Number, etc & add it so folks can give you some specific info re your questions.
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My 1975 20' Argosy MH (sold it this year) had an original working 4KW Onan generator. There was a switch on the control panel inside the MH that would start the generator. You could also start the generator using a switch that was located next the generator. The power cord for shore power was located in an outside compartment streetside in front of the rear wheels. Also inside that compartment was an electrical outlet that you could plug the power cord into. That outlet was connected to the generator, so that would power the MH using the generator. The power cord was either plugged into shore power or plugged into the generator outlet.
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It's a Onan 4.0 BF C3R /1600 2B generator.
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I located the control panel above the stove and the shore power box inside the rear wheel compartment. What of the oil and maintenance requirments?
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Onan GenSet Info

Found this Onan forum to be very helpful with issues I had with my 6.5
https://www.smokstak.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=6
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