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Old 02-25-2015, 03:29 PM   #1
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this is about the engine generator versus the onan. i have posted ad nauseum about this subject an i am sure most of you are tired of it.

However- i am having second thoughts about the Onan. Davydd has convinced me in most cases the cats will survive on fantastic fan.

i cannot fathom wanting to run the Onan. Never really wanted it BUT wife and i want zion so it seemed necessary.

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will be doing mostly campground of some kind(wife likes them)

does anybody here really like the Onan?. do you go out of your way to not use it.

just looking for opinions. I can still change my order
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Disclaimer is that we don't haul animals with us.

We didn't use our generator at all the last two years. We are setup so we can run the microwave off the van alternator, so no need for the generator because no need for the AC. If it gets so hot outside that we can't be out of the van, we need to go elsewhere, as hiding from the heat in the van isn't camping to us.

That said, I don't know how you would be able to stop and do things for more than a couple of minutes if you were in very hot weather. It the outside temp is too hot for the animal, a fan won't get you there as you will be certainly a bit hotter. Maybe you could rig something with ice bags or something that the cat could get next to on the floor.

Easy decision for us, I wouldn't buy a generator at this point, tougher if you have animals and can't run the AC on batteries.
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:58 PM   #3
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i just can't imagine leaving Onan on in a parking lot either
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:08 PM   #4
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I debated the need, in the past we used seldom used ours except when we dry camped, rest stops, mostly for A/C as we travel to warm areas allot. I've been in RV places that lost power a few times when it was very hot.I ended up installing one as I found enough needs and will use it for power outages for my house. I can get rid of my small portable generator I have stored for this purpose.
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Not tired of the discussion at all Gerry. Good topic. We all go through these thought processes. The "engine generator" would let you run the microwave oven or A/C to cool the interior of the coach down. You might not want to idle it for hours but even a half hour in the evening might be enough to get rid of some of the heat soak from the day.
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Yes, a good topic. I too am interested in how the Onan works for ac. I live in deep south, heat/humidity, and cannae' stand cold weather. But, I also like to be cool for sleeping in hot weather. Keep'em coming...
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:34 PM   #7
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since we live in the North and usually travel based on climate and season


I did it. I called and changed the order. now getting underhood generator. deleted onan and tire carrier-tire back under van.

Is this the correct call-i think so- don't know if the cats will approve

I till think extra alternator is overkill with this battery-however idling with the underhood extra alternator will guarantee full power with this manyamps. sigh who knows
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Gerry,

Since you asked for opinions, here's mine.

I would change my order if I were you. I'd get the engine generator and delete the Onan.

The Onan maintenance is a PITA. It's in a spot that is difficult at best to reach. It's loud not only outside, but inside as well.

With all the posts on the subject, there really are 2 issues. One is battery charging and the other is 110v power available for the house. You really need to separate the issues.

I'd agree with you that for battery charging, the engine generator is overkill. It will however, charge this small battery very quickly. When it comes down to it, who cares?

Where the engine generator will shine, I think, is that is can quietly provide 110v power for your air conditioner or microwave for however long you may need it. I would think you'd be OK sitting in a parking lot at idle, keeping your coach cool for the pets. As a bonus, on a 110 degree Texas summer day, you can zip down the highway with the roof air blasting away.

And best yet, when you change your engine oil in the van, you've essentially done all your maintenance on the generator. No searching for someone who knows anything about Onans, or carrying oil and filters for it on board.

When I'm ready for my next van, high on my list will be an engine generator/extra alternator. I think it's the way to go.
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Gerry,

Since you asked for opinions, here's mine.

I would change my order if I were you. I'd get the engine generator and delete the Onan.

The Onan maintenance is a PITA. It's in a spot that is difficult at best to reach. It's loud not only outside, but inside as well.

With all the posts on the subject, there really are 2 issues. One is battery charging and the other is 110v power available for the house. You really need to separate the issues.

I'd agree with you that for battery charging, the engine generator is overkill. It will however, charge this small battery very quickly. When it comes down to it, who cares?

Where the engine generator will shine, I think, is that is can quietly provide 110v power for your air conditioner or microwave for however long you may need it. I would think you'd be OK sitting in a parking lot at idle, keeping your coach cool for the pets. As a bonus, on a 110 degree Texas summer day, you can zip down the highway with the roof air blasting away.

And best yet, when you change your engine oil in the van, you've essentially done all your maintenance on the generator. No searching for someone who knows anything about Onans, or carrying oil and filters for it on board.

When I'm ready for my next van, high on my list will be an engine generator/extra alternator. I think it's the way to go.

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Wow, I would've never thought about no generator, but having an extra generator that runs off engine power! All this stuff is new to me coming from a trailer with nothing but ac power, and the deep cycle power for lights, water pump, just light duty stuff. I always thought the onboard generator was the dog's bark.
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