Originally Posted by reilym
Interesting. I may have a crack at the generator install myself. I am guessing that the rear needs to be jacked up to provide enough clearance to slide the old out and the new in on a floor jack. Curious about your choice of ACs. Did you compare the Houghton with the Coleman Mach 10 NDQ? Looks like the Coleman draws a little less current (10.4 amps cooling) than the Houghton. There is a nice
of the Dometic vs. the NDQ as far as noise goes. The latter is 5-6 dB quieter than the Dometic.
We used ramps to lift the rear about 8-10 inches off the ground. He had home made ramps made of 2X12 with some beveling. This was sufficient to lift van.
Disconnect all electrical and gas lines.
Only four bolts holding the genny in place. Place a jack beneath the genny. Remove bolts and slide genny out. This was easy part.
Installer used a forklift because he could control it better and felt more comfortable with it. I think a flat jack used for motocycles would work fine.
Now the hard part is to raise and align so holes line up with the brackets. He found a bolt from chassis directly above the genny stopping the last 1/2 inch. He just ground it off. That was it. Took about 30 minutes of playing around to see the obstruction. Remember installer never installed this genny before. He is independent although certified(only works on Onan gennys).
I connected the 120 wire to junction box under the driver's side ottoman. He connected gas line and harness. He installed a second fuel filter? Reinstalled the muffler with new hanger and tested. Should mention, he had added oil and tested prior to installing. Also remove plate covering side exhaust and reinstalled elbow to exhaust thru side an not bottom. Do as much work on bench instead of under van. Much easier access to everything!
Regarding the Coleman. I read on Facebook Travato forum. Members were upgrading from the Coleman Mac 10 ND to Houghton Belaire. People who did say it was worth it and a huge improvement. So I went with the HB.