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Old 03-20-2020, 07:49 PM   #1
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With so many having issues with the onboard Onan generator has anyone explored mounting a generator on a hitch generator mount?

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Old 03-20-2020, 10:52 PM   #2
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With so many having issues with the onboard Onan generator has anyone explored mounting a generator on a hitch generator mount?

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OH FOR CRIPES SAKE JOHNNIE!

Now you put that idea in my head. Now I have go and learn to weld ... again.

Since getting my 16P190 I have really missed my generator. I often travel mid-winter and the lithium, solar, inverter, etc are cute but in the end they don't make the grade. Nor in the 100 degree heat of August when I stop to rest and need that air going for six or more hours.

As a ham I would be very pleased to be done with the noise from that darn inverter. I've never seen something generate so much RF across so many frequencies.

Darn you, Johnnie!
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Old 03-21-2020, 12:04 AM   #3
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Prevoiusly neglected and problematic Onan replaced by a battery storage mount.
I bought this
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00JZQ...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can mount it to a hitch carrier or on my enclosed trailer tongue. I have a ramp to facilitate moving it.

Inverter, the correct plug in for the RV cord, much quieter than the Onan, and remote fob start/stop. The hassle is dealing with gasoline. I had mounted an external electric fuel pump for the failed one on the Onan and re-purposed that pump with a long enough hose to reach the genny. To refuel, I just run the hose to the genny and turn on the pump. I do have a small gasoline rated ball valve near the fill end of the hose to avoid spilling.

I don't run it much exept for occasional A/C or powering a toaster oven or microwave. Solar takes care of battery charging.

Two years of trouble free service so far.
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Old 03-21-2020, 05:15 PM   #4
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Maybe I am lucky but over the past 12 years of RVing and having an Onan generator on both RVs I never had any major problems with my Onans.

I did replace the carburetor on my 2007 RT210 Versatile Onan 2800 but that is all.

I have always maintained them according to Onan
Maitenance manual.

I am a HAM also and operate 2 meters thru 80 meters with the generator, the coach batterys and shore power and do not have any noise issues.

I bonded the antenna mounts to the chassis and ran separate ground straps from the generator, coach batterys and Inverter to the chassis also.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:18 PM   #5
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The only issues with a generator mounted like that.
One is parking in a regular space with a rack on the back. You might stick out too far.

Two is theft it must be secured well so it cannot be stolen easily, including a hitch lock.

Three the big one. Make sure exhaust is getting away from the vehicle. These generators don't have a protruding tailpipe to get the exhaust away from them. They are designed to be used away from the vehicle not mounted on one.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:25 PM   #6
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For design purposes, that genny weighs 97 pounds. The Onan considerably more.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:36 PM   #7
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I've done that for about 15 years. Never had a problem. Good luck.
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