Originally Posted by Joe
Have wondered the same thing. We have put so much time and money into the on board Onan 2800. I keep saying next time its out of there.
I did reach a point where I was tired of throwing hundreds of $$$ at the previously neglected and loud Onan. Not to mention the impossibility of on trip repairs short of going to a genny shop. One year turned out to be a fuel pump and the $$$ muffler blew out. The next long trip the voltage regulator crapped out. While this is replaceable on the road without lowering it correcting the root cause is not. The final straw came when after correcting the cause(dirty slip ring) the carbbie went on the fritz. Enough was enough.
I always pull a trailer with a motorcycle in it so I mounted up a nice, quieter than Onan(though not quite as quiet as a Honda/Yamaha) Champion inverter genny on the trailer tongue. This genny comes with a remoter start/stop key fob so you don't have to go out to start it. 2800 watt continuous. 30 amp RV outlet, no adapter required. About $8-900. US based support. Three year warranty.
Is it as convenient as the onboard Onan? No, but it's close with the fob start. You still have to put gas in it. I'm using the same low pressure fuel pump that I rigged up external to the Onan to fill the gas tank on the Champion. Did I mention that it's (alot) quieter than the Onan even with a new $$$ muffler on it?
As a bonus my brother and I fabbed up a hinged battery carrier in place of the Onan so I can have a larger or dual batteries if I want. And battery install/removal is a lot easier than the little cubby that Roadtrek provided for the 200 series.
If for some reason we go on a trip without the trailer, installing it on a rear carrier is not that big of a deal. I built a portable ramp system to wheel it into place on the trailer or carrier and for maintenance and repair work.
All in all, I'm quite happy with the change over. I just finished a four month trip with no genny issues. Priceless.
Oh, and did I mention it's quieter than the Onan?