……our original On an Power Drawer was a cutting edge generator when our coaches were assembled. A “pancake” block design, a wwII APU design has been very reliable…..but that was 45 years ago! When any mechanism made by man ages, quirks and issue cause things to not work. Add more age and more parts get closer to their envelope of life enough issues cause the generator to not be as reliable as when it was new.
Generators need to run long periods of time flawlessly…….. That’s hard. So when we put so much into bringing the motorhome drive train, interior and body…….something must be done to make power as useful and fresh as the rest of the coach.
You COULD try and bring the Onan back to a useful state…….some will but usually a different unit needs to be considered.
For the past 20 years and still the Honda EV-6010 has been our go to unithere’s another one going into a 26′ coach (putting one in a 23′ coach is a bit more involved and the 4000watt EV-4010 is the one to use).
Yes, the Honda units ARE discontinued and now aging themselves but with good parts and expertise support thru Pinellas Power Products…..look them up……these machines have the reliability put in to have them still viable.
Onan IS building a 2.8 and a 4k unit both “box style” units will fit. I’ve just not made the jump to that style of unit. Many have had good results. It’s hard to work on and maintain to me but hey…..who am I …..opinions differ.
I know the draw is hard but I will tell you those low cost “stand by” generators found even at Costco. Generally they are loud and need open air flow to keep them from overheating. A “standby” unit is not made for continuous duty….its to run a staple gun or a saw not to cook a turkey! I couldn’t resist the low price myself trying to make one of them work…actually I tried 2…….nope, just wasn’t as good…..would not do what’s needed. Good luck if you wanna try…..
With lining the generator compartment with a sound deadening materialthe higher rpm (3600) is quiet inside. The Honda fits well, does not need a slide with all serviceable items on the facing side of the unit…..really nice to maintain.
We’ve been doing this mod as I said for 20 years with very good results……..but progress moves on so, what’s next?
Today, all ideas are being investigated. Soon we are investigating some of these new solar/ battery/ inverter systems. It’s said today…..the technology works. We need to see…….stay tuned but until proven I’d still rather have a Honda……..hey but that’s just me.……..“Gone with the Wind” seats……the curtains were used to cover them! Is this original….retro…..odd….well it would be hard to see stains! Santos sitting there at his sewing table has his work cut out…..see him there way in the back of his stacked spaceit takes professionals like him to do this workso from all the guys here we hope you have a good day……together, these guys will make things happen here…..and that beat goes on. Thanks for dropping by…..talk to ya tomorrow
Check the door side of the lower entry door hinder……if yours has a crack between the 2 bolts…….stay tuned for our door straightening video coming soon………