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Old 08-14-2013, 07:56 PM   #21
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We're working again on the Onan. They are back into production from what I understand, but not full production.

We're working on either that or doubling the LP tank...hopefully both.
Brian,

Thats great news, I hope it works. That is what I would be waiting for.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:51 PM   #22
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Diesel -VS- Gas or Propane Generator:

Diesel con: Much higher initial cost

Diesel Pro: Longer lifespan, far lower fuel consumption and Onan Quietdiesel line is often quieter than a gas generator.



As a note, I ran a 7.5Kw Onan Quietdiesel over 10,000Hours without any major repairs and even at those incredible hours I never needed to add oil between changes(250hrs on Amsoil 15W-40 Synthetic)(recommended interval was around 50-100 hours?)
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:41 PM   #23
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Diesel Gen. on Solera update?

Hi,

We just ordered a 24R and were told that the factory is not installing Onan diesels at present due to a lot of warranty issues with Onan. Anyone know if they're now available?
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:08 AM   #24
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It was various issues. The diesel gen plant stopped producing, then they had a fire. We physically could not get them. Working on it.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:54 PM   #25
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Just to add some thoughts, I like the propane generator. When we bought in 2012, the offered diesel generator was smaller - 3200 watts vs 3600 for the propane (not sure what size the new diesel gen will be). From what I can tell, the exhaust of the propane generator is essentially odor free. Not sure what exhaust emission controls will be on the new diesel generator, but doubt it would be "Blue Tech". With propane, I don't have to worry about fuel gum forming should I not run it for a while. Diesel also has the "water separator fuel filter" complexity - not on propane. While diesel has more energy per gallon - and therefore uses less fuel - until recently (propane shortage driven by severe weather) propane is a lot cheaper (about half to two thirds the price per gallon in my experience).
I rarely use the generator - occasionally to microwave some food while dry camping; to run the aircon for the dog while we have dinner or lunch on the road. The propane generator seems more trouble-free given my intermittent usage pattern.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:56 PM   #26
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We would have liked a larger LP tank. There is not enough LP for a winter weekend at the ski slopes. Big disappointment. The incremental weight and cost difference would be well worth it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:21 AM   #27
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I just ended up purchasing a Honda EU6500IS for our unit for the time being.

I really miss our Onan 7.5Kw Quiet Diesel, it was noticeably quieter than the Honda and lower fuel consumption. Something that would be very nice would be if the Honda had a small catalytic converter to kill the gas engine exhaust odor.

Propane fuel for a internal combustion engine seems like a major rip-off if you use the genset much. Fuel consumption is naturally higher due to the lack of energy in the fuel. The BTU of propane is around 85,000Btu/gal VS 130,000btu/gal for diesel....pretty significant.....thus why I went with gasoline for now.(approx. 112,000btu/gal)

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At $3 a gallon, the price per BTU of Propane fuel is much more expensive , not to mention the fuel consumption is also higher....netting a double whammy on cost to operate.

However, if you don't use the generator or don't plan on using it, maybe the LP genset is the best option......however if it's not going to be used, why even spend the money in the first place on a genset?
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My last propane fill preceded the recent "winter freeze" induced shortage and price run-up. I believe I have been paying $2 to $2.50 a gallon for propane. I have been paying $4 to $4.50 a gallon for "ultra-low sulfur, <5% bio" diesel. Using above "BTU/Gallon" numbers, about 37,500 BTU per dollar with propane; 30,500 BTU/dollar with diesel. Even at $3 per gallon of propane, propane is close to diesel (28,300 BTU/dollar).
Gasoline out here is hovering around $3.80 to $4 a gallon for regular unleaded - putting it 28,700 BTU per gallon - about the same as diesel or $3 per gallon propane.
As noted above, I only occasionally use the generator - but am very glad I have it when I need it - e.g., leaving the dog in the air-conditioned coach while we have a leisurely dinner or tour and outside temp is 100 degrees; running the microwave to thaw out dinner; etc...
Clearly, the diesel generator has the advantage of pulling fuel from the much larger and easier to fill vehicle tank. For my purposes, I like the propane generator's clean burning (no exhaust smell) and low maintenance (wrt fuel gum and fuel filter). In my experience, fuel cost is not the issue.
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Diesel gens are back on the option sheet.

Please note, the 15k BTU A/C with heat pump is not available with the diesel gen. Diesel gen is only 3.2k. Propane gen is 3.6.

I still hope to get a larger LP tank some day, but the tank itself is 100lbs heavier not even counting the added propane weight.
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Diesel gens are back on the option sheet.

Please note, the 15k BTU A/C with heat pump is not available with the diesel gen. Diesel gen is only 3.2k. Propane gen is 3.6.

I still hope to get a larger LP tank some day, but the tank itself is 100lbs heavier not even counting the added propane weight.
BC - you've made a lot of friends with that post. Seems most would go for the diesel gen if they have a choice. But, can't figure out why the A/C w/HP is not optional - only 12% difference in output, and I can't think of anywhere else using enough power to overload the 3.2KW.
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