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Old 12-29-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Onan Generator Question

I'm about to pull the trigger on a 2015 29HFS. I know I can save money with a Honda or other portable generator, but like the convenience of factory installed/just push a button and start.

I am concerned about the noise/vibration, however, of the generator installed right below the bed. Can anyone who has the factory Onan unit comment on this?

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Old 12-29-2014, 02:51 PM   #2
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I had a motorhome with the generator directly under the bedroom. NOT GOOD! I ended up buying a portable generator that I ran at night with a little distance from the motorhome. I ran the resident generator during the day.

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I have Onan 5500 in my 5er and can not hear it running inside at all
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I have the factory installed Onan 4000 in my 27 hfs. It is a bit loud inside and you can feel the vibration. It is also loud outside. If I had it to do over since I rarely stay at a site without power I would most likely not get the Onan, but two honda's instead. Having the start/stop switch inside is nice. I have read other posts about adding sound dampening to help with the noise inside, but I would hate to be my neighbor.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:10 PM   #5
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I have the factory installed Onan 4000 in my 27 hfs. It is a bit loud inside and you can feel the vibration. It is also loud outside. If I had it to do over since I rarely stay at a site without power I would most likely not get the Onan, but two honda's instead. Having the start/stop switch inside is nice. I have read other posts about adding sound dampening to help with the noise inside, but I would hate to be my neighbor.

I agree, The generator in a TT is in the living space.

The 5th wheels have a space below the living space.

Most campgrounds have quiet hours and generators are not permitted over nite.
Small generator and extra battery's with a inverter will be the better plan with a TT.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback. It's greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:48 PM   #7
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I have a 27HFS with the Onan 4000 generator and before I installed it I insulated the inside of the box and the outside of the box (under the matress) with a product called Boom Mat.It is 1" thick with peel and stick on one side and heat resistant layer on the other side, (shiny foil). I never tried it without this insulation but with it the noise is not bad at all. Can watch tv in the bedroom no problem and with the air conditioner running you cant hear it over the noise of the a/c. Happy with the choice instead of having to get other generators out and hooked up I just push a button.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:49 PM   #8
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We have a 5500 watt Onan in our 5th wheel under the bedroom and it is quiet no noise issues for us. I was a little sceptical about it being under there but its quiet but the bedroom A/C is the loud part in ours.
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:37 AM   #9
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Make sure the factory removes the plastic behind the screen in the access door for the generator. They didn't in mine and the generator overheated causing it to shut down continuously and causing some damage to the microprocessor board on the generator.

Forest River covered the damage under warranty after Onan Elkhart IN figured it out.

Other then that it is a great generator.
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