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Old 07-16-2016, 07:57 PM   #1
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Removing Onan Generator?

Has anyone removed their Onan generator to make room for a solar battery bank?

I was thinking of the possibility of removing the Onan generator that came with my XLR and setting it up on a portable platform so I could still easily set it up if needed. Then using the empty spot where it used to be for a solar battery bank, charge controller, and all the associated solar items.

If anyone has done something like this would you mind sharing photos of what you have done? Would also consider other suggestions as well. Thanks!
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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Removing the Onan is not difficult, but it is heavy. 280 pounds heavy. If it is mounted in a box you will have to remove the exhaust pipe, wiring, and typically 4 bolts on the bottom. Lifting it out is completely another issue. You will need some type of platform or lift to slide it on. If it is suspended, usually requires cribbing and jacks, and something to put it on like a rolling dolly. You have to be creative. Just be carefully not to damage the bottom aluminum pan.
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Would take a lot of solar to replace an Onan generator wouldn't it? Cool idea though.
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Not sure of the basement on yours, but I had a battery box built to fit a pair of J185 Trojans on the drivers side. The same could be done on the pass side. I have 450ah right now, could easily double that with another box on the other side.


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Old 07-17-2016, 01:32 PM   #5
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Would take a lot of solar to replace an Onan generator wouldn't it? Cool idea though.
Not talking about replacing, merely turning the Onan into a portable generator vs. onboard, then utilizing the vacated space to house a battery bank.
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apples and oranges Mark, but I bought the genset prep but no Genny. I installed my Magnum 2000 in that space with controller and a few other items then, in a custom (vented) tongue box, set 4 GC-2s with 3 way switch, the cat fuse and J-box. I can fit a few items in there as well.
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