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Old 06-06-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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XLR 29HFS GenPrep, HappyJac Benches, Roof Ladder ?

Bought a 2015 XLR 29HFS as it was rather than wait (6) weeks for order. Had all options I wanted except Gen prep, additional SAT IN, and the rear dinette benches on the HappyJac Rack under the bed in cargo bay. I have found tricks online to resolve hookups for my Satellite Sys with minor mods.

Have yet to call Forest River to see if can buy rear benches (black label) & Gen Prep kit to add it. I assume can get correct auto transfer switch & that they have diagram/instructions and kit for all rough ins to add the Onan RVQG4000. Plan to add 1" Boom Matting inside & around the Gen Box to muffle sound even more. Will connect to onboard gas tank option for long run times.

I also want to add an exterior roof ladder @ cargo bay sidewall in rear, perhaps collapsible type, like from weekendwarriorgear?

Has anyone done any of this after the fact? Any advice or recommended Part#'s etc much appreciated. Dealer is 5.5hrs away, so looking. For do-it-yourself help...
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:50 AM   #2
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I'm not much help, D. Mine has the gen prep package. Instead of getting the proper Onan, I connected a #10 AWG cord to the provided transfer switch that is stored in the gen box, that I pull out and run out to a generator either on the ground or in the pickup bed. I can run it while on the road if necessary, but not nearly as convenient as the Onan would be. I did insulate the gen box on the outside, using Refectix; my concern was for heat and cold not sound. These onboard generators won't work for me, due to the noise. I know FR factory parts to retrofit is very pricey.

I only have the one bed on the happi jac lift system and haven't really even used it for a bed.

I did modified the sat / cable in outlet to allow sat hook up that could feed additional TVs either antenna or sat, as desired. The mod for that I found doing a search and it is posted on this site. For me a feed for sat and cable (both) isn't necessary. I can move the cable as they attach to the plate as needed, including to the antenna, which is very near worthless. If I was ordering new, I would order without antenna.

As nice as a collapsible ladder would be, its the price that keeps me from getting one. Plus, the section of an aluminum extension ladder (about 10 ft long and feather light) is all I need and already own. It fits easily into the toy bay or could be carried under floor with a simple hangar mod.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:30 PM   #3
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Tell me about this transfer switch that's provided with the generator prep . I have the Generator prep and don't know where this switch is . I'd like do do the same
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:41 PM   #4
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Tell me about this transfer switch that's provided with the generator prep . I have the Generator prep and don't know where this switch is . I'd like do do the same
you have to remove the plywood bed platform completely. There is a space just behind the box where the transfer switch is hidden. They don't provide the cable but the rest is ready to go. I drilled through the box and used an insulated cable clamp to prevent chaffing. When hooked to the genny, it transfers automatically, just as the on board genny would do. I also insulated the box on those sides now exposed, while in there.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:26 PM   #5
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Onan should be able to provide installation instructions and schematics. Cooling air in and out is critical. You may want to look at a unit with gen installed at factory.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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I bought the onan after I bought TH. Template to cut bottom was included along with install instructions


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Old 06-09-2015, 11:16 PM   #7
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Thanks I'll look into it soon
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:54 AM   #8
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Thanks guys.
I bought a Werner multiset 300lb ladder that can extend 13' for $110 @ Lowe's, will rig up in underbelly to rack it. Was much cheaper and easier than mounting exterior ladder.

Working with localCummins rep on gen set & accessories.

Good input about transfer switch planning to do auto start setup.
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Thanks guys.
I bought a Werner multiset 300lb ladder that can extend 13' for $110 @ Lowe's, will rig up in underbelly to rack it. Was much cheaper and easier than mounting exterior ladder.

Working with localCummins rep on gen set & accessories.

Good input about transfer switch planning to do auto start setup.
Lowes and HD wants $159 here for the Werner ladder... was it on sale?? They do a military discount that drops about $16 off the before-tax price. Love the military discount! It would apply even to a sale price, but some items they only give 5% off on.
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I was able to pick up the Keller Pro 13' expandable ladder at Menards for $89 this morning (rated for 300lbs). The 10' was $85 but only rated for 225lbs. It worked great to get me on the roof today so I could install the Fantastic Fan vent covers.
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