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Old 04-12-2016, 01:07 AM   #1
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Looking for some info on installing a generator.

New member here and looking for some ideas on installing a generator on our new Cardinal 3250RL, whenever it gets here, my first thoughts were (because I haven't seen it yet.) do I need to beef up the generator prep area?
Yes it is gen prep. but is the underside covered and can you get there and do some fab work.?
I am going to shoehorn in a Diesel Gen. with a custom fuel tank attachment.

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Old 04-14-2016, 11:35 AM   #2
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Well- no negatives so I'll take that as a positive, and I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:11 PM   #3
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I have six GC batteries next to my Onan 5500 lp gen, it should hold up fine!


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Old 04-15-2016, 10:18 PM   #4
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Also I believe the camper comes prepped for an Onan generator with a metal plate with pre punched holes for mounts and exhaust, etc.


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Old 04-16-2016, 01:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response, I will find out I guess whenever it show's up if there are any mods required, I am just wondering if there is access under in case I need to get under to do something, I guess if so I will just have to put it back.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:49 PM   #6
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I put tabs on a piece of 2 " tubing and ran it the width of the trl and bolted it into the bottom flange of frame. That floor will bow it is not very thick . The tubing is simple and effective.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:21 PM   #7
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I would highly recommend sticking with an LP Generator. If it's in your budget go for the 6500 watt. Same size and foot print as the Onan 5500. Keep in mind that for ever 1000 feet of elevation a gem out put drops about 3%. So if in CO at say 6 or 8k feet you may see the diff in output. Burn rate is pretty close .8gal hr at half and 1.2gal hr at high rpm. They are both the Onan 7000 gas but burning LP. If you want anymore info let me know. Below is the Onan link

https://powersuite.cummins.com/PS5/P...ets/a-1426.pdf
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:32 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input, whenever the 5th wheel gets here I will start on my Generator install and see how it goes from there, if all works out well I will share.
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Diesel gen is the way to go IMHO - especially if it is a low speed 1800 rpm... they are super quiet and will last forever. I have had the same thoughts for our next camper... go 5th and get gen prep, install diesel gen set and use 7.5 gal marine style fuel tank... keep two tanks and switch to fill the empty... there is almost no mechanical noise from those units... very fuel efficient too..
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:54 PM   #10
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Now I hear someone singing my tune.
maybe a quick disconnect marine fuel tank, with gauge.
maybe a fuel buddy in the back of the diesel truck
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