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Old 03-17-2019, 08:17 PM   #1
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Onan prewire

Our 5th wheel is prewired for Onan gen in the front compartment I am wondering if I can use this to operate a
Champion 3400-Watt Dual fuel inverter. Will I be able to start the generator with the switch and make use of the fuel line and exaust that is designed for the Onan? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:35 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. You may be faced with a project to modify things to fit your Champion unless the Champion is configured like a Onan. Is your Champion setup to have remote start?
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:03 AM   #3
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There one in looking at has electric start,I am wondering if I can direct wire the switch in the camper to the switch in the inverter this is the one I'm looking at
Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FAWMMEY..._9s6JCbGN99QA8
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
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Does the champion allow for a long exhaust? Most portable generators will overheat with a long exhaust installed to vent outside of the rig.
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Not saying it can't be done, but a few things to consider:

Back pressure from an extended exhaust pipe.
A way to remotely/automatically control choke.
Will need to add a Fuel pump to get fuel into carb.
Electrical controls will need to be reconfigured.
Cooling air for generator.
Safety of a open air designed generator in a enclosed space.

There may be other concerns but this is off the top of my head.
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:03 PM   #6
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The Onan pre-wire is a specific setup for that specific brand and type of generator design, trying to modify a type of generator not designed to be 'enclosed' could not only be problematic, but more expensive than practical.

I can see your desire to use the capabilities of what's already be 'done', but that amount of wiring and work is not really that big of a deal.

also, you mentioned fuel line - what 'fuel' tank would any line to going to?
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