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Old 07-14-2014, 10:01 PM   #1
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installing gen on silverback

We looked at Silverback 31RK, nice unit, left email with sales rep, waiting for reply but wanted to see with silverback owners, if these FW's are able to be gen prepped for lp gen?

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Old 07-15-2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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As far as I know the answer is no to the built in gen.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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ok, still no word from rep yet, but maybe see if one can be installed, and/or how hard/cost it would be.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:44 PM   #4
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I looked into it and it was more then it was worth.
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darn, was so hoping to get one.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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I put one in my Taho in 2000. It was on Onan 3800. It was an easy install. Spliced into the coach propane line. Put an outlet box by where the land line cord was stored. Had to get a new door for the compartment with vents and cut out the bottom. Added the remote start so I would not have to go outside to start and stop. All in all it was about $3200 for the whole thing, but I did it all.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:21 PM   #7
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It would be at least that much here in Canada for just the generator.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:30 PM   #8
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That was 14 years ago. Don't know what the run price wisdom now. Friend bought a used one from a wrecked motorhome a 5500 for $1200. He wants me to help him install it in his 5th.
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Been discussed here before - some of the issues discussed were exhaust routing, inlet for air,sound inside and sound proofing, fire detection and suppression,reinforcing the floor,the possible need for additional propane supply,and if there's room for it.

I don't recall anyone ever doing it,but perhaps some people did.
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great, thanks for info, will see what sales rep says and/or find someone or shop/dealer to do it for us.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:14 PM   #11
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Yes, it can be done, and has been done on the Silverbacks, at least around us. The reason we didn't do it, is it eats up too much of the CCC for us. We're already within 700 pounds or less of our 15,500 pound max. We just use 2 - Honda EU2000's, and that's not very often.
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I installed a 5,500 Onan in my 2011 29RE. Had to replace the plastic cargo floor with metal and beef up the undercarriage. Had to get transfer switch. It took two days to prep camper and install generator, but there was plenty of room. It was not a major task at all. Don't know what resistance dealer would offer, but it can be done with professional looking results.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:59 PM   #13
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great, we do our walk-thru tomorrow and will talk to them about it. thanks for all the input.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:24 PM   #14
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Hi,

If I was thinking about this, I'd be watching my pin weight as well.

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:14 AM   #15
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Know it's a little late but thought I would add my 2 cents worth...
We added one in our "used CC" we picked up this winter and I'm still 50/50 on this was a smart move...
I was surprised in the amount of propane it uses...guess as a back up its there...
Think sometimes would have been better adding 2 more solar panels (have 2 120's and 4 6 volts) and 2 more batteries...
Early days for us still with this unit so time will tell!
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Around us, they will do the installs with custom stainless fuel tanks and all. But, then you deal with the weight of the fuel and new tank. Several have done this. Just another option if you have the spare CCC.
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