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Old 09-08-2017, 07:35:15 PM
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I have been looking on line and found out that Ford has an extra fuel line coming out of the sending unit to tie a fuel supply line for an onboard generator or compressor. The paper work says to mount it under the body, behind the rear axle and move the spare tire in the van. They even have a mounting kit.
The problem is that the height can only be about 12". Is there an Onan that is that low? It seems very short.
I know it would need to be dropped to do maintenance on it but the convenience would be worth it.
I would really like to always have a generator with me but really don't want to haul one inside the van with the gas sloshing around all the time.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:40:58 PM
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Wound catch a lot of water and mud under the truck. There were some gens ~2kw that mounted under hood of old Ford trucks. As a kid I used to be able to almost fit my 6' 2" body next to a 6 cylinder Chevy engine, not so on modern trucks.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:48:22 PM
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I am sure it would need covers all around to keep the road junk off of it. You are right about under the hood, no room for sure, essentially with a van.
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The 4KY Microquiet comes in at 14.4" high...used under a lot of RVs built on Ford E350/450 frames.
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3600 rpm, not a great gen though.

No oil pressure switch. Early spec ones had oil level sensor that false alarmed, so they just removed it in newer specs.
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Can't find any pictures of it, but I used to see a lot of Verizon service vans (Ford) with Onan BFA or NH flavor generators mounted amidships on driver's side on the same level as the van floor. Had a box inside the van that sealed the generator to the outside air, and a louvered door on the side for cooling air intake. Exhaust and hot air blew out the bottom. I remember after a storm in the late 90's one was parked down the road next to a switch/server building for backup power. That van sat there running for a week or two. If I can find a pic of one I'll post it.

I'd be more inclined to do that than put a genny in the absolute dirtiest place possible on a vehicle.
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I'd be more inclined to do that than put a genny in the absolute dirtiest place possible on a vehicle.
I am looking in this but then van is company owned and they would not like me cutting holes in it. That is why I looked at the under body mount, just a few mounting holes and fuel line and battery cables.
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Here's some pictures of a onan aj that went under the hood of 70's ford trucks. What yr is the van from from ? I don't know the bolt up pattern or the dimensions but a ford truck forum might.
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How much power do you need? Vanner makes some fairly high output true sinewave inverters.

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Here's some pictures of a onan aj that went under the hood of 70's ford trucks. What yr is the van from from ? I don't know the bolt up pattern or the dimensions but a ford truck forum might.
I had on of these, no room under the hood. The van is a 2016.

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How much power do you need? Vanner makes some fairly high output true sinewave inverters.

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I realy need about 20 amps at 110 volts. I thought about one of these but might need it for several hours ar a time. Don't think my alternator would keep up. Looking at my 2.5 LK and might have a plan for inside the van.
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...van is company owned...
To me, your need for electricity is something that "company" should be footing the bill for.
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To me, your need for electricity is something that "company" should be footing the bill for.
I agree but they won't spring for it. If I can do it cheap, i will just to make my life easier.
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