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Old 11-11-2017, 10:57:08 AM
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Hi Guys

Its crazy how many Onan are on CL in my area. There is a 4K emerald plus for 150 needing a control board. And another probably a 4BGA or along that line for 100 judging by pic. The second one hasn't been cranked in a year. I'm tempted to get both and have winter projects. Anyone else seeing a surge of Onans popping up in there area
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:10:59 AM
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there are over eight million stories [naked city]

some just quit [never did that B4]
many have sat awaiting the round-tuit
they all started the wait in "some" condition.

provenance is important
CAVEAT EMPTOR

unless running and making rated power it is worth scrap value.
except to those seeking spare stuff for their ones that do work.
or a project for the spare parts they have [may-be not need]


but there are a lot of them made over the years
and people saved them like vintage cars.
it was over 30 yrs "historic" when I sold this 15 yrs ago
http://www.peaknet.net/~gatewayz/html/armand.html
B4 the equestrian hobby, B4 the green remission.

the 6.5 KW NH is now my daughters stand by.
I knew the motor home's low hour history
and the fellow who stored it and I got it "free"
it is a 1978 survivor needing only Battery, points, plugs, fuel pump, and filters.
optionally I did a bit more, but kept the green lunacy to under $750

IS THIS A GREAT HOBBY OR WHAT

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Old 11-11-2017, 01:24:19 PM
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If any emerald (RV) gen has been sitting for months, clean slip rings to protect $$AC voltage reg from dieing on startup.
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Old 11-11-2017, 01:57:21 PM
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In my area there seems to be no increase in the number of Onans for sale on CL. As far as where they came from is only a guess, but since many, if not all, seen on CL have been out of commission/production for years I can only assume they were bought and stored away. They could have been saved for Y2K after decommissioned from commercial/industrial use, but never needed and never used since then, or sourced after various hurricanes from the past, stored away and never used until the owners or contractors did a cleanout of their garages and basements.

In the case of my JB, I know 100% where it came from and what is was used for (a school in Pa and used for emergency lighting). Based of actual run time hours on it's clock, and the programming for exercising on the clock in it's ATS among other documents, it was decommissioned right before Y2K and stored away until I bought it last January.

I love to always track down the history and stories of thing I owned including my Onans.

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Old 11-11-2017, 02:19:10 PM
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On the Emerals guessing they were mostly made in late 70's early 80s. They were likely mostly mounted in RVs. So RV would be ~ 35 years old now, maybe beat and musty ready for scrap yard. Take the gen and good parts out before scraping. Plus their owners might be 60-70 now and not interested in traveling the 4 corners of the world anymore, might prefer to stay near their doctor and family.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:23:15 PM
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Kindof a drought around here, at the moment. They made millions for the RV market, but they seem to come in waves.. Commercial backups and firehouse/truck Onans are the best I'll buy a non-runner for $100, but I stick to RPM-regulated models.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:48:12 PM
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Tons of them here.. just not onans.. mostly Chinese junk at full retail.. Few onans locally and there mostly mine or way overpriced or to far gone
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There a literally a dozen Onans within a 150 mile radius on CL. There is a variety around. That 10CW for 400 is still not sold and its on a small trailer. Once you go into AR the price of the Onans goes way up.
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There a literally a dozen Onans within a 150 mile radius on CL. There is a variety around. That 10CW for 400 is still not sold and its on a small trailer. Once you go into AR the price of the Onans goes way up.

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There a so many on cl in ct. There coming out of the woodwork.
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For $200 bucks i figure i can get the emerald and 4bga. If i can get the bga running i can get a few bucks for it. And the emerald ill put in my rv with an AGS system. I want that 10CW but its really heavy. It runs no issues at all. Double the weight of my marquis which is where the 10CW would live
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Not very many locally, and most are priced crazy. Once or twice a year something will show up at a reasonable asking price. Sometimes it pays to call even if the price is high. I called about a BFA priced at $300. The first thing I asked was "Can I see it run and produce power?". The seller admitted it didn't run and he could not figure out how to make it run. He then said I could have it for $100 if I came up today. I drove up and took a look, and grabbed it for the $100. The only thing wrong was the seller had substituted a Ford solenoid for the Onan solenoid, it would not even crank over, he was totally frustrated because he had replaced the solenoid and both relays in the control box and didn't know what to do next. But that was the exception. Most sellers seem to think they can get hundreds of dollars for a non running cold hunk of metal sitting on the ground.
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Default Re: Where Are all the Onans Coming from

ALSO

it is a generational thing

until she checked,
my daughter had no idea of the cachet
formerly associated with the Onan brand.

lots of 20/30 YO cleaning out gramp's place
your typical estate appraiser or sale organizer
may spot S.W. native American pottery from the far side of the room.
FMV of misc. garage Items, a little less so.

they ask high as they have seen asked.

sellers working on a commission can be a problem.
my favorite is the kid who sold a 2.5 pound rock at a rock hound flea market
https://www.snopes.com/luck/discoveries/sapphire.asp
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it is a generational thing

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lots of 20/30 YO cleaning out gramp's place


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sellers working on a commission can be a problem.
my favorite is the kid who sold a 2.5 pound rock at a rock hound flea market
https://www.snopes.com/luck/discoveries/sapphire.asp
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When I cleaned out my grandfather's garage that followed the passing of my grandparents in the 1970's, I did not find any Onans, but found guns dating back to the early 1900's and stuff like food rationing (or coupons??) from WWII. Lots of WWII stuff. I still got my grandfather's WWI 30-06 bolt action riffle with bayonet. Cleanouts are fun!

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Anyone know what this Onan is? Took this picture today, not sure how damaged it got being dumped, could not see data plates.

It is in a dump container a scrapper friend just hauled form local generator dealer. All are LPG I think, most generacs, one big Kohler at the end. I could probably get them very cheep if I wanted to bring a machine over to his place.
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Both the Onan and the Kohler in the dumpster have Ford 2.5L motors. Would it be safe to assume the Onan is 1800RPM? I would have to bring equipment to flip gen set to look at tags, assuming the are still there.
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Man, I wish I had a garbage guy that makes dumpster pickups like that. Kind of remakes the phrase "dumpster diver".
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the one on its side looks to have an offset
from the gen CL and the likely crank location
possible gear or gimler belt drive
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^^ I think that the offset appearance is just the starter mount. Looks to be in line when looking at it in person.
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When I cleaned out my grandfather's garage that followed the passing of my grandparents in the 1970's, I did not find any Onans, but found guns dating back to the early 1900's and stuff like food rationing (or coupons??) from WWII. Lots of WWII stuff. I still got my grandfather's WWI 30-06 bolt action riffle with bayonet. Cleanouts are fun!

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