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What Have You Done to Your Onan Generator Today?


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Old 10-10-2017, 07:19:28 PM
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Oh how sweet the sound! Exercised my NG fired JB today with a cleaned out KN regulator vent port. Dumped a 4 K load on it and it did not hesitate a second! I see no further need of using additional rotating inertia to aid heavy starting loads like the 3 ton AC.

Funny no one on the Stak previously mentioned the ultimate solution. I stumbled upon it while watching a web video on the Garretson KN. guess I am all set for the upcoming Winter.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:27:17 PM
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Actually Leon Billy mentioned it in other threads. Talked about mud daubers clogging the vent. Everyone just assumed it was mentioned or known. We're all glad it worked out for you.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:27:13 PM
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Finally got to load test the 4.0 cck contractors generator I brought for 400 a few days before I left l.a for good.

It ran when I bought it but rough.. had a dead champion spark plug.. ran better.. but had to keep the choke on about half.. when I got to flordia I had to buy screwdrivers sockets and open end wrenches and carb cleaner to clean the carb, and I had to buy vise grips to change the oil.. Ran great after that.. but all I had was a box fan to plug into it.

Yesterday I had to hire two guys to help unload the first container and it had 2 1500 watt heaters in it..

Go to start it and it won't fire off.. does with starter fluid but dies.. something in the fuel tank was blocking fuel from getting to the carb.. got that opened up and manually pumped the fuel pump and she fired right up.. ran great..

Loaded it up with 2 1500 watt heaters for about 20 min and it stayed at 115v.

I put 2 gallons of rec fuel in it at 3.15 a gallon.. no more ethanol!! Runs great and smells better..

That's all folks... nice view from the porch pic..
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:37:18 PM
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Hope you enjoy Florida Joe. Nothing like changing coasts from West to East!
Now I won't have any BUYING competition of Onans here in the central coast!
I think YOU were able to find old Onans under ROCKS!!!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:10:22 PM
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Not true.. I still look I have a buddy there willing to buy them for me and ship 4 at a time for 500 bucks

But... if I can't sell any I probably won't buy more and pay to ship them.

Had to come down to the water and relax for a few. Sure is nice tonight
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:32:01 PM
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Crockagators in that pond?
Looks like a nice place to kick back copious beers and catch some z's.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:10:14 PM
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I would suspect not as the residents kayak in it..

Aside from the mosquitoes it's a great spot..
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:24:05 PM
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Not true.. I still look I have a buddy there willing to buy them for me and ship 4 at a time for 500 bucks

But... if I can't sell any I probably won't buy more and pay to ship them.

Had to come down to the water and relax for a few. Sure is nice tonight
I think there is an alligator in the water (see picture below)!!

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Old 10-12-2017, 12:43:55 AM
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Alligators don't normally attack people. Well not unless it is a really big gator. Any body of water in Florida is subject to have one or more gators. There may not be any this week. But next week, who knows? Just keep your dog away from the water.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:19:54 AM
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Joe- would think you could do real good down there w/ onans. They always need them, even the islands near there.

If you fish its gonna take up lots of onan time. Got to figure a way to winter down there, wife could care less, even though we go every year but 1 week and she is home sick.

JohnnieC - nice edit, looks good.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:45:07 PM
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Not a onan.. but the next best thing.. lister ld2 with 2.5 kw winpower 115 230v gen.. made in 72 I believe. Paid 400.. but he swears it's a good runner.. has clean diesel in the fuel filter..

Might play with it tomorrow and see what happens..

Came with a kubota? Marine diesel missing a bunch if parts.. maybe I can get 50 for it on cl
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:17:27 AM
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Well finished up the aluminum treadplate cover and mounting the hood pjns to secure the cover. Covers my Onan BGM nicely and makes it super quiet with the cover on.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:40:09 PM
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Took a 4 hour road trip (one way) on a beautiful fall day down through Maine to rescue a pair of gensets from Auburn and Casco.



The JB was in a race trailer and was running, then wouldn't start and stay running the next day - kicked out a reset. Cummings told him the thermal relay was no longer available so he replaced it with a smaller onan out of another motorhome.



The JC was the house backup genset for 30 years. Ran a week for a couple of outages back along the years. Only 4-8 hours at a time lately. The husband passed away a couple years ago, and when she went to start it this spring, the on/off button (the extra one to the right) issued a "swirl of smoke," so she replaced this with a propane generator. She is getting too old to manhandle cans of gasoline for this unit. As we were talking she was realizing that the 100 lb propane tanks would only last about 8 hours at full load. I hope she gets a decent sized tank.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:41:19 PM
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PS - I've got it bad now - NH, 2 ccks and this adds a jb and a jc
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:57:00 AM
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That JC is a great find. It looks rough but they are such a nice set. The more I look and mess with mine, the better I like it. It too looked rough when I got it, dented sheet metal, mouse nests and left outside under a tarp then the tarp blew away. I am really considering doing a full blown refurbish on it and just keeping it for the house back up. It is bigger then what I need and I know the fuel cost will be higher then needed but it just tickles my fancy to listen to her run and I know it will power everything in my house plus the neighbors fridge.
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Handyhiker1 and dmeed if you are considering to do a restoration here is a my video on restoring a 15.0 JC. It was my very first Onan and love the JC. I had many other Onan models since this restoration including a JB, but out of all the Onans the JC has my heart. The problem I had with the JC is the weight. All my Onans must be portable (on wheels) for my situation at home and the weight of the JC and it's skid with everything else was very close to 800 lbs and too heavy to roll around for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8jVNfrCQuI&t=23s


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Soo close!!!!!
Glad you were able to get them, I had looked at the one in Auburn, and really wanted the one in Casco but alas as they say, a day late! Actually just a few hours late by the time I had contacted the owner in Casco.
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The problem I had with the JC is the weight. All my Onans must be portable (on wheels) for my situation at home and the weight of the JC and it's skid with everything else was very close to 800 lbs and too heavy to roll around for me.

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That is why I have the heavy duty Onan movers. Actually thinking of a small trailer like I did with the CCK. That way I can move it with my UTV and roll it around the barn as needed.
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dmeed...
Wanna sell the JC before you get too involved in that one???
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Damn you JonnyC, now you really got me wanting to do it!! As soon as I get through these power jacks and do a barn clean up I will have to start to do my JC.
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