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Old 05-16-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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My generator is taking a dive. One leg is giving 160v to ground while the other leg is giving 80v. The strange thing is both are 115v to neutral. Unless someone has a fantastic easy fix that my electricians can't figure out, I need extra eyes to look for a generator for my truck. Gasoline, or diesel. 5k to 10k.

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fastavenger has a couple in classifieds. i talked to him about them. i decided i wasn't ready for one yet. need to spent money for outer walls and roof first.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:29 PM   #3
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hay doc i got one for u it is a 7 kw onan runs great has ben in are toter and just took it out let me know if it helps
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hay doc i got one for u it is a 7 kw onan runs great has ben in are toter and just took it out let me know if it helps
Its gas right? I would like to go diesel this time if I could, but I will keep you in mind.

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Old 05-16-2011, 10:46 PM   #5
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Nobody has any ideas on what is going on with the current generator?
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I found an Onan Emerald for $475.00 at the local RV shop that I buy some parts from. I don't know how many hours are on it. Any ideas on how to evaluate it or if anyone has experience with this model.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:31 PM   #7
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What brand and size is your generator? A friend has a 5500 watt Generac that threw a rod on the engine. The generator is OK. I am sure he would sell it dirt cheap. Could your's be rebuilt? Although, that sounds like a reasonable price on the Onan if it checks out OK. Michael
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Micheal, the current generator is a cheap chinese unit. I guess you get what you pay for. :-) I got a buddy that has rebuilt everything from mini bikes to big Detroit diesels, but he is on the road and won't be around till after I need to be gone.

The biggest problem with mine is I still don't know what is wrong with it.
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I don't know much about them but I am pretty sure it should not have any voltage going to ground. Surely someone on here can point you in the right direction. Michael
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I talked to a retailer today that sell the Chinese made units and he said that they were only meant to be worth about 3000 hours. That explains a lot.
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