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Old 08-24-2015, 05:06 PM   #11
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Hey Opus, how do you keep that Gen-set cool? do you have any ventilation?

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Old 08-24-2015, 05:23 PM   #12
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Its all open underneath. Its not in a box, just on the rack.
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:23 AM   #13
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Them kabota generators are to tall to fit under a bus.

Please for the love of god, do not hang a 500 pound generator from a cable under your bus. Build a proper support / mounting system.

A generator of that type is like the engine in your bus. There is no reason to have to drop it. Oil changes, filter changes, ect can all be done with the unit still mounted in it's place.

Should something fail, lowering it should be the same as lowering the engine in your bus. Support with a jack, remove rubber mounts, cross member, then lower it.

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Old 08-25-2015, 12:45 AM   #14
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The plan was to build a channel iron frame to mount
the generator on which would mount to the frame and
could be unbolted and raised and lowered with the winch
when needed. The space I would be using is where
the spare tire would have mounted had the bus been so
equipped. The frame rails are 34" apart with 25" from
the floor to the bottom of the front bumper and 54" from
the front grill to the first cross member. More than enough
space for the generator. I have a 12,000 pound axle in
front and at last weigh in I had 9,000 pounds scaled on
the front wheels. I think I should be safe in the endeavor.
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:23 AM   #15
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Thx for the clarification.

We see some sketchy $hit on this site sometimes.

You never mentioned a model number or size specs for your new generator.

From the numbers you gave, that still only gives you 20 to 25 inches of height to work with. You also need space for the metal your using to hold it up.

Even my champion is 24 inches tall.

Please post pics of the build. I like stuff like this.

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Old 08-25-2015, 10:49 AM   #16
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Sorry, I also forgot to mention that my bus has air suspension
front and rear so the added weight won't change suspension
height. The generator is a Wrico International 10K unit. The
Bluebird Wanderlodge uses a Perkins powered 12K generator
in the same place on a slide out thru the front bumper so this
one should fit. The Wrico is 24" tall so even with the channel
hanging down the tow hooks are lower still for protection.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:51 AM   #17
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The generator is an Onan 7500 Quiet diesel. They are small in size and weigh a lot. Yes the generator will have a metal support frame, bolted to the frame using grade 8 bolts. I tend to over design everything I do, so no worries about mounting it. 35 amps per leg at 120 volts, it will not do 240 across both legs. This will be hooked up to a 30 gallon tank, which at half load 3750 watts is around 55 hours. I will plumb the generator tank into a second extra tank 36 gallons, that can be used for the bus also. Total fuel for the bus and generator will be 131 gallons of fuel. The bus will have a main tank and two aux. tanks.

the size of the genny is 36.35"L x 24.23"W x 22.3"H
and weighs 420 lbs with all fluids.
Total watts is 7500
And it is very quiet
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:49 AM   #18
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Very Cool - I can't wait to see this~
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