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Old 08-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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I found a god deal on a Onan generator that I will be adding to our Bus.

The bus is a 2001 thomas MVP RE. I was thinking about putting the generator on sliding rails and place in the front of the bus between the frame rails.

The question I have would be the fabrication of a front sliding section. and more specifically fabricating the front flat nose to move with the generator sliding try. Should be easy with some welding and rivets.



Has anyone seen this done on a skoolie?
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:47 PM   #2
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Go to the Wanderlodge Owners Group web site, the Bluebird
Wanderlodge used that system for their generator mounts.
It was a slide out tray that was hydraulic powered with a
section in the middle of the front bumper that unbolted to
remove and install the genie.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:09 PM   #3
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Thank you! I knew I seen it somewhere online. Think I might skip the Hydraulics though, as one more thing to go wrong in the future. Trying to keep it simple.
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my Wanderlodge generator (1982) is on an air powered slide out tray, later models used an electric linear actuator to slide out the generator
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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Thank you! I knew I seen it somewhere online. Think I might skip the Hydraulics though, as one more thing to go wrong in the future. Trying to keep it simple.
Please post pics when you do your generator mount in front, I always wanted to do this on my RE BB, but afraid I would mess things up in front.

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Old 08-23-2015, 08:29 PM   #6
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The thomas mvp re has a front cross member, which I will not mess with. So there goes the slide idea . I will put it in the same spot, but not on slides; going to be a pain to remove or work on it if needed. Good part is most of the routine stuff is will be easy to get to.
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I found a god deal on a Onan generator that I will be adding to our Bus.

The bus is a 2001 thomas MVP RE. I was thinking about putting the generator on sliding rails and place in the front of the bus between the frame rails.

The question I have would be the fabrication of a front sliding section. and more specifically fabricating the front flat nose to move with the generator sliding try. Should be easy with some welding and rivets.

Has anyone seen this done on a skoolie?
If I move my engine to the rear on my bus, the generator will be placed in the front.

No need for a sliding tray. Just install air ducts and fans for when it's running. Much less work, and you wont be compromising the front bumpers structure.

You likely won't have nearly enough room on a bus that never had a front engine.

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Old 08-24-2015, 02:50 PM   #8
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There is a lift point in the middle top of the Generator, so I may be able to leave a access door to easily lower it when needed. The thing weighs 420 lbs. There is room in between the frame rail sections and it will be level or slightly above the front bumper. When we start that project I will post some pics.
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My plan is to drill a hole in the floor directly over the lift point
on the generator and use 3/16th cable on a HF worm drive
hand crank winch set on the floor to raise and lower the
generator for service or removal. Does anyone have any
experience with adding a turbo to a Kubota 3 cylinder diesel
generator for full power at altitude. I plan on moving to a
place at 5600 ft altitude so my 10K generator will de-rate to
around 7500 watts due to altitude being naturally aspirated.
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