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Old 02-13-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Generator for Redwood 36RE

Any suggestions on a generator for a new Redwood 36RE I just bought??
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Any suggestions on a generator for a new Redwood 36RE I just bought??
I'm very happy with the Onan. Easy to use, quiet and easy to maintain.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:59 PM   #3
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If you are wanting an on board generator, save yourself a lot of grief and go with the Onan. Redwood's generator prep is tailored for the 5500/6500 LP. With some help from Dave, I installed our 5500 myself.
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I've said it several times on the forum in the past.......The freedom to stop in a rest area, fire up the generator on a hot day and enjoy an afternoon nap while your waiting for the traffic to clear is pure luxury. We've stopped for meals, when the weather has turned bad or because one of us just didn't feel well. Having the generator at our finger tips has help us a lot. My wife went along with the idea of spending the money on the generator but I don't think she was really sold on it. Now I don't think she'd allow me to order an RV without one.
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The cost of a generator....
Independence, piece of mind, luxury, etc. etc....priceless.
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Weight and loss of my chair and rug storage but agree - convenient...
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I was really pleased to find Redwood put the remote switch by the front door in the kitchen. Our montana had it in the bedroom closet behind the towels. About as convenient as a crank start

I ended up just going to a wireless remote on that one.
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Any suggestions on a generator for a new Redwood 36RE I just bought??
Thank you. These Redwoods are easy to match colors with the pulling truck.
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Weight and loss of my chair and rug storage but agree - convenient...
Thanks, yours is a good looking combination
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BTW...Onan all the way.
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It's one of those things you don't use all the time, BUT when you do need it, it's nice to just push a button, not go outside, drag it or them out, hook up, get them started. Plus we sold our two Honda's which helped offset the cost of the Onan.
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We have the Onan Gold LP. Installed easy, no petro smells or old gas, starts right up. The best part is I start it about a hour out from our planed destination and when we arrive and set up the coach is cool and comfortable inside. Ready to sit down and relax (while the wife makes a snack).
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The only problem I had installing ours is finding the exhaust pipe. I installed our original which shoots straight out the side. The factory and dealer installs all have the pipe pulled back and it ejects out the side between the slides.

I've been to exhaust shops and they shake their head - too small of pipe. I've been to the Dealer and they say all the parts come from Redwood. I've been to the Service Center and they shake their head and point me to Onan-Cummins. I've been to the huge Onan-Cummins service center in Denver they shake their head and point me to the coach factory. I gave up.

Something you might want to get worked out with the installer before it gets installed.
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The advantage of having the exhaust exit between the slides, it allows you to install a Stack if camped in close quarters where stacks are required for running your Genny. The Propane is very clean burning, but doubt that would exempt you from using a stack.
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Is that the only reason, or are there issues with the exhaust ejecting under the slide?

It actually went out under the slide on our Montana. I never really thought if it needing to go between the slides until I saw the Redwood installs.
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Because it's propane, probably not a problem exiting under a slide. If it were gas I would be a little worried about the fumes seeping into the Rig. We like the ability to install a stack because many times we've been places where the stack is required to get the exhaust up above all the RVs.
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Is that the only reason, or are there issues with the exhaust ejecting under the slide?

It actually went out under the slide on our Montana. I never really thought if it needing to go between the slides until I saw the Redwood installs.
SOB trailer, but f I run my genny all night by the morning the CO detector would go off.

Mine did exit under the slide. CO is CO whether it is propane or gasoline fueled.

Onan's use 1.5" pipe. Easy enough to extend if needed, which I recently did to use a "Gen-turi".
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Mine is an older Onan (2003) and only uses 1" pipe and I can't get a shop to touch it. I suppose I could upsize it to 1-1/2", but I still have a hard time believing that 3' gap between the slides is enough to feel safe that the CO is not going to collect under the slide.
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