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Old 02-05-2018, 12:53 PM   #1
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For those that have installed a Onan 5500 generator on your rig on your own rather than dealer install, how did you lift that 278 lb beast into the installation location? Thinking about getting one, the install doesnít look all that bad but from what Iím reading, hoisting it into its resting place on your unit is the hardest part. Iíll be potentially installing on a North Point 377.

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I sat mine on a stack of pallets and then using the landing gear I adjusted to the height needed. Than two of us slid it in. Went easy and smooth. I do hope I never have to take it out anytime soon, as that will be worse than putting it in. We used cardboard pieces to protect the compartment door frame.
Before using the pallets I pondered renting a hydraulic lifting table cart.


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If you're near a military base, you can rent a couple E-3 or below, and they'll get it done for a log of chew and a few energy drinks.

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Thanks for the info!


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Old 02-13-2018, 06:52 PM   #5
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I had some left over 4x6 posts from building a new deck screwed them into cribbing added some casters to the bottom and used an engine lift to set the genset onto them. they turned out to be i/2 inch above the lip so I simply slid the unit into the compartment.
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I used a transmission jack with a piece of plywood on top. Check the link for pictures
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:32 PM   #9
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This is what i did.
I build a platform from 2x4 lumber and plywood that was just 1/4" above the frame. Had two neighbors and myself lift generator onto top of platform. Slid the unit up to the opening. I got underneath opening. (There are two steel cross members that suport unit).
The two neighbors slid unit into the opening as i guided from underneath. Worked realy well. Instaledvthe 4 self threading bolts. Done.
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