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Old 02-25-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Struggling with Gen-Prep

Greetings. I ordered a 377 RLBH last week. One option I have been going back and forth on was gen-prep. Seeing the Onan gen sets priced anywhere from 4-5K and I can install it myself. If I get the prep, then install the generator myself later, that is still more that getting the generator itself from the factory. I could use a portable unit if I ever needed one down the road.

How many people have eventually installed the Onan gen set with factory prep?

I think the main reason I would want the prep is to get the 3 40lb tanks instead of 2 30lb, but that is certainly not worth the cost of the prep package. I could source 3 new 40lb tanks and everything needed to install (regualtor, hoses) for around $400.

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Old 02-25-2018, 07:35 PM   #2
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I can tell you that I don't have the gen prep on my 377 and wish it did. I think if you get it and don't use it, it'll at least make your unit better for resale somewhere down the road. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:42 PM   #3
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I can tell you that I don't have the gen prep on my 377 and wish it did. I think if you get it and don't use it, it'll at least make your unit better for resale somewhere down the road. Just my 2 cents.


So did you install a generator or are you using a portable?


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Old 02-25-2018, 07:45 PM   #4
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I didnít get get prep either. I opted for a champion genset


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So did you install a generator or are you using a portable?


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Portable when needed.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:57 PM   #6
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When we purchased our unit it was already on order by the dealer as a stock unit. Had the dealer call the factory and change the order to include gen prep option. I installed our gen the year after we purchased the unit.
Having the prep package makes installing the onboard gen set very easy, plug and play. Took me about 3 hours start to finish.

Know the option is a little pricey but I think it was worth it and would recommend adding it if you can.
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Old 02-25-2018, 08:19 PM   #7
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I got the prep and installed an Onan. The prep option doesn't cost much. Why not just get it?? Drop in a bucket compared to the cost of the trailer and other options.

I was able to score an Onan 5500 LP used with only 6 hours on it for only 1800.00.

I would never buy/order a 5th wheel without gen prep.


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I got the prep and installed an Onan. The prep option doesn't cost much. Why not just get it?? Drop in a bucket compared to the cost of the trailer and other options.

I was able to score an Onan 5500 LP used with only 6 hours on it for only 1800.00.

I would never buy/order a 5th wheel without gen prep.


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Thatís a good price on the genny.


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I got a great deal off the lot so I didn't get the generator prep. But if I ordered I would have gotten it so I could have watched for a used generator to come for sale to install. I have family with built in generators and its great if you like dry camping or tailgating. Prep is very costly if done aftermarket so I will stay with a portable.
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When we ordered our 375 we got the gen prep. I wanted it specifically so that the automatic switch was installed and there was a power inlet in the front of the camper so we could use the portable generator in the pickup bed if we wanted. I rarely used the generator in the pickup bed and for the storage space I gavee up to have the metal enclosure installed, it really wasn't worth it. Also, if you expect to get the value when selling it, you must sell it out right. No dealer raised the trade value for the package when we traded last fall. Now that we have the generator in the Seismic, I wouldn't go back to being without. If I had it to do it over again, I would just order the generator.

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I would just get the prep, like it was stated above, I'ts a drop in the bucket compared to what the rig will cost you, and if you ever did decide to get the generator the switch and all the wiring is there and ready to go. Enjoy the new rig.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:55 PM   #12
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I asked my dealer to add the gen prep to the build. Iíll keep my eye out for a a killer deal. Does the 5500 watt have enough power to power both ACs? The Onan 6500 has the same dimensions and isnít that much more money.


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The 5500 will run both AC units with some power to spare.


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