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    1993 Itasca Spirit
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    Austin TX

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  1. No opinions on this? Has anyone replaced the stock gen with an inverter generator? TIA Neil
  2. My 1993 Itasca Spirit came with the Kohler 2500 gen powered by a Tecumseh TVM140 motor. It runs and generates power. I can run the AC on it which is a primary requirement here in TX! However it has a couple of issues: - it does not hold rpm. It hunts for want of a better term. Same under load or unloaded. I can see the control arm on the carb moving around (I think that is called the governor?) - the muffler is rusted to pieces so it's too loud to use in a park or with anyone camped nearby. And it must leak exhaust under the camper which cannot be good! So it's not very usable right now. I'm guessing (but would love to hear from those with experience) that the first issue may be cured with a carb rebuild, I can do that easily enough. The second issue maybe a visit to a local muffler shop. But I'm thinking that these would total $200 or so. Doable but I'm thinking about other options... I could replace the gen with a 2000w inverter. It should power the AC no problems. The AC spec states 1400w in "desert" conditions, the gen 1600w running. I could remover the old gen and use the space to store the new generator, taking it out of that space to use it outside the camper. Or I could take some time to strip the gen out of the plastic case and mount it into the space so it remains in place while being used. This might be a bit of a project as the exhaust would have to be routed correctly but I think the better option. Plumbing the gas line would be interesting as it may need a small fuel pump if I cannot reuse the one on the Kohler. I've seen a Honda clone at a local pawn shop for $200. It runs but likely needs a carb clean as it also hunts a bit. Might just need clean gas. I do like the idea of an inverter as it would use a lot less gas - less than half the Kohler, and a lot quieter too. Thoughts? Any been there done that?
  3. Thank you! I have a _lot_ of questions right now but have also answered many by reading the owners manual, studying the brochure and googling stuff. One that I have yet to answer is the roof construction? Any one know what they are made of on this year / model? Any thoughts on required maintenance?
  4. I've been lurking for a few weeks now, soaking up the knowledge here (thanks!) while I've been looking for an RV. I really wanted a Toyota based model but could not find anything I wanted around here (Austin TX). Let's just say I looked at a few rather over priced, very neglected campers. I was getting pretty disheartened but decided to search further a field. After some searching and calling around I put a deposit on a 1993 Itasca today! We fly out to pick it up from Minnesota next week. Should be a fun trip with my fiancee provided the weather is not too nasty. I'm super excited about the RV and the road trip home. The camper looks to be in nice shape and has had recent maintenance so I'm hoping for no problems along the way - but have an extra day or two in the plan... just in case!
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