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Old 06-17-2016
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I would say to try going directly to Powertech, but make sure that you have all the model numbers. I emailed them about a thermostat, saying that I had a Kohler/Yanmar 12.5KW from 1988 and the parts guy, Zachariah Boley, said that he didn't think that it was one of theirs. I haven't had the time (or haven't remembered) to follow up with the correct part number.

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Oh and I do have the manual in my blue box if you need it.
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the Birds did not use Powertech gennys until 1991.
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I could swear that I have a powertech manual in my blue box, but then my daughter says that I swear a lot...

I will have to revisit my blue box wearing my glasses over the weekend.

So Matt, I have a manual for a generator that may or may not be the same as yours in my blue box, that I would be happy to get any info for you, that may or may not be of any help.

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Matt,in post 18you say you have a Kohler generator.

If you guys will take some pics of the generators (not the manual!) we can ID them for you.
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Randy,
Thanks, I'll try to get some pics. For now we're going to head north without it. It's just going to take too long, and the Alaska summer is slipping away fast. I was expecting to be up there two weeks ago. The bus has been in a different shop all last week getting the oil pan fixed, alternators checked, and air compressor coolant hoses checked.

Air compressor lines are in good shape, and aren't original.

Alternators are still acting weird, at one point they checked them and they were putting out 13.8 volts, but yesterday when I picked up the bus, the mechanic said they were only at 11. After 5 days and a significant amount of $$ I told them I'd look into it.

It'd be nice if I could get the proper SAE and other measurements ahead of time, then order a new gen head ahead of time and find a shop willing and able to install it and have it shipped to them on our way up. I'll be trying to do some research.
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when alternators give trouble you replace them with NEW,not rebuilt.
At least i do,i buy new Leece-Nevilles from Freightliner and put them on.
For less than $200 each,you have new ones and new ones work.
One road service call for dead batteries will be $400,f your lucky.
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Randy, very true. I wish I would have checked them out a bit closer before I went on the road, would have been easier to work on at the house. I couldn't see anything loose, but both of those alternators are not exactly easy to get to, especially when you're living in the bus.

Next freightliner place I see I'll try and get a couple, then when we get somewhere that will be staying for a bit, I'll try to get them installed.

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Are the bolt patterns basically the same? Can I just get a pair of these and bolt them up?

https://www.amazon.com/110-555JHO-Al.../dp/B0094JHJ2K

Or should I really unbolt them first and take them in?
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Thread back from the DEAD!!

So today, I'm going to attempt to pull the yanmar/kohler genset out so I can get the flywheel and other measurements so I can order a new gen head from Central Georgia Generator.

Any and all suggestions are welcome.

And if by chance you're in the Alpine TX area over the 4th of July weekend and want to watch and or help, let me know.

Progress pics to come (hopefully).
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Check this web site as mine was an SAE#5 15kW on a Kubota 4 cylinder diesel.

https://www.powertechgenerators.com/...generator-ends
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