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|Generator fuel....leave on or?||Nancy||3-18-05|
|Hey, when you shut down the onboard generator on a Class A motorhome, is there an advantage to going to the generator compartment and shutting off the fuel via the fuel line cutoff and letting the generator run till it runs out and quits? I have had some people tell me this, and I cannot find in the owner's manual whether this should be done, or not.....I will do it if it is an advantage to the generator...any advice is very much appreciated!|
|Re: Generator fuel....leave on or?||Wayne||3-18-05|
|If you have a gasoline generator it is always a good idea to run it dry before storage. If you are sure you will use the generator within a few weeks, it's OK to just turn it off. The problem is that gasoline ages quickly, and tries to turn into varnish, which can clog the small passages in the carbuetor of your generator, lawn mower, weedwacker or any small gas engine. For long term storage of a gas engine either drain the fuel system completely and put the gas into your car, etc. or add a fuel stabilizer (an additive available at auto parts outlets). Add the stabilizer and fill the tank to the top. This will help mix the stabilizer evenly, and a full tank doesn't create as much water in the fuel.|
If you have a propane fueled or diesel generator....never mind all that stuff above. Hovever, diesel fuel can absorb water and the algae that forms can clog fuel filters. There is a diesel additive (surprise!) to help prevent that.
|Re: Generator fuel....leave on or?||Nancy||3-19-05|
|Thanks for the info....it is a gas powered ONAN and it draws directly off of the main RV tank, so when it is shut down for any length of time I will run it dry, I'd have to see how much StaBil to put in the main fuel tank of the RV!|