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Old 05-30-2016, 08:18 AM   #1
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Fuel Tank size

I have a 1998 National Tradewinds DP and the book shows 90gal fuel tank, I had the low fuel lite come on and when I filled up it only held 63 gal. I average 10mpg and would go over 800 if I new the tank was 90gal my gen is lp.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:26 AM   #2
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I have a 100 gal. tank and have only gone to the warning once , took 83 gal.
Other issues , are the tank fills 10 gals fuller from the left side than the right.
So I'm careful to fill from the right when ever possible .
At an average of 9.5 MPG , I'm only looking for fuel every second day of travel, given my self imposed 450/500 miles a day limit.
My points are,
1. Given that your fuel economy can change dramatically , headwinds can drop me to the 6.5 range , and a traffic problem can leave you stopped on the road for hours.
2. A 90 gal tank probably only has 82/85 gals usable.
Why would you consider travel that would leave you , absolutely having to find fuel in the next 30 miles.
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My 99 Tradewinds has a 90 Gal Tank. There are two low fuel lights. The one in the dash cluster of lights comes on at 1/4 tank, it's Amber as a warning. When it comes on I need about 60 Gals. There is another one beside the fuel gauge and it's a red LED this one comes on when the tank is lower and you should fill up pretty quick if you see it. I start looking at about 600 Miles which is between 60 and 70 Gals. Running out of fuel is a real pain because if you run it completely dry it will need primed. Yours sounds like it's working like it's designed.
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My 99 Tradewinds has a 90 Gal Tank. There are two low fuel lights. The one in the dash cluster of lights comes on at 1/4 tank, it's Amber as a warning. When it comes on I need about 60 Gals. There is another one beside the fuel gauge and it's a red LED this one comes on when the tank is lower and you should fill up pretty quick if you see it. I start looking at about 600 Miles which is between 60 and 70 Gals. Running out of fuel is a real pain because if you run it completely dry it will need primed. Yours sounds like it's working like it's designed.
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Thanks for the response, I was not aware of 2 low fuel lights, I will check this out makes a lot of sense, it will be nice to know I have the extra fuel if needed.
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We had a '99 T'Winds and our low fuel light came on. On fill up, it took about 60 gallons. I never let it get below that level to see f there was another warning light.
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