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Old 07-27-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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Rv won't go

We were driving down the road and apparently ran out of gas. This is possible as the gauge is broken and we recently had the Rv serviced so don't know how much fuel they used.
We added 5 gallons and it started then acted like it ran out again. Is it possible that 5 gallons is not enough to get it going? Or is there possibly something more seriously wrong w the engine?
Also, it has always run perfectly until now.

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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Sorry you're having troubles but providing a little information will help others help you. I looked up your profile info and the only info on your rig is that it is a 27' Itasca.

What kind of service was just performed on it?
How long did it run well after service?
Does it continue to start and then quickly die?

My guess is that 5 gallons should be enough to get it going if fuel level was the problem.


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Old 07-27-2011, 01:08 PM   #3
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The generator is what they worked on. It will not start at all now. It is almost like there is no fuel getting to the engine.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:11 PM   #4
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Sounds like no fuel getting to the engine. I agree.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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Any hints or tips or ideas?
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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Replace the fuel filter and see if that cures or helps.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:33 PM   #7
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Any hints or tips or ideas?
Post chassis make, Ford or Chevy chassis. Some of these have two filters, one on the frame and one at the carb(if you have a carb). What year is it?
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:39 PM   #8
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1977 and it is a chevy one. We are having it towed and praying it is just a filter that needs replacing
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:48 PM   #9
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What sometimes happens is, when you run ALL the gas out of the tank, the fuel filter(s) get clogged with the crud that was in the bottom of the tank. The fuel pick-up floats on top of the fuel in the tank and pumps the fuel off the top. When you run it dry it sucks up the sediment/rust/etc that tends to lie on the bottom.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:07 PM   #10
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A couple of years ago, with a previous rig, I spent 5 days in Gallup, NM due to a similiar situation. I was rolling along and the engine just stopped about 20 miles west of Gallup. We were towed into a service center where the fuel filters were replaced. With my luck it couldn't be that easy. That fix didn't work. Turned out the culprit was the fuel pump, which was located in the gas tank and looked like something off of a P51 Mustang. It had to be shipped in from Denver.

You know your in Gallup too long when you can recite everything that is in every store front window on Main steet!! I did end up buying two great looking watch bands.

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