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Old 11-09-2012, 04:03 AM   #1
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Storing a gas motorhome

How many people put aditive in there gas for winter storage ? I use stor in all my other gas engines, boat, lawn mower, etc. Just wondering about the MH.
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I put stabil in the motor home last month on the last fillup and ran the geny for about 30 minutes. Going on a trip this weekend so will add a quart of stabil on last fill. Run it in all my generators, and riding mowers and all small engines year round, but they don't use gas like the mh so I just want to add to the motor home before it may sit for a while. This is only for the geny as letting a motor home sit for a few months with fresh gas would be no problem. I will not start the geny ever while it sits in the shop as I don't believe this is needed at all if you use stabil. That stabil is good stuff. I have small engines that sit for years at a time, and they start and run like new with stabil in the tank. I do run a little Lucus fuel conditioner from time to time in the motor home and in the ford trucks and SUVs. Never have injector problems at all. Paul Harvey was a stabil promoter, and well you just can't get any better then Paul!
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There was a thread on this subject a few weeks ago. Went on and on. The gist of it was; some people do, some don't; some think it is a bad product, some don't and as I say it went on and on.

I use it and it certainly has never hurt anything; and I find it the easiest way to get stabil gas in my generator which is more to the point. I'm sure it has kept my generator gas lines from fouling.

I think (opinion now) with the volume of gas in your MH it will stay in good enough shape for a long time to be able to start and run. I stored my boat in the winter w/o it with no problems (full tank). On the other hand for smaller engines (such as my mower) if I leave the gas over the winter w/o stabil it will not run in the spring. So based on that little bit of information I deduce stabil has a preservative effect on gas and so I use it and I could be factually wrong but it doesn't seem to matter. Stabil works for me.

Other products works as well; they were identified in the other thread and I can't remember a one.
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We're full-timers, but I always put Sta-Bil in the tank and run the genny before we park for 3 or 4 months in Florida for the winter.

I didn't put stabilizer in the lawn mower one winter back when we had a stick house. What a mess! I will never do that again.
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I use Stabil in all my engines over winter. Fill the MH before storage and run the genny to circulate it...
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Yep. Stabil. Used some gas for weed wacker for 4 years, no problem. Used (before we went fulltime) in all of my gas equipment for over 20 years. No gumming or failure to start. No clogged fuel filters.
The bit about Stabil in the mo-ho and running before storage is right on.
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I never have problems with my small engines but i always use stabil think I will use it in MH as well. the enthoal fuel raises hell with orings and old fuel lines .
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Sta-Bil 22239 - Ethanol Fuel Treatment | O'Reilly Auto Parts

I like the 80 gallon marine treatment in the link, costs more or less the same and one small bottle treats my 75 gallon tank. Last year, I bought 3 of them at 7.99 discounted on sale at O'Reilly's. I've seen the big gallon regular Sta-Bil treatment at Camping World, this is a lot easier. I was turned on to it by the local Honda Small Engine mechanics, they told me to always use the marine formula.

What they said in prior posts, before your last fillup for storage, put Sta-Bil in your tank. Make sure it has time to get all the way through the fuel system AND the generator. You will be good to go next Spring!

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Old 11-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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I never have problems with my small engines but i always use stabil think I will use it in MH as well. the enthoal fuel raises hell with orings and old fuel lines .
unfortunately in Jersey you cant get ethanol free fuel.
Also another cute trick is to put some 2 cycle oil in your fuel prior to short storage. Let the mixture cycle through and you have effectively "fogged" the cylinders/fuel injectors.
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