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Old 03-28-2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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How bad is the gas/engine smell in the garage?

Most of the manufacturers have sleeping and eating set ups in the garage for when you get to your destination. My husband is concerned about residual fuel smells and fumes. Should he be??

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Old 03-29-2014, 05:47 AM   #2
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I think most toy haulers have a fuel tank built in so should not be any smell unless you have a gas leak in what you are hauling.
I may be wrong that has happened before.

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I have a Outlaw toy hauler. The garage in the back is fine as long as I drive with the side vents open. I forgot once and the gas smell was pretty bad. Keep the vents open and get the "toy" out as ss on as possible at the campsite and all will be good.
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:40 AM   #4
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I think it depends on what you're hauling. All my toys are fuel injected and therefore do not have float bowls. I have absolutely no smell and I never open the vents. If your toys are carbureted then when the trailer shifts around you may get some overflow seepage from the bowl and then the gas smell.
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If your toys are NOT tagged for highway use and can tolerate leaded fuel, then I highly recommend running AVGAS. No, it's not illegal to use in this way, run it in the car shown in my avatar all the time. It IS illegal to run on the highway in a licensed vehicle (no road tax) and it's illegal now to run leaded road rule in California.

You just go to your local small town airport and use the automated pumps. You have to enter a tail number (this is in case they pull a bad fuel sample, they have to notify all pilots who bought from that batch and have the tanks drained). I used to just pick a tail huber from a plan on the ramp, but the owner gets screwed if there's a bad sample.

So now I use NCC-1701. No problems in 11 years using this method.

The fuel smell is caused by all the nasty additives that are in street gas. The fuel boils out of the float bowls on carbonated vehicles either when stored in the garage on hot days or if put away hot. It can also slosh out due to vehicle motion. AVGAS has none of those additives, and really doesn't smell bad at all, and elves no residual smell.
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We have either two atv's or two Harley's and zero fuel smell. What was said above about FI toys not smelling is the key. Old carbureted units would be a different story.
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If the toys are leaking fuel/oil, then you would be smart to run with the garage vents/windows open.

I haul a carburated bike and have not had any issues with fuel leaking from the float. Being a street bike it has a vapor sealed tank, so thats not an issue.

I do not haul gas cans in the garage...maybe that could get stinky(?).

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Also have hauled either our Harley or two ATVs for the past eight years with out Newmar Class A toyhauler(with bedroom in garage)- only time had any smell was when we overfilled one ATV!!

We have vents but never opened them!
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A lot of the smell will come from the vent line from the tank of what you are hauling. I have a 21' Toybox that I haul a XP 900 RZR pull the ride out and close it back up no smell.
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If your concerned with the carburetor leaking, just shut off the fuel and run the engine till it runs out of fuel.
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No smell from my rzr.
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If you have gas smells in your toy hauler, you have vehicle issues that should be addressed before loading, seriously. I have a sand car with a turbo, 300HP, 4 seater, and I never had gas smells inside the toy hauler.

I also hauled a couple ATC 70's and no smell.


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