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Old 09-23-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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Has anyone replaced their hard fuel lines (engine and generator)?

I just noticed last weekend that the fuel line from my main tank to my generator on my '02 Storm 30H is very rusted (as is the rest of the underside of my RV...). I'd like to replace it before it starts leaking.
Has anyone done this? If so, how hard is it? It appears to route upward and into the top of the tank.
I am mechanically inclined and have dropped a couple of car gas tanks in the past but a 75 gallon RV tank is a different beast.
Where would a good place to try to find this line be (I could make one but would rather not)?
With Fleetwood's sale, etc. I have no idea where to get parts for my '02.

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dropping tank isnt that bad just be careful support front with 2 kack standa with a 2x8 across them on rear i used a 2x12 in floor jact just drop rear of tank enough to acces line
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A motorcycle jack under the tank makes this job alot easier. Be sure to disconnect the fuel fill and vent lines passing through thye frame before attempting to remove hangers for the tank. The fuel line is connected to the center of the fuel tank sender. It is generally a 1/4 inch line. The steel line is standard 1/4" steel tubing. You will have to make this line. It cannot be ordered. Be sure to mount the replacement line in the existing insulators, or make a rubber hose insulator at clamp locations to avoid chafing the line. I would also recommend using a blue stripe hose or marine grade hose with high alcohol resistance. Most hoses will not hold up to the ethanol fuels that we as consumers are supplied with.
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Thanks you for the suggestions. Are there any special features on the fuel line that I need to worry about - i.e. tube flares, a special pickup, etc..? Is it pretty obvious how far to put the tube into the tank so that it stops picking up at 1/4 tank? I'm guessing it's intuitive once I get it apart but I thought I'd ask.

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The lines will only run to the top of the fuel tank area, or only to the front of the tank, to aid in dropping the tank in the future. If you can get to the hose clamp junction , it will make it much easier to drop the tank in the future without fighting a steel line connected with a short rubber hose nipple on top of the tank. You will use a good quailty 1/4" hose, (marine type or blue stripe recommended that will hold up to the ethonal type fuels used today), to the fitting located at the exterior top of the fuel tank sender. You will not need to remove the sender from the fuel tamk.
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Thanks you for the suggestions. Are there any special features on the fuel line that I need to worry about - i.e. tube flares, a special pickup, etc..? Is it pretty obvious how far to put the tube into the tank so that it stops picking up at 1/4 tank? I'm guessing it's intuitive once I get it apart but I thought I'd ask.

Thanks again!
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If you can, try to get stainless steel fuel lines and you'll never have to worry about or do the job again.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:47 AM   #7
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I was kind of wondering why they didn't just run a rubber hose the whole way to the generator (the last foot is rubber now). I like the idea of using ethanol safe rubber hose the whole way. I can't imagine that there's enough suction from the generator's fuel pump to collapse the hose...

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Most RV's actually use hose the entire length from the fuel tank to the generator. The only problem is that rubber hose will break down over time. Make sure to use a flexible conduit to protect the hose. Secure the hose with tie straps.
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