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Old 06-22-2015, 05:45 PM   #1
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Ran out fuel

We ran out of fuel with over a 1/4 of fuel in the tank. I believe we got a gulp
of air when we took a long corner on to a freeway. Lucky my engine is really
easy to bleed. Phone Monaco when I got home and they said the fuel pickup
is way of the bottom of the tank. I fixed that. I pulled the tank. I cut a hole in
the bottom of the tank, built a sump, extended the pickup so it goes 1/2 an inch beyond the bottom of the tank. I put a drain in the sump with a valve
so I can drain off any crud could get in the tank. the piece I cut out of the
tank I cut a couple of 3x3 holes out of the plate, one for the pickup and welded
the plate back in to stop the fuel from sloshing around near the pickup and
the welded the sump in. I am not willing to drive around with 200 lbs. of fuel
I can use. My 98 Dynasty according to manual states the it will run out with
34 galons let int the tank. My tank was spotless but if I ever got bad fuel
I can drain it easily. I also extended my generator pickup but not to the bottom.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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how close to the bottom of the tank was the pick-up? I ran out in my exec with 22 gallons left - assuming the stated capacity of 200 is correct. I don't think mine is as clean as yours as I've been fighting water in the filter ever since - might have been in the fuel the road service fellow pumped in....
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:07 PM   #3
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It was 4 to 6 inches from the bottom. With this sump all the water and anything
that gets in the tank will all end up in the sump, so I just have to open the valve. My motor home has a Reco filter with a purge system so I just have to push a button to empty the glass bowl. If you are having problem with water that is an option. Or you could get some other kind of water separator and put inline before your filters.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:29 AM   #4
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2003 Dynasty... same thing... engine died on a narrow, curvy 2 lane road. Couldn't be fuel... says I have 1/4 tank left, maybe fuel filter clogged, which thank fully I had. Replaced filters, even did what I don't think you should, of pre-filling them. Started for a couple seconds, died. Long story short... towed, filled tank and took some blowing air in the tank for added back pressure and multiple turn-key-but-don't-starts to finally get the air out of line for it to start up and keep running.


If I even get close to 1/4 tank now I start to fret.
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I have a reco filter on my unit and it has a electric pump which makes it easy to bleed.
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