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Old 05-06-2021, 08:21 AM   #1
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I need to drain the gasoline from my Winnebago Vista that has sat for months. How is this done and what do I do with the gasoline after draining it?
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I need to drain the gasoline from my Winnebago Vista that has sat for months. How is this done and what do I do with the gasoline after draining it?
What year and chassis do you have?
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A couple of months should be no issue,if you are concerned about the fuel, add 1 can of seafoam per 10gallons of fuel in the tank, drive it to burn out the remaing fuel.
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I need to drain the gasoline from my Winnebago Vista that has sat for months. How is this done and what do I do with the gasoline after draining it?
Just curious.... why do you NEED to drain the gasoline?

How many months old is the gasoline....??

Is it a "bad batch" of gas, or has water in it..??

Is this preventative maintenance or there is a "gas" issue with the way the RV is running..?

I'm not advocating running "bad" gas... but barring water/dirt contamination, old gas is a little bit more forgiving than some will have you believe.. I wouldn't drain older gas unless it was well over a year old and was running poorly..

I have 30+ years experience in the boating world. I owned and operated ocean going boats out of San Diego. I have seen many boats, and small dinghies, with gasoline that is over a year old, fire right up and run well... I've had diesel in my tanks for about a year, run with no problems...


An old gas story...

My Dad had a 1984 Class A RV that sat in his side yard, unused for about 5 years. He finally sold it about 2017. It ran OK on the test drive, but when the new owner took it home, it started running really badly. He put some gas treatment in the tank, topped it off with fresh gas, and within about 10 miles it started running well and made it the remainder of the 100 mile strip back home no problems...
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:23 AM   #6
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My coach sat for a year due to Covid with a full tank of gas. Did a 300 mile run last month and it ran fine.

I don't think you need to drain your gas.
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I filled my tank 4 months ago and it has ran fine.
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I need to drain the gasoline from my Winnebago Vista that has sat for months. How is this done and what do I do with the gasoline after draining it?
Have you started it to see how it runs? If it will start at all, you can then top off the tank to get fresh fuel into it.
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FYI, my gasoline engine farm tractor was parked in the barn in Oct. 2020, I turned on the gas valve and the engine started of the 3rd or 4th revolution in April 2021. It ran fine all that afternoon.
Trick to this is always top off the gas tank just prior to storage, this eliminates empty air space that gathers moisture during long-term storage.
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My coach set for about 4 years with bit over 3/4 tank of gas. It went neglected because we had more serious medical family issues to deal with.

By the time I began fixing it up to start using it again I posted here, and people said drain it, don't start it, and others said top it off and go for it. I ended up just topping it off, and I went for a run down to San Diego and back to burn it off, and I've been using it ever since, and it's been running perfectly.

I might have been taking a chance, with fuel injection, but if yours has only been sitting a few months, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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My various RV's have sat from Oct to May each year for the last 50 years. I fill the tank before I park it in the fall and get in an drive it in the spring. Never a problem. I also have special interest cars that many times have 5 year old fuel in them and they start and run fine.

Many will lead you to believe that 3 month old fuel is worthless. Just not true! It may degrade a little but it is still viable.

Pre emission vehicles had vented fuel tanks that allowed considerable evaporation. That could be a problem because as the fuel evaporates it loses its ingredients at different rates. If your motorhome is model year 2000 or newer it most certainly has a closed fuel system to prevent evaporation.

Unless it has set for YEARS, I wouldn't worry about it. I would just drive and enjoy.
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My granddaughter bought a new car but kept the old one. Three years later she was hit from behind and totaled her new car. We put a new battery in the old car and she drove it with the three year old gas in it. I believe These people who say gas goes bad in just a few months are giving an opinion not facts.
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