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Old 11-16-2016, 04:02 PM   #1
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Gas supply for portable generator

Question, when you are boondocking for a week, do you haul gas in cans for a portable gen, or do you siphon out of your gas RV tank ? Looking for the best ideas for next years nascar camping,
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You'd have to check to see if you can even get a syphon hose in your gas tank, many have anti-syphon coils in them to prevent such 'theft'. A gas can would be easier to fill at the pump and to fill the generator tank.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:29 PM   #3
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I carry gas in two 5 gallon cans. (actually plastic) I run Honda 2000 W. generators usually running only one at a time. I have never used the AC at a NASCAR race as we are always outside doing something. We do run one when it starts to get dark so we can run our awning lights and a light to play cards with or whatever. This of course recharges the RV batteries as I have the RV plugged in and use the outlet for 110 in the compartment.
My son goes with us and he tows a camper so I put the gas cans in the back of his pick up. I do have a carry rack which mounts via the RV's trailer hitch which could hold the cans if I needed to. I prefer not to use the rack if at all possible for fear of some idiot running into the back of my RV.
We don't normally run the generator(s) after 11 PM as it is "quiet time" and security is good about enforcing it. This past year at Watkins Glen we did run 1 generator all night as one of our friends has a CPAP machine and we had a permit issued by the track to use the generator. The Honda is quieter than my onboard 5500 W. generator even with the Genturi on the Onan.
I'm not big on carrying gas in a compartment but I would before I tried to siphon gas from the RV's tank if you even could. I have never tried this. If the RV has a rollover valve in the tank filler you might not be able to get a hose into the tank anyway.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:32 PM   #4
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When I carried one, I carried a spare tank of Gas in the storage bay, but it did make me nervous. Good reason to get Solar.
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I carry up to 3 five gallon containers with gasoline for the portable Genny. Plus the couple three gallons in the Genny itself. Also carry 1 five gallon container of diesel fuel, just in case needed.
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When I carried one, I carried a spare tank of Gas in the storage bay, but it did make me nervous. Good reason to get Solar.
Dont necessarily need to go solar, just enlarge the battery bank to last most of the day.
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Dont necessarily need to go solar, just enlarge the battery bank to last most of the day.
If you increase your battery bank, you also increase the charging time or energy needed, to get it charged for the next day.

There's no savings there.
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Depends on what type of generator your using. If you have one of the Honda 2000's we can show you how to build an extended run tank. Chuck https://trawler-beach-house.blogspot...generator.html
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If you don't have all the tools and skills to build one, there are many Honda EU 2000 extended run kits avalable.

Here is one of many,

http://m.ebay.com/itm/112189308396
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We were at 7 different NASCAR events this year. During this time we switched motor homes but I kept my trusty Honda EU2000's for various reasons. Since I got the generators I have only carried a 2-3 2 1/2 gallon gas cans. The longest event we did this year was 10 days at Charlotte. Our motor home at the time had a 4K on board that was used for the AC when needed. During this trip we really only ran the on board for in the afternoon when it got really warm. I would run one honda at a time and normally on a tank of fuel could get a full day depending on needs. Really i only used it to watch some TV (when inverter was low) and run some fans. I dont subscribe to the run my AC for 24/7 when at a race although i think many do.

On our new motor home we have a 6K generator on board and at Richmond ran the on board for the AC as it got pretty warm. Even our box fan didn't move enough air that weekend. We got on site mid Thursday and still only went thru the gas in both hondas along with another 2 1/2 gallons. I never opened the second can. I always try to fill the units before the trip when i top the motor home off.

I also store them in the storage bay along with the gas can and so far have had no issues. On our older MH we got some odor but the new on is fine. I make sure they are cool before putting them away.

You didn't specify your generator, but i would recommend any of the inverter quite units as they seem to hold value and are more tolerable. We actually bought our Hondas when we had a 5th wheel after walking around the NASCAR tracks and talking to owners and looking at many different ones. I must say probably 75% at the races are Honda.

What ever you decide have a fun year. We just arrived home from Homestead (didn't take camper) and cannot wait for the next season to begin !
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Gas cans. If running the gennies for air conditioning but it is cool enough at night to not need the AC, I can run the two gennies on less than five gallons/day, so I try to prepare my gas supply based on this estimate.
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