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Old 11-06-2014, 07:22 PM   #15
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After a long day at work I have enjoyed coming home and reading this thread. Thanks everyone for their comments and thoughts. The FC 25' is put to bed for the winter,unfortunately, so I have lots of time to decide what I will be doing before the long trip out west next year. Next time I post I'll do a search first.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:42 PM   #16
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Rich, you're fine with just running the carb dry. I do prefer to not leave gas in the tanks.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:59 PM   #17
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Have had two of the Champion 4000/3500 watt generators , the only drawback is they are noisier than the high priced Honda's... simply can't justify in my mind paying 2000. bucks if a 300 dollar unit will provide all the electricity we need .

I can see how you might feel that way, but I don't even run my Honda 2000s except mid day because I don't want to bother other campers. If you have electric service, you don't need to run the generator, so I expect you are talking about unimproved sites. Solar users would consider my units loud, but Champions are considerably louder unless you built a sound absorbing box of some kind, and it seems more places are restricting generators due to the inability to enforce rules that differentiate between loud versus quiet generators.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:17 AM   #18
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bought a 5000 watt Coleman generator with flathead Briggs and Stratton engine from the Home depot in 92 or 93 when a hurricane was due the next day . The noisy old beast still works perfectly and have on numerous occasions plugged it into my welder plug in the garage and fed all the lights , frig and freezer , and the well pump motor . Of coarse only after shutting off the main breaker to the commercial power source . Have always run the carb. dry and drained the tank because it might be a year or two between uses .
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:39 AM   #19
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Rich, you're fine with just running the carb dry. I do prefer to not leave gas in the tanks.
Yes, If you remove the side cover and disconnect the white connector in the lower right corner (ignition cutoff circuit) when you turn off the black shutdown knob it will turn off the gas only, and not shut off the engine. This allows you to run the carb dry. Re-install the connector when it stalls.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:30 AM   #20
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If you add a little Seafoam fuel conditioner ($10 at any auto parts store)to your gens and then run them for a couple off mins before you put them away they will always run perfect when you need them again.Lasts up to 2 years.I have used it in everything from Lamborghini's to chain saws for the last 15 years,
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:03 PM   #21
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Yes, If you remove the side cover and disconnect the white connector in the lower right corner (ignition cutoff circuit) when you turn off the black shutdown knob it will turn off the gas only, and not shut off the engine. This allows you to run the carb dry. Re-install the connector when it stalls.
Rich, my Yamahas both have a fuel shutoff valve. No need to pull anything apart to run the carbs dry. I have the 100, and a 2800.

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Old 11-09-2014, 08:41 PM   #22
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Rich, my Yamahas both have a fuel shutoff valve. No need to pull anything apart to run the carbs dry. I have the 100, and a 2800.

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Right, the Hondas don't...at least on the 2000s. The shut of switch is a double duty switch...ignition cutoff and fuel shutoff. My understanding is the Yamahas have a separate ignition and fuel switch/knob.
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Right, the Hondas don't...at least on the 2000s. The shut of switch is a double duty switch...ignition cutoff and fuel shutoff. My understanding is the Yamahas have a separate ignition and fuel switch/knob.

?? My Honda 2000i has separate ignition shutoff and shutoff on the fuel cap.
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That's not the fuel shut off. That is a fuel tank vent shutoff. The fuel shutoff valve is in the line from the tank to the carburetor.
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That's not the fuel shut off. That is a fuel tank vent shutoff. The fuel shutoff valve is in the line from the tank to the carburetor.

Ah gotcha! Thanks.
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