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Old 09-04-2016, 03:49 PM   #15
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See our post about this issue here: http://junebugjourneys.com/2016/03/3...tor-gastapper/
The Gas Tapper is a FANTASTIC addition to our boondocking supplies.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:55 PM   #16
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BERG fuel extender.

I am new at this so hang on.
I purchased a BERG fuel extender. The dual feed, which will feed 2 Honda generators. You can get a single feed also.
It works great and was easy to set up. It will feed two Honda 2000 generators for over 24 hours. The fuel tank holds 6 gallons and each generator holds approx 1 gallon each. The tank also has a no spill screw in cap, and quick disconnect.
The fuel tank is plastic. So are the tanks in the generators. So are the ones in most TV's.
I have seen gas cans burn and LP tanks explode. I think one must be as careful as possible and I think this is a choice which (as you are doing) you educate yourself and make a choice. For me the BERG system seemed the best as you can also use the gasoline in the TV if needed.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:03 PM   #17
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WARNING: I learned early on on these forums that syphoning is not a good idea. To get the flow going you'd need to somehow suck the gas through a tube like in those mad max movies. Only one problem: this is likely to either kill you or make you quite ill.

I carry a two gallon plastic gas can that I fill up when I get close to destination. Between a full tank in gen and the two gallons that gets me through three to four days and thats with running it several hours per day.

If there is any gas left in the can on moving day, that will get pour into tow vehicle tank. At home I leave the can outside to help evaporate any residual in hopes of avoiding old gummy gas.
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:01 PM   #18
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I've got a non-vented (capped-off) 5 gal plastic gas can I carry externally in the bed of the truck and replenish the generator from that. It has also come in handy on one occasion when I ended up in the boonies and very low of TV fuel...just poured it in, and VOILA!... there's another 75 miles!

But what concerns me are the comments about the bad "smell".
WHAT smell? I certainly HOPE no one is carrying this stuff inside a passenger vehicle compartment!
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:16 PM   #19
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We went with propane and like it. We already have two thirty pound tanks with us, so why carry gasoline
Same here. So far we're happy with our propane-fired Honda EU2000i. If you don't already have a genny, that's worth considering vs. a gasoline-fired unit.
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:28 PM   #20
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I carry my sealed can in the van wedged securely between something, again last leg of travel.

If you smell gas, something is not right. Either a leak or loose cap/cover, both not good. Also drive with as many wondows opened as possible.
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:54 PM   #21
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Correct

Crazylev is correct. I don't like the taste of gasoline. That is why I purchased the BERG system. All you do is fill up the generator, attach the air tight cap supplied for the generator and the hose. As the gasoline is used out of the generator tank, the suction created in the generator tank pulls the gas out of the 6 gallon tank. Works great, no mess.
If you want to suction it your self, don't smoke!
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:20 PM   #22
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We use this to fill our Hondas: Flo N Go MaxFlo Siphon Pump - Amazon

After siphoning, it is stowed inside the propane cover until the gas fumes dissipate.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:16 AM   #23
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My next door neighbor just bought the new 3500 max duel fuel inverter at just a couple hundred more thru Cabella's. Wt just over 100 lbs. Too heavy for me. He plans to leave it in the truck bed.
Weight is surely a consideration and I think leaving it in the truck is a good option for sure. A camper across from us earlier this year had a Honda 3000 in his bed, mounted on foam of some sort, to arrest the noise. He used the siphon method from a 10 gal tank he had mounted on his rack. It was very quiet. The DB rating of the Champion unit is rated same as Honda. Leaving in bed most of the time may be a great option, assuming the noise is not an issue. I know another camper had a regular portable generator used for construction in his bed with cover over it, and it was extremely loud when he ran it. I don't want to be one of those noisy campers, so having the ability to move it around without much hassle is a plus. I was able to lift and move my neighbors Champion duel fuel, when we tried it out on my AC earlier, as it pulls with the wheels and handle easily. I lifted it and seemed like around 85 lbs; could be heavier; specs say 93 lbs, but did not feel that heavy.
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Thanks for the discussion. I decided to go 100% propane - sent my Honda EU2000i to GenConnex to have them do the internal conversion as I didn't want the propane conversion equipment attached externally to the generator. My 2016 AS Classic has two large propane tanks with a convenient propane port near the trailer's tongue. So, the decision was part convenience, part safety.
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Just a thought that I have not seen mentioned, should you stay with gasoline that is, if you live in a part of the country where non-ethanol fuel is available consider using that. If not ( I don't) you should try to keep the fuel fresh by using it frequently either in the generator or mower or your gasoline tow vehicle. The point is that the ethanol fuels do not have a very long shelf life and best to try and keep it fresh. NOW, that being said, should you go to a propane conversion I think you will not be sorry.
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Gasoline supply for generator: To can or not to can?

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I decided to go 100% propane - sent my Honda EU2000i to GenConnex to have them do the internal conversion as I didn't want the propane conversion equipment attached externally to the generator.
That's exactly where we got our propane-fired EU2000i. So far, we love it, hope you do too!


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...if you live in a part of the country where non-ethanol fuel is available consider using that.
Out here, the local Grange sells gasoline without ethanol. That seems ironic since the grange is focused on serving agricultural folk, but we suspect it's because sometimes that gas sits around in farm equipment between uses and ethanol in that gas would only bring sadness for the reasons you mentioned. So, for the large gasoline-powered generator we leave at home (too big and noisy for camping) and use when storms knock out power, we also add "Sea Foam" stabilizer to the Grange-sold ethanol-free-gasoline. Sea Foam is a product designed for marine use to help keep that ethanol-free gasoline fresh. There are, of course, other gasoline stabilizers out there, and they probably work fine too.
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Gas being sold in local hardware/feed store?

Not sure if you have seen this yet, but I noticed in Murdoch's in Helena MT, 1 gallon cans of "VP Small Engine Fuel" (ethanol free gas), for sale $17.99, on shelves by the Honda generators... Propane is looking better and better! LoL
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she don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie ... PROPANE!
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