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Old 09-03-2016, 05:10 PM   #1
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Gasoline supply for generator: To can or not to can?

I have a Honda EU200i generator. Have read on other sites regarding the advisability of having a gasoline can of any type when you travel. I understand the safety caution - makes sense. That said, where do you get the generator fuel from - siphoning from tow vehicle's tank?

Perhaps I should just get the Honda propane conversion kit. Thoughts appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:19 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what advisability you are referring to. I have a plastic gas container with gas I carry with me. It is completely safe albeit if you are not careful it can be smelly.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:57 PM   #3
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I carry a 1 gallon gas can for the genny. One gallon will get me through a few days normally. I originally had one that was like this,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00F5...LzL&ref=plSrch

Spill proof my backside.

Then got this one
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001P...kDL&ref=plSrch

Much better! Well worth the few extra bucks.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:59 PM   #4
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We went with propane and like it. We already have two thirty pound tanks with us, so why carry gasoline.


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Old 09-03-2016, 06:06 PM   #5
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I have both a 2000 and Companion. I use a 5 gallon container. I found replacement caps that you can use to run directly from the spill proof containers. I have it set up so I can run one or both gens. Do a google search and check out you tube.
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Old 09-03-2016, 06:06 PM   #6
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I use a 6 gallon boat tank. Anything that passes coast guard approval is good enough for me.
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Old 09-03-2016, 06:56 PM   #7
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Better type of gas can

Rich,

Being a boat owner sparked my interest in your reply. Did you have a brand preference in tank, or just go for price. (My boat tanks have been built in below the deck for last few boats).

Would that be a better alternative to the *no spill* tanks?

BTW, I am NOT going to get rid of my non-compliant old simple Gott tanks that you won't be able to find anymore except on ebay.
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I already had 2 different outboard tanks. One plastic and one a metal evenrude. Since I have and take a 12' merc zodiac type inflatable and 9.5 hp outboard, I just take the tank full, but without outboard oil mixed. If I use the boat, I add oil. I keep the generator full, by siphoning and use remainder for boat cruises. If I am heavily using the generators, I hook tank to the genies with my homemade dual feed lines from the tank.
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BTW, I am NOT going to get rid of my non-compliant old simple Gott tanks that you won't be able to find anymore except on ebay.
You can buy the little yellow plastic air vent to add to the new cans. Some sites show you how to use a tire valve stem but those deteriorate when them come in contact with gas. Steel stems are expensive, the yellow vent caps are the best bet. Available at Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Fuel-G.../dp/B00SEK6XN6
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Old 09-04-2016, 01:10 PM   #10
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This recent thread has some good info, including the better Justrite safety metal gas cans which are safer IMO [see Posts #20 and #21]:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...an-154954.html

We recently got the 2-gallon with the cap which seals very well, and with the metal lift-to-pour-handle allowing very easy and safe filling of a generator's gas tank, compared to the newer plastic cans which are IMO more dangerous because it is a real pain to fill from them at certain angles.

https://www.amazon.com/Justrite-7125...2+1%2F2+gallon

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This recent thread has some good info, including the better Justrite safety metal gas cans which are safer IMO [see Posts #20 and #21]:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...an-154954.html

We recently got the 2-gallon with the cap which seals very well, and with the metal lift-to-pour-handle allowing very easy and safe filling of a generator's gas tank, compared to the newer plastic cans which are IMO more dangerous because it is a real pain to fill from them at certain angles.

https://www.amazon.com/Justrite-7125...2+1%2F2+gallon

Good luck!

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We are big fans of the metal safety cans like the Justrite. They are expensive but very secure. The spring-loaded caps prevent hazardous vapor release during transport- which takes care of the odor problem.

NAPA and some feed stores also sell a single-opening safety can like the Justrite type I. For any of these, you can buy a yellow plastic pouring funnel that mounts to the can opening for a convenient and precise pour. The plastic spout for the Justrite type I cans folds down, so it takes less space and you don't have to take it off to fill the can, unlike the spout in the picture. But the folding funnel adds some chance of leakage while pouring. Or just spring for the Justrite type II with the built-in funnel.

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I have a Honda EU200i generator. Have read on other sites regarding the advisability of having a gasoline can of any type when you travel. I understand the safety caution - makes sense. That said, where do you get the generator fuel from - siphoning from tow vehicle's tank?

Perhaps I should just get the Honda propane conversion kit. Thoughts appreciated. Thanks
We just got a Champion 2000 this summer since many spots we have been camping at have limited exposure to sun for solar. We use a 2.5 gal plastic gas container which works well for our purposes running 3-4 hours total per day, will last several days. If we were going where obtaining gas was an issue, I would likely bring along a bigger 5 gal container.
We also are thinking propane option and A/C. We are looking at the Champion 2800 "Dual Fuel" model from Costco, for $999, which will run our 1500 BTU A/C and works with propane or gas. Neighbor has one and loves it. It weighs about 85-90lbs. http://www.costco.com/.product.100284958.html
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Costco has on sale right now $849.99 After $150 OFF
Champion DUAL-FUEL 2800wt Running / 3100wt Peak Digital Inverter Generator, Electric Start, RV Ready, Parallel Capable, CARB & EPA Certified, Low Decibels
Champion DUAL-FUEL 2800wt Running / 3100wt Peak Digital Inverter Generator, Electric Start, RV Ready, Parallel Capable, CARB & EPA Certified, Low Decibels

The only problem is the weight 95lbs
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:47 PM   #14
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Costco has on sale right now $849.99 After $150 OFF
Champion DUAL-FUEL 2800wt Running / 3100wt Peak Digital Inverter Generator, Electric Start, RV Ready, Parallel Capable, CARB & EPA Certified, Low Decibels
The only problem is the weight 95lbs
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.
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