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Old 09-29-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Traveling with a small generator.

I own a small 2000kw Yamaha generator and would like to bring it with us on the trip.

We are driving down to Florida to pick up the airstream.

Our vehicle is a Toyota sequioa and would like to place the generator in the truck when we travel - but don't want to smell the gas on the way down.

I think I should empty the gas and run the carb dry. But not sure if I should do anything else with it.

Think double bagging the "dry" generator will be enough to keep the odor out of the cab?

My mind is on overload as we ready for our maiden voyage. I'm not even thinking clearly due to prepare overload.
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Old 09-29-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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Your generator should have both a fuel cutoff valve, and a screw vent on the tank. If so, you should be able to run it, turn off the cutoff valve till it quits, then close the screw vent on the tank cap, and that should eliminate all the gas venting/smelling in the vehicle.
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Find a storage tub with lid that will fit and it will help cut down any residual fumes. Occasionally vent the tank when you stop as it will build pressure as it gets warmer.
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Your generator should have both a fuel cutoff valve, and a screw vent on the tank. If so, you should be able to run it, turn off the cutoff valve till it quits, then close the screw vent on the tank cap.
And then put it in a plastic bag.
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Awesome guys. Thank you
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:33 PM   #6
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Find a storage tub with lid that will fit and it will help cut down any residual fumes. Occasionally vent the tank when you stop as it will build pressure as it gets warmer.

This is a great idea...
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Have you tried riding around with your Yamaha Genny inside with you?

I carry my 2800 Yamaha, full of gas, in my PU bed sealed with a hard tonneau cover and I don't smell any gasolene when I open up the tailgate.

Maybe it's not as bad as you think.
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I think I should empty the gas and run the carb dry. But not sure if I should do anything else with it.
That's a good idea for storing any small carbeurated engine (generator, lawn mower, chainsaw, whatever), especially if using ethanol gasoline.
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I know they also sell cans of non-ethanol gas for small engines. A good idea as well...
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They also sell non-ethanol regular at pumps near West Virginia 3.30 gal.. I've also seen non-ethanol 91 at boat docks as well as 93 in Derby Line Vt 4.00gal. It's amazing this gas is more without ethanol. One would think it should be less.
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They also sell non-ethanol regular at pumps near West Virginia 3.30 gal.. I've also seen non-ethanol 91 at boat docks as well as 93 in Derby Line Vt 4.00gal. It's amazing this gas is more without ethanol. One would think it should be less.
Not really. Supply and demand— as it becomes rarer and harder to find, non-ethanol gas naturally becomes more expensive.

But to get the thread back on topic, I would recommend to the OP that he run his generator until it's empty, but instead of carrying the generator in a plastic storage tub with lid, carry a gasoline can in a plastic storage tub without lid. The lack of a lid allows the gas can to vent as necessary to account for temperature changes, but the tub provides secondary containment in the event of a spill.
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I read somewhere recently that if we use premium gas in our small engines it doesn't have the issue of going stale and fouling the small machines. Don't know if this it a fact myself but maybe someone here can confirm this. It would make my life a bit easier if it was that simple.
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I read somewhere recently that if we use premium gas in our small engines it doesn't have the issue of going stale and fouling the small machines. Don't know if this it a fact myself but maybe someone here can confirm this. It would make my life a bit easier if it was that simple.

I don't believe it matter the grade of gas. Stale gas definitely gums up the carbs so the best solution is to make sure there's no gas in the carb.

I am reading that you can buy sealed cans of non-ethanol gas. I believe these would be a better alternative to storing with gas. Of course some fuel stabilizer won't hurt - though it's not a long term solution as this stuff breaks down as well.
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I understand the principal of running the gas tank and carb. dry; but I have also been told to fill the tank,add "Stabil" or such and run the engine to get the mixture through it and than top off the tank. This would keep rust and water for forming in the tank. Which is best/right? I follow the "keep full" method
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