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Old 08-23-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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Generator type and propane tank size on gassers?

I see the genny on the gassers is 4000W. Is it propane or gas?

Is the onboard propane tank the same size on all of the Foresters?


GTS units are Ford only?

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Old 08-23-2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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It is gas from the motor home gas tank, the Gen. will only run if the gas tank is over 1/4 full. That way the generator will not use up all the gas and leave you stranded.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:03 AM   #3
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- The propane tanks are all the same size: 9.8 Gallons


-All the Fords have gas generators that pull from the 55 Gallon gas tank. When the tank gets to 1/4 full it wont run or will automatically shut off.

-All GTS units are on the E-450
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Side note from expensive personal experience with the gas generators: DO NOT forget to start up and run the unit at least monthly (like I forgot). The ethanol in the gas these days will totally destroy the carb and it's about $300 to buy a new one. Got busy and totally forgot about doing that and paid for it. This was on a 2006 model, so the newer ones could possibly be fuel injected - a definite plus if they are.
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When you won't run the generator for a while, drain the gas from the carburetor. I didn't see the brand you are talking about, but the Onan generators have a cross point screw on the carb for draining it.
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You are correct that draining the gas from the carb would have helped, but with the humidity here in Florida I really needed to simply run the gen every 30 days or so for about 20 minutes at load. Keeps everything in the coils dried out, etc. The humidity also just serves to make the ethanol issue that much worse.
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conceptumator,

My comment was intended for those who are new to RV's.


Running to keep things working is always the best thing to do. Speaking of, it's been about 6 weeks since I put ours in storage. I plan to get it out Wednesday and exercise it, since we don't have a trip planned for another month.

Also, if I know it will be in storage for more than a month, I put Stabil in the gas, drive it to storage so it's mixed (I hope), then run the generator and drain the generator carburetor. Thankfully, I've had no problems with either the chassis engine or the generator, even when I stored it without Stabil in the gas and didn't run it for four months. I expected to make some trips during that time, but they didn't happen.
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Thanks, RamblerGuy -
Mine stays in the driveway, so it's a lot easier to exercise it, I just flat went dumb when that happened. The new RV is a DP and the gen is diesel, so things are a lot easier all around. Only reason I commented was it sounded like the OP was new to the game and I wanted to caution them not to make the same mistake I did. Sounds like you've got a plan that works. Take care.
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I'm in the minority but I haven't needed or run my generator since 2012 when it was new. I disconnected the fuel line, drained the carb, and fogged the engine internals with storage oil. Considered removing it to save weight but decided I wanted to keep it on board in case I needed it some time. I realize the generator coils are not protected or heated up periodically but the RV spends 95% of the time in a well sealed dry garage so I think I should be okay. Except on trips the main fuel tank always has stabilizer in it.
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