My. point is simply this. The times are changing. Maybe 20 years ago 1/4 tank made sense. But doubt it today.
20 years ago, 1/4 tank would be 8 gallons because weren't gas tanks on RVs smaller -- and in general weren't RVs smaller? And RVs got about 5 - 8 mpg. So the spare you were given 20 years ago was maybe 60 miles.
Today with bigger gas tanks and better engines, what you need to get 60 miles (which was fine in those days). You sure don't need 1/4 tank. I don't. An 1/8 of tank is plenty and then some at 10 - 11 mpg. And 1/4 tank is about 12 gallons and that still leaves me about 8 gallon reserve.
An 1/8 is 6 gallons + 8 gallon reserve.
That's 14 gallons (even at 1/8) gets me 140 miles. So if 60 miles was good enough 20 years ago, isn't 140 miles at 1/8 gallon more than good enough today?
Think the principal behind something not that this how it's always been done. The latter is called NIH - not invented here.
If you haven't read an earlier thread where I responded to this, I gave an example:
Little girl goes to her mom and says "mom, why do we cut off the turkey legs before we bake it?"
"I don't know, sweetheart. That's the way grandma did it. Let's ask grandma."
"Grandma, why do we cut the legs of the turkey before we bake it."
"I don't know," says the grandmother. Great grandma always did it that way. Let's call and ask Great grandma."
"Great grandma, we're call to find out why we always cut off the legs off the turkey before we bake it".
Great grandma "because the pot wasn't big enough so I cut off the legs to make it fit".
So don't just say lets cut off the legs. There is a reason behind things. The reason behind 1/4 tank 20 years ago was 60 mile spare. And 1/8 tank gets me 140 miles. Why do I need to "keep cutting off the legs off the turkey to bake it"? I know better. I just need 1/8 of tank.
The bottom line is that RV manufactures and many RVers have just accepted the status quo. And the status quo is out-of-date. The people of days-of-old were trying to solver problems. They thought about it and came up with solutions.
We don't even want to think about the problem, let alone come up with a solution. We just want to do what was done 20 years ago, because that's the way it's always been done. LAZY MINDEDNESS in my book.
By the way, DOT only requires a 30 mile reserve. That means if I want to remain DOT compliant for "safety" and getting to "civilization" all I would need is the 6 - 8 gallons in my reserve tank. Also, if safety is such a concern why not just put a buzzer in so that when you get to 1/4 tank the buzzer goes off. But it let's you use to your hearts delight.
I don't want a machine doing my thinking for me. I want the machine to report to me. I'll decide what makes sense in the situation not the machine. I'm smarter that it is by a long-shot.
"When you stop to think, don't forget to start back again"
Originally Posted by Kenny kustom
Yea... Why not just fill the tank when you get to camp???
If the dip tube went to the bottom, then you would be crying, that the generator ran you out of fuel!
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