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Old 04-23-2015, 08:16 PM   #21
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One of the best small engine mechanics I have known tells me to use synthetic oil and non-ethanol gas for Honda generators, power saws, weed eaters, lawn mowers , etc. He says that he stays busy because of ethanol gasoline users.
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:44 PM   #22
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What most people don't know is that ethanol is VERY corrosive. That's why all new cars have stainless steel fuel lines and associated equipment. I try and keep some 92 Octane non oxygenated around for the chainsaws and other small engines. I'm not to worried about the Honda generators as long as I drain the carburetors on them as soon as we get home from a trip. It only takes a minuet to do.
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What most people don't know is that ethanol is VERY corrosive. That's why all new cars have stainless steel fuel lines and associated equipment. I try and keep some 92 Octane non oxygenated around for the chainsaws and other small engines. I'm not to worried about the Honda generators as long as I drain the carburetors on them as soon as we get home from a trip. It only takes a minuet to do.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:01 PM   #24
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I use (Star Tron) in our Reserve Gas cans for the (Power Outage Times)! I try to use it often enough that it is a little Fresh? Hard to get Fuel when the Gas Stations need Elect.also! Youroo!!
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I use (Star Tron) in our Reserve Gas cans for the (Power Outage Times)! I try to use it often enough that it is a little Fresh? Hard to get Fuel when the Gas Stations need Elect.also! Youroo!!
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:31 PM   #26
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Bought a Honda EU2000i and a EU2000i companion for when we boondock. Getting ready to fire them up for the first time. Already purchased magnetic dipsticks and oil change gizmo for them. Also - thinking about adding an hour meter, as I like to know how many hours my equipment has on it, for maintenance, etc. Any hints/tips/suggestions on the "proper" way to do so? Type of oil? Gas additives? Etc...

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Try Googling Tiny Tach. Purchased one for our outboard motor.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:39 AM   #27
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If you're dealing with a new engine, break it in with whatever oil you intend to use long-term. So start with synthetic, change after break-in period, then stick with synthetic. Or start with dino, then stick with dino. But if you start with dino and then switch to synthetic, you may get some oil seepage due to the different viscosities/flow rates, etc. To me, synthetic is cheap insurance for all my engines.
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Amazon.com: 08181-ENM-036AH Original Honda Hour Meter: Industrial & Scientific
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Type of Oil for your Eu2000

Not knowing your location or the access you have to a "Camping World" store, If one is near you or on your travel path you might stop there. They sell the "genuine" Honda small engine oil with the additives that Honda says will help operate your generator or small engine better. I don't know if true or not but if I'm ever asked about type of oil I always have a quart of the labeled "Honda" brand to show them. And the other RV'er was right always have a quart of oil on hand. It it doesn't save you it might save your fellow camper from a bad trip. My repair center advises that if you just start them up and run them once a month it will keep the fuel system clean and the engine in great operating shape.
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Starting once a month would go along with what I was told when he said any storage longer than a month requires you to drain the fuel bowl.

As for oil, Honda, in the manual states the SJ or greater grade and recommends 10W30, and due to Magnuson-Moss Act, you don't have to use Honda's branded oil to stay in warranty.
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