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Old 04-26-2015, 08:15 AM   #31
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Once I'm done camping for the year which is usually the last part of October I pour the gas out of my generators, drain the carb bowls and change the oil. The generators then will sit until April when I start using them around the house. There are a LOT better oils out there then Honda oil. That would be like using Harley oil in your Harley. There are better oils for them too. I've been using Synthetic oils for a lot of years and when I do have to tear an engine down I never find any sludge in them because of the oils I use. No, I don't use the same oil on all of them. I do the research and determine what oil is best for the application. Try this test too. Take a quart of your Honda oil and then take a quart of Mobil 1 and try pouring them out when it's 20 below 0. There's a big difference on how they flow. This is the same if you have this oil in an engine. It has trouble moving right away and this is when you have the most wear in an engine. There is a lot more to look at when selecting oils but that is too long a list to go through here. Cheers.

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Old 04-26-2015, 08:53 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by DickiedooFlagman View Post
Try Googling Tiny Tach. Purchased one for our outboard motor.
I had a Tiny Tach on an old John Deere I had that didn't have an hour meter. It worked well.

Originally Posted by f5moab View Post
This is the one I'm leaning toward.

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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.
There is a Camping world in Bowling Green Ky, a couple of hours south of us. We get down that way every few weeks. Been wanting to stop in there soon. I do plan to carry an extra quart in the TT. Good insurance and/or good neighbor! Win/Win!

REALY appreciate everyone's help with this. Bought 3 quarts of Valvoline Full Synthetic 5W-30 Oil from Rural King. Also got another Justrite 5 gallon gas can. It's a yellow (diesel) can so I can tell the difference at a glance. I don't have any diesel equipment so there won't be any confusion. Drove 30 minutes across town and filled it with 91 octane, non-ethanol. I think I'm GTG. Gonna get em started up today.

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Old 05-05-2015, 10:00 AM   #33
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After draining out all the fuel (which was fresh in April), disassembling the carb, cleaning it with carb cleaner, and making sure all passages are open. Then installing new seals/gaskets and re-assembling and installing to the generator.
I then filled the tank with 100 % fuel (no ethanol), with recommended amount of Sea Foam mixed into the fuel, and letting it idle for about a half hour it purrs better than new.

If only my old Holley carbs, back in the 70s were as easy....

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