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Old 12-22-2015, 09:32 PM   #1
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full gas tank for storage

Can anyone give me advice on whether or not I should fill up my gas tank completely while it is in storage? All replies are appreciated.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:34 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:40 PM   #3
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Yes. The reason is to keep condensation down. When you leave the tank empty water will form on the tank walls when temperature changes. More tank wall exposed, more condensation. Fill it and and add a fuel additive to help keep the fuel fresh.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:41 PM   #4
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Yes, along with Stabil 'storage formula' gas treatment before filling.
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X4 and be sure to run the engine and genset after you mix the stabil in the tank so it gets into the injectors and carb bowl.
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X4 and be sure to run the engine and genset after you mix the stabil in the tank so it gets into the injectors and carb bowl.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:45 PM   #7
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I will go against the tide here, by saying no to a full tank. For a very long time, I have never filled the tank for prolonged storage and have never had a problem.This goes for the built in tank on our outboard motor as-well. But, I always use StaBil as recommended on the instructions. The instructions advise you to double the dose for storage.

My suggestion would be to run low on E15 gas at season's end and use non-ethanol gas, what ever is left in the tank, for storage along with StaBil. Gasoline without alcohol floats, so minimal moisture collecting at the bottom of the tank will burn through with the gasoline. In the spring, I top off with fresh gas. And, no, I have never had to replace a gas tank because of rust.

The reasoning is that E15 gasoline used by most newer vehicles goes stale. The site below states it should be discarded. The alcohol in E15 gasoline absorbs a lot of water. It is not only difficult, but expensive to discard fuel. The question is, how far do you want to drive on stale fuel?
Gasoline Expiration - Ethanol Blend Fuels Have a Short Shelf Life

As for small engines, e.g lawn mowers, weed wackers, riding mowers, I only use non-alcohol gas, including in the outboard motor. There is no alcohol to ruin the gaskets and gas lines. In the fall, I first drain the tanks (other than the outboard) to near empty, add a little Stabil to the tank and then run it out of gas. This prevents gumming up in storage. I have not had a problem starting an engine after storage with this method.

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I will go against the tide here, by saying no to a full tank. For a very long time, I have never filled the tank for prolonged storage and have never had a problem.This goes for the built in tank on our outboard motor as-well. But, I always use StaBil as recommended on the instructions. The instructions advise you to double the dose for storage.

My suggestion would be to run low on E15 gas at season's end and use non-ethanol gas, what ever is left in the tank, for storage along with StaBil. Gasoline without alcohol floats, so minimal moisture collecting at the bottom of the tank will burn through with the gasoline. In the spring, I top off with fresh gas. And, no, I have never had to replace a gas tank because of rust.

The reasoning is that E15 gasoline used by most newer vehicles goes stale. The site below states it should be discarded. The alcohol in E15 gasoline absorbs a lot of water. It is not only difficult, but expensive to discard fuel. The question is, how far do you want to drive on stale fuel?
Gasoline Expiration - Ethanol Blend Fuels Have a Short Shelf Life

As for small engines, e.g lawn mowers, weed wackers, riding mowers, I only use non-alcohol gas, including in the outboard motor. There is no alcohol to ruin the gaskets and gas lines. In the fall, I first drain the tanks (other than the outboard) to near empty, add a little Stabil to the tank and then run it out of gas. This prevents gumming up in storage. I have not had a problem starting an engine after storage with this method.

Interesting to see comments on this post.
Ah, the old ethanol issue. I agree with you on ethanol. So in my earlier post I said yes and I still say yes as I never put ethanol gas in my boat tanks which are big enough to to hold 400 gallons. Lots of wall space to creat water and I use diesel in my truck... But if using ethanol, a whole other discussion..

Good point PenJoe...
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Does this apply to diesel tanks? Was told by a trucker/rv friend that algae and scum would grow in the tank and lines. He suggested Killum additive. True or False?
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Does this apply to diesel tanks? Was told by a trucker/rv friend that algae and scum would grow in the tank and lines. He suggested Killum additive. True or False?
We have always filled our diesel tanks before storing or extended parking for that very reason
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