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Old 08-04-2018, 05:46 AM   #1
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Gas tank reserve and miles to empty

Does anyone know if our FR3's have a reserve in the gas tank? I see the display will read " miles to empty" but what does that really mean. I almost found out last year running from Hurricanes in South Florida, but finally found gas at the Georgia border. Curious minds want to know..
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:05 AM   #2
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My buddy found out what "Miles to Empty" meant when pulling a trailer! It meant the additional Trailer pulling was NOT figured into the equation! When you are along the side of a road "Out of Fuel" it will give you time to "Reflect" on "Decisions Made"!Youroo!!
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:42 AM   #3
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It does not mean much and can change quickly. 50 miles can turn into 10 miles in a mile. Personally it is not worth knowing or the expense..... filling at 1/4 tack is too late as far as I am concerned.


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Old 08-04-2018, 01:38 PM   #4
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I've never paid attention to the "Miles To Empty" display, but I can give you some info about the fuel gauge and the "Low Fuel Warning" display.


Three times in the last three years, we let the fuel level get down to the point that the fuel gauge needle was on "E" and "Fuel Level Low" was displayed in the information area that usually displays the outdoor temp.


When we filled-up with gas, all three times it took 72 gallons, which means that theoretically there had been 8 gallons remaining.
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:38 PM   #5
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Does anyone know if our FR3's have a reserve in the gas tank? I see the display will read " miles to empty" but what does that really mean. I almost found out last year running from Hurricanes in South Florida, but finally found gas at the Georgia border. Curious minds want to know..
I can't answer your specific issue. If your fuel pump is in the gas tank it is cooled by the fuel. Should you run very low on fuel the cooling is reduced and you risk damaging the pump and repair expenses. I don't trust my distance to empty when towing my trailer.
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:59 PM   #6
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I always try my best to fill up when I hit half a tank, that way if I hit a stretch of road without gas stations, I can relax. It's very difficult pushing an rv up hill
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:55 PM   #7
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...all three times it took 72 gallons, which means that theoretically there had been 8 gallons remaining.
My experience as well. But those 8 gallons are probably a 1/2 inch at the bottom of that big tank. And then there is the efficiency of the pickup. Lots of sloshing going on and a dry rail on a fuel injected system is NOT a thing of beauty.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:30 PM   #8
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The one and only time of the year that I even let it go down to 1/4 tank is my first trip after winter storage so I can use up the gas with stabilizer in it (Canadian winter)...as I want a fresh fill of gas for the remainder of the trip!

I recall a couple of years ago wishing I was almost on empty when I found gas in West Virginia for $1.36 at a BP station. DW wondered what was taking me so long to fill up and I actually squeezed every drop in that I could! Wouldn't it be nice to pay that price all the time!! 8 mpg would be easier to swallow lol

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The ford trucks and vans , that I had used for work for my last few years of working, averaged about 15 miles, that's after the red light would turn on. And when the miles left to empty would reach 0. I carried fuel for my compressor, so for giggles I would run the tank empty to know exactly what was left in miles. BUT I always fill my tank at half tank regardless what it says that I have for miles left to empty, it is much easier to pay the bill for 40 gallons versus 80 gallons. hahaha besides I prefer to use my AAA for more important issues than running out of fuel!
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I regularly take the big girl down to the Fuel Low Indicator when traveling known routes. We do a lot of FL-NY So I know where the gas stops are and who's relatively the cheapest. The biggest fill up I've ever had was 74 gallons. And we were LOW. Fuel light had been on a while and the genny even shut off. It was a boys trip though and I was towing six motorcycles and mis-guessed how far the next gas station was that I could fit into.
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