Back in January 2011, my lovely bride Jojo and I sold our home and moved into a new R.V. It’s a 42 ft. 5th Wheel Toy Hauler. On the way to our first RV Park, I put 30 gallons of gasoline into the onboard fuel tank used to run our generator. A week later I added double the recommended amount of Stabil. Note that the manufacturer of Stabil only guarantees safe fuel for two years by doing this.
Now I know I am going to catch some flak by telling everyone this but it’s the truth and I completely own up to it. For the first two years, I only test ran my generator 3 times. After that, I presumed the fuel had gone bad and didn’t want to use it. Another year passed and I had a company try to remove the gas but they were unable to get a hose down into the tank to pump it out and there is no drain. So the gas just stayed there.
This last Tuesday we had a power failure. After about a half hour waiting for the power to come back, and without the Air Conditioner the temperature inside rose to 94 degrees, we decided to try to fire up the generator. I had my doubts about the gas but Jojo sniffed it and said it was good. Now Jojo is overly sensitive to hydrocarbons and has the ability to walk into a garage and smell bad gas. If she says it’s good (or bad) you can bet on it.
So we hit the Prime button till the light came on and then hit the Starter. Nothing. The generator wouldn’t start. Wouldn’t even turn over. Dead battery? Yes, it too was original, and 6 years old. We decided to jump it off the car. After giving the battery some time to charge we said a few prayers, crossed our fingers, and after hitting the Prime button pressed the Start button.
Good Golly Ms. Molly. The generator not only fired up but it ran for nearly an hour without a single hiccup before the main power came back on and we shut it off . Seems the gasoline was still good and the battery was not dead, it just didn’t have the amperage to handle cranking the generator. The AC had cooled the RV back down to 84 degrees.
An hour later the main power went off again so we repeated the process and ran the generator for about another hour before power was restored and we turned it off again.
- Stabil is not just good for gas storage it’s great.
- Get a new battery.
- Test run the generator on a regular basis.