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happy2rv

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Posted: 09/14/19 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone use a smart phone app to remind them to cycle stored fuel for their generator and to run the generator so the carburetor doesn't gum up?

I recently bought a new generator and made a resolution to regularly exercise it. I bought the new inverter generator for the RV, but I have an older open frame generator that was used exclusively for the house. I've had to clean the carb on it a few times because I let it sit too long. The carb on the inverter generator is considerably smaller and looks more difficult to get to. So I want to make sure I keep to a regular schedule with something to remind me if I forget.

I found an app designed to track expiration dates of groceries that works OK, but it isn't ideal. It has a quirky interface designed around it's intended purpose and it was obviously written by someone to whom English is a second language. For instance, it indicates and object is "21 days expired" when it really means the object will expire in 21 days.


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People say once a month. So I do it on the 1st. Usually forget and ends up being every 2 or 3 months.

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Why not just out it on your phone calendar? I use it to track all our appointments.

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gbopp wrote:

Why not just out it on your phone calendar? I use it to track all our appointments.


Yes, easy peasy.


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gbopp wrote:

Why not just out it on your phone calendar? I use it to track all our appointments.


I could do that, but I prefer something that tracks each item all in one place. I currently keep 10 gallons of fuel, 2 cans, at home for power outages and I still have 2 generators. One of the generators is stored at a storage shed. So, I don't always run them on the same day. In order to track them with simple calendar reminders, I could just put a simple reminder or do the 1st of the month thing. But I prefer something that keeps track of each one and more than just a reminder go check the generators/fuel.

I don't necessarily change both fuel cans at the same time or run both gensets at the same time. As I approach the expiration date on my fuel, I will dump one, possibly both, of the cans in truck and go refill the empties. I prefer to mix the "old" fuel with plenty of fuel in the truck tank. If I don't get to one of them within the "expiration" time, the app reminds me how "overdue" that particular item is.

I realize its overkill, but even with only 2 cans / 2 gens its easy to forget which ones I took care of and when. I "planned" to run the old generator monthly but as wopachop I usually forgot. Every month turned to 2 or 4 months between runs. I store untreated fuel for up to 60 days, but I'm trying to run the gens at least 10 minutes every 30 days.

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Posted: 09/14/19 06:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why not use fuel stabilizer when you fill the tanks?


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put a shut off valve on the fuel line run dry with some stabil in the fuel ,and forget it till the next power out.mine has sat for over a year, put fuel in opened the valve and started right up.

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I used to use stabil. I had stabil in the old generator when it gummed up. I've heard sea foam might be better and I've thought about adding it to my storage fuel, but I believe regular exercise is good for the engine/generator regardless of the fuel used. I could run it dry and refuel with engineered fuel in for long term storage. But there are issues, other than fuel, that can cause problems with engines and mechanical things sitting idle for too long. I feel like there is a much higher chance of it working correctly when I need it if has worked in the last month and not sat idle for months. YMMV.

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Check out startron. Comes in a blue bottle. It's well respected in the dirt bike industry and also marine.

Boat guys like it for absorbing water. Dirt bike guys like it to combat ethanol.

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Drain the carburetor after each trip.

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