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Old 07-11-2016, 06:41 PM   #21
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I spend an extra 3o cents a gallon, and every other tank fill up with ETHANOL FREE gas at the local WaWa. That ethanol crap is lower octane, bad for the engine, tank, gas lines, IMHO, and bad for the generator, which is a small engine. Gas can sit in the carb for long periods between uses. Ethanol-free gas is higher octane than regular gas. Ethanol gas can go bad quicker than Ethanol-free. You can use the lowest octane monkey piss in the V-10, and it will run fine, but, I love my engine, so I will use the ethanol-free whenever I can find it. I use it in all my small engines....chain saw, weed wacker, tractor, leaf blower, because these small engines sit for a long time between uses, and I add Stabil to the 5 gal. can that fills them. Any petroleum workers out there who agree with my opinions, or am I wrong? My experience with ethanol gas taught me a few lessons about its damaging and corrosive affects on machines and plastic and rubber parts, especially on small engines. The fact that the feds have forced this crap on us is reason enough for me to not use it. Ethanol delivers about 15% LESS gas mileage than ethanol-free. That costs us money. Besides, it is harmful to the environment to grow so much corn just to make ethanol gas. Corn crops are very heavy users of water, fertilizers and pesticides. 75% of the corn crop is now grown for ethanol, and it made some large farming conglomerates very rich , with our government subsidies thrown in.

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Old 07-11-2016, 08:29 PM   #22
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I agree with your comments on ethanol and small engines. Ethanol destroys outboard engines because they do not get run enough and the ethanol evaporates out of the carborator and leaves varnish residue as well as destroying internal plastic and rubber parts. I would love to run non-ethanol gas in my RV generator but t is 69 cents more than regular (87) and the amount you run thru the generator vs the amount thru the V-10 makes that expensive. I have thought about hooking up a separate tank to the generator to run while I am at home. Up to the present however, I have just been careful to empty my tank and fill it with non-ethanol gas and two cans of Seafoam if I am going to leave the RV for a while and make sure I run both engines long enough to get that mixture in them before I leave. When I get back,,the Seafoam helps to clean both engines. On the road in the RV, I do not worry about it because I am routinely running both engines.

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