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my class A is a gasser and has been in storage for over a year. the gas that is in the tank has also been there for over a year. I read that gas is only good for 6 months so should I drain the old gas? its a 2008 fourwinds hurricane with a ford v10 engine.

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Posted: 05/04/22 03:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too bad you did not add Stabil to the gas before storage. That would keep it good. I would just run it and hope.

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Add as much fresh gas as you can and give it a try. I would use some additive to take care of any moisture that may have developed in the tank.

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You will be OK. Yes the gas will go bad, but it will still run and drive. Stop and completely fill the tank and drive it till it’s near empty then refill it.


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It's not too late to add some Stabl, even now. Put an excessive amount into the gas tank, then add a bunch of new gas and it will probably be fine. Did this with an old gas powered tractor and all is good.


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Thanks for all the information and happy rving

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My gas tractors sit for about a year, never had an issue.


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SMELL IT!

If it smells like gasoline, just drive it.

If it smells "off", drain and put in new. Fuel injection parts can get expensive.

Very likely you will find it is just fine.


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Posted: 05/04/22 07:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's "best" to use gas within 6 months...it doesn't "go bad".

Most issues with "bad" gas are related to small carbureted engines. A little fuel gets left in the carb and when it evaporates off, it leaves behind gummy residue that blocks of the tiny passages in the carb. Bigger engines are less prone to this as they don't have such tiny passages in the first place and because fuel injected engines don't mix fuel and air until it's in the cylinder, there is less of an issue with evaporation while in the fuel delivery systems.

How I would handle it depends how much gas is in the tank, how easy it is to syphon out and what kind of trips you have planned.
- If it's mostly empty, just fill up and it will dilute the old gas.
- If you have a trip long enough to burn thru a couple of tanks, topping up and burning it off makes a lot of sense.
- If you don't have any long trips, topping up and burning it off before filling it back up is an expensive option. (80gal at $4/gal is $320...plus your time driving along with wear and tear on the MH for no purpose other than burning off the gas)
- If it's not hard to syphon out and you aren't planning any trips long enough to burn off a couple tanks of gas, you could syphon out 4-5 gal and mix into the car gas tank when it's 3/4 full. Repeat and eventually, that will leave it empty enough that when you do fill up, the old gas is well diluted with fresh.

In the future, plan to add fuel stabilizer before putting her into storage but even then I prefer to dilute when pulling out of storage.

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I agree…add as much new gas as possible and give it a try.


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