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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 1:59 pm    Post subject: When to fill up with gas? Reply with quote

newby 1st trip out. I was going to fill both factory tanks and 2 small red ones at Costco in st George and then drive 2 1/2 hrs to page. Thinking of convenience and cost. Or should I fill up in page just before I put in. Thinking of weight and additional danger traveling if any. Thank you...single axel trailer
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would just fill up in Page. $2.25 last week when we filled. Now, the marina's on the lake were another story. Try $5.88 a gallon for 87 octane Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would consider what your tongue weight is. If you are light on the tongue with the tanks empty, you will be lighter after you add the boat gas, making trailering with a single axle trailer more "wobbly". That would be for a long tow, for short runs, I would fill where I could get good gas. Unless you are going to burn all that gas right away, I would also add Stabil 360. Or just put it into the portable tanks and burn through the fixed tanks then add the Stabil so you have stabilized gas in the system at the end. You can then drive home with part empty tanks and fill at home, adding the Stabil then.

Again noting, the light tongue weight will have your trailer wandering much more. Moving boat ballast can help.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

look at it this way. You're hauling any gas you're buying in St George to Paige. The difference is 30 cents/gal, but you're going to haul that gas up some steep hills and around some nice curves. Only you can decide if the extra weight is worth it. And you'll probably want to go into Paige to buy supplies.

Personally, since we haul a 25' C-Dory, I'd rather haul the lightest load I can and load up before we launch. Gas is 6.5 #/gal, our tank is 100 gal so I think that's a lot extra to tow and the road is narrow and winding.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on which way you come in. We usually filled up at Big Water/State Line, or Page. There are some lanes (I think it is the Shell station) where there are pumps on each side just to fill up boats, around in the back. Definitely you don't want to fill up on the water unless you absolutely have to.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One good thing about filling up at marinas here on the Puget Sound is that just about all of them have alcohol free gasoline.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got 15 gallons non ethanol gas at a local gas station for $2.85 a gallon. The marinas are charging a dollar a gallon more. Many of our filling stations have the non ethanol--and the one I used was the closest--but not the cheapest.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 4:24 am    Post subject: post topic Reply with quote

It seems you are suggesting I use non eth gas. considerably more expensive. Well ok but my engine manuals say up to 10% eth is ok...so which is it?
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 6:18 am    Post subject: Re: post topic Reply with quote

easy does it wrote:
It seems you are suggesting I use non eth gas. considerably more expensive. Well ok but my engine manuals say up to 10% eth is ok...so which is it?


Use non-ethanol gasoline. No matter what the manual says. Over time, you will benefit greatly by not having water separation in your tanks, and a myriad of other problems well documented on other threads. As for the fuel itself: you will get more by fueling in the cool of the day (night or early morning) and then run the overage off as fuel expands during the heat of the day. Over time, this will be a significant savings and offset the need to look for 5 cheaper and the like.

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