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Old 10-06-2018, 04:39 PM
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I'm thinking of buying a Honda 2200 generator and Connecting a 6 gallon marine gas tank to it. Would use it as an extended run generator.

Anyone have a set up like this?

comments/suggestions?

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Iím using vp racing jugs, and rigged up a cap with a marine gas line for this purpose. When one runs out, just move the cap to a different tank rather than refilling. To rig the cap I just drilled a hole in the center a bit smaller than the OD of the fuel line. It create a good water tight seal. The line is weighted inside the jugs via a standard small engine inline fuel filter like is used on mowers, etc.
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Not using this, but looks pretty good. https://m.northerntool.com/shop/tool...2013_200402013
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Looks like this ~$60 gas tank with a bronze fitting and a short section of fuel line. Looks like an easy DIY.

https://www.wholesalemarine.com/moel...iABEgI3jfD_BwE
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There are tons of folks producing kits to do this. Just google Honda 2000 extended run.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Iím using vp racing jugs, and rigged up a cap with a marine gas line for this purpose. When one runs out, just move the cap to a different tank rather than refilling. To rig the cap I just drilled a hole in the center a bit smaller than the OD of the fuel line. It create a good water tight seal. The line is weighted inside the jugs via a standard small engine inline fuel filter like is used on mowers, etc.
That sounds pretty slick. Do you have any pictures of the set up?
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Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

Autobaun - how long does your generator run on 5 gallons?

What type of oil oil are you using? Dino or synthetic?
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Originally Posted by Bayou Dularge View Post
Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

Autobaun - how long does your generator run on 5 gallons?

What type of oil oil are you using? Dino or synthetic?
long time. Iím running a pair of EU2000iís. Will go roughly a day easily.
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I have an aftermarket gas cap for my eu2000 that I purchased on EBay that has a Yamaha outboard fuel line connector threaded into the cap.
I hook my regular Yamaha outboard fuel hose to a 6 gallon outboard tank and the generator. Works like a charm
After hurricane Irma and Maria last year it ran at least 8 hours a day for four months.
As a shout out for Honda Generators, I have an EU6500 that ran for 121 days straight, 24 hours per day, only stopped to change the oil every 100 hours.
The same generator sits in my shed ready for the next storm.
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You did 30 oil changes in 4 months ?
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Mait, your set up is what I'm doing. I've ordered the aftermarket cap and have the Yamaha fuel connector ready to go.

How long will your generator run on the external tank?

also, do you fill your built in tank then hook up your external? Do you place your external tank higher than the generator?

LI-fisherman - post Hurricane Gustav we were on generator power for about 14 days. Miserable. We had two 110v window units cooling our master bedroom and bath & fridge running 24/7. I was changing oil about every 48 hours. Fun times.

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Makes no difference if you fill onboard tank first. I do so to avoid the possibility of an airlock. Also gain several hours of runtime. Aux tank does need to be higher than the generator.

if filling from an empty generator from the aux tank, leave the cap cracked slightly when you prime it to allow the air to vent. Once the onboard tank fills tighten it down. Should only take a min at the most.
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Thanks.
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I picked up a Caterpillar generator after Irma last year. Anyone know if they make those aftermarket fuel caps for them? If they don't, is the set up as easy as buying a spare cap, drilling a hole, and inserting a fuel barb? Do they need to ventilate somehow, or does the 6 gallon boat tank handle that for me?
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I had a few requests to see my setup, so here you go. Generators are out in the shed, but this is the lines and a shopping list form amazon. When it is in operation the generators sit on the ground on the sidewalk in front of the house (chained/locked), and the tank sits on a short stool. As long as the tank is elevated above the generator filler itís plenty high enough to maintain siphon. I used black zip ties (UV and gas Resistant) rather than hose clamps. My generators are Honda EU2000iís and are very old, but still work flawlessly. Generally I donít break out all of the extended run stuff initially, as our power outages are typically very short, but it has come in handy twice now. Everything stays stored in a small storage container along with a few quarts of Honda small engine oil, and a long piece of siphon hose just in case I were to need to get gas out of the truck. Each oil change is a bit under a quart between the two, and service interval is 100 hours, so I can go for a while. Nice thing is with this setup you just change tanks out and donít have to fool with pouring.





Shopping list:

1 of these: extended run caps https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And 1 of these: extended run cap with oil change extension. Can easily use 2 extended run caps and skip the extension, but it makes oil changes much cleaner and is cheap: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2 of these: Marine quick connects. These are self-sealing, which gives you the option to run 1 or 2 generators at once. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1 brass tee: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1 marine fuel line: I donít recall if I cut off part of it for the tank leads or used some extra fuel line for that. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Fuel Filter for a lawn Mower: Filters the gas and weighs the line down into the bottom of the VP jugs. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...ge?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1 extra VP Racing Fuel Cap: I just drilled a hole in the red center and pulled the fuel line through it. Hole is slightly smaller than the OD of the fuel line. Donít recall the exact size, but just eyeballed it. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

VP Racing Fuel Jugs: however many you think you need. I have 10-12 already, which is what inspired using this setup rather than a marine tank. Most stay at the lake, but I keep 2-3 in rotation for general use around the house in Spartanburg. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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VP jugs! That's a good idea.

I see the overdrilled hole where the fuel line is stuffed through the cap. Does that allow the system to vent, or is venting not an issue?
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Originally Posted by Chimpo View Post
VP jugs! That's a good idea.

I see the overdrilled hole where the fuel line is stuffed through the cap. Does that allow the system to vent, or is venting not an issue?
uses the jug vent. Just crack it open a bit. Air gets in, rain stays out. I have some Jegs cans as well. They are made of better (thicker) plastic, but the VPís are superior because of their molded in vent. Kegs just use a hole with a press in vent that leaks and is not water tight.
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I like the VP jug idea.
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Originally Posted by Bayou Dularge View Post
I like the VP jug idea.
It works really well. I canít take credit though. The cap/line portion was actually figured out by the lake neighbor who has a very difficult to access fuel filler on his boat. We have access to non ethanol gas on land 2 miles from the lake houses which is consistently $1.00 - $1.50 less than on water gas, so we end up moving a serious amount of fuel in these jugs. If the dock wasnít so long and I could get a fuel trailer around the house I would go that route in a heartbeat.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I had a few requests to see my setup, so here you go. Generators are out in the shed, but this is the lines and a shopping list form amazon. When it is in operation the generators sit on the ground on the sidewalk in front of the house (chained/locked), and the tank sits on a short stool. As long as the tank is elevated above the generator filler itís plenty high enough to maintain siphon. I used black zip ties (UV and gas Resistant) rather than hose clamps. My generators are Honda EU2000iís and are very old, but still work flawlessly. Generally I donít break out all of the extended run stuff initially, as our power outages are typically very short, but it has come in handy twice now. Everything stays stored in a small storage container along with a few quarts of Honda small engine oil, and a long piece of siphon hose just in case I were to need to get gas out of the truck. Each oil change is a bit under a quart between the two, and service interval is 100 hours, so I can go for a while. Nice thing is with this setup you just change tanks out and donít have to fool with pouring.





Shopping list:

1 of these: extended run caps https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And 1 of these: extended run cap with oil change extension. Can easily use 2 extended run caps and skip the extension, but it makes oil changes much cleaner and is cheap: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2 of these: Marine quick connects. These are self-sealing, which gives you the option to run 1 or 2 generators at once. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1 brass tee: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1 marine fuel line: I donít recall if I cut off part of it for the tank leads or used some extra fuel line for that. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Fuel Filter for a lawn Mower: Filters the gas and weighs the line down into the bottom of the VP jugs. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...ge?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1 extra VP Racing Fuel Cap: I just drilled a hole in the red center and pulled the fuel line through it. Hole is slightly smaller than the OD of the fuel line. Donít recall the exact size, but just eyeballed it. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

VP Racing Fuel Jugs: however many you think you need. I have 10-12 already, which is what inspired using this setup rather than a marine tank. Most stay at the lake, but I keep 2-3 in rotation for general use around the house in Spartanburg. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I race for 2-3 days at a time and some track don;t have electrical hook-ups. I also have 2 Honda 2000s and built an VERY similar setup to this. I used slightly different parts but it functions the exact same way. I even used the 5 gallon Scribner jugs like you cause they double as cans to hold my race fuel (93 octane). Works great and will feed 2 2000s for over 24 hours if you start with the 2000s already full.

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