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Old 11-20-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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Drain Voltage gasoline tank

What is the best way to drain the gasoline (generator) tank on a Voltage V3200? I'm hoping that someone will tell me there is a drain valve tucked away someplace.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:42 AM   #2
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There's no drain, try sta-bil instead.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:42 PM   #3
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Tap the tank

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There's no drain, try sta-bil instead.
Thought of adding an aftermarket transmission drain bolt, where you drill a certain size hole then add the washer and bolt, but to scared to try!
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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Thought of adding an aftermarket transmission drain bolt, where you drill a certain size hole then add the washer and bolt, but to scared to try!
I think that'd be an excellent idea if you want to drain it occasionally... but beforehand, I'd definitely use a hand-pump to transfer as much out of the tank as I could. Then I'd leave the cap off for a few days to allow anything that was left to evaporate away, and also vent the fumes.

After that... I'd choose one of the 2 following options:

1) It seems I remember reading where you can buy ceramic (non-metal) drill bits from someplace online. If so, I'd use one of those to at least drill a small pilot hole to start it... and then even maybe let it sit for a few more days with now that the tank has 2 open places to allow air to vent thru the tank before drilling the final size hole that I needed for the drain-bolt fitting.

Or... if that's not possible...

2) After allowing the tank to vent for a couple of days... I fill the entire tank with water, which would dilute any remaining fuel to no more than 1 part in 30. a tank full of water would also eliminate any remaining fuel vapors in the tank... which, many times are more flammable than the actual fuel. Then I'd drill a small pilot hole to get me started, and the diluted water mixture shouldn't be flammable.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #5
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Back in the good ole days, pre-computerized auto engines, we would safely weld a gas tank by simply creating an over rich fuel mixture inside the tank. We would do that by introducing a hose into the tank with the other end in an exhaust pipe. We'd start the engine and pull out the choke until the car's engine stumbled and grunted to stay running. The rich exhaust from the choked engine would create a super rich environment in the tank which precluded heat and flames from igniting the fumes.
Obviously this worked but not possible to do these days unless one can find an old chokeable engine/
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One of the advantages to having only one tank for the generator and fueling station is I can pump most of the gas out.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:58 PM   #7
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I'm still trying to figure out why you would want to drain your tank?
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I'm still trying to figure out why you would want to drain your tank?
Well I can see why...

If you're the type who rarely uses the generator... why keep hauling around extra weight (fuel) that you don't need?
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Well I can see why...

If you're the type who rarely uses the generator... why keep hauling around extra weight (fuel) that you don't need?
I've put the trailer away for the winter... no need to let the gasoline sit in the tank, the fuel line, and the carberator or fuel injection system. I've used Stabil before, but would like to empty the tank and run the fuel line dry.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:32 AM   #10
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I empty the cargo fuel into my kids quads and riding mower. The gen. tank has the good Stabil in it and I run it occasionally. This will be the first winter with it and we shall see if it continues to work. If not, I will be putting a drain in. A small weld in bung with a flush allen keyed NPT plug has done well for me before.
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