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Full or Empty Fuel Tank?

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I've heard both for storing over the winter. Which is best and why? Thanks

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I called Lund a couple of years ago with this question. They said with plastic tanks either empty or full is fine. With metal though, they said full due to condensation.

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You'll get lots of opinions here.

For boats with built in tanks, I fill them (36 gallon total) to the rim and add fuel stabilizer. Never had a problem.

I tried the empty tactic once and I had moisture build up inside the main tank throughout the winter. What a headache. Never again.

When I fill up in November before storage gas is cheaper than in May. wink

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I always empty mine in our lund outfitters and we have never had a problem.

They are all plastic in boat tanks.

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I've heard both for storing over the winter. Which is best and why? Thanks

Dang, it's a little early isn't it? The best of season is yet to come wink

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it's a 100 degrees here in MO. the last thing I am thinking of is winterizing.

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it's a 100 degrees here in MO. the last thing I am thinking of is winterizing.

Man, how can you stand it there? Earlier spring, but you pay for it the rest of the summer.

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I fill mine full late in the fall and add stibilizer to prevent condensation. Plus gas is alway cheaper in the fall than the spring. wink

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I also store mine full or close to full, with a stabilizer in it.

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Add stabilizer and fill it up.

Plus gas is alway cheaper in the fall than the spring. wink

Now thats funny! "gas" and "cheaper" in the same sentence grin

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Full - add stabilizer to whatever you have left in the tank prior to your last outing for the year - you need to make sure you run the motor to get the stabilized gas through the engine. Then fill it up the rest of the way and add the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer.

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Empty. Even with stabilizer I don't have much faith in the quality of gas coming out of the pumps these days to let it sit all winter and then deal with a full tank of crummy gas for the first part of the following season.

If I know it's going to be my last trip out for the year I'll throw in a little Sta-bil so that it gets mixed up while out fishing for the day and then fill it with a full tank of fresh gas the following spring.

As said earlier, with plastic tanks it isn't like it used to be where it was almost a rule to fill up the metal tanks. Now you can really do either, but I prefer to start with fresh gas at the beginning of the season.

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I used to always fill up and stabilize but my guy at the marina says run it down as low as possible and stabilize because of the poor quality of gas nowdays. To me it makes sense as who wants to run old gas in the spring even if it has been stabilized. It is still old gas.

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I usually stabilze all year long, even when going out frequently. In the fall I simply fog the motor and put her away til the spring. I do have a metal tank.

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I stablize all year as well. Put some seafoam in from time to time too. In the fall I put stabilizer in and fill her up.

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Empty, I'm with LIMITOUT. Never had a problem with a plastic tank.

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As said by others...gas is "cheaper" in the fall. I fill mine up and add Stabil.

She sits in a barn on my friends property with no heat. Never had an issue.

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