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JunGleJimBo

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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2009 2:20:45 PM

After reading several replies on "what time of day do you fill up", it got me to thinking, ...

Should you fill up the tank if you only drive in the city? It seems that if you are only driving a short distance anyway, you can save 50 or more pounds ov extra weight. (Fuel weighs app. 6.25 lbs per gallon. Don't put in 8 gallons, you save 50 lbs.) The problem I see is possibly water getting in the fuel through condensation, or extra dirt or other solids blocking the filter. Any thoughts?

I remember back in high school, a friend had a suoped up American Rambler. All us kids would pitch in our lunch money to put in enough gas to get to and from school. It was a blast to ride around in, but we never had enough money to put in more than 1/4 tank or so. Then in 1-2 days, another trip down to the cheapest station in town! Those were fun times!

JimBo
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2:06:02 PM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3:05:57 AM

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moxxor54
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2:30:29 AM

Just up and down. My wife likes gas full in winter.. I do keep full when weather real cold
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ray44512
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:45:06 PM

In the Winter yes. Not so much other times.
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:00:52 PM

I like to keep it over a half tank.
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Gabilondo
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:09:48 PM

I usually fill it up when it is empty.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:07:11 PM

yes
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Mininana
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:58:09 PM

nice, jimbo, a tip of the carburetor to you... as for me, it depends... even if I'm at 3/4 I'll stop at a dependable "res" if I happen to drive by one... currently, with prices falling, I'm letting it run as low as I dare... last fill was 15.001 gals in a 15.9 gallon tank... probably too risky, but it WAS downhill to the lowest-priced station...
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:16:57 PM

I try to not let go below 3/8
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:30:05 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 5:30:16 AM

No
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:45:27 PM

in winter months
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:57:29 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:41:43 PM

I try my best in these winter months
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:56:30 AM

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:35:20 AM

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ecsojay
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:57:37 PM

I fill up each time the gas gauge hits a 1/4 of the tank remaining
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:41:52 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:52:39 AM

I try to never let the truck get below 1/2 because once it hits 1/2 it moves downward quickly
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:25:36 AM

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 7:46:00 AM

All vehicles have presently 1/2+ tanks of fuel since Dec 25/14 again they vary ~~~~ this time of year.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 5:43:17 AM

I fill, at a quarter tank.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 2:35:15 AM

no
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:56:20 AM

I like to keep it at a half or more
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 10:37:53 PM

at 1/2 tank
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:48:55 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 10:10:31 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:24:15 AM

I tend to stay a bit higher in capacity before adverse Winter weather reports(nasty) stuff. That is nominal 1/2....2/3 tank usually since prices have dropped, and less driving during Winter. My habitat allows that choice.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:01:25 AM

NO.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 4:06:47 AM

I fill, when it reaches a quarter tank.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:56:16 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 3:22:54 PM

Would love to keep it around 1/4 tank to reduce weight, but it is best to keep it full due to condensation and dirt. Not to mention it keeps the fuel pump cooler. It is pretty costly to change the fuel pump and just a real pain. Especially when you have any full in the tank, things get pretty heavy when you have to drop it to get to the fuel pump.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 9:08:51 AM

1/4 tank is refuel level for me
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 8:46:16 AM

Use too:
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 7:13:11 AM

Yes, each time I get gas, I fill up.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 9:33:46 AM

I fill, when the gauge reads a quarter tank.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 3:59:10 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 2:33:14 PM

I seldom get below 1/2 tank
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:23:56 AM

Especially in cold weather
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:03:52 AM

yes, after it drops to 1/2
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 8:15:07 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 6:49:22 PM

Yes, after going no lower than 1/4 tank.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 3:42:52 PM

I like to keep it over half
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 3:37:32 PM

I try not to let it get below 1/4 tank, and usually fill it up completely when I fill.
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 2:53:24 PM

mt nak is only full when i refuel otherwise i run it down til the light comes on
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 9:21:02 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 9:07:35 AM

yup, every time I fill it
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 3:31:39 AM

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 6:43:33 PM

Prefer to keep tank pretty close to full in cold weather to reduce possibility of issues arising from gas tank condensation, don't worry about it so much in the warmer months.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 5:41:27 AM

No but ours are fuller now than last Summer, staying (nominal) fuller, due to lower fuel prices. Tanks are acting fuller, ETC......
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no
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