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    Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 12:21pm
I'm still getting the Pod ready for our first trip but a lot of campgrounds are already full for the season. We ended up with two dates booked but the first trip isn't until June. Which leads me to the generator question. I know some places up hiway 108 on the north side of Yosemite where you can just pull off the hiway, drive a short distance up dirt roads and set up. Central to fishing and gold panning, which I love to do. I have a generator, Toro T800, that would only run a couple lights itself, but is great for charging batteries. About twenty years ago I sold my 1976 Aristocrat LoLiner so I just kinda forgot about the generator. I did turn the gas off and let it run out, but didn't empty the tank. I'm now going through it to use it again and when I pull the air filter out, it crumbled in my hands, and you guessed it, they're no longer available. Is there something else I can use for a filter, or could I maybe buy a lawnmower filter and cut it to shape? By the way, the old gas looked and smelled like I bought it yesterday.
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Pre-ethanol gas was different I guess, but not so different that I'd trust it to run through the carb.  I'd pour it out and put some fresh non-ethanol gas if available and I'd try it out without the air filter before spending any money on the air filter.  It won't hurt to run in a clean environment without a filter for a while.  You might need a little choke.

As for the filter, if it's just a regular foam filter, I don't know why you couldn't cut one out of a larger filter.  Google around for a while to see if you can't find one ready made. 

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I did pour all the gas out, added a little fresh gas, shook it a little and dumped it out too. Changed the oil and have a new plug for it. I was told to put about a tablespoon of oil down the plug hole and pull the cord slowly a few times before I put the new plug in and try to fire it up too, but I haven't got around to that yet. I don't think I'll need the generator much, but if I do decide to start boon docking it may come in handy.
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One more possible consideration.  Here in Florida we have been experiencing fuel line problems with outboard motors built during the pre-ethanol days.  Ethanol will slowly deteriorate rubber fuel lines, causing all types of problems.  Fortunately, gas lines are easily swapped out.  I have an older Coleman 1750 generator and the fuel lines are beginning to fail, causing clogs in the carburetor jets and gradually deteriorating in general.  I will be selling this generator, but not until I replace the fuel lines. Total cost, about $1.00.
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I know from my dirt bike days one can buy sheets of foam filter material and make whatever you want.  Uni is the brand I've used....
I had to make a filter for a 600watt Honda generator I bought in the mid 70's as the original finally disintegrated.
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Good idea to cut down a foam air filter to fit. I'd also suggest:
- change the oil (don't even try to start it without changing the oil first)
- dump the gas. actually, i'd drain it and put it in my vehicle to use it up
- replace the sparkplug
- add some SeaFoam to the first tank or two of gas
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