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    Ok guys, ive been wanting to change out my tank vents for a while and yesterday was the last straw!!!

    I ususally keep tape over them with a small pinhole to allow venting.. Its always worked well but yesterday tape came off and well water got in the vents when i took some wake while i was beached up..

    it idles fine up tabout 2500, soon as i go anymore then that it start hackin and stumbling, i looked back at the filter and the fuel is hazy so im guessing water..

    i filled up with 22 gallons yesterday burned maybe 5.. Since my fillers are at the front of the tank, you think i could set the trailer down on the tongue, and put a siphon hose to the bottom of the tank and suck the water out with a bit of extra gas to make sure its all out?

    OR should i totally drain both tanks and lines?

    What is the best check valve to get for this problem to be resolved.. I moving the vents but dont want gas to come spilling out when i come to a stop. are there inline check valves i can use for this???

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt1840 View Post
    you think i could set the trailer down on the tongue, and put a siphon hose to the bottom of the tank and suck the water out with a bit of extra gas to make sure its all out?
    yep, sure can but I'd install a fuel/water separator also not only for the issue at hand but for any future issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cas View Post
    yep, sure can but I'd install a fuel/water separator also not only for the issue at hand but for any future issues.

    How often do you change the filter ? the plastic drain on mine is so tight im scared i might break it , so i think i should just change out the filter...

    Sorry for the jack, but im curiouse

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2savage4you View Post
    How often do you change the filter ? the plastic drain on mine is so tight im scared i might break it , so i think i should just change out the filter...

    Sorry for the jack, but im curiouse
    changed it twice the first year due to a vent leak like Matt's. Since then I change it out atr the beginning of each season. I figure even if the filter is good, the fuel has been sitting in it for a few months.
    I have this model without the valve on the bottom just because I thought it could just be another place for a leak-

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    So i pulled 2 gallons of water outa driver side tank and an additional gallon out of the passanger.. Yanked all fuel lines from tank to carbs and emptied into seperate container just to see how much water was being fed to the carbs..

    out of the fuel lines 2 fuel filters and lines from reg to carbs i got almost 2 cups of water..

    Not to mention i just ripped off the airhorns from the eddies.. Bowls completly full of water..

    I think i found my problem

    tanks getting vented correctly TODAY!!!!!!

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    mmmm gas burps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt1840 View Post
    mmmm gas burps...
    don't be lighting any farts for a couple of days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cas View Post
    don't be lighting any farts for a couple of days

    wouldnt matter 3/4 of it was water

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    I would just drain them totally, and use that gas for your lawnmower or a commuter car. Battling water in fuel problems when on the water just sucks.
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    When I sunk my boat, I did not take the tanks out. I got as much as I could with the fuel pump and nose of boat as high as I could get it (sucked out of the rear of the tanks)

    Then I put in some isopropal (sp) alcohol. It makes it so you can burn the fuel. worked great.


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    do you have a seporator? if not its great peace of mind...

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    We drop the bow "low" (assuming the fuel fillers are at the forward ends) then siphon as much as possible what usually remains is a very small amount of h2o I then get a absorbsion pad (fluid "Zap pad" from O'riellys) and cut it in 1/4s

    I attach this piece of pad to a welding rod securely and carefully put it down the filler neck , This will usually "blot" up any remaining water drops we then treat the next fuel fill-up with denatured alchohol from the hardware store as well as changing out fuel filters and draining /flushing lines etc. , personally don't care for spin on separator filters have had fuel pressure fluctuation issues which seemed to deminish after removal of same I like the high micron billet screen types and I never use marina fuel .

    Good tip to "reclaim" the fuel , we have a couple of clear Sparklets water Jugs and if filled and let "stand" for a while the fuel can easily be drained/siphoned off the top and used for ??

    re the "Vents" I would "lose" them and go to a good "vented" Fuel fill personally

    Just did one of these jobs today , the motor died during cam breakin last week (WTF??) now We know why!

    check out the water and rust at the tub bottom

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    Default Hey Matt...

    If you don't want to go with check valves try routing your went hose UP above the vent and then down to the vent. Kinda like an "S". Granted, you may not have that kind of room in your low freeboard sled.
    If you don't have room to go up, then make an "O" in the line. Most are routed like an inverted "J", out of the tank and then left or right, overboard.

    Another option is an $11.00 fuel line from WalMart. The primer bulb of the "universal" fuel line is a check assembly. Route the arrows on the bulb overboard. Vents out, checks water. squeezing the bulb expells the water out, overboard.

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    I guess it's just as bad to have water in the oil too. Hope you got it all sorted out Matt. I've got clean gas but a milk shake in the oil. My header water valve was wide open and I didn't catch it. There's got to be a better way.
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