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How Long can the X Idle on a Full Tank

Me and some friends are planning a camping trip this memorial day. We are going in the sticks. No cell coverage, bears and wolves. Its gonna be awesome.

Anyway. Forward operating base X will need some formal lighting aside from the fire.

How long do you think the X can run of a full tank at idle? Ive slept in it before doing some winter camping but turned it off and on through out the night which will probably end up happening with this trip. Im going to have a inverter running off the electrical system to power some LED work lights. No high current items.

But hypothetically, if I didnt turn it off, will a tank run for 12 hours? Or a full night?

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Long story short, I got stranded with my son on a cold night and I let it idle all night to stay warm. Used just under 1/4 tank IIRC.

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Long story short, I got stranded with my son on a cold night and I let it idle all night to stay warm. Used just under 1/4 tank IIRC.

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You pulling my leg? There is so much conflicting info on this subject. One side of the fence says its bad for the engine, its far less efficient then the vehicle under load it mixes more fuel with the air, which accumulates in the engine oil....ext

And the other side of the fence reports its all gravy

Well I guess Im going to find out. When I think in my head, i really cant imagine more then a half tank at idle over 8 hours.

But I could be very wrong.

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No legs or chains being pulled my man. There were very brief periods I turned it off, but given how cold it was it was on virtually all night.

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How is it bad for the engine? If the engine is running properly, it shouldn't be an issue at all. I would highly recommend buying a 2nd battery to bring with you. I've used my X camping a lot and have a power invertor plugged into the battery and used a box fan all night long and it cranks just fine in the morning. If you have a quality battery, you won't need to run the X all night long. Just periodically crank it for 10-15 mins to let the alt charge it if you are really concerned about it. All depends on how many lights you are running and what their wattage is. I have left a 30w 10" bar on for over 6 hours and I expected it to not crank up but it fired right up. All depends on the quality of your current battery but def bring another one with you or a jump box just in case.
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How is it bad for the engine? If the engine is running properly, it shouldn't be an issue at all.
I agree that this shouldn't be an issue for the engine, but race cars and dirt bikes are always racing their engines at the starting line in order to circulate oil.

Perhaps this explains that train of thought? Just trying to understand the other side. Perhaps they say that the engine would starve for oil after hours of idling.

But to reiterate your point, if the engine is functioning properly it shouldn't matter


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I agree that this shouldn't be an issue for the engine, but race cars and dirt bikes are always racing their engines at the starting line in order to circulate oil.

None of my dirt bikes have engine oil, should I be concerned?
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We are going in the sticks. No cell coverage, bears and wolves. Its gonna be awesome.
You're actually planning on running your truck all night long to provide light?
mmm'k

This will run all night long, for a week.

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You're actually planning on running your truck all night long to provide light?
mmm'k

This will run all night long, for a week.
I had the same thought. I cannot understand running the engine all night when you could do this, or any number of LED camping lanterns. I could totally see running it for heat in a winter camping or survival situation... but for light?
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None of my dirt bikes have engine oil, should I be concerned?
So on a 2-stroke, does racing the engine keep more oil in the cylinders? Haha forgot about those


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