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Old 07-07-2019, 09:14 AM   #1
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Extended Stay Question

Have been full timing for almost 3 years(first RV) and have not stayed in one location for more than 3 weeks but this November will spend six month in the Fort Meyers area. I plan on firing up the RV about every 4/5 weeks(running generator) and hitting the hwy for an hour or so to lube everything up but is there any thing else I need to do to keep it in good running condition(diesel fuel additives?).
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:04 AM   #2
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Don't need any additives for fuel but do keep fuel tank as full as you can.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:09 AM   #3
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Add Biobor-JF to your fuel to prevent algae and you're all set. I always add Biobor.

https://www.amazon.com/Biobor-JF-Die...s%2C173&sr=8-2
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We use a biocide additive when staying in Florida for the winter. You don't have to start your engine during your stay - but if you do, you're exactly right, run it under load. It's much worse if it just idles. Same for the generator - run it under a load (like A/Cs).

Keep an eye on your engine air intake - we had birds nesting in ours one winter...DW and grandkids got a real kick out of that ...
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Amen on treating deisel fuel with a biocide, as mostly likely you will have a biodegrade diesel in the tank. As said full tank is best when sitting. But that won't keep biodeisel from developing water. And thats where the microorganism grow when in warm weather. Trust me, you do not want to be on side of road changing fuel filters for thousands of miles till you get it cleared up. Been there

"Microbial contamination of diesel fuel. Diesel bug is contamination of diesel fuel by microbes such as bacteria and fungi. Water can get into diesel fuel as a result of condensation, rainwater penetration or adsorption from the air — modern biodiesel is especially hygroscopic.:
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Amen on treating deisel fuel with a biocide, as mostly likely you will have a biodegrade diesel in the tank. As said full tank is best when sitting. But that won't keep biodeisel from developing water. And thats where the microorganism grow when in warm weather. Trust me, you do not want to be on side of road changing fuel filters for thousands of miles till you get it cleared up. Been there

"Microbial contamination of diesel fuel. Diesel bug is contamination of diesel fuel by microbes such as bacteria and fungi. Water can get into diesel fuel as a result of condensation, rainwater penetration or adsorption from the air — modern biodiesel is especially hygroscopic.:
The bright side is, you were able to pull off the road to change filters. Aircraft only have one route, with luck-a controlled crash.
FWIW, we've wintered in Ft. Myers Beach for several winters, I've never added anything to the fuel tank but truck stop fuel up to filler neck, about 8 miles from RV park. I've never found water in the separator or filters.
YMMV.
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I have read lots of threads where people have problems with algae. I guess we have been lucky. We live in very high humidity area (SE TX) and have never added anything to our diesel other than Power Service and never experienced this problem. We only fill up at truck stops when on the road and a small gas station close to our house. Our RV sits outside and uncovered for 3 to 4 months at a time and I never start it. Never had any problems. About every 2 months or so I will start and load up the generator for an hour or so.
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The bright side is, you were able to pull off the road to change filters. Aircraft only have one route, with luck-a controlled crash.
FWIW, we've wintered in Ft. Myers Beach for several winters, I've never added anything to the fuel tank but truck stop fuel up to filler neck, about 8 miles from RV park. I've never found water in the separator or filters.
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Glad you brought that up as thats why Biobor JF was developed for the airlines and military. Just cause it hasn't happen yet...is no guarantee it never will. But Im happy for you.

https://www.biobor.com/products/biobor-jf-aviation/
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I have read lots of threads where people have problems with algae. I guess we have been lucky. We live in very high humidity area (SE TX) and have never added anything to our diesel other than Power Service and never experienced this problem. We only fill up at truck stops when on the road and a small gas station close to our house. Our RV sits outside and uncovered for 3 to 4 months at a time and I never start it. Never had any problems. About every 2 months or so I will start and load up the generator for an hour or so.
Much the same except I do NOT use truck stops (love Gas Buddy) and I do not exercise the generator while snowbirding in SE Fla.
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Much the same except I do NOT use truck stops (love Gas Buddy) and I do not exercise the generator while snowbirding in SE Fla.
You have a bad experience at a truck stop? Just curious.
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