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Old 08-24-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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Another diesel question

Hello everyone! Well in our search for that perfect used class a motorhome I have found I really like some of the diesel units. One thing that concerns me is that it will be sitting for long periods not running. We are from wisc. Our plan is when we retire to take it to Florida say right after Christmas , stay in Florida until April then back to wisc, where it will be parked next to the house for the summer. My main concern is in winter. Will adding stuff to fuel be enough so the fuel dosent jell up on me? Would I need an engine heater? I understand the maint costs are more on a diesel and I am ok with that but if am going to have trouble starting it maybe I should consider going with gas? Maybe this is a goofy question but we want to make the right choice the first time, well unless we win the lottery lol

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Old 08-24-2014, 04:53 PM   #2
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If you buy winterized fuel, it won't gel. I drive a diesel auto 12 months a year and have never experienced a fuel issue in 20 years. Many diesel RVs have a block heater, again, I've never plugged it in or needed one. If you keep the tank full when it sits, you'll be fine. As a precaution, when letting it sit add a can of biocide to prevent any slime build up.
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Ethanol gas is worse...attracts moisture and degrades in months.
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I have a DP and love it, we put 5,000 to 7,000 miles per year on it.

But if you're really planning on a motorhome - gas or diesel - sitting for 12 months of the year except for the 'positioning' trips WI to FL, you'd be much better off buying a 5th wheel or TT.

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We live in Wausau, WI. We left last October 16th and returned this April 5th from Zapata, TX. Have done this the last three years out of four and never encountered any problems with the diesel fuel in cold weather. We did have an algae issue on the way down last year but changing the dual filters twice and adding a biocide cured the problem. This summer at home I discovered that the block heater plug was completely melted and most likely was nonfunctional the entire times we thought we were using it--below 50 degrees. The engine still started faithfully.

I would recommend staying away from the biodiesel, adding a biocide, and making sure you fill the tank before parking the coach for any length of time.
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If you buy winterized fuel, it won't gel. I drive a diesel auto 12 months a year and have never experienced a fuel issue in 20 years. Many diesel RVs have a block heater, again, I've never plugged it in or needed one. If you keep the tank full when it sits, you'll be fine. As a precaution, when letting it sit add a can of biocide to prevent any slime build up.
Good advice. The keys are a full tank and a biocide.
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I have a DP and love it, we put 5,000 to 7,000 miles per year on it.

But if you're really planning on a motorhome - gas or diesel - sitting for 12 months of the year except for the 'positioning' trips WI to FL, you'd be much better off buying a 5th wheel or TT.

Cheers!
Been there, we have had travel trailers, to me it would be more expensive. Our half ton wouldnt pull a decent size tt or 5 th wheel (plus our half ton was having issues from pulling a trailer so the tt is now parked at a seasonal park sold the truck) So that means we need to get at least a 3/4 ton truck a good used one is over $30,000 now you add the cost of a different tt or 5 th wheel for $50 to 60 k I would be able to pick up a nice used class a.
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We aren't retired and live near Racine, Wi. We use the motorhome May - Sept. (occasionally Oct.) then winterize and leave it sit all winter. I try to buy winterized diesel if it's available at the time. Otherwise add an antigel treatment and leave it sit. I run the gen set 1x/month under load to exercise it but leave the engine idle until spring. Have always done it this way with no problems and you know how long and cold our last winter was! :(
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Letting a diesel set for months on end is no problem. Farmers let the big tractors sit all winter and then go out and run them very hard. Same with a lot of construction equipment. No problem. Just make sure the tank is filled to the brim and do the required annual maintenance. Also read up on winterizing and battery care.
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