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Old 07-07-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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Avoiding bad fuel

I don't carry fuel filters or any other engine parts nor would I be able to change one anyway. I know there are no sure-fire ways, but what measures can one take to avoid bad fuel?
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Stations with high volume, where truckers get fuel, if diesel, has a less opportunity to get old, bad fuel. As for gas powered, again use high volume stations and use fuel stabilizers if you are going to sit, this goes for both gas or diesel. Nothing if full proof but I only got bad fuel twice and that was many years ago.
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I have to agree with TheArnold's. I can't remember when the last time I got bad fuel. Would also help if you included, in either your post or on your profile, what type of rig or set you have. This will allow us to better answer your questions.

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I agree with above. I try to buy diesel at stations that cater to trucks and avoid the smaller stations that offer diesel. Use a additive if going to park/store the MH over 30 days. Drain the water separater everyday when on the road if you have this setup.
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From a noobie DP driver, Thanks for the hints on fueling.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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2 rules:
1- Look for high volume stops were truckers fuel.

2- Make sure it's on high ground. Here in Fl. a lot of stations are on low ground and water gets in the tanks. My brother works for a company that replaces tanks and says you won't believe how many bad tanks are out there.
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As for carrying spare fuel filters, I carry them even though I'm not sure I feel comfortable installing them myself. However, if you have the filters any diesel mechanic can install them, the problem is often that the ones you need aren't readily available where you are at the moment they go bad.
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Filters

I got bad fuel post-Katrina at a station along I-10 near New Orleans. I've been fighting algae every since. I always carry a spare set of filters.nI had a couple times I went to Speedco for an oil change and they were out of one filter or another. I'd use my spare and get rolling down the road. I replaced the spares ASAP.

I'd carry spares.
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Never get gas/diesel where the tanker truck is filling the underground tanks. They are stirring up the water, mixing the water in the petrol, getting into your tank. Ever since I started doing this, I never have had a problem.
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Never get gas/diesel where the tanker truck is filling the underground tanks. They are stirring up the water, mixing the water in the petrol, getting into your tank. Ever since I started doing this, I never have had a problem.
My #3 rule..... Good one.
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As for carrying spare fuel filters, I carry them even though I'm not sure I feel comfortable installing them myself. However, if you have the filters any diesel mechanic can install them, the problem is often that the ones you need aren't readily available where you are at the moment they go bad.
In addition to filters, you need to carry clean fuel to prefill them prior to putting them on.
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In addition to filters, you need to carry clean fuel to prefill them prior to putting them on.
No you don't

My water fuel separator has a water drain , after it has drained water, fuel comes out --

you drain water then fill a container with fuel for the filters you will replace .

No sense carrying around fuel when you have a spigot of it nearby
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I always (well, almost) fuel up when I'm down a third of a tank, half at most. I don't mind making more frequent stops in order to ensure that I am getting fuel from a variety of sources, lessening my chance of getting contaminated stuff. Also, a break every few hours is essential for good health when doing all that driving ... blood clots form behind the knees very easily in men over 55 or so. One of the features that attracted me to this coach is the fact that all the filters and the air dryer are located in the rear Passenger compartment for easy access. I just changed a fuel filter a few weeks ago and felt an immediate improvement in performance. Must have had gel or something stuck in there?
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No you don't

My water fuel separator has a water drain , after it has drained water, fuel comes out --

you drain water then fill a container with fuel for the filters you will replace .

No sense carrying around fuel when you have a spigot of it nearby
After the water has drained, you are getting fuel that then has to run through your contaminated filter to put in a new filter..makes no sense.
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