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Old 11-03-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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do you use diesel fuel treatment when storing?

First winter with diesel. Is it recommended to use a fuel treatment for diesel for winter storage?

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Old 11-03-2011, 11:47 PM   #2
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No diesel engine mfgrs. I know of recommend an additive. Just keep the tank full and it will be fine. Of course you will do no harm using additives,and some really perform as advertised. I would never use a water dispersant in my diesel engine. It causes water to flow (binds it to diesel fuel) through the water separator/fuel filter and ruin the injectors. This article might be of interest.
That is just my opinion, and way of doing things.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:14 AM   #3
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It depends on your winter, and if you may want to use it in the middle of winter. diesel fuel starts to gel anywhere between 0 and -20 depending on the diesel and when/where you bought it. Oil companies have different formulations for the seasons, so for the most part if you purchase a fresh batch of diesel in the winter you are most likely good as it will be a winter formula. If on the other hand the diesel in your tank was purchased in July, you may consider a simple anti gel additive.

Now, if it doesn't get below zero where you are, or you won't be using the RV at all when it is below zero, you don't have to worry about it. Your fuel may start to gel, but unlike gasoline that gums up with age, diesel that gels will return to normal when the temps rise.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:35 PM   #4
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If it's going to sit a long time, add a biocide to the fuel. It can be found at any marine store.
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Walmart has Diesel "Sta-Bil" as well as the Power Service Product "Diesel Kleen" (silver bottle). I've used both with success.
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If it's going to sit a long time, add a biocide to the fuel. It can be found at any marine store.
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Opinions Will vary, but here is how I do it.. I try to buy fuel as late into winter as I can
to get a winter blend from the truckstop. I add at least 10 gal of undyed ,onroad kerosene. Also 2 qt of anti gel. making sure this mix is in generator as well as engine.
I'mm pretty confident that if I need to run MH or genny in the dead of winter I will not gell up.. I never plan on winter driving but once in a while we do have a power failure
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Thanks guys for all the tips. I just topped off before storing and don't plan on using the coach over winter, except maybe for a "excersize" drive or two, weather permitting.

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Opinions Will vary, but here is how I do it.. I try to buy fuel as late into winter as I can
to get a winter blend from the truckstop. I add at least 10 gal of undyed ,onroad kerosene. Also 2 qt of anti gel. making sure this mix is in generator as well as engine.
I'mm pretty confident that if I need to run MH or genny in the dead of winter I will not gell up.. I never plan on winter driving but once in a while we do have a power failure
Wow... that is just a tad of overkill, but at least you're doing something, lol...
I would typically add 2 gallons #1 Kerosene per 150 gallon tank, in my over-the-road tractor-trailer combo, and one gallon for the reefer. I had to sit a time or two up in Wyoming in high-wind and snow conditions well below zero and the fuel never gelled, and I didn't have tank heaters.
If we ever came across another driver who DID gel, a gallon gasoline per tank would clear them up, barring thawing the lines & filter down.
For a 40 gallon tank, that translates closer to a quart. That being said, it's putting the cart before the horse in your situation
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I'm in Florida, so gelling is not a big problem, but I do add a diesel biocide for the three months our coach usually sits unused. And the tank is full to reduce condensation.
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