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Old 03-22-2015, 07:31 AM   #1
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Fluids to carry on the road

I have a Fleetwood Excursion DP. Going on my first long trip and trying to figure out what fluids to bring. I'm guessing:

DEF - 2-1/2 Gallon
Engine Oil - 2 quarts
Trans Fluid - 2 quarts
Hydraulic Fluid (same as trans fluid?)
Power Steering Fluid

That sound about right?
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I don't own a diesel so this is probably a dumb question. Does your generator use the same oil as the engine?
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Sounds about right. Add a gallon of windshield washer & antifreeze too.

I carry all my fluids in a milk crate that slides right into the basement storage bin.
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Depending on your chassis manufacturer and transmission, hydraulic fluid may not be the same as your trans fluids, and more than likely isn't. Allison is very specific about TRANSYND as recommended fluid while the hydraulics use AW 46 on my coach. Check your manuals.I also carry coolant, again some engine manufactures are very specific about what type, and also bearing oil for the front and tag axle bearings. Others you may consider are a primary fuel filter and main serpentine fan belt. In the event of failure, you may wait days for someone to get a replacement.
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i would also carry fuel filters for both generator, and coach engine along with filter wrenches for both. i also carry spare water filter. for mine i use recommended onan engine oil and filters for it, no aftermarket for me. i also carry spare belts for both engines. there is some other things but as you go you will make up your own list.
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I don't own a diesel so this is probably a dumb question. Does your generator use the same oil as the engine?
Actually a good question. I have not checked. The gen has coolant too. I wasn't thinking of bringing anything special for that since I could probably live without the generator on this trip.
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Scotch
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and Wine.
Everything else is optional
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Why would you carry any of these fluids? Every truck stop has them. In over 40 years of trucking I never needed them on the road. Especially def...just fill up with fuel every couple of times you buy fuel. Save the space for the wife to fill up and a couple of bottles of wine. 😉
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I carry such fluids in a plastic bin ever since I had a bottle leak and had oil all over the floor of a storage bin...
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Ive carried 1 gal Transyn for the tranny, 1 gal oil for the Cummins [use for genset if needed], a gal of coolant for the engine [ok for genset], and a qtr of fluid for the HWH. I occasionally use the engine oil to top off, but have never needed the coolant or Transyn on a trip--12 years/150,000 miles. Its always a trade off between convenience and availability on the road. Fact is, minor fluid issues can wait. A major failure will overwhelm whatever you are carrying.....
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I have started carrying DEF in the 2 1/2 gallon container and refilling it at truck stops. The DEF tank is in the back on the wrong side and I can't back in at a busy truck stop. Stupid design to separate fuel and DEF tank like that.
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Why would you carry any of these fluids? Every truck stop has them. In over 40 years of trucking I never needed them on the road. Especially def...just fill up with fuel every couple of times you buy fuel. Save the space for the wife to fill up and a couple of bottles of wine. 😉
I agree you can buy most any brand of oil or other fluids at most truck stops or auto parts store I don't like to mix brands so I don't want to take a chance of not finding the specific brand that I use Plus I like checking the fluids in the evening when we stop and I like having everything handy.
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Scotch
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Gin gives me a headache. But we've got the rest covered.
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Gin gives me a headache. But we've got the rest covered.
Elijah Craig and beer. Oh yeah, wine for the DW.
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