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Old 10-03-2012, 10:39 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by MN_Traveler View Post
A couple questions as follow-up:

1) is the Howes additive available at standard auto supply stores (like AutoZone) or do I need to trek to my nearest friendly truck stop??

2) just what is the **downside** of using additives like this (expense? potential damage to the engine fuel system components?, long term degredation?? etc?). I guess another way of asking this is why isn't diesel #2 just available year-round (expense perhaps??).

I would second the Howes recommendation. I have been using the stuff in diesel trucks for years.

1) While I have not noticed it in the chain parts srores, niether have I looked for it there. Most any truck stop will stock it, and in fact, I bought a case of it last year at the Tampa RV show, at a decent discount.

2) The only thing that could be called a downside, I suppose, would be the purchase price of the additive. On the otherhand, if you are stuck on the side of the road with a gelling problem, Howes guarantees the tow, if you are using their product. I have never had ANY maintenance problem due to an anti gel additive, and have been informed that, with Howes any way, it will help the injectors out.

I use the stuff year around, regardless of weather.

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:55 PM   #16
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Yup #2 is what you find all across the country and #1 diesel is equivalent to kero. Diesel fuel , depending on brand , may have some additives that plain fuel oil( heating oil ) or kerosene may not have ..
Howes is a good brand and you can't go wrong with it.. There are others that are equally as good .. I happen to use fffp at times , mostly because a local truck parts shop carries it ..

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #17
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I have a semi that runs year around in Minnesota. When starts getting cold out we start with the winter blend and we run Howes additive in it. The colder it gets the more you need! You can blend the 1 and 2 fuels but always go strong if you don't know what is in the tank. Additive is good from year to year. I always carry extra on my coach and in my semi. If you gel up you will be changing filters on the side of a cold road. And will have to get more additive in the rig.bi am going to take my Navigator to Naples in Feb and will put it away with #1in it and plenty of Howes.
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Ok - I found the Howes additive at a truck stop not too far from me - and the the operator there said they will have winter mix good for ~ -20F by mid Nov. So I will add the Howes to my 1/2 tank right now, then in mid Nov top up the tank for the balance of the winter. Should work ...

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