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Old 06-13-2021, 08:42 AM   #1
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ALWAYS Carry Spare fuel filters

On our way to the AIM rally in TN, Ginny and I had a fuel filter crack open and thankfully I was able to stop before the fuel tank went empty. I just read on this forum another person that this happened to and about a few weeks ago someone else was left stranded for the same reason.

Even if you don't plan on changing the filter yourself, carry a couple of fuel filters with you so someone else can change it for you. In my case, I changed out the damaged filter and was back on the road in under 30 minutes. Otherwise, while waiting you could become a victim or be involved in an accident. IT'S NOT DIFFICULT TO PLAN AHEAD

I ALWAYS carry at least 2 fuel filters (usually more), a 1/2 gallon of diesel in s sealed gallon fuel can, and spare belts.
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You policy is always the way that we travel and one that all owners should follow. I carry a spare filter for every filter in my coach, Onan generator, and AquaHot (oil, fuel, AquaHot, and water). I also carry a spare belt for every belt that I have in the engine compartment. Those all go into a big plastic tub that sits in the first movable tray basement compartment. I also carry spare gallon of concentrated Fleetguard antifreeze, deionized water, 5 gallons of oil) In addition, I carry additional water system filters including a spare filter for the freezer/ice cube system.

I get my Cummins oil changed every 12,000 miles at SPEEDCO and I give them my "spare" filters to mount on the coach and I get their new filters and they go into my spare box..... that way I typically have filters that are no more than 12 months old.

Anyone who doesn't have spare filters is just asking for trouble on the road. As you say, even if you get a mobile mechanic to do the work, at least all the needed filters are right there at his/her hand for mounting...


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Now we know where to go for filters, lol.
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Have to ask ; what brand of fuel filter ?

Given that my filter/separator is on the suction side of my mechanical lift pump , and the 2 micron filter is under 65 psi after the mechanical pump . I'm hoping it's not the brand I'm using .
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Have to ask ; what brand of fuel filter ?

Given that my filter/separator is on the suction side of my mechanical lift pump , and the 2 micron filter is under 65 psi after the mechanical pump . I'm hoping it's not the brand I'm using .
I buy my filters on line, usually 3 or 4 of each at a time. I buy Fleet Guard but will start looking at others now that I had one burst. On the ISL450 the primary filter is metal and has the water separator. The secondary filter is plastic.
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On the ISL450 the primary filter is metal and has the water separator. The secondary filter is plastic.

Somehow that sounds backwards:


Metal on the SUCTION side of the lift pump.


Plastic on the PRESSURE side of the lift pump.


What are the filter numbers?
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Somehow that sounds backwards:
Metal on the SUCTION side of the lift pump.
Plastic on the PRESSURE side of the lift pump.
What are the filter numbers?
I'm with Brett , on this one , currently have Fleetguard , but both are metal and the filter/separator is a change up without the plastic bowl , just a drain petcock. That I prefer because of the filters being low behind the duals .

Can you post pictures , of your filter set up ?
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Back to the OP's original point. In my early days of RVing I literally knew nothing about my coach. At the time it was a means to an end; have a safe and comfortable place for Phyllis while I raced. Going through the Dallas FW area we experienced a drop in power, couldn't go over 50. Pulled off where we could and searched for a Cummins shop. They had us in and out in an hour. You guessed it...clogged fuel filters. I bought an extra set, and next time we were near a auto parts store bought the big filter remover.

Over the next several years, this was a 2003 Alegro Bus, we changed fuel filters twice on the road. As told above, 30 minutes and you're back rolling.
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None of my filters are plastic except for water filter cases. All fuel and oil filters are metal. And all of them are now Fleetguard. Earlier before SPEEDCO was bought out by Petro or whatever company they were bought out by, they used Baldwin for all oil and fuel filters and all of them were metal canisters. Now, Fleetguard all the way.

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The secondary filter on the ISL 450 is plastic, Fleetguard FF63009 It was recalled once by Cummins in 2014, but I see they are still having problems with them. Those with that secondary filter that do not carry a spare are asking to receive a known problem. It also would not hurt to have that correct size socket on hand, the mobile guy might not have it with him.

Thanks for making that post Dave. I know some do not realize how important it is until it happens to to them.
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The secondary filter on the ISL 450 is plastic, Fleetguard FF63009 It was recalled once by Cummins in 2014, but I see they are still having problems with them. Those with that secondary filter that do not carry a spare are asking to receive a known problem. It also would not hurt to have that correct size socket on hand, the mobile guy might not have it with him.

Thanks guys.


Clearly, I stand corrected. Who would have "thunk" a plastic secondary fuel filter.
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The sediment bottom section that screws onto that primary filter was clear plastic, but the canister was metal just like the secondary, wasn't it? I had my secondary changed about three times with each service at Speedco and I carried a spare but I think the filter was metal and the viewing section on the bottom was the only plastic part..... is my memory bad? Maybe my pictures in memory are reversed.... ?

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Just an FYI
The filter #FF63009 has been updated to #FF63054NN.
I just placed an order for FF63009 & was informed that the # was changed.
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I'm confused on the secondary fuel filter on the ISL9 450 (2013 Aspire) Mine is a FF5636 (and it is metal)
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