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Old 02-27-2021, 08:34 AM   #1
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Brand of air filter

Folks, I am up for replacing my air filter first time. I am new to the DP arena and am not familiar with the quality of the brands.


Baldwin, Donaldson or Fram. (Fram I am used to on the auto side)



Which is mostly used here?
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Jeff, you may find you have less brand alternatives for the particular air filter that is on your coach. I believe you'll find that the original filter was branded Fleetguard. I'd be inclined to stick with that.
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You can't go wrong with Fleetguard although it is probably more "pricey" I have seriously considered the K&H re-usable Cummins Air filter. I like the K&H .... I like the fact that it can be reused (the element is cleaned and the "can" remains constant. It is at least twice as expensive as the OEM when purchased but can be cleaned and reused multiple times. I think it is a better quality filter.

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Gary, it's K&N rather than K&H:

https://www.knfilters.com/heavy-duty

I have a long-held respect for K&N, but with regard to installing one of their re-usable air filters on a motorhome, I helped a friend who has one remove the filter, clean it, retreat it, and reinstall it. Nastier and more effort than I care to sign up for as compared to just replacing a standard air filter every couple of years.

I've had several motorhome owners claim they installed a K&N air filter and could "feel the difference in power." You can probably guess the extent to which I believe that. I'm pretty sure what they were feeling was a lighter wallet.
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Thanks for the observation and experience Larry.... it always seemed like it was easy to clean, but then what it seems like, and what it is actually like, are two very different issues, as we all have learned.

Also thanks for the correction on K&N.... would have sworn it was K&H, but I trust you.

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I've done the K&N and similar reusable filters. They do provide a little bit of increased power because they allow more through. Less filtering. Honestly I've gone back to using good disposable filters because I don't want the dust that oil based filters allow to get through. Many YouTube videos on this. Don't know if they make filters for your RV but the best compromise seems to be with good Wix, Purolator, Napa Gold, etc.
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Jeff, you may find you have less brand alternatives for the particular air filter that is on your coach. I believe you'll find that the original filter was branded Fleetguard. I'd be inclined to stick with that.



Thanks Larry, I crossed referenced the part # from the sticky parts thread up top and found the Fleetguard.

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My son is a diesel mechanic and he told me, as a general rule, never buy Baldwin filters. That's all.
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For the last 16 years we have been using K&N air filters on both our Essex with ISM 11 and now with London Aire with K-3 605. Both Spartan and Cummins recommend replacing air filter every year if using a paper filter which most filters mentioned are. The reason is these filter when get wet and glue that holds the paper together comes apart and gets into turbo. Have used K&N air filters on all our cars and trucks for more years then the motor homes.
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I purchased a K&N Heavy Duty Air Filter 38-2001R (https://www.knfilters.com/38-2001r-r...ter-filter-hdt) which fits my '18 Anthem with a K2 chassis.

The air cleaner that was originally installed was an ECOLITE P/N: 62891-001. At the end of the first year of service, I ordered and installed the same air cleaner. It wasn't a fun installation. Not really difficult, it was just that my forearms looked like I'd been in a wrestling match with a badger by the time the job was done.

I came across a couple of threads discussing replacing the air cleaner with a K&N. The K&N cost was about 3 times the ECOLITE and the K&N info indicated that the filter element is warranted for three years. So, the cost seemed to be roughly equivalent.

My main attraction to the K&N rested in my hope that I'd be able to remove the filter element for cleaning without having to wrestle the badger again by removing the entire cannister. For me, that would have easily offset any additional cost of the K&N.

Unfortunately, the design of the K&N is such that the end of the cannister that is removeable is the end that's near the side wall of the engine compartment in front of the left tail light, not the end that's near the centerline of the chassis (the easy access end).

So, it looks like the only way to clean the filter element would entail removing the entire cannister, just like replacing the ECOLITE.

K&N sells a spray cleaning solution that you spray on the element and then rinse with fresh water. Once the element has dried, simply insert the element back into the cannister. You need to tape around the seam of the cannister. This element does not use any oil on the element.

During two conversations with Spartan techs where I inquired about installing a K&N air cleaner, I got the distinct feeling that they weren't too keen on the idea. Although they didn't say, "Oh, no!!! Never ever do that.", neither did they say, "That's a great idea!!!" More along the lines of, "Yeah, some people do that. Not many, though."

So, since the K&N won't save any labor (ripped up forearms) and the cost is about equal, I'm continuing my use of ECOLITE or equivalent Fleetguard.

If any of you are interested in an unused K&N that fits the ISL 450, drop me a PM and we can play "Let's Make A Deal".

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Stu, what you described is consistent with what I experienced when helping a friend with a Tiffin motorhome (Cummins ISL engine) remove his K&N filter for cleaning.

Not an especially fun job and not much (if any) easier than installing a new air filter. And when we took the canister apart to remove the filter element for cleaning, we discovered a rubber o-ring that seals the canister was deteriorating to the point of not being reusable. Fortunately a trip to a local auto parts store and the purchase of some rubber hose with the same outside diameter as the o-ring took care of that issue.
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Both Spartan and Cummins recommend replacing air filter every year if using a paper filter which most filters mentioned are. The reason is these filter when get wet and glue that holds the paper together comes apart and gets into turbo. Have used K&N air filters on all our cars and trucks for more years then the motor homes.
Am attaching a photo for an example of what you have said here. The filter in the pic came from my MH. It was in service just over a year.
Whatever brand you choose, be sure it has the metal mesh on the engine side of the filter. The ones with only glue are certain to fail from moisture causing the glue to come loose from the paper.
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Yep, that is the picture I remember seeing a couple years ago, or one exactly like it, and it indicated clearly for anyone to see that an acceptable filter must be first rate and it must have a metal mesh cone holding the paper element in its position..... that scared the heck out of me.

Never knew if it was a manufacturing defect or if it is just a cheap, improper constructed line of filters but it behooves us all to examine whatever we are buying or have bought to make sure that it is built correctly before installing.


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