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Old 08-27-2015, 10:42 PM   #43
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And yes to the truck lanes for fuel unless there is a convenient dispenser somewhere else. There can be a significant difference in the price from big truck stops to other outlets. Gasbuddy is good for shopping. I have an in-bed aux tank and look for best price in the states ahead and top off. Savings add up quickly.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:54 PM   #44
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Two diesel questions.......

I am not a brand loyal owner.I have been a wholesale buyer for large automobile franchises for almost 40 years for both domestic and European franchises Chevrolet,Mercedes Benz,Ferrari,Lamborghini,Porsche,,Bentley,Lotus,Mc laren,Audi,VW, BMWJaguar,Ford and Bugatti just to name a few.I have bought thousands of vehicles in my career from $1500 -$3.5m My research is as thorough as possible and never ending.Ford has the highest resale and the lowest warranty claims of all the American manufacturers.The 6.7 Diesel engine for larger Airstreams is as good as it gets and costs less to own than the gas version.
Chevrolet is next then Dodge.
It has been this for many years

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Old 08-28-2015, 12:47 AM   #45
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My research is as thorough as possible and never ending. Ford has the ... lowest warranty claims of all the American manufacturers.
Interesting conclusion... Is this calculated excluding the 2003-2007 Ford 6.0-liter Power Stroke V-8 twin turbo-diesels which prompted a large class action lawsuit and resulted in the named claimants being paid $150,000 each for their troubles in 2013? Or, does it include the gasoline unit warranty claims to help offset the aggregate corporate numbers?

The Ford-Navistar relationship was irrevocably broken as neither thought themselves to blame. However it took until the 2011 model year before Ford's self built 6.4 liter Power Stroke diesel hit the market.

www.DieselSettlement.com - Ford 6.0 Powerstroke Class Action Lawsuit
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:42 AM   #46
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I've never had a problem filling the tank from the truck pumps in either our F-250 or our Ram 2500.

Issues I have run into, though:
1. Indiana requires you to have a DOT number to fill at the truck pumps along the toll road (and possibly elsewhere). Then after you fill up (note, you probably haven't had the chance to use the rest room yet), you're at an awkward angle to get into the truck/trailer parking.
2. Some truck pumps won't take your personal credit card, so you have to jump back about 20 years and go in and give them the card, sometimes with a pre-pay amount, then get a receipt and/or refund.

That said, I prefer using the truck pumps when towing. Always easier in and out and no idiot cars that will block you in out of ignorance. And no waiting for the diesel pump because some gas-powered car pulled up to an otherwise empty gas station and blocked the lone diesel pump, when they could have used any of the other 4 or 16 pumps that deliver gasoline. This seems to happen regularly. (Often separate diesel pumps will be situated between two gas pumps.)

For pumps where diesel is integrated with a gas pump, you can't rely on the green handle thing. Some gas brands use green handles for everything (BP comes to mind, but I'm not sure if that's right). I've never had an issue figuring out which handle is which by looking at the pump. Diesel is usually on the left.

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Interesting conclusion... Is this calculated excluding the 2003-2007 Ford 6.0-liter Power Stroke V-8 twin turbo-diesels which prompted a large class action lawsuit and resulted in the named claimants being paid $150,000 each for their troubles in 2013? Or, does it include the gasoline unit warranty claims to help offset the aggregate corporate numbers?
As a former 6.0L owner, I wondered the exact same thing. That thing was a nightmare. Getting rid of it felt like I was getting out of jail. We love our Ram, and so far so good, but it's only 1 year and 8,000 miles.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:32 AM   #47
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I always fill up in the truck lanes while towing. I got a Pilot/Flying J credit card that allows you to pay at the pump as well as getting several cents below the cash price. Loves and TA are not as RV friendly and have no similar program that I know of.

I do have to manually manage the flow rate on the truck nozzles but I still can fill up in a fraction of the time it takes with a car pump.


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Old 08-28-2015, 08:57 AM   #48
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The trouble with the big 3 truck stops is the sign on the diesel pumps in front for the small vehicles and back for the big rigs ( all the diesel sold comes from the same tank farm on site) that states up to 20% bio-diesel.

Mercedes service told me to never put any bio-diesel in either the 2007 or 2009 v6 diesel vehicles which are pre DEF fluid. The 2012 Dodge manual states a maximum of 5% bio-diesel.

I avoid bio-diesel by going to Chevron or Shell stations. I was blindsided in Eugene, OR when a Chevron had the bio-diesel sign. I found a different station without that signage.

Folks with the DEF fluid diesel requirement would be wise to carry a spare container at all times so when in remote areas they could fill up the DEF tank when the light comes. Otherwise, one could be stranded when it will be locked out from starting.

Our diesel pickups and automobiles have very small fuel filters contrasted to the big diesel trucks on the road.

I carry spare fuel filters in all our diesel powered vehicles and know how to change them. I keep a log and the receipts of all fuel purchased and note the mileage on the receipt. That provides a basis to pin the tail on the correct donkey in the event of a load of dirty fuel.

Bio-diesel is like ethanol in gasoline - it provides a way to charge more for less energy BTUs per gallon and thus reduces mileage while causing engine and other issues.

Another important item is to do a regular check of the water separator in the diesel fuel lines. Stations that do not sell a lot of diesel have been known to have water in their storage tanks.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:20 AM   #49
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I noticed in the Ram diesel supplement that one fuel filter is under the bed and the other in the engine compartment. I took a peak at my Ram and the one under the bed looks difficult to access. Have you had an opportunity to try to change that filter or drain it?

Do the big rigs run on 20% bio-diesel. The 2015 manual has the same 5% restriction.

I checked the Love's website and notice clicking on individual stores some have B15, some B10 and some have no bio-diesel. Looks like I'm going to have to picky where I fuel up.

Do the diesel pumps state the content if they serve Bio-diesel like the gas pumps for ethanol?

I checked the Pilot/Flying J location list for Missouri and a lot of them have B20.

I'm beginning to wonder if it was a mistake to purchase a Cummins.

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Old 08-28-2015, 11:06 AM   #50
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I called my Ram dealer's service department where I purchased my truck to find out the fuel requirement since the diesel supplement and what I'm finding on the internet including Cummins is confusing. Typical dealership, the service person put me on hold to find out the answer. They recommend no higher than B5 but other sites show the Cummins ISB engine starting in 2013 allows up to B20 and warranty is enforced.

I'm surprised the owners manual doesn't put the fuel requirements in a prominent location and clarify exactly if the engine is good to B20.

With more and more diesel going to greater than B5 I would think all current diesels would support up to B20.

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Try the turbo diesel register.
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:32 AM   #52
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It's on page 69 of the Diesel Supplement for my 2014. the gist of it is if you regularly use fuel between B5 and B20 it reduces the service intervals. i.e. oil change, fuel filter, etc.

Here's a link. Check fuel requirements in the Diesel Supplement.

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Old 08-28-2015, 11:47 AM   #53
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I have used B20 in my 15 Silverado Duramax with no problems. I buy Shell locally but on the road I use the truck stop blend. At Buckees in Texas it's B20. Not sure what the effect was but there was nothing noticeable to me pulling the trailer.
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Just back from a 4000 mile trip from NC to MN to SD. Tow with a '14 Ram w 6.7L Cummins. AWESOME TV. I find the diesel fuel-up situation a PITA, even with a 36 gal aux diesel tank in the bed and a VERY long range between fill-ups, it doesn't appear that fuel sellers "get it" in regard to convenience for those who have diesel vehicles. 1. They do NOT clearly mark diesel pumps with large enough signage (if any)....and when you two a 30 ft TT, that is irksome. 2. Some stations who carry diesel do not have pumps where you can pay by CC...you have to go inside, prepay, then pump. Hassle. 3. IF you fill at a truck stop .... while the nozzle will fit, IF you use a high flow pump and you don't VERY carefully limit the flow rate you will have a tank of foam rather than diesel. RE: DEF. Only twice in 2 years has a station that sells diesel NOT had a 2 gallon jug available -- DEF availability is not an issue and the RAM gives plenty of warning via dash gauge on how much you've got left. Also, I carry both the engine fuel filter and the chassis (rear) filter with me. I also change them myself. They are not cheap by any means....but a diesel with clean fuel and clean air and decently clean oil can expect to outlive most of us. As far as towing? I can pass almost anything going up a mountain, and more importantly....going downhill the engine/exhaust braking system really saves brake pads/linings and makes things a lot safer. I LOVE MY CUMMINS!
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It's on page 69 of the Diesel Supplement for my 2014. the gist of it is if you regularly use fuel between B5 and B20 it reduces the service intervals. i.e. oil change, fuel filter, etc.

Here's a link. Check fuel requirements in the Diesel Supplement.

My Ram Trucks: Ram Owners Service Manuals - Ram Cars, Minivans, SUVs
I download the 2015 diesel supplement.

Page 323
Use good quality diesel fuel from a reputable supplier in your vehicle. Federal law requires
that you must fuel this vehicle with Ultra Low Sulfur Highway Diesel fuel (15 ppm Sulfur
maximum) and prohibits the use of Low Sulfur Highway Diesel fuel (500 ppm Sulfur
maximum) to avoid damage to the emissions control system.
For most year-round service, No. 2 diesel fuel meeting ASTM specification D-975 Grade S15
will provide good performance.
If the vehicle is exposed to extreme cold (below 20°F or -7°C), or is required to operate at
colder-than-normal conditions for prolonged periods, use climatized No. 2 diesel fuel or
dilute the No. 2 diesel fuel with 50% No. 1 diesel fuel. This will provide better protection
from fuel gelling or wax-plugging of the fuel filters.
This vehicle is fully compatible with biodiesel blends up to 5% biodiesel meeting ASTM
specification D-975.
Pickup models, and Chassis Cab models configured with optional B20

capability, are additionally compatible with 20% biodiesel meeting ASTM specification
D-7467.
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 323

I didn't see anything on the sticker about my truck having a B20 option

I'm not sure my Ram is included in the two excerpts from the manual:

Pickup Models And Chassis Cab Models Ordered
With B20 Option
Your vehicle has been validated and approved for the use
of Biodiesel in blends up to 20% (B20) provided that you
comply with the requirements outlined below. It is important
that you understand and comply with these
requirements. Failure to comply with Oil Change requirements
for vehicles operating on biodiesel blends up to
B20 will result in premature engine wear. Such wear is
not covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Biodiesel is a fuel produced from renewable resources
typically derived from animal fat, rapeseed oil (Rapeseed
Methyl Ester (RME) base), or soybean oil (Soy Methyl
Ester (SME or SOME) base). Biodiesel fuel has inherent
limitations which require that you understand and adhere
to the following requirements if you use blends of
Biodiesel greater then 5% but not greater than 20%
(B6-B20). There are no unique restrictions for the use of
B5. Use of blends greater than 20% is not approved. Use
of blends greater than 20% can result in engine damage.
Such damage is not covered by the New Vehicle Limited
Warranty.


A maximum blend of 5% biodiesel meeting ASTM

specification D-975 may be used with your Cummins®
diesel engine. (Chassis Cab models not configured
with B20 capability.)
A maximum blend of 20% biodiesel meeting ASTM

specification D-7467 may be used with your Cummins
® diesel engine. (Pickup models and Chassis Cab
models configured with B20 Capability.)

Yet I read from sites like Car and Driver
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/201...-and-info-news

The 2013 Ram diesel supports B20.

I just don't want to be on the road searching all over the place and having to go out of my way for B5 or less. It's bad enough fuel stops with 6 or more islands only have diesel on one island and its taken up by cars getting gas. Having to verify its the correct blend will get tiresome. I know more and more stations will be converting over to blends higher than B5.

I don't mind changing my oil sooner, 15k/6mos if I'm forced to use blends greater than B5.

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This thread seem to have hashed and rehash the original questions. With the OP and readers' indulgence I would like to asked about a slightly different fueling situation.

Those of us with diesel TVs have the escape route of diesel truck stops. How do folks with long trailers and gasoline powered TVs solved the problem of crowded and cramped automobile fueling islands?" They (cramped stations) seem to be more and more the norm.

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