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Old 05-08-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Just wanted to throw this out there. As I, and I'm sure others are new to diesel power in our RV's, it would be great for some of you veterans to pass along some wisdom from your experiences of the do's and don'ts of DP's. Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:34 PM   #2
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Ole' gasman looking for diesel advice Sounds like a great topic, could go many ways!
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The only advice I received from my buddy who is a ford diesel mechanic is change oil every 5k, fuel filters every 10k and no mods or tuners. This is on my F350 but I can't imagine diesels in rv's are too different.
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Do not use K&N air filters. They will dust the turbo.
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It generally takes the engine under load to warm up, so letting idle for a long period at first might be a waste. In extreme cold conditions, use the cruise high idle feature, other than that let your air build up then proceed lightly for the first few miles.
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Do not use K&N air filters. They will dust the turbo.
Never heard this before. They use K&N on $35,000 fuel injected engines.
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Since you won't be drag racing at every red light or taking it to the local 1/4 mile track for test & tune night...have a professuonal diesel tuner dial up your setup for maximum efficency and that rig will drive better than a luxury sports sedan ,)
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The only advice I received from my buddy who is a ford diesel mechanic is change oil every 5k, fuel filters every 10k and no mods or tuners. This is on my F350 but I can't imagine diesels in rv's are too different.
Say what?? 5K per change? Our Cummins ISB's are recommended at 15K. I do it once a year, filter and all.

To the OP, the biggest thing is knowing the details of your airbrakes. For the most part, just step on the pedal..... same as regular brakes. But you should know how they work in some detail (IMHO). If you have 90 to 100+ lbs on both gauges, you're good to drive off.

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Never heard this before. They use K&N on $35,000 fuel injected engines.
X2...so many diesel forums are spilling out this notion on K&N filters but I have not seen one incidence by users (including mine).
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Say what?? 5K per change? Our Cummins ISB's are recommended at 15K. I do it once a year, filter and all.

To the OP, the biggest thing is knowing the details of your airbrakes. For the most part, just step on the petal..... same as regular brakes. But you should know how they work in some detail (IMHO).

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X2...sounds like Jiffy Lube who ask the gasser community to change oil at 3K miles...Most modern gassers now run 7500 or so miles before changing oil (conventional oil at that)
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