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Old 03-15-2016, 10:05 PM   #31
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Just wondering if any MBS owners around the country have had any difficulty finding 5% or less bio diesel.
Springboard Diesel based out of Chico, CA (where else?) sells biodiesel processing equipment so they definitely have a dog in this fight with the aim of promoting biofuel as much as possible.
Yes is the answer, it's hard enough to find right here in the Twin Cities where there are hundreds of diesel fuel stations. I have visited probably 15 or 20 (by car) to find what they were selling. Most had posted labels for B20 or the range B6-20 to cover their bases.

Minnesota has a 10% (B10) minimum requirement that will kick in May 1 and last for the summer months. There was a lawsuit challenging the state requirement filed last year but I haven't seen any update on it lately. I'm trying to get more info on it but it doesn't seem likely anything would change before May 1.
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Good information. I'm wondering if any forum member knows of a directory that has catalogued diesel stations around the country that sell B5 diesel. That would be helpful to Sprinter travelers. From a warranty perspective, how will burning B20 affect your warranty even though B5 is not available in MN?
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Good information. I'm wondering if any forum member knows of a directory that has catalogued diesel stations around the country that sell B5 diesel. That would be helpful to Sprinter travelers. From a warranty perspective, how will burning B20 affect your warranty even though B5 is not available in MN?
There is a directory for drivers looking to buy biodiesel, but it's the reverse logic so not that helpful. The most helpful are those posted by sites such as TA and Flying J, perhaps other truck stop sites. They often show their B rating or their "biodiesel intent" (what they INTEND to have on hand though daily supply may vary so they would prefer you kindly not sue them if it's not there when you arrive....).

http://www.pilotflyingj.com/fuel-prices

http://www.ta-petro.com/location/
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These are very informative. Thank you for sharing them. I love the "Intended" bio diesel content expression. It is sort of like my intended days of church attendance. 😊
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These are very informative. Thank you for sharing them. I love the "Intended" bio diesel content expression. It is sort of like my intended days of church attendance. 😊

Amen, brother!


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Should We Be Looking For An "Additive" ?

I have not been able to find B5 locally. I wonder if there is an additive that we could use to counter the higher content animal fat and vegetable oil they put in ?
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I have not been able to find B5 locally. I wonder if there is an additive that we could use to counter the higher content animal fat and vegetable oil they put in ?
Sure - fill the tank 1/2 full with B10 and then fill it up with pure diesel to dilute the biodiesel to B5.

Sorry - couldn't resist - but truly you can't remove the biodiesel components without your own refinery. It's not hurting your power or mileage, so you don't need a fuel additive type product (and MB warns against using any of them).
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Ok, here it is straight from the horse's mouth

mbusa.com/vcm/MB/DigitalAssets/pdfmb/serviceandparts/biodiesel_Brochure5.pdf
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ALERT!

Just a quick update that I have the attention of our state senator on this issue. Minnesota has adopted a requirement of B10 for summer months which went into effect in 2015 and will go into effect again as of May 1, 2016. A further mandate to go to B20 is in the law for 2018. I'm discussing with our senator the possibility of deferring that change with some kind of a moratorium until more research can be done on the impact on motor vehicle engines. I have also identified one other state senator who is quite interested in this issue as she herself owns an affected diesel engine. However, she tried to delay the implementation during the 2014 legislative session and was unsuccessful. Perhaps there can be more success with the B20 standard because it is such a large change and still a couple of years out. However, there are massive agribusiness interests behind this legislation, as the law helps drive the demand for corn and soybeans and therefore helps drive the price of those commodities up.


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This reminds me....
Do I want number 1 or number 2 diesel in the summer?

Sorry. Canada only has one diesel.


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