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Old 01-03-2019, 10:04 PM   #1
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Planning trip across USA. BIO problems

I am planning a trip accross in my 2014 Sprinter. What fuel challenges will I face?
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:27 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:45 PM   #3
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Is this a trick question?
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I presume you're refering to biodiesel. You might get more response on a Mercedes forum.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:51 PM   #5
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No, I understand that in some states it is I'm possible to find acceptable diesel fuel. From the experienced, did it damage your engine or cause other problems?
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Just drove SanFran Bay Area to Ft Collins CO and back on I 80 and I 25. California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Did not encounter any pumps marked >B5. I did avoid the truck pumps, but had no problem with unavailability of B5 or below.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:41 AM   #7
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I don't worry about it - whatever's available is just fine... Truck stops, non-truck service stations, B5... B20... whatever. I don't even look at the pumps anymore.

I might worry about it if I was putting in 75 or 100 thousand miles a year...but not the 10 or 20 thousand I might actually do.

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Old 01-04-2019, 08:24 AM   #8
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How many miles have you clocked? How often do you change oil and filters
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:00 AM   #9
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I've got about 75,000 total. The Sprinter wants me to change oil and filter at 20,000, but I generally do it once a year - 12,000 - 15,000. I have the old oil lab tested...all readings have been nominal so far. I do the fuel filter every other time...

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I should also add that I don't use truck stops as much as I used to. Flying J used to have pretty consistently good prices...but since they merged with Pilot that's no longer the case and gas station diesel often seems to be significantly cheaper. So I'll generally go that route as long as it's not particularly out of the way. Can't go wrong with Gas Buddy!

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