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Old 06-29-2014, 03:00 AM   #21
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interesting...

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/inde ... 255AATAe3O

It may be years before the long term effects of using B5+ are known - but I personally would avoid it's use.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:06 AM   #22
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I guess we over here in my part of Canada are really deprived--no Biodiesel around here as far as I can determine. I just fill up at the same pumps as the 18 wheelers! I guess Stateside there are a lot of rules and regs re fuel we dont have, YET!!! I noted that Davydd said to keep the engine oil "topped up". I guess that mean close to full. If overfilled one gets a warning "HI" which means overfilled--at least in my older rig anyway.
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:09 AM   #23
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Actually with the biodiesel, they are concerned with the level getting too high from fuel getting into the oil during the DPF regeneration. Fuel diluted oil is not good for engines.
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Actually with the biodiesel, they are concerned with the level getting too high from fuel getting into the oil during the DPF regeneration. Fuel diluted oil is not good for engines.
Correct, this is the whole issue. The bio diesel itself is not going to damage the engine unless the sump gets too much fuel in it from over aggressive & numerous DPF regens. That's why MB's spec sheet says if you use B10 to 20 multiple times, to keep an eye on your oil level
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:32 PM   #25
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Minnesota just passed the 10% rule for biodiesel. Lots of folks with concerns, it appears, according to an article in the daily paper. It will 5% in the winter due to gelling issues. Like the MB documentation listed, they talked about a lot of things beyond the oil dilution, such as corrosion, filter plugging, emission stuff plugging, etc. On thing that came up in all the articles I have seen was related to the fact that they say the biodiesel does not age well, which could be a factor for the RVs that sit a lot, when compared to daily use or commercial vehicles. We have the same issues with ethanol laced gas, so hopefully they will have a biofuel preservative like we use for the ethanol gasoline.
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As of July 1 it is officially 10% biodiesel. The comments are starting to come in the editorial pages of the newspaper.

Does this mean every trip I start out I have to drive over to Hudson, Wisconsin for my first fill? I imagine I will only put in enough diesel to get to the state border only if I have to since almost all my B trips go out of state.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:37 PM   #27
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Thank you for this discussion, has there been any new developments in the past couple of years?
I live in the Phoenix area and have only found B20 in my area. Does anyone know of B5 sources in Arizona or how to locate them?

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Are you saying you want to use B5?
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Thank you for this discussion, has there been any new developments in the past couple of years?
I live in the Phoenix area and have only found B20 in my area. Does anyone know of B5 sources in Arizona or how to locate them?

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I spent the winter in Mesa. How did you determine the B% of diesel there? I didn't see it marked on pumps I used.
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According to this website, there are only seven stations within a 25 mile radius of Phoenix that carry biodiesel. Alternative Fuel Fill Stations and Prices
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