Also, any tips on storage tank care and preparation, grey/black water...
Happy new BF owners
Emily and Darryl
The main issues with a diesel is the scheduled items such as changing the engine oil and filter along with the fuel filter(s) and air filter as per the manufacturers schedules. Diesel engines like, and require more air than gasoline engines so the air filter is important. Also it is always a good idea to keep the fuel tank topped up when the coach is idle so there is not much room for condensation.
Do you have any credible, scientific evidence to support either claim? Please exclude any company or individual involved in multi-level marketing of synthetics.I have used synthetic in my gas motors for years and have always had better gas milage and longevity.
1991 Rear Door
Idle Engine about 3-5 minutes after a 30 dy shut down. Otherwise, as soon as you see oil pressure drive off under moderate load.
Cool engine down afer a hard run by letting the engine idel for about 3-4 minutes to cool Turbo charger bearings.
Do not lug the engine. The old truckers saying is a good rule of thumb (gas or diesel) 0 if you can't gain speed in a gear you are in too high of a gear - downshift until you can gain speed in that gear than just maintain that speed. If you have a tachometer make 1500 rpm your lowest, 2000 rpm is better.
Put additive in radiator (watch for green goo) Do an oil smpling. I changed fuel filter at 66000 miles and than again at 116,000 miles.(50,000 miles) etc etc etc, leave me a note with your phone number or email address.
PS We will be at the homecomming in June.
2014 Born Free 25' Triumph
Towing a 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe
If piston ring blow-by occurs due to the higher compression of diesel engines (and I believe this is probably true) causing the engine oil to become polluted more quickly and requiring more frequent oil changes, then why the exception for only Alaska when it comes to using synthetic oil? The obvious reason for not using synthetic oils it is that they are considerably more expensive than regular petroleum-based oil. Isn't there a comparable price difference between synthetic and petroleum-based oil in Alaska, too?CANDE wrote:A shell oil engineer recommended not to use synethic oil unless you live in Alaska.
PS. I used to use ARCO motor oil with graphite in my diesel automobile because it went in as black as it came out.
2004 Born Free 22' Built for Two (Sold)
no longer towing a 2008 Smart ForTwo
A vague testimonial is not science. The internet is full of these, often by those who profit by selling synthetics.Just watching gas milage in my cars. Pretty simple science.
Let's look at the 2 claims, longevity and gas mileage. Remember, the burden of proof is on those who claim increaes in both. Since I've never seen credible evidence to prove these claims (if there really is verifiable independent proof, please post it), we're only left with reasonableness criteria.
Longevity: What percentage of properly-maintained gas passenger engines using regular oil are rebuilt or junked due to engine wear? Golly, not many. What percentage of them would have not needed rebuilding or junking if synthetics were used? Any? Have you ever heard your mechanic say, "The engine is worn out?"
Gas mileage: If there really was significant gain (say 25%) by using synthetic oil or snake oil or anything else, don't you think everyone (especially the american car manufacturers) would do it? If there are gains but they are only say 1%, then the gas saved about pays for the extra cost of synthetics.
IIRC, this board already has a synthetics dealer, but he has the decency and good taste not to hype them. I sincerely hope others do likewise.
1991 Rear Door
Bottom line is that both types appear to work very well in our engines so whichever one you are comfortable with is the way to go.
What's the best oil to use?
Ah, the million dollar question. We are an independent lab, so we don't make recommendations. It has been our experience that oil is oil, and either petroleum or synthetic-based oil will work well for just about any engine.
Come on, you're holding out on me. I should use synthetic, right?
Buddy, you should use whatever you want. Synthetic oil won't guarantee a longer engine life any more than my eating organic food will guarantee I'll live until I'm 90. We here at Blackstone generally use regular petroleum-based oil because honestly, it works just as well for us.
Disclaimer - I am not affliated in any way and have no connection with Blackstone Laboratories.
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