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#1 dcduncan118

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:02 PM

I've spent over two hours speaking with customer service reps from American Coach, Spartan and Cummins looking for what I presumed would be an easy answer - what additive to put in the fuel tank of my new 2012 Revolution with a 450 hp Cummins?  The local Cummins store suggested a microbiocide (sp?) they carry for $156.65 a quart.  Apparently a quart will treat 2500 gallons?  The catch was he doesn't carry it and I'd have to buy four quarts.  Surely there is a better answer for treating diesel fuel to prevent algae from growing?  Would appreciate any thoughts.


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#2 DickandLois

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:29 PM

Hi DCDuncan ! Welcome to FMCA !

 

There are a number of them.

Check with NAPA, Auto Zone, Advanced auto parts.

Just a few.

BioGuard-Diesel-Microbiocide-Additive-16oz/dp


Biobor JF - Diesel Fuel Microbicide by Star-Tron 16oz.

 

Power Service-Bio Kleen 16 oz. 5oz. to 100 gal.. 1oz.to 20 gal.

 

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#3 hermanmullins

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Rich,

Can you put one of these in your tank as a preventive?  I have also heard that you have to be very careful using these products.  :o

 

See you in Gillette.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

I add a Biocide anytime I will be storing diesel for more than 2 months in the summer or 3 months in the winter. Also, store with tank full to minimize condensation.

 

The only other time I would add a Biocide is if I see an algae problem (black stringy "gunk" in primary fuel filter bowl.

 

It is basically "weed killer" so it is not something I would get on my skin.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:40 PM

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:50 PM

So do the manufacturers recommend any product or guidelines without spending $150.00 a quart for additive

 

P.S. How do you add your coach and toad info to your tag or blog name.

 

Thanks Lew


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#7 wolfe10

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:02 PM

Lew,

 

Just do a google search on the products Rich mentioned.  $15-20 should do it.

 

BTW, diesel boats have the same diesel storage issues, so check with any marine supply store-- they should have a Biocide in stock.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:48 PM

A biocide is what you need, any marine store will have it:  http://www.westmarin...&classNum=50399


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#9 BillO

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:48 PM

Many farmers with diesel equipment face the same issues.  As a result, I've had good luck finding it at Tractor Supply stores around the country for a reasonable price.


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