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I have a 2018 Mercedes Sprinter3500 with the v6 diesel and was wondering what is recommended in the way of fuel additive by you guys for long term storage. The fuel in the tank now is about 6 months old and with the appearance of the corona virus it looks like I'll be several months before the rv will be on the road again.

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nothing. mine sits all winter oct to may .fires right up .MB 5cycle diesel.

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ernie1 wrote:

I have a 2018 Mercedes Sprinter3500 with the v6 diesel and was wondering what is recommended in the way of fuel additive by you guys for long term storage. The fuel in the tank now is about 6 months old and with the appearance of the corona virus it looks like I'll be several months before the rv will be on the road again.
the low sulfer fuel isnt as proned to the bacteria growing in it as the old fuel was.in the spring just change the fuel filter and your good to go


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Nothing, other than making sure fuel tank is full.


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Biobor JF.


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With the mandated bio content in most areas, YES diesel does need some "care and feeding".

If storing more than 2 months in summer or 3 months in winter, add a BIOCIDE, such as the Biobor JF mentioned above.

If storing summer grade diesel (i.e. purchased before winter) and you plan to store it into below freezing temperatures, add an ANTI-GEL (like PS brand available at Walmarts, etc).

And ALWAYS store with the fuel tank totally full to minimize condensation.


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Take a little drive and burn up the old fuel? Seems pretty simple if you're worried about it....unless YOU have the corona virus, in which case, take a drive or go camping in a few weeks when you feel better.

Why people are postponing camping trips, which are possibly the best possible social distancing you could do (unless you're a sardine can camper), is mind boggling. Especially out west where there's plenty of place open to camp and the weather is now nice.


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midnightsadie wrote:

nothing. mine sits all winter oct to may .fires right up .MB 5cycle diesel.


I know about the first 4 cycles, intake (1), compression (2), power (3), and exhaust (4). but what's the 5th cycle?

Rest? LOL

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Very likely 5 cycle= 5 CYLINDER.The inline 5 was the engine used in the Sprinter prior to the V6.

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Ductape wrote:

Biobor JF.


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