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Old 08-10-2013, 04:21 PM
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Diesel? In winter???

Hi Guys

I know next to nothing about diesels. I'm getting a truck camper (app. 2000 lbs) and trying to decide if an F250/350 diesel is for me. I get the increased payload, gas mileage, simple and stronger mechanics, however, I'm concerned about cold weather starting. I plan on spending a LOT of time in the backcountry (no electricity) in the dead of winter. Some friends have provided horror stories about being stranded; some say the cold starting issue has been addressed. Can anyone set me straight?

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Older trucks had issues starting in the cold weather. Newer (08+) do not.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:36 PM
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they can be warm blooded, learn that a few time last year when i bought mine(02 7.3)/ in the semi truck i was driving all winter.
but there are things you can do.

to keep it easy though,
where do you live/ what did the temperatures drop down to last year?
what diesels are you looking at year/brand wise?
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:13 PM
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Pretty sure I'm going with a '13/'14 F-250 or F-350 4x4 short bed, 6.7 V-8.

As for temps, I can stand about anything. I tent camped last winter at -5 here in Ohio (my record is -10). But now that I'm retired, you may find me just about anywhere. And most of the time off the grid.

The camper will have solar panels and extra batteries. The truck will have 2 alternators.

I've heard you can wire up the camper batteries to help with starting. ??
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Look into a fuel additive that has anti-gel components to it. This will keep your fuel liquid so the truck can use it in the cold.

DieselKleen in the white bottle (available @ Walmart) is one such additive.

I've used it when I went to Oregon in the winter and it was around -10. Truck started up just fine. Added it before I got there and used it while there.
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Strong batteries, working glow plugs, and good fuel should start without problems. Synthetic fluids will help the starter spin the motor quicker at low temps.
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Last winter my block heater didn't work all winter in my 06. It started with bad batteries in sub zero temps. With good batteries and synthetic oil you will have no issues.
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sounds like he is getting a new truck so he will be ahead of the game with new batterys and etc

so i think he should be fine, when it starts getting in the negatives try to run #1 diesel, the additive pack is better for the cold,

also some keep some 911 for an emergency in the truck/ i used howes diesel treatment last winter in the big truck(with #2 diesel) and didn't have any geling problems in north Dakota

also the sythetic will help to, diesel oil turns to molasses in the cold, took me forever to add a gallon of oil last winter that i left in the side box of the trailer to add to the engine, finally had to warm it up to finish pouring it out.

as a last resort you could get a gas generator if your going to be in the middle of nowhere alot to plug the block heater in.
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Thanks a lot guys. You've set my mind at ease with some good info. Thanks for the input.
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