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Old 09-16-2019
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I think your friend was talking about a diesel fuel anti-gel. Diesel fuel has this added at the pump in cold areas when they switch to a winter blend. You can also buy this and add it to your fuel for extra protection or where it isn’t added. Howes and Power Service(white bottle) are two brands, you would only need this if you run your engine in temps below 32f. Biocide is also a good insurance but could also dislodge some junk in your tank, I use Biobor as a regular additive.
Diving in salt is a killer if your coach is pristine and hasn’t been salted before. It’s a tough one to call.
Thank you for your suggestions and advice. The next time I'm at the storage place I'm going to take a look underneath the bus. I don't recall what it looks like.
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This weekend I drove the bus to its indoor Winter nest, Malden Bridge NY. Where it will nest until April 2020. Along the way I was able to take a few photos of the dash area. To my unexperienced eye nothing jumped out as needing attention. (some photos of the dash attached). The bus has been winterized since Fall 2018. I used the bus a few times this year for short day trips and didn’t need to un-winterized it. I plan on taking the bus out of its Winter nest at least once a month to exercise the engine and batteries. Is there anything else I need to do to the bus during the Winter months? A co-worker at work this morning said if I have a diesel engine, I need to add a Winter additive to the fuel tank. I told him I heard about it but never did it and the bus started with no issues this past Spring. Is this something I need to do?
Water temp may be high.
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Water temp may be high.
Thank you for noticing I will look into it.
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Only other thing I would mention is regarding your batteries (engine, chassis & genny). If they are flooded cell batteries, ensure they stay topped up with distilled water, check 'em every month or so. I don't know if your bus has a "smart" inverter/charger, but even on "float", you still get fluid loss over time. After I lost a couple house batteries that way, I disconnected them over winter & hooked up an inexpensive trickle charger. I got this one from Walmart:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/BLACK-DEC...-BM3B/21721663.

The only other eyebrow-raiser (IMO) was your ammeter reading, looks like the alternator was pumping out close to 100 amps. Mine only does that if I'm recharging depleted batteries. The speedometer shows you doing about 65 & engine temps were up, so it wasn't the beginning of your trip. Does it normally read this high?
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Only other thing I would mention is regarding your batteries (engine, chassis & genny). If they are flooded cell batteries, ensure they stay topped up with distilled water, check 'em every month or so. I don't know if your bus has a "smart" inverter/charger, but even on "float", you still get fluid loss over time. After I lost a couple house batteries that way, I disconnected them over winter & hooked up an inexpensive trickle charger. I got this one from Walmart:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/BLACK-DEC...-BM3B/21721663.

The only other eyebrow-raiser (IMO) was your ammeter reading, looks like the alternator was pumping out close to 100 amps. Mine only does that if I'm recharging depleted batteries. The speedometer shows you doing about 65 & engine temps were up, so it wasn't the beginning of your trip. Does it normally read this high?
Thank you for the information on the batteries and chargers. You are correct, my batteries were depleted due to a faulty battery disconnect switch. As for the engine temps being up you are right again. I was more than an hour driving when I snapped the photos. I bought the bus a little over a year and have not spent enough time to get to understand how things work. I'm hoping to spend more time during the winter months learning more about the bus as we prep it for our first long trip to Florida next year.
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