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Howdy Jeff,
I run synthetic in the generator and transmission.
A previous owner replaced the generator with an air cooled Kohler 7CCKM (7KW).
My plan is to plug into 50A at campgrounds at night and run the block heater overnight.
I’ll probably only run the generator when/if needed.

I will be sure pick up some diesel treatment before I leave so I am sure to have it for the return trip.
I should probably look into the differential oil, thanks for the suggestion.
I’ll bring some cardboard for the engine front (in case I need it), thanks again.
I plan to use propane heat on the trip and only the front engine heat.

In central Minnesota, I’m not likely to see anything worse than -30F … and that’s uncommon.
I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me.
Especially about the air system.

Can I ask what your experience was with the salt?
I may want juggle my travel based on “sloppy” road conditions.

Thanks!

Jay
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proper prep is a must we made a run to Fla. at Christmas with our fc years a go

we treated the fuel added a lighted wreath to the front . lighted flamingos with strings of lights tie wraped to the goat rails .
below zero when we left Maine and cold all the way to Fla . when we got to Daytona the only thing frozen was the lettuce in the frig. GO FOR IT Matt
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Was your last fuel fill at a time and place where winter fuel was available?
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as I recall last fill was in NJ . birds have big tanks if you are headed into the cold top the tank off if it gets really cold and add a good additive and you should be fine
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The white bottle Power Service is a good additive for anti-gel but PS also makes a product called Diesel 911 in a red bottle which is concentrated anti-gel that they claim can be added after you start having gelling problems and it will "thaw it out". It might be good to have a bottle of that on hand as well, just in case.
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Howdy Sky,
I was aware of the Power Service Diesel 911 but didn’t think of putting a bottle in the basement “just in case” … Good idea!
Thanks,
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If you need 911 it's too late. 911 will "ungell" the fuel, but it will not prevent gelling at all. So if you're stuck on the road with 150 gallons of gelled fuel you'll need to dump 1 gallon of 911 in the tank and dump the fuel filters and refill with 911 (they say 50/50, though) and pray it will start and idle or run so the 911 gets mixed around in the tank.

If you throw a gallon of the supplement in the tank when you're filling up it will get mixed in well and should prevent gelling at all down to 0F.
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That's good to know about the 911.
Learning lots of good stuff before my 1st winter trip.
Thanks, Jay
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How much salt to you guys put in the tanks ?

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Howdy Dale,
I didn’t plan to use salt.
My understanding is it’s only good down to about -6 degrees Fahrenheit at the water saturation point.
That may or may not work for me when traveling.
My plan was to flush the toilet with the pink antifreeze and not use the fresh water until I’m in a warmer climate.
They make (and I have) a pink concentrate that uses a 3/1 mix of water.
I don't know if that’s overkill for the black tank.
If anyone has another suggestion please let me know.
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