can you run a rv on veg oil

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  1. do1977

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    can i run a diesel rv on 50% vegetable oil and 50% diesel
    i did this on a 6.2 chevy for about 1000 miles with no problems then i sold the vehicle
    has anyone ever done this or know someone who has ?
    this would save a fortune on running costs
    thanks
     
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    Could work out costly in the end. What additives are needed for protection of seals and components and also for maintaining a clean fuel system. A diesel needs clean air and clean fuel. I personally would not risk it as any problems might not show until much later .
     
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    dont know about chevy engines but i emailed fiat and they say no more than 5% in a mechanical injection system and none in a common rail injection engine.
    damage can occure to seals in the pump using bio diesel.
     
  5. simon.1965

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    I have been making Biodiesel for 4 years now and have covered 30k miles in my commom rail Merc without any truble at all . Also running my wifes Shogun and sons 206 hdi without any issues
     
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    Well...If the old rotary aero engines ran on castor oil ok....And we used to used Castrol R when racing motorcycles (veggie based) I think it must be ok...

    Model aero engines use castor based fuel too...and look how many revs/min they do?

     
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    my wife has a guy come to here catering van every couple weeks and collect the oil from fyers, and runs his van and car on it i would not mind, but he swears by it !!

    carl
     
  8. do1977

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    wll i have been running a land rover 200tdi, mondeo 2002 tdci, 2002 audi a6 tdi for years and never had a problem
    the only car it messed up was a hdi 406 and cost me £400 to fix

    so you can run it on most but i want to no has any one no about rv's
     
  9. johng

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    hi Do, my IDI citroen has been happy on 90% WVO for about 30K .

    I dont know enough about the chevy, but if its indirect injection and the pump has got some decent clearances I would say it should be ok..

    preheating may help plus the usual things, oil / filter changes, keep an eye on fuel filter, tank pick up etc

    John
     
  10. Wildman

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    It will only save money if it is refined waste vegetable oil and you remember to add a biocide to prevent dieselbug.

    PS I have a refining plant for sale if anyone is interested PM me
     

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