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Old 02-17-2013, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Going on a long trip,

Hey gang, i am going on a long trip from Phila Pa. to lapeer Mi, 600 mile trip one way. Truck is 2005 Duramax crew short bed with 92k on it. Is there anything you guys recommend putting in the fuel before i go for this long run. Just trying to clean it out since it doesn't get out on the highway much.

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would make sure to get additives that will help preven waxing of the fuel, as well as a cetane booster and "cleaner" (Stanadyne/Amsoil). Add proper doses to each fill, and TRY to avoid filling in states that use heavier amounts of bio. May want to give a double dose on first treatment when leaving for the trip. Depending on your last fuel filter change, I would change that and carry a spare in the truck with you. Also, possibly half plan on being prepared for changing it when you get back. As long as you don't shut the truck off with your PA fuel in it and let it set overnight you will be fine fueling on your way up. As you work your way up they will have better blended fuel for the COLD weather. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd fill the tank and when you get near empty, fill it again. You're going 600 miles not to Antarctica.

Seriously, what is there to do other than drive? If you are hoping to run something through it, run some Diesel Kleen. Fill up with top-tier diesel and enjoy.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for responding. I have recently changed the fuel filter in Jan. I got high efficiency filter from napa. I will have to look into the amsoil/standyne fluids at napa. I understand that i am not driving a long way to some people but i figured i would do something since the truck usually just yanks my enclosed lawn trailer around town during the season. It will be 1200 miles in about 2 days.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I get paranoid about things too on a long trip. Sucks to have something break when you are not near your garage and toolbox. If the fuel filter isn't fresh, change it. Maybe change your oil or trans fluid if you haven't done so. Carry some basic handtools just in case. A decent fuel additive like Stanadyne or Diesel Kleen (I've used Diesel Kleen once in the past) should help. I don't know about the quality of fuels out there but if you're adding a cetane booster or something like that, you should be fine. I will be headed through PA next month when I journey from Milwaukee, WI to NYC.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah. I wouldn't worry to much about it. I am about to embark on a 1,000 mile trip one way, and then 1,000 miles back the following weekend. I do run Stanadyne on occasion, but not every fill up. I usually don't use an additive on long haul trips because I am going to be running the whole tank of fuel through the truck within the next few hours. If you are going from the south to the north I might consider adding some additive for piece of mind.

These trucks were build for this. Every time I do my 1,000 mile run I start her at 4am and she doesn't shut off until 8pm. Make two fuel stops and that's all. As long as you are up to date on all your general maintenance you should have a worry free trip.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You should get a set of idler pulleys, and a belt, they sometimes go out around 100k and not real easy to find in BFE.

A new fuel filter is a good idea to always have in the truck.
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If you haven't run any fuel additives, it might be a good time to run a bottle of Seafoam to clean up the fuel system. Then, enroute I would add Diesel Kleen at the recommended rate. This will probably help your DMax run better and might even improve your fuel mileage somewhat. Have a good trip. I always enjoy road trips in mine.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the responses. Hopefully it will be a good trip, it sucks because my fiance and I are going out there for her grandma's funeral but it should be good to see her whole extended family. I will pick up some sea foam today and put in just before i fill up. One thing i wish my tank was bigger, 25 gallons seems to go so fast!
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Made the 1350 mile treck to Michgan and back. Ran into some weather yesterday and the stomach flu. Truck ran fine except the speedo would stop working. Sometimes it would go to zero or stay at 60. Usually it would reset once the truck was shut off and if the speedo was at 0 if not it would just start at the random speed and add speed if it was at 0. I am sure the dash is dying.
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