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Diesel Newbee

Postby dpalmer » Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:24 pm

We are getting ready to head for the Klamath rally and it will be our first trip towing with a diesel.
Questions :?:
How often will I need to add DEF while towing :?:
Do you carry additional container of DEF :?:
What kind of mileage should I expect with the 6.7, 3.73 dually :?:

Excited to get on the road :d
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby WVcampers » Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:11 pm

DEF is available just about anywhere, I have never calculated how much is used while towing. I know that you are good for over 1200 miles with a full tank. I tow 600 miles one way to NY every year and have never added DEF until after I am home. Then I do not completely fill the tank because freezing temps are getting close.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby tecosinc » Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:55 pm

I have a 2014 ford drw w/ same Motor and gear ratio as yours. I pull a 3030rs. I make 10 mpg on the average. I put def fluid every thousand miles. I'm sure you can go longer on def, but that's what I do. I don't carry the def fluid. Usually get it at Auto zone. Good luck.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby jtaylor1920 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:24 pm

Although my truck doesn't use DEF I have seen it available in the fuel lanes at Pilot and other truck stops. Friends with trucks using DEF also have said its available at Walmart for a reasonable price.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby dpalmer » Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:14 am

Thanks for the info, that is all helpful :D
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby dennis1949 » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:27 am

Save your empty DEF jugs. When you fill the truck up fill the jugs up also. This will save you 3 to 4 dollars a gallon on the DEF This way you always have some DEF if you don't stop at a truck stop
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby Mike Clay » Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:46 am

I always take off with 3 gallons that I have filled at the dealer. It will take the 3 gallons after about 2,300 miles of towing. Once I use them I usually go to O'Reillys and pick up a few gallons of Peak Blue.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby Dale Crenshaw » Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:23 pm

Dave, the computer on my Chevy will allert me when DEF is getting low. It will say something like 250 miles or so before it runs out. This gives me plenty of warning to give it another drink. I usually just add one 2 1/2 gallon jug from WalMart, and go until it tells me to get another.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby mbrolin » Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:57 pm

My 2014 Ram has a def gauge. When it gets down to just above a half on the gauge it will take 2.5 gals. Bought the truck last August and with 6k miles empty and towing I have only added 5 gals. I plan on carrying a 2.5 gal of def along on our trip next week but as was posted def is readily available. I would hope that the price at most retail outlets will come down Def is deionized water and ammonia. I honestly believe that def makers are taking adavantage of the market. Way overpriced compared to bulk. Average cost in Oregon is $13 per 2.5 gallon versus $3 per gallon at a truck stop using the truck pump ( w/ PUC) :-o
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby dpalmer » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:29 am

I think I will pick up a 2 1/2 gallon at Walmart and have it with me for piece of mind. If it is due and I am fueling I will get it at the pump. The info of your experiences has really helped this new diesel owner, thanks :d
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby jacknife » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:59 pm

When you buy it at the truck fuel islands you may need a magnet to put on the nozzle . The big trucks have them built into the tank. It is to keep from putting it ito the Dieseltank. You can get them oline if you need one. Msybe tHE FORD TANKS HAvE OnE BUILT IN.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby dpalmer » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:42 pm

I had to add DEF once but used the jug I bought, The Pilot we stopped at was intimidating with trucks lined up behind me and wasn't sure how to get the DEF The sign said push here for DEF so I just left. I'll have to see about the magnet. thanks for the tip.
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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby Don Wilson » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:24 pm

I am sure some of the people who own the newer diesels will be along to explain what they do! I have no idea since my older model Dodge does not use DEF.

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Re: Diesel Newbee

Postby dpalmer » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:05 pm

I am sure I will get all the info I need when we reach Klamath :thumbrt:
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