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Old 10-23-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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Running Diesel during winter

I have always started and ran my gassers once a month for a half an hour or so during the winter months here in Iowa. We now have a new Journey and I was wondering if it is a good idea to continue the practice with the diesel engine.
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I have always started and ran my gassers once a month for a half an hour or so during the winter months here in Iowa. We now have a new Journey and I was wondering if it is a good idea to continue the practice with the diesel engine.
Absolutely not. If you can't take it out for a 20-30 minute run down the road, let it sit. Idling will not allow it to get up to operating temp. We try and take our mh out,(roads permitting) about every 4-6 weeks and also run the generator under 1/2 load or so every 4-6 weeks by using a small electric for 1-2 hrs.
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Thanks, that's what I was thinking
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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A better idea would be to take it out for exercise at least every 2 weeks for 20-30 miles or so. Run the generator turn on the heating system, the stove the fans, etc. Its good for the chassis and tires also. If practical run down the jacks and extend the slides.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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Per Cummins:
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From the perspective of the Cummins engine it is good to do either one of two things:

1) Start the engine and drive it or 2) do not start the engine.

Our engines do not gain anything by idling. In fact a diesel engine on low idle will not ever get up to operating temperatures which is bad for the engine and can cause an increase in soot production.

The other side of the story is that starting the engine and letting it idle is probably good for other things like air brakes, heating and cooling, etc. So probably the best answer to try to get both worlds to meet is to occasionally take the unit out for a drive during times of prolonged storage.
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IMHO, JC2 has the correct advice. Diesels can sit for extended
times since the fuel is very stable and quite oily, which keeps
the metal parts protected. Mine DP sits for five months during
the winter with zero problems.
Gas engines are a whole other story.
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I agree. Make sure the fuel tank is full to reduce water contamination from condensation caused by temperature fluctuations.
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