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Old 12-24-2005, 03:02 AM
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4k WVO trip, first stop dallas

well i am made it to my first stop in dallas without any problems. the 300D drove great, and was supprised at how well it handled the load. got some pictures of me refueling. funny story behind it. my wife had to use the restroom so we stoped at the first place we found and it was literally just two huge liquor stores with one gas pump. we went about our business, and while starting to refuel, the owner ran out telling us not to do that on their property. we yelled back that it was vegetable oil and not GAS, and she seemed confused but told us not to do it there. we were like WTF but whatever. so we went back on the highway for one more exit, and stoped at a Conoco. Got pictures of us (me and my wife) filling up, but got another funny story.

we were watching the gas gauge and at 3/4 it was just full, like it spilled out. it was hillarious, i knew the gauge would be laggin behind me pumping, but not at 3/4 full. so i spilled about half a gallon on the pavement. not sure about the gas mileage yet, but on the next fillup i will get it super full again and then drive it to the reserve light. that should be 18 gallon and i figure my mileage that way.

if anyone in california has any extra WVO i can buy then it will help me get back. i think i will only make it about 1/2 way back if i only use what i have in the trailer. i am going from tuscon to Los Angles to fresno, and then later back the same way.
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:39 AM
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you have a V E R Y understanding wife

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Old 12-24-2005, 03:42 AM
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Excellent pics. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Good luck and Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:21 AM
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Cool story & Pics. ! If you want to swing by N. San Diego,CA (Escondido) I can give you 20 gallons of pre filtered WVO.
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:37 AM
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If you could drive up more north to the SF bay area i have wvo i can provide you but otherwise goodluck! looks like fun carrying around all that wvo.
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Old 12-24-2005, 07:28 AM
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Hey! You're doin' it!

You need to enlist some artists along the way
to give you some graphics on the side of that trailer.

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or something along those lines.
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Old 12-24-2005, 08:08 AM
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you have a V E R Y understanding wife
Yea and always make sure she is the one pouring that untax paid for fuel into the tank at stations.

I would try to be a little more discreet out in public during the refueling process. When you get stopped tell em you are hauling the oil for your families holiday get together cooking. It will be interesting to find out how it goes hauling those "unidentifed" liquids around on that trailer during these times. Good luck with the endeaver.
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Old 12-24-2005, 08:39 AM
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Are you running that straight in the main tank without heating it to 160*F before the IP??

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Old 12-24-2005, 08:53 AM
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Two thumbs up for you and your wife!

Keep us updated - the pictures add alot to the story.

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Old 12-24-2005, 09:34 AM
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good God, I have to wonder how efficient it is to haul your trailer and WVO around like that, but more power to you for doing it! My wife would chop my head off if I even proposed such an endeavor.
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Old 12-24-2005, 09:38 AM
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Excellent! I've got to show my wife these pictures so she'll know it's not just me. I love it when everyone else asks "Why?" ...but Yikes(!) had one of those trailers once...it got lighter as I went because things kind of fell off as it rolled along. That's a heck of a lot of weight, but at least the load lessens as you burn off fuel. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 12-24-2005, 01:58 PM
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Wow 4 drums! that quite a load. I have pulled a some inappropriate trailers with my 300sd but if your experience works out without any transmission problems or overheating with the weight of all that liquid encourages me to push the envelope more.
Pulling a 5x8 enclosed trailer full of beach toys in the summer with the AC on made for some real borderline overheating coolant temps. Pulling the same trailer with a 300lb motorcycle in it felt like the car was taking a lot of energy to stay over 65mph.

Next town you have a layover in treat yourself to a nice 12volt transfer pump. Youv'e earned it.

What is the valve for that goes to the small bunghole? is this for clearing oil out of the hose?

I can't imagine that all of that oil won't get you across the country and back. I have dreamed of doing similar. This spring I have a goal of getting to Colorado from Tennessee and back without conventional fueling. It would take over 100gal.
I love these stories. I have thought of making some sort of website that is veggieblog.com or something like that were people can share their big road trip adventures. Too many more important projects need my attention though.
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Old 12-24-2005, 02:11 PM
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You're brave. I wouldn't run WVO in my car, I've heard it will drastically reduce engine life. Have you bumped up your oil change intervals or anything like that to counteract the accelerated wear and tear?
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Old 12-24-2005, 02:29 PM
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You're brave. I wouldn't run WVO in my car, I've heard it will drastically reduce engine life. Have you bumped up your oil change intervals or anything like that to counteract the accelerated wear and tear?
I think veg oils and biodiesel might actually be easier on most of your engine,
excluding potential injector problems and such.

Doesn't petrodiesel have inferior lubricating properties?
Don't engines often run quieter immediately upon switching to veg?
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Old 12-24-2005, 02:50 PM
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I think veg oils and biodiesel might actually be easier on most of your engine,
excluding potential injector problems and such.

Doesn't petrodiesel have inferior lubricating properties?
Don't engines often run quieter immediately upon switching to veg?
Biodiesel easy on the engine? Yes. Veggie oils? Well, WVO, no matter how filtered it is, it still contains water, sugar, fat, dirt, and other contaminants that should not be in a diesel engine's fuel system. WVO has been shown to cause oil thickening, increased injector wear, which results in decreased engine life. Keeping your engine in tip top shape with increased oil and filter change intervals with a good diesel rated oil (every 2000 miles), and other good engine preventative maintainence like lots of highway driving and Italian Tuneups will prevent damage. Use a tank of biodiesel every once in a while to clean out the fat, sugar, and dirt deposits and fuel system, do a diesel purge twice a year to clean the injectors, and check the prechambers and glow plugs for gunk.

I guess your comment about inferior lubrication properties refers to ULSD (Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel). Our old MBs can run fine on that, our IPs are lubricated by engine oil, and not by fuel like on other diesels. So theoretically, our cars could run on sulfur free diesel fuel with no problems.
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