Diesel Fuels Differences - Luxury Coach Lifestyles
Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-02-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 15
Default Diesel Fuels Differences

I have been searching and searching for information on the different diesel fuels but found nothing. Can someone tell me the difference between the different diesel fuels such as diesel fuel #1, #2 and red? Or where I might find the answer?

thank you in advance,


Birdman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
folivier's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Thibodaux, LA
Posts: 1,221

#2 is your standard all season diesel fuel.
#1 is a winter fuel designed not to gel up in really cold temps. Closer to kerosene. Shouldn't see this unless the grass turns white.
Red is untaxed diesel, mostly for farm or off-road use. The red dye that is added will leave a stain on your injectors and probably other areas. Don't get caught with red stains in your coach! Pretty hefty fine.

Forest & Cindy Olivier
1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486
2004 Chevy Silverado Z71
2013 RZR 570LE

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul, you have a body." C.S.Lewis

folivier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
NewellCrazy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Sugarland, TX or Salida,CO
Posts: 1,867

#2 is "regular" diesel and is ULSD (Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel)

#1 is lighter viscosity and is used in winter in cold areas. In southern CA, you are unlikely to either need or find it.

Red is for OFF road use only and if found in a diesel tank on a OTR vehicle, the fine is astronomical, normally start in the $1000 range.

If Ain't a Newell, It Ain't Wurt Oonin!
NewellCrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 10:35 PM   #4
Will Procter
Senior Member
Will Procter's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 118

I noticed when passing through Montana that they have #2 , #1 and a 50/50 blend or all available. Not all stations carry it but the bigger ones do.
2005 Newell 45 Ft.

Detroit 60 Series 515 HP Engine

Some people call me the Space Cowboy
Will Procter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
Archie T. Hogan
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 98

I ran across this information and figured it fit this post.


Cetane levels by fuel company.

Please bear in mind that the current minimum from refiners in North America is 40. Depending on the quality of the oil used as well as refining processes you'll find 40-42 from refiners in the US and Canada. Anything above that has to do with specific companies additive packages. When companies give a minimum value then it will be listed as a single number. When a company gives a range of numbers bear in mind that more often than not you'll probably find the lower number rather than the higher number. If 40 is listed then it generally means that fuel is bought as is from the refiner-

-if someone messes up and doesn't put in enough additive at the refinery then that can cause major problems for your fuel system. It's recommended therefore that if you get the inexpensive fuel with low cetane you use a cetane booster (PowerService, Redline 85+ or Stanadyne are all great choices), or run a little biodiesel in the tank. If something higher than 42 is listed then the retailer adds their own additive package in addition to the standard refinery additive package. Generally speaking as long as 49 or higher is listed you do not need to worry about adding any additives yourself.

BP (Amoco branded), 51;
Chevron, 49;
PetroCanada, 47-51
Marathon, 45-47
BP (Powerblend 47, otherwise 40-42)
Shell, 46;
Sinclair, 46;
Sunoco Gold, 45 (often +1-5) Sunoco regular is usually 40.
Holiday Stations, 40-43
HESS, 40-42, can be up to 45.
Husky, 40 + diesel Max additives raise another 1-3 from there (41-45 max)
Love's: 40
Pilot: 40
Valero: 40
Flying J, 40

Truck stops appear to be at the low end.
1995 Newell Motor Coach
Belonging (Stored)

Full Timing( Already Started)
Archie T. Hogan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 12:28 AM   #6
Newell Attack
Senior Member
Newell Attack's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
Posts: 237

The only diesel fuel sold at fly J, etc etc is #2. Red is more for farm equipment and better not get caught using it on a motor home. Number one is very rare almost like kerosene hard to get.
1978 39 FT. Newell Classic

Jeff & Leann Shackly
Newell Attack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 03:20 AM   #7
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 54

Now days they can use a scanning device that can detect for red fuel. Inspectors love to show up at livestock auctions.


A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. President Gerald Ford
farmell is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reputable luxury coach dealer? Nara Queen Coach/Bus Buyer and Seller Exchange 7 02-14-2013 06:57 PM
Are You an Early Riser? DavidBall Life on the Road | Livin' in Luxury 11 10-30-2012 10:03 PM
relays....relays... encantotom Charging Systems, Electrical & Solar 8 05-23-2012 12:12 PM
A F3.0 Newell Coach ~ What is-it ? ikcandco General Technical Discussion 0 01-14-2008 07:58 AM
Saying Hello! And THANK YOU Newell Classic! Charles Tinker Introduce Yourself - Welcome Wagon 1 11-14-2006 01:57 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Newell Coach Corporation or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT. The time now is 12:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.