Motorhome engine conversions power your RV using SVO or vegetable oil variations
The original diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil. The engines found in the buses sold today are designed to run on regular diesel (which is much thinner). Vegetable oil will burn in a diesel engine once its viscosity, or liquid thickness, is made like petro-diesel. Mixing vegetable oil with kerosene or regular diesel will do the trick but that puts you right back to more expense and bad emissions. The true
value of the vegetable oil system is in it's purity. Heat it to about 160 °F and you can run FREE waste vegetable oil from a restaurant. So, obviously the warmer the weather the better the return on your investment because it will be easier to get the temperature up and thin the oil out.
Most restaurants pay to have this waste vegetable oil removed and disposed of so the economic incentive is there for them to "donate" it to you. This band toured around in a small vegetable oil burning bus and their exploits can be seen at http://aphrodesia.org/veggie.htm
Most rvs and cars that run in cold weather use biodiesel to start the engine. Biodiesel can be a unique concoction containing any number of the following: vegetable oil, regular diesel, kerosene, and plant made diesel. Then the separate vegetable fuel tank is heated with hot coolant from the engine. Once the fuel heats up and thins out a switch is flipped and the engine begins drawing its fuel from the pure vegetable oil tank. Visit details to make money while traveling for traveling all over the world on your own time.
Alternatively some RV's and buses use the onboard generator to run a heating element to heat the fuel. This allows for ONE fuel tank and ONE kind of fuel to keep up with. Simpler is nearly always superior.
for a site dedicated to vegetable oil burning cars. There are NO rvs as of January
2005 on this site but the same principles apply. Just convert your own bus engine
over. The 5.9 liter Cummins turbo diesel engine is nearly foolproof for waste
vegetable oil conversion because it has an inline pump similar to the nearly indestructible
Mercedes pumps. The better fuel flow the better results and easier starting.
This site has bio-diesel recipes to make your own fuel and run your vehicle on http://www.dancingrabbit.org/biodiesel/newoil.html. Remember that the chemicals used to make biodiesel are toxic and dangerous. Remember these recipes are NOT the best way to go. For the best best fuel economy, best performance, lowest emissions, and lowest cost you should go for the straight vegetable oil process described at the top. Visit vegetable oil powered bus for information on alternative fuel burning diesel engines.
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