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Old 01-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #21
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If the island to the right is empty use it.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:52 PM   #22
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We don't use DEF, however was at a truck stop and the DEF pumps where only on the drivers side and a truck pulled in with his DEF fill on his left, he just asked if we could wait a bit and used the DEF pump that was on our pump, no problem, he filled his DEF tank, paid and then we filled up. Truckers have the same problem depending on the truck.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:54 AM   #23
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Well I alway use the truckers lane with no issues. I tried to stretch the DEF hose and the one I tried wouldn't reach. Other locations may? The DEF is always on the wrong side. It's there for the truckers. You can fill from both sides but the DEF is so far as I have seen not on the passenger side. My idea worked ok but I need a better pump. The end would just curl up and the pump is a PIA. I will look for a better option.
I got this pump for $30 on Amazon. It runs on 2 D batteries. My wife said it looks like a child's toy but it works really well and it had very good reviews. It has a solid tube that reaches all the way into a 5 gallon can and has a handy little nozzle. I use mine for easy gas fills (no more spills or mess!) and liked it so much I ordered another one to have as a spare. I only put about 2000 miles a year on my coach so for me it is not a big deal to just get a few gallons of DEF at the auto parts store but if you are filling from a 5 gallon can this might work perfectly for you.

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Old 01-16-2014, 08:38 AM   #24
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No one should feel out of place for using a truck island at anytime.
The truck stop is there to provide a service if you need that service use it!
X2 I use the truck lanes all the time. It is a lot easier in and out. I never get a dirty look. I refuel and leave.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:54 PM   #25
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Well I alway use the truckers lane with no issues. I tried to stretch the DEF hose and the one I tried wouldn't reach. Other locations may? The DEF is always on the wrong side. It's there for the truckers. You can fill from both sides but the DEF is so far as I have seen not on the passenger side. My idea worked ok but I need a better pump. The end would just curl up and the pump is a PIA. I will look for a better option.

Phil, just bite the bullet and pull in backwards. I've never had so much as a dirty look from any trucker. If you're really brave, grab the orange cone and put it right behind the last truck in the lane. My wife does this an waits by the cone while I lurk nearby waiting for the lane to empty.

Of course, I will ONLY do this when the TS is not very busy. If trucks are lined up 4 deep on every lane, I just move on to the next TS.

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Old 01-27-2014, 10:01 PM   #26
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I don't understand the need to pull into the fuel lanes backwards. The DEF tank is on the passenger side of my coach towards the rear. I have 2 fuel fills on my coach- one on each side toward the front. If I pull into the fuel lane where the fuel hose is on the passenger side, wouldn't the DEF hose be on that side also. I may have to pull the coach up so that it reaches but I'm not sure why I would need to pull into the fuel lane backwards.
Nope, DEF pumps are ONLY on the drivers side at every TS I've ever seen.

Maybe being an ex 18 wheeler driver I'm too blase about going through backwards.

I don't get distressed unless I have to go inside and see how all those poor drivers have to live ( and how *I* used to live); about makes me puke!!

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:16 PM   #27
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I like the hand pump idea for topping off the DEF tank. I'm going to have to look into getting that equipment as it's anxiety provoking trying to find a station to pull through backwards. Usually about the time I get turned around, someone else has pulled into that lane!

I, too frequent the truck lanes as the RV islands have much slower pumps. Regardless if you're using the RV island or the truck lanes or the check out at Walmart, it is, I think, an expected courtesy for you to be quick about it and not do things that waste the time of people behind you.

That being said, thanks for the pump idea and sorry for wasting anyone's time with redundant information!
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:27 PM   #28
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Joker I don't think you wasted anyone's time. I just reread the topic and am going to order that pump from amazon. Skip the cheaply made hand pump from Walmart POS
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:08 AM   #29
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Local Auto parts store has the 2 1/2 gal. containers for $14.99. Flying J has it at the pump for $2.79 gal That's a pretty big difference.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:37 AM   #30
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I used the truck lanes for DEF. Had to pull in going the opposite direction. Did it when there were a number of open lanes and didn't have any problems. Worked out really well.
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