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Old 07-23-2016, 06:40 AM   #41
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:42 PM   #42
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The reason I start at 1/2 is finding a station I can get into with a 32' C and a toad. Sometimes tough to find.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:05 PM   #43
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I start looking for the next diesel station as soon as my gauge hits the 1/2 tank mark. I also carry two 5 gal cans of diesel fuel with me just in case they are needed.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:01 PM   #44
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Regarding the fuel level to keep the pump cool, you do understand the fuel is being pumped THROUGH the motor, right? Yes, the pump picks up the fuel, sends it through the motor and on its way to the filter/engine.

I replaced the pump in our 2000 Four Winds one very cold day in January of 2013. Here's the pump/sender assembly:



You can see the generator pick up tube - it stops at the top of the white section on the motor. I've found through experience where this point is the 1/4 mark on the gauge.
The dark gray end is the pickup, and the white end is the discharge:



More pics of the project: Fuel Pump replacement project; Pump teardown Photo Gallery by B-N-Mac at pbase.com

I've heard the old song about not letting your fuel drop below 1/4 for that same reason, but because the fuel is being pulled through the pump, it is being cooled until there is no fuel left to pump.

Yet...

I fill at 3/8 to a 1/2 just to have sufficient reserve as we cover a lot of miles between stations - simply because the stations can be more than 100 miles apart in desolate parts of the country. I have run the tank on the Four Winds down to well below a 1/4 one time, but was getting a bit nervous as we had no idea where the gauge was in respect to the actual fuel level. It didn't die, but at fill up, it took 45 gallons with a capacity of 55 so we still had some reserve.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:18 AM   #45
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On our recent trip back east I refueled every day after we pulled out if each overnight campground. Some days I had to refuel along the way, anyway. I start to get nervous when the needle gets south of 1/2 tank.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:18 PM   #46
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You diesel truck folks ever have issues using the nozzle at the pump in the big rig/18 wheeler lane?
I havent had a diesel truck since 2012, but it seems like most truck stops had diesel nozzles with a big ring on the end that wouldnt fit into a pickup truck tank. (I had Ford and Dodge diesels)
The rings were there specifically to keep pickups out of the 18wheeler lanes and force you to use the car pumps in the front of the store.

Do they still have these rings or are the diesel tank inlets bigger on the newer trucks?
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:29 PM   #47
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You diesel truck folks ever have issues using the nozzle at the pump in the big rig/18 wheeler lane?
I havent had a diesel truck since 2012, but it seems like most truck stops had diesel nozzles with a big ring on the end that wouldnt fit into a pickup truck tank. (I had Ford and Dodge diesels)
The rings were there specifically to keep pickups out of the 18wheeler lanes and force you to use the car pumps in the front of the store.

Do they still have these rings or are the diesel tank inlets bigger on the newer trucks?
I fill up at pilot/flying j in the truck lanes all the time and don't have any problems.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:30 PM   #48
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I have been using the tractor trailer fuel lanes on our last couple long trips and never had a problem getting the nozzle in our 2012 F350. Though unless you have a fleet card or the Pilot/Fling J card, its a pain in the butt to fill up. Biggest thing to watch for is that those big rig pumps will fill your tank in only a couple of minutes. Don't lock the trigger!!!!!
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:38 PM   #49
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You diesel truck folks ever have issues using the nozzle at the pump in the big rig/18 wheeler lane?
I havent had a diesel truck since 2012, but it seems like most truck stops had diesel nozzles with a big ring on the end that wouldnt fit into a pickup truck tank. (I had Ford and Dodge diesels)
The rings were there specifically to keep pickups out of the 18wheeler lanes and force you to use the car pumps in the front of the store.

Do they still have these rings or are the diesel tank inlets bigger on the newer trucks?
No problems. Most times, the "Truck Lane" is the only one I fit in. Someone decided all auto pump lanes would be perpendicular to the stations, not parallel...........and I no longer can get "out" once I get in, so I go to the truck lanes.

All nozzles fit fine.

What ticks me off is that truck lanes won't let you 'pay at the pump'....and secondly, they charge more per gallon for credit than 'cash'. Who carries that much cash anyway?
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:44 PM   #50
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I start looking when I reach 1/2 tank.
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