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Old 08-25-2016, 05:51 PM   #51
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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?

Get the RV Plus Card. At least at Pilot and Flying J, you can pay at the truck lane pump.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:02 AM   #52
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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.
There is some truth in what you say, but not in all applications. Fuel may be going "through" the pump, but it's passage is limited to the impeller, valves and associated passages. The heat generated by the electric motor driving the impeller is what we're concerned with, and that is absorbed by the motor's metal casing. For that heat to be sufficiently dispersed, it needs to be submerged in the fuel, which pulls the heat away much faster than still air.
I, therefore, belong to camp "Keep the tank 1/4 full or more"... if there is such a thing.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:17 AM   #53
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If you do a little research (Google it) you will see needing fuel to keep your fuel pump cool is a myth. The pump is in a canister that always has fuel in it for lubrication and cooling until you actually run out of fuel. I did see one article that said if you run out of fuel often you might eventually damage your pump. We fill up in town when we reach an 1/8th to a quarter. On a trip we fill up at a half when possible.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:29 AM   #54
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If you do a little research (Google it) you will see needing fuel to keep your fuel pump cool is a myth. The pump is in a canister that always has fuel in it for lubrication and cooling until you actually run out of fuel. I did see one article that said if you run out of fuel often you might eventually damage your pump. We fill up in town when we reach an 1/8th to a quarter. On a trip we fill up at a half when possible.
Remember that the pump is pumping far more fuel than your engine actually uses. The rest of the fuel is being recirculated back to the tank at a higher temperature than it left. So even though you have fuel in the tank, it gets hotter as the tank level drops. Does it heat up enough to stop adequately cooling the pump? I don't know for sure. I would hope not, but some people think it does.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:58 AM   #55
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1/2 tank and start looking unless we're stopping within an hour for the night. Only drive one to one and a half tanks of gas a day. We're retired and are never in a hurry. We also stop at campgrounds, not Walmarts, Cracker Barrel for the night.
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