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Old 07-11-2016, 10:57 AM   #31
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I lived near an area where several of the major companies had a refinery. They would have different blends of detergents and other additives. The small companies and independents do not have a refinery. They called and got the best price from the majors and it would be delivered in a generic tanker ALMOST every time. So the less expensive may get Shell this time, BP next time, and another next.

At times one octane rating or another was low so whatever the most inventory was substituted, up or down. When was the last time a station was checked? If caught ~~ the delivery guy made a mistake. The number one rule is to buy where there is a high turnover.
But the major companies always get their blend of gas . off brand it's take your chances . i'll never fill at walmarts costco , etc i know walmarts gas is bad as in the past i've used them and have had poor mpg when i've done so . so never again .same with the city markets and other grocers
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:05 AM   #32
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I worked in an oil refinery many years ago. At the final processing unit where gas was put in fuel tankers for delivery, there was one output pipe. Everyone got the same fuel regardless the brand name on the fuel truck, and we had all major gas brand trucks get gas. I doubt the oil refineries go to the time and expense to make different qualities of gas for different customers.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:52 AM   #33
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That's why you get bad gas because it's all the same . I do know the different blends and not all gas is created equal . i really don't care what others use but i know what works for me and my truck
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:30 PM   #34
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AAA claims in a study that there is a difference in internal engine deposits depending on whether or not you use a "Tier 1" gasoline. According to the study, there is some differences in the additives.

Costco only sells Tier 1 gas. Exxon also. Since I buy gas mainly at Costco I did not pay much attention to the rest of the list, but did notice at least one other non-major brand. I did notice Shell was not there.

Companies buying from refineries spec out an order, either from the refinery's specs or on their own. Additives can be added at/by the refinery or at a fuel storage/transfer location.


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Old 07-11-2016, 07:17 PM   #35
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The closer to the Interstate the higher the prices. Today at Ocalo Flying J their price was 46 cents higher than down the road one mile . I fail to see how driving around in a crowded truck stop is easier than pulling into a Handi-way .I only bought 31 gallons but I saved enough to buy 5 1/2 gallons . Oh I see , if ya got the Good Sam Card ya save three cents a gallon . I kinda pull trailers for a living , today I hitched up to three different hotshots . Oh boy , this Friday is my last day on the job and I will be pulling my new Work And Play down to Panacea for FISHIN !
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:23 PM   #36
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The closer to the Interstate the higher the prices. Today at Ocalo Flying J their price was 46 cents higher than down the road one mile . I fail to see how driving around in a crowded truck stop is easier than pulling into a Handi-way .I only bought 31 gallons but I saved enough to buy 5 1/2 gallons . Oh I see , if ya got the Good Sam Card ya save three cents a gallon . I kinda pull trailers for a living , today I hitched up to three different hotshots . Oh boy , this Friday is my last day on the job and I will be pulling my new Work And Play down to Panacea for FISHIN !
About the same at Kingsland Ga. 2 stations across the street but no way was I getting in either with the 5er hitched. No place to drop the camper and would not take the time anyway. Using their card I think it is 9 cents on diesel.
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After a trip, figure out your average gas mileage and how much your average cost per gallon was. Then use those numbers to figure your total cost of you got one mile per gallon better, then check it for two mpg better, ETC.

Is it really enough to make a difference? After I did the numbers I didn't worry much about it after that.

I do continue to drive slower because that make the biggest difference in mileage and I am not in a hurry. I also feel that it is safer not to rush.
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i check mpg at every fill up . if it changes a lot then it may alert me to a issues that has come up . in engine , tranny , tires etc . it's not about the cost it's about knowing what my tv and th are doing
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as I noted just this past weekend, a stiff tailwind upped my avg mpg about 2 MPG, while coming home in a light head wind it dropped back down and even lost about 1 MPG, while trying to maintain 62MPH
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I don't worry about saving a few bucks on gas. We have a gasser TV and are usually stopping at interstate exits when we are hitched up, so I just look for truck stops, as even their gas pump area is usually big enough to get in and out with no problem.

A new Costco just opened by us here in Indianapolis, and they said they guarantee they will have the cheapest gas within a five-mile radius. There is a Wal Mart across the street from the Costco, so they seem to be up to the challenge. Of course, you have to be a Costco member to buy gas there.
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