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Old 01-08-2015, 02:28 AM   #41
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I agree with the first comment about that
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:26 AM   #42
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Since getting the fifth wheel and diesel tow beast, I usually fuel at truck stops if I am towing and need fuel. It is much easier getting in and out and I figure the fuel is much fresher. (Call me paranoid but when unhooked, I still try to avoid places that appear to be low volume diesel outlets)

If I am curious what I weigh I can hit the scales at the truck stops. (Cat scales =$10.50 for the first weigh)

I have never had an issue at any truck stop I have stopped at but wonder what the professional drivers think of us fueling there. I try to stay out of their way think that time is money to them.


On an extended trip out west and back again we fueled in the truck lanes. All the drivers were friendly. I asked. The only comment made was, "Don't hang out in the fuel lane. Get your fuel, clean your windows and lights, then go." But be careful in some states. I forget which state we were in; but, we were charged more in the truck lanes than in the car lanes. Something to do with gas taxes on commercial vehicles. Safe driving!


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Old 01-08-2015, 07:48 AM   #43
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I'm probably one of the few that likes the fact that my fuel tank isn't bigger.... if I'm really bold, I push a tank to 250 miles before refueling. That's 250 miles divided by 65mph (nominal) which equates to about 4hrs in the saddle and that's usually about the time the kidneys are screaming for relief...... so even if I had a larger fuel load on board, I'd be stopping about every 4hrs anyway
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:13 AM   #44
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I agree, My limit is about 3 hrs without having to empty the bladder and stretch the legs. I've gone down to Florida and the Carolina's several times and I'll carry a Jerry can of fuel, bungee'd in the truck bed. I've never had to use it but it would buy me a few extra miles if needed.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:39 AM   #45
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I have never had an issue at any truck stop I have stopped at but wonder what the professional drivers think of us fueling there. I try to stay out of their way think that time is money to them.
I've actually only had positive experiences. I've had truck drivers chat me up to ask how the truck pulls, make small talk, etc. When my wife pulls in driving, she usually turns a few heads.

I had one pump where I was stuck behind a truck who pulled up and then just disappeared. After I was done, I walked back to the trucker behind me and explained that I was stuck and wasn't the problem. She laughed and said some mean unprintable things about the company drivers of the truck in front of me.

As was said- get your fuel, pull up (if there is space), and be quick about what you're doing. My fill up and running inside to pee take less time than most trucks take to just fuel.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:39 AM   #46
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Lloydg mentioned gas cans. I carry two or three cans between Texas and Oregon, especially while fuel was so high. Less expensive fuel was a priority. On our route (which is the shortest possible for us) we always needed fuel at a certain place that was always highest in prices of the entire route. started putting in 10 gallons, to take us to the next place that had fuel for less. Works great. After a few years, and using Gas Buddy, I knew where to fill the cans with the least expensive fuel on the entire route, to have it available at that stop, or in our small town in Oregon (where it is higher than anywhere else).
I also noticed someone mentioned paying 7.25 a gallon for fuel. WTH? If I had to pay 7.25 for fuel I think I'd move. Worst I saw it was 4.35, and I drove past that to Reno, where I could get if for far less.
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This is the number one reason we became seasonal campers this year. An old lady in VA almost beat us up because the camper was blocking her car. We felt bad, but what could we do...so we quit.
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