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Old 03-31-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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Gas stops for diesel truck?

I will be traveling from Florida to New York on 95 then 26 to 77 to 81. What gas stations do you recommend and which ones do you you discourage. I'm looking at easy access with truck and 5th Wheel and good fuel.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:09 PM   #2
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Any truck stop will work. TA, Pilot, Flying J
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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x2 Some Flying J s have RV diesel islands as well



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Old 03-31-2017, 01:59 PM   #4
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Pilot, Loves and Flying J's have phone apps to help in locating them and plan your route.


Have used both. There are some Speedways in SC that are accessible as well. Fuel up in South Carolina where the gas tax is less than the both adjoining states. If you have a co-pilot have them bring up the stations on Google maps to help you navigate through the parking lots. Another good app to have is Gas Buddy. Has the most up to the hour fuel prices. Also iExit, has information on the exits and whats there; fuel, eats, sleep.


Take I-295 around Richmond VA.There is a lot of road work and heavy traffic congestion on I-95 between Richmond VA and DC. The closer you get to DC the worse it gets. Has to be the worlds largest moving parking lot. If possible travel through this area at night or Sunday morning.
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Old 03-31-2017, 02:04 PM   #5
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:42 PM   #6
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Yeah...make sure you don't fill that diesel with gas!!
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Download the app Gasbuddy. Have your travelling companion search the app when you're down to 1/4 tank and get it at the most convenient/affordable spot for you.
There's an area around NC & SC that has the best price usually. That's where I stop and top off going down and then coming up. (NJ to FL & back)
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Download the app Gasbuddy. Have your travelling companion search the app when you're down to 1/4 tank and get it at the most convenient/affordable spot for you.
There's an area around NC & SC that has the best price usually. That's where I stop and top off going down and then coming up. (NJ to FL & back)
X2 on Gasbuddy. Have used it for years and rarely wrong on prices since it's crowd sourced. Also keep in mind the high volume stations along the interstate are not always the cheapest as they once were. Sometimes you'll get the cheapest gas 2 miles off the interstate.
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Old 04-01-2017, 12:22 PM   #9
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Truck stops are higher.....Just depends if one needs that much space to get around...
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Staying on interstate's you'll be fine. A lot of US highways can present a challenge. I have had to wait for vendors delivery trucks to move out of the way.
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Old 04-01-2017, 12:29 PM   #11
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GasBuddy will search for availability of different octane levels of gas as well as diesel so it comes in handy for more than just RVing. And it's free--provided you have a smart phone.

There's a map feature which is pretty darn handy as a navigation device to let you know where the fuel is, both nearby and farther afield (you pinch in or pinch out on the display to zoom in and out).

If you have a Good Sam membership, you can get a discount on diesel at Pilot and Flying J stations though apparently it can't be used on top of any other discount (like paying with cash). I was told this at a Flying J in Limon, Colorado but the place was a three-ring circus so am not sure the info is accurate.

Don't feel bad about being ribbed for the "gas" phrasing. DH does same thing. We have two vehicles which use diesel--the Isata/Mercedes combo and a sweet sixteen (years old) Ford F250 so he really should know better!
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:37 PM   #12
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You should install an auxiliary diesel fuel tank in the bed of your truck. My Chevrolet came equipped with a 36 gal. tank, I added a 60 gal. auxiliary tank. If your truck was equipped as described, you could go from Fl. to NY and only have to refuel once.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:48 PM   #13
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All the above are excellent choices. but I have learned that diesel can be cheaper at stations off the interstates. So if I notice a station with good prices on the way to a RV park I will fill up after I have unhooked the trailer.
On the interstate I stick with Flying J/Pilot and use my RV Rewards card which give you a discount off the CASH price even though I use a Costco credit card which gives me another 4% off
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Yep stick to the flying J or pilots using my reward card with 6cents a gal off pump price. Later RJD
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:07 PM   #15
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I never understood why people care about the price of gas. My truck holds 30 gallons. I get 10 miles to the gallon towing my 43 foot 5th wheel.

If I drive 3 miles out of the way to save 3 cents a gallon I save 90 cents. Oh wait I drove 6 miles out of the way round trip so I burned $1.25. I lost 35 cents to try and save 90 cents?

I take the quickest easiest access place possible and don't pull in anywhere I know I cant easily get out of.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:35 PM   #17
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Another alternative is to sign up with Pioneer Fuel (link:http://www.pacificpride.us/ )

This company has fueling places all over the US, but primarily on the coasts. If you go to their "truck" facilities instead of the service stations, they are designed for 18 wheelers to get in and out quickly. There are no people in their "truck" facilities, you pull up and use a card to activate the pumps. When I had my diesel pusher, I always tried to use Pioneer Fuel stops. Never busy with plenty of space to turn my DP and dinghy around. And big plus for diesel users, their nozzles are the large, high volume type.

Downside is you never know the price without calling the company in advance - no $$ wheels on the pumps. But I found that their prices are usually lower than any other local station.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:46 PM   #18
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We have got to like Loves
Yeh its more money but its easy access in and out usually. If your haulin a big rig around off an exit looking for cheap fuel in a dinky town your asking for trouble.. follow the trucks around and get in line . You have to go in and tell them how much. Wont tske card at pump.
Pilot and flyin j work great too but some of them are busy and confusing
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Yep stick to the flying J or pilots using my reward card with 6cents a gal off pump price. Later RJD
I use the Pilot/Flying J credit card. 9 cents off per gallon of diesel. No paper bill ~~ an email with the amount and date of withdrawal. Safe card as you have a code # you assign the card.
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I try to find Pilot and Flying J for the discount card and cheaper DEF at the pump when on the interstate. And maybe Loves but aways something big enough to get my 42ft into. Walmarts are good and a few others when not on the interstate.
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