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Old 05-21-2018, 11:59 AM   #1
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Gassing up Diesel

Newby question: What is best strategy for gassing up my diesel while pulling my 36 ft 5th wheel? 13 ft high clearance.

I stopped at a truck stop only once, trucks were backed up 3 deep, some just sitting with motors running, is this the norm?

Yes, I know Gassing is wrong word, you know what I mean

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Old 05-21-2018, 12:08 PM   #2
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Truck stops are definitely easier to get in and out of while towing. We use them most of the time. Some are busy, some are not. We use Pilot/Flying J when we can, as most have specific RV lanes and we have an RV Plus card that allows fueling ( not gassing in the semi lanes using the card w/o having to go inside. Also has a small discount.

When no truckstops are in the area, we use Google Earth to look at potential stops to see if we can use them. We rarely get below half tank so we can be selective.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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First advice is to never gas up a diesel.

Secondly, I found that truck stops are the easiest. The pumps are parallel to the store front, there is space around the pumps for turning, and the stations themselves are easy to get in and out of. Big rigs are slow because many pay cash for the discount on the massive fuel bill -- which means they go inside, go to the bathroom, chat, stretch legs, pay ... all while the rig is outside blocking pumps. So, you just have to sort of wait it out.

Finally, when no truck stops are around, try to avoid stations that have pumps perpendicular to the store front. Either that, or you're going to be stuck with some hairy turns or waiting for the end position to open up.

Good luck.
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how do you get card?

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Truck stops are definitely easier to get in and out of while towing. We use them most of the time. Some are busy, some are not. We use Pilot/Flying J when we can, as most have specific RV lanes and we have an RV Plus card that allows fueling ( not gassing in the semi lanes using the card w/o having to go inside. Also has a small discount.

When no truckstops are in the area, we use Google Earth to look at potential stops to see if we can use them. We rarely get below half tank so we can be selective.
how do you get card?
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We also have the pilot/flying J card. You will find that the Flying J stations are more RV friendly and have special lane for you use whether it be gas or diesel. You can get a card through the Good Sam club which will get you discount for fuel. Later RJD
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We always plan out routes to stop at Pilot/Flying J. We haven't had many issues with trucks stacking up and not moving. Most of them we have seen fuel then pull up if they need to go inside.
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how do you get card?
You can pick up an application at the store or go to the following website. This card is associated with Good Sam. Works well.

https://www.rvpluscard.com
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First advice is to never gas up a diesel.

Secondly, I found that truck stops are the easiest. The pumps are parallel to the store front, there is space around the pumps for turning, and the stations themselves are easy to get in and out of. Big rigs are slow because many pay cash for the discount on the massive fuel bill -- which means they go inside, go to the bathroom, chat, stretch legs, pay ... all while the rig is outside blocking pumps. So, you just have to sort of wait it out.

Finally, when no truck stops are around, try to avoid stations that have pumps perpendicular to the store front. Either that, or you're going to be stuck with some hairy turns or waiting for the end position to open up.

Good luck.
Fortunately most big rig drivers do the right thing after fueling - that being pulling their rig forward to the line leaving room for the next rig to move up to the pump. Unfortunately,as you said,some,but not all,do leave their rig at the pump after fueling while tending to other non- fueling things.
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Or you could do what I did and install a 100 gallon extra fuel tank and stop after you stop for the night.
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I installed a 50 gal Titan fuel tank. I can run an entire day then fuel up at night when Iím unhitched. That also allows more choice of stations not necessarily those closest to (and more expensive) the interstate.
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