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Old 12-27-2014, 02:33 PM   #21
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A guide to diesel *safe access* fuel

In traveling with a ~32 foot-fifth & F250 Crew Cab--since 2008--we have found that the publication "Next Exit" is invaluable to our success in finding and safely navigating diesel locations.

The Next Exit 2014 The Most Complete Interstate Hwy Guide Ever Printed: Mark Watson: 0733656120142: Amazon.com: Books

When combined with our regular sources (gps, and the Truckers version of Rand mcNally), "Next Exit" makes for safer highway clearances & fuel stop accesses, and better navigator/driver conversations which leads to warmer evenings campside!
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:44 PM   #22
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Never had a big issue with it yet as the truck stops I have used the truck pumps closest to the building are set up where you can usually go in to the counter & pay. A Pilot station manager suggested that I get a Pilot card & would not need to come in........

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Old 12-27-2014, 04:51 PM   #23
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X2 on "The Next Exit". We would not travel without it. Once we figured out the pre-pay procedure at truck stops, we have had no problems getting our diesel at Pilot or Loves. Kind of fun being back there with the "big boys".
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:34 PM   #24
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I know it's a pain in the ass and doesn't really fix the problem of what to do if you have a tight fuel depot, but as soon as I hit half a tank I start keeping an eye out for easy entry/exit locations. Sucks my tank is kinda small and I won't spend the coin to get a big boy, maybe the wife will let me get a new truck 😃


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Old 12-27-2014, 11:11 PM   #25
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Never had a problem buying diesel at a truck stop, but I did check into getting a card from TA a couple year ago. Seems you have use a LOT of fuel every month to qualify for an account, they made it quite clear an individual towing a camper would not meet the requirements.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:36 AM   #26
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For example...in Fort Mill, SC the local BP has diesel for $2.99/gal while Love's is charging $3.19/gal. The negative to this is the nozzles are smaller and you have to reset the pump ever $75...it's worth it to me to spend a little extra time at the pump when I'm saving $20 for a fill up.

Wow...I'm quite jealous. My truck only holds 26 gallons which only amounts to $5.20 at $.20 per gallon difference...not much of a savings. A 100 gallon "stockpile" would make life MUCH easier while traveling.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:02 AM   #27
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My truck only holds 26 gallons so I put a 75 gallon tank in the bed of my truck which feeds into the gas neck and keeps my truck 3/4 full once it gets down to half a tank.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:24 AM   #28
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I really should get the Next Exit. Thus far I've used driving skill and my wife spotting for me as I navigate, but that's only been a time or two.

A "lot" of times truck stop auto islands have diesel pumps that aren't too bad, in fact my local Flying J has a great auto island with diesel pumps aligned with the entrance and a big turnaround area.

Just note that "lot" in quotes. The Loves is hard to navigate with just my truck.

And to take advantage of a great price at a truck stop once I dropped the trailer. Great part of owning a 5er, just drop the legs, pull the pin, then rehitch.

So far it's not been bad, a little preplanning and careful driving has served me well.

I need to get that Next Exit though, I thumbed through it at my dealer and was pretty impressed.
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:58 AM   #29
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Great information

This is great information for my wife and I. We are planning a trip from North Carolina to the Grand Canyon next April. My Ram 2500 has a large diesel tank and I carry two five galleon cans with extra fuel in them for an emergency. My plans for the trip is to make each leg of the trip no more than 400 miles. Then we will spend the night at a pre-reserved campsite and fuel the truck while we are unhooked. I am planning every third stay to be for at least two nights to give us time to rest and to resupply our camper. This way I should not have to pull my Sierra 5th wheel into any small stations to fuel up. I have already got the Pilot card and plan to use it when possible for fuel but I will also look for stations close to the campgrounds that have fuel. We are planning on taking about two months for this trip. We will be stopping at rest stops and really just taking our time to see the country. Thanks again for the great information on what problems we may encounter on the road.
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Never had a problem buying diesel at a truck stop, but I did check into getting a card from TA a couple year ago. Seems you have use a LOT of fuel every month to qualify for an account, they made it quite clear an individual towing a camper would not meet the requirements.
Pilots are RV friendly with a Good Sam Pilot Card. We love being able to pull through the truck bays and pay at the pump. Pilots usually have a fast food place within them for a quick bite to eat and clean bathrooms.
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