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Old 08-19-2016, 12:59 PM   #15
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We added an auxiliary fuel tank to the truck as I was tired of being ripped off by the Pilot, T/A and Flying J for fuel. Typically 20 to 30 cents more per gallon and some wanting 10 cent more per gallon to use a credit card.

The highest we saw a year ago was a Flying J in Missouri that was 50 cents more per gallon than the Walmart about 3 miles down the road.

Making a profit is one thing, but highway robbery is something else.

Use your Gas Buddy app on the cell phone.

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Yup, Gas Buddy is the best way to go.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:33 PM   #17
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We used to have a Pacific Pride account, got tired of paying more for fuel plus they required us to buy so much a month and we weren't doing that much traveling so we gave it up.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:36 PM   #18
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I'm really shocked!!
So am I. You have to ask yourself why so many trucks use Big Truck Stops? Many trucks drivers are not company drivers but independent drivers. That means they get paid by the mile or a flat rate to get a load from A to B. So, the less money they spend on fuel; the more in their pocket.

Wide variance in price might be between states - due to taxes. Or prices may be higher in a localized area within a state - due to local taxes.
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Price is not the only consideration. I avoid the truck stops like the plague. The diesel pumps there are the most disgusting thing I have seen. Also not having to deal with the lot lizards is another plus. Now those with a large diesel may not have many options but I can get in and out of most anyplace with the fiver.😁😁
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GoodSam gets you 6-9c a gallon off at Flying J btw.
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I recently traveled from Florida to Washington State and saw as much as 50 cents difference at truck stops (highter). 30 cents was not unusual. So, I usually use gasbuddy and find a different place to stop. Have never had a problem. Seems to me it is a real ripoff. Also, if you ever come to Oregon, please check your prices carefully. The advertised truck price IS NOT your price. Add 30 cents.
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We added an auxiliary fuel tank to the truck as I was tired of being ripped off by the Pilot, T/A and Flying J for fuel. Typically 20 to 30 cents more per gallon and some wanting 10 cent more per gallon to use a credit card.

The highest we saw a year ago was a Flying J in Missouri that was 50 cents more per gallon than the Walmart about 3 miles down the road.

Making a profit is one thing, but highway robbery is something else.

Use your Gas Buddy app on the cell phone.

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Worked my way through college working at a 7-11. Customers always wanted to know why prices for things were so high compared to a supermarket. I thought about it a while, and finally realized what it was about the costs. It is called the cost of "convenience". Truck stops right on the interstate are definitely convenient. Everything in our society comes at a price. Convenience is just one thing that you have to pay for. Not saying it is right.


There is one gas station in Asheville that is just off I40 near the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. The cost of gas there is always at least 30 cents higher than the other gas stations 2 miles the other way down the road. It does snag a lot of tourists coming to see Biltmore. When the local tv station asked the owner why he charges so much, he told them because he could. We all have choices to make.

Sometimes I will choose to pay for convenience, sometimes not.
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JFXG

Those big fleets of trucks, don't pay the posted price. they all have negotiated contract prices. And yes they save the $400K per year.
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I'm seeing 10-20 cents extra at Pilot/FJ, TA, etc. vs the regular discount stations, sometimes right next to to them. And with large truck diesel lanes as well. That's along I26 & I40 ion SC and NC (mostly in SC, though). I won't drive out of my way, or risk a congested lot to save $10 on a fill-up, but many of these stations have excellent accessibility, high speed diesel pumps, and take my credit card with no hassle.

I use Gas Buddy to check around the region when I know I'm going to need fuel (we have a 150 gal tank). If in doubt, Google Earth will show me what the station and access roads look like.
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Unless you know the town, and the stations in it leaving the highway to save a few cents might be worth it. If on the other hand you're not familiar with the location and the stations you might be setting yourself up for trouble just to save a few cents. Not all stations are RV or big rig friendly.

Also if you have one of the RV discount cards offered by Pilot/J you will save something which probably negates driving into town.

I want to get in and out fast. Truck stops allow me to do that. I really hate diesel pumps with the small nozzle designed for cars and most light trucks. Give me the big honker that fills my tank quickly.
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If you have a good range, say 400 to 500 miles between fuel stops, you can take advantage of tax differences the truckers can't get away from. The truckers pay taxes whether they fuel or not so they manage fuel purchases accordingly. You can skip purchasing in one state to get a break in another if you look at gas buddy or trucker path. Sometimes it will beat the best "station shopping" you can do in some states.
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We used to have a Pacific Pride account, got tired of paying more for fuel plus they required us to buy so much a month and we weren't doing that much traveling so we gave it up.
PP does not require a minimum amount of fuel to be bought. I have been using them for 15 years and have never had a minimum. Sure they can cost more so the answer is to call them and inquire about the location you want to buy fuel
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