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Old 11-11-2014, 07:54 AM   #57
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We use Gas Buddy to research prices, then go to Google Earth to look at access. I avoid BioDiesel like the plague and will call a station if necessary to find out what they are pumping. With 150 gallon tank I have the luxury of range and can pass by a lot of high price gouging states. Use a rebate credit card, it saves more than the FJ "discount." Probably less than 30% of my stops are truck stops, I find with planning I can maneuver a lot of smaller stations. I am 43 ft plus toad, don't need DEF fortunately. There are always a lot of local stations out there who appreciate your business, and you will find that just down the road the big truck centers charge 35 cents more for fuel diluted with French fry oil. They are geared up to service fleet trucks on contract fuel plans, who require all their support services. Work hard to avoid the Bio fuel, it is not cost efficient for you, and may damage your engine fuel system long term.
Bio is one of those crazes that blew in on the bellowing of a bunch of tree huggers, in my opinion. In reality it is a novelty that is not worth being forced into most engines and ranks high on my list of avoids. Gasahol is also on that list. Robs power from a car and food from a family plus uses diesel in the tractors to produce and get it to market. Dumb tree hugger idea .

I don't always have a great internet connection and that can present problems. But, discounting that, I have trouble determining the driving range on my coach because of unfamiliarity. On flat ground I can go 500+ if I am certain I can get that mileage and know I have a fuel stop available. But I don't do that. I try to fuel at the end of my driving day. Many folks have traveled the same roads many time and have a good idea what to expect. I don't repeat routs very often. Because I try to plan my drive by distance often the only thing around is the big truck stop.

Now, with all of that wining out of the way, I will try the Gas Buddy thing on my next long trip. Maybe you can teach an old dog a new trick My toad and setup is new to me.

I became gun shy with mt old tow dolly setup. The extra width often presented a problem in tight spots. Backing up is the real problem and I work hard to avoid it.

Thanks for the insight from your experiences. I'll start working on my S&T route soon.

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Old 11-15-2014, 04:53 PM   #58
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I just traveled I-95 going south and tried to use the GoodSams flying J card and not one of the three stations could process them. Yep they are not the cheapest in town.
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I just traveled I-95 going south and tried to use the GoodSams flying J card and not one of the three stations could process them. Yep they are not the cheapest in town.

I have had and use the card since it became available. I travel I95 regularly and have never had an issue with using it. What problem did you encounter?


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I just traveled I-95 going south and tried to use the GoodSams flying J card and not one of the three stations could process them. Yep they are not the cheapest in town.
You do know that those are pay at the pump cards? I'm not sure they can be used inside.
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You do know that those are pay at the pump cards? I'm not sure they can be used inside.
No problem. Just present it to the counter when activating the pump.

One of my volunteer associates just posted a picture on facebook. A BP in S CA is selling diesel for $3.35!!! I'll be heading in that direction in Jan. Hope I find those prices.
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One of my volunteer associates just posted a picture on facebook. A BP in S CA is selling diesel for $3.35!!! I'll be heading in that direction in Jan. Hope I find those prices.
I paid $3.249 at a truck stop in Victoria TX two weeks ago and almost felt like they were giving the stuff away, it was so cheap!
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Flying J & cash

I look for Flying J/Pilot because I save 3-4 cents with my Good Sam Club and another 3 - 4 cents by paying cash.
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I look for Flying J/Pilot because I save 3-4 cents with my Good Sam Club and another 3 - 4 cents by paying cash.
But do you save? The other day I purchased fuel at a Stripes Exxon in Fort Stockton, TX at the US285/I-10 interchange for $3.36/gal. On the other side of the interchange was a Chevron also selling fuel for $3.36/gal. Both fuel stops had high volume truck pumps, very large parking areas and easy in/out driveways. Considering the number of trucks lined up to get fuel, I didn't think stale fuel was a problem. A couple of miles farther east along I-10 in Fort Stockton I spotted a Love's and a Flying J. Both selling fuel for $3.76/gal. That's a $.40/gal difference across town. On a 50 gallon fuel purchase that's a $20 dollar bill!
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But do you save? The other day I purchased fuel at a Stripes Exxon in Fort Stockton, TX at the US285/I-10 interchange for $3.36/gal. On the other side of the interchange was a Chevron also selling fuel for $3.36/gal. Both fuel stops had high volume truck pumps, very large parking areas and easy in/out driveways. Considering the number of trucks lined up to get fuel, I didn't think stale fuel was a problem. A couple of miles farther east along I-10 in Fort Stockton I spotted a Love's and a Flying J. Both selling fuel for $3.76/gal. That's a $.40/gal difference across town. On a 50 gallon fuel purchase that's a $20 dollar bill!
very typical. i always gasbuddy around me when i need to refuel. love or flyingj kind of stops are not good for individual drivers.
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Last Sunday I paid $3.09 at a Valero in Montague, NJ.
NJ always has the best prices in the country. Not much help when in OR. But I'll take OR over NJ any time of the year. Absolutely beautiful and the drivers are more friendly.
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California probably has the highest priced Diesel fuel & Gasoline in the country and it is going to get higher on January 1, 2015. The current estimate for TAX increase on Diesel & Gasoline under the Cap & Trade or as I call it (C*ap & Tax) is about $0.70 or more per Gallon increase. Remember this is just the beginning of C&T, it should effect everything we purchase.

So if you plan on traveling to California purchase your fuel before you cross the Stateline and only purchase what you need to get out of the state. The only hope is if the legislature changes the law.
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