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Old 07-03-2012, 01:58 PM   #15
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While I think its rude how the truck drivers are being... isn't it kind of rude to have an RV in the truck lanes? I mean aren't the truck lanes for semi trucks and the RV lanes from RV's? Am I missing something? Cause to me it sounds like you guys are in the wrong spot... kinda like how those people with carts full go to the 20 or less check stands!
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I was told when I went in to pre*pay that if I fueled at the truck island (which I was sitting in) and did not have a D.O.T. # that I would be charged sales tax of 7% plus an additional $.06 per gallon! I moved over to the outside of the "regular" pumps and avoided these charges. This is the first time I have ever heard of this?
It's a problem in Indiana resulting from how they collect their commercial fuel tax. If its a "truck", they send you a bill based on your DOT number. If you don't have one, you pay extra on the spot. If you use the car islands, the price on the pump is all you pay because you are a "car". It's a different price than the truck pumps, though.

Arizona is similar.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:21 PM   #17
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While I think its rude how the truck drivers are being... isn't it kind of rude to have an RV in the truck lanes? I mean aren't the truck lanes for semi trucks and the RV lanes from RV's? Am I missing something? Cause to me it sounds like you guys are in the wrong spot... kinda like how those people with carts full go to the 20 or less check stands!
Tip to tale I am 50'5", the last time I had to use a non tuck island (Luke Oil) I closed off 1 extra pump and the rest had to back out as there was no way to get around me. The time before that I blocked 3 parking spaces while filling.
I have had no problems with truckers as long as you pull in the right way, fill then pull out and off to the parking area.
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While I think its rude how the truck drivers are being... isn't it kind of rude to have an RV in the truck lanes? I mean aren't the truck lanes for semi trucks and the RV lanes from RV's? Am I missing something? Cause to me it sounds like you guys are in the wrong spot... kinda like how those people with carts full go to the 20 or less check stands!
My experience has been only 1 in 15 "Travel Centers" (no more "Truck Stops) have RV lanes and those have, one, maybe two lanes at best. I've even seen them with no diesel pump. They still say trucks this way and cars that way however, it would be more acurate for them to say, diesel this way, gas that way. Semi trucks do not have exclusivity in diesel lanes at any so called Truck Stop. Btw, MHs are classified as trucks, not cars.
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While I think its rude how the truck drivers are being... isn't it kind of rude to have an RV in the truck lanes? I mean aren't the truck lanes for semi trucks and the RV lanes from RV's? Am I missing something? Cause to me it sounds like you guys are in the wrong spot... kinda like how those people with carts full go to the 20 or less check stands!
You may have missed my part about moving to the "regular" pumps from the truck island ... this place didn't have any dedicated RV pumps. When towing I'm close to 65' long and sometimes have to use the truck island due to space limitations in the rest of the location? Actually there are often times trucks around me that are smaller than me.
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I was just going off of what was offered... RV lanes 'vs' Truck lanes... obviously we would be RV's in such a case.

My motorhome is 35' and my trailer is about 15-20. We look for gas stations where we can pull straight through. When we fill up here at home we use the station that we use to put gas in our cars.

I mean if my gasser motorhome has to make due in the RV lanes... why wouldn't a diesel?
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I do use the RV or auto diesel when available. driveways are usually cleaner and dont walk diesel fuel on carpet
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:55 PM   #22
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I was just going off of what was offered... RV lanes 'vs' Truck lanes... obviously we would be RV's in such a case.

My motorhome is 35' and my trailer is about 15-20. We look for gas stations where we can pull straight through. When we fill up here at home we use the station that we use to put gas in our cars.

I mean if my gasser motorhome has to make due in the RV lanes... why wouldn't a diesel?
Lets start with your last comment, your gasser has to make do with the RV lanes because first, you have to, second, you don't have a 150 gallon tank that takes a really long time to fill - folks like you that have to use the RV lane really enjoy waiting behind me when I fill with those slow pumps, and last, you may be 50 feet long, but you are pulling a trailer (means you can back up), and like some of the others here, I'm close to 65 feet long, and I can't back up because I'm towing 4 down. I like the big spaces allowed for pulling trucks through and out rather than the tight spaces set up at the RV and auto pumps.

I'll pay more to fill on the fast pumps if I have to. It takes about 1/4 the time to fill compared to what the little pumps take, and you are not splitting the pump volume with the guy in the pickup on the other side. One thing to keep in mind, when you have filled, if there is a line, pull forward before you settle up.

The truck island has water, high pressure air hoses, and yes, long handled squeegees. Someone mentioned not being able to run the pumps full out on an RV, I sure can on mine, in fact, I can fill from both sides but I don't really need to.
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I was just going off of what was offered... RV lanes 'vs' Truck lanes... obviously we would be RV's in such a case.

My motorhome is 35' and my trailer is about 15-20. We look for gas stations where we can pull straight through. When we fill up here at home we use the station that we use to put gas in our cars.

I mean if my gasser motorhome has to make due in the RV lanes... why wouldn't a diesel?
I will second pretty much everything Distaff said: the truck lanes simply do not have an option for gas, only diesel, and second, filling a large (100 gal in my case) tank takes a LONG time in the RV lane. The truck lanes also increasingly have bulk DEF (~half the price of the jugs). Finally, the long-handled washer is VERY nice to have (maybe even necessary from a safety point of view.

On friendliness of truckers: I am still a newbee, but the several times (~5) I have gone through the truck lanes, I do everything I can to make it clear I am doing everything I can to not be in their way (let the guy behind me know I will pull forward asap, let the people waiting at the counter know that I do not want to slow them down, etc. They always respond very well to this..... I find them quite friendly in fact....
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I will second pretty much everything Distaff said: the truck lanes simply do not have an option for gas, only diesel, and second, filling a large (100 gal in my case) tank takes a LONG time in the RV lane. The truck lanes also increasingly have bulk DEF (~half the price of the jugs). Finally, the long-handled washer is VERY nice to have (maybe even necessary from a safety point of view.
My tank is 75 which is pretty close.

Whats bulk DEF?

I'll bet the long handled washer would be nice & if it is necessary from a safety point of view, then I suggest they make it available where gas for RV's are available & not just for diesels as my gasser probably sits as high as yours.
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My tank is 75 which is pretty close.

Whats bulk DEF?

I'll bet the long handled washer would be nice & if it is necessary from a safety point of view, then I suggest they make it available where gas for RV's are available & not just for diesels as my gasser probably sits as high as yours.

DEF is " diesel exhaust fluid" that is an emission product that is required in the new diesel engines to meet emission standard required. has a tank and that adds with system. you can now buy it from a dispensor like fuel at the diesel island at select locations. or in a jug at retailer/ walmart, truck stop, ect/
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As far as fuel splashing back, diesel foams up more than gas which causes the splash back long before your tank is full.
I try to always use the truck island. And in 5 years of buying diesel for my MH I've never had a negative contact with a truckers.
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Please keep discussions to the OP's question regarding road usage tax & using the truck pumps vs rv island pumps. No personal sideswipes.

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As far as fuel splashing back, diesel foams up more than gas which causes the splash back long before your tank is full.
I try to always use the truck island. And in 5 years of buying diesel for my MH I've never had a negative contact with a truckers.
Ahhh - more foaming makes sense. I suppose fill at a high rate until ~ 3/4 full, then let settle a minute or so, then top up at a slower rate?? You would still be well ahead of the much slower pump at the RV island.
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