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Old 02-28-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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Well, the wife and I took the plunge into a Discovery DP from a gasser. Planning our trip to Florida, heading south on I75 out of Ohio, I never before paid attention to diesel availability. Do most of you stop at truck stops or do most "Gas" stations carry both? Do the combo fuel stations normally have enough room for 40' coaches or is the truck stop best due to maneuverability?

Anyone have a link to stops on I75 for Diesel?

Appreciate any help educating a newbie DP.

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Old 02-28-2016, 09:24 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new DP! We predominantly use gas stations versus truck stops. The app 'Gas Buddy' helps us pick competitive prices - often as much as 10 - 12 cents/gal less. Yes - sometimes we have to drive on by since access is not adequate - but in 12K miles that's only happened 3 - 4 times with our 43' plus toad. Best wishes...safe travels...
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:26 PM   #3
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P.S. There are current reports of I-75 closures in the Kentucky/Tennessee area due to rock slides...
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:34 PM   #4
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I usually just hit up truck stops. A 40' coach pulling a full size SUV on a dolly makes for some tight maneuvering at a regular pump island.
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Congrats on the DP.

We love ours after taking some long trips in a gasser. We've done both.

I've gotten to where I almost exclusively use Pilot / Flying J truck stops. With their RV Plus (Good Sam Club) credit card I can use the big rig pumps, pay at the pump, and get a 6-cent per gallon Good Sam discount. There's no dollar value limit on the fill-up. Access is easy. There is DEF and high pressure air for my tires if needed. (Glad my '99 Cat doesn't need DEF) I also have the My Pilot app on the smartphone which makes finding a station easy.

Have a great trip!
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I use Pilot and Flying J also. Ocasionally I'll use Love's. Just pull into the truck filling area. Very easy. You can get apps that will show where they are. I like to use Trucksters.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:06 AM   #7
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Anyone have a link to stops on I75 for Diesel?

Appreciate any help educating a newbie DP.

Thanks all,
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Here's info on fuel, etc. on the interstates:
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You can check locations along your route for these popular stops on their web sites listed below.

Many of the below stations have dedicated RV Lanes with both gas and diesel. Pilot and Good Sam also have a discount program as previously noted....

Pilot Flying J

Love's Home

You'll have no problem finding diesel between OH & FLA........

Enjoy your ride - see you in FLA...

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As mentioned, just download and use the "Gas Buddy" app for your phone. We use it all the time for fuel needs on any of our vehicles.

For new app users, a couple ease of use notes:

- on the first screen, just click the circle to find fuel near you
- you can change the fuel default in lower left corner (diesel, regular, premium, etc) to whatever vehicle you are now in. Then all of the prices and availability are shown for what you are looking for. For instance if diesel is your default, you see all the stations that carry diesel and what their diesel price is.
- I always shift to map mode (click the map icon in top right corner). That's easiest to see the interstate, and all of the stations with the different diesel prices right on the map. Then you can see whether the price is best now and all the stations are similar in price, or a station 20 miles ahead is 10 cents a gallon cheaper. Note that if it's a 'cash' price, that is noted as well.

I usually stick to truck stops for ease of maneuverability, plus they always tend to have the best prices anyhow. Using the app it's easy to see all the brands, all the prices, and where truck stops are.
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Just returned from a similar trip. Can only echo what others have said about the road closure in both directions at the TN-KY state line. We had good luck with Pilot and Flying J also.

The only thing I can add to this thread is that we prefer the truck pumps because they are high speed. I can take on 75 gallons of diesel at a truck pump in the same or less amount of time that I can take on 30 gallons of gas in the Suburban at a car pump. Nobody will give you grief at the truck pumps as long as you don't loiter in the fueling lane.
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Flying J truck stops.
GA. I75 Exit 320
GA. I75 Exit 201
GA. I75 Exit 2
All above have a Denny's and make a good breakfast stop. Use your AARP 15% discount.

I use the Good Sam membership card for 3¢ discount then my Visa card for 3%.
That adds more discount then the GS RV Plus card. Unless Diesel gets below $1.00 a gal. Then I will start using my GS RV Plus card again. Some months every year Discover gives 5%. 2016 Jan-March
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Talking Fuel for rvs

Have found that there are diesel pumps being put in @ costco and more oftentimes best price for both gas and diesel in the area. They do have tall canopies and getting in and out seemed to be easy for experienced driver's, tho the one in Courd'a lane Idaho was bit of fun according to my brother
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We've never had a problem anywhere finding a station we can fit into. Like most of the larger rigs we have a 150 gallon tank so if we can't fit in one we just find another.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:03 PM   #14
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WOW, you folks are great help. Really appreciate the information.
Rockslide? Any timeline when they will have it cleaned up?


Thank you,
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