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Old 08-14-2014, 11:05 AM   #43
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Try the truck side faster fill no problems
Truckers want back on the road ASAP! That 's how they make $$$

I haven't run into any truckers that mind sitting behind us. We take on less fuel are home quicker. Stay with rig and pull forward when done fueling = good relationship w/truckers.
Also most are more than willing to talk to you - where you going, where you been, weather, etc.
Personally I'll take truck side over auto side any time. Cars will cut you off, crowd you and are generally unaware of driving issues with rigs our size (40') add another 17' for toad.
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I haven't run into any truckers that mind sitting behind us. We take on less fuel are home quicker. Stay with rig and pull forward when done fueling = good relationship w/truckers.
Also most are more than willing to talk to you - where you going, where you been, weather, etc.
Personally I'll take truck side over auto side any time. Cars will cut you off, crowd you and are generally unaware of driving issues with rigs our size (40') add another 17' for toad.
My experience too. Truckers usually friendly-ask about rig-comment about how nice-be safe, etc. Fill up and pull forward=no problem.
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In what part of the country are the FJ Pilot stations located that are the highest prices around? I do most of my traveling in northern AZ and Southern CA and find FJ Pilot and sometimes Love's to be the best prices per Gas Buddy and the stations highway signs. TA rarely comes even close to their prices and don't even think about any name brand except maybe Arco. Also, are some of these cheaper station no name gas? I don't ever use no name gas anymore, had too much trouble with that stuff.

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I can bet you that your no name gas came from the same pipe as the big boy's did. I once watched a tanker truck from Sheetz pull out of the Exxon depot and go right up the street to the Sheetz station and unload.
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I can bet you that your no name gas came from the same pipe as the big boy's did. I once watched a tanker truck from Sheetz pull out of the Exxon depot and go right up the street to the Sheetz station and unload.
Even though many of us were raised in an era in which gasoline companies tried to convince us their brand was best, I didn't think anyone really cared about that anymore. I do try to avoid old, low-volume stations because of potential contamination concerns, but cheap no-name gas at Costco or Sam's is just fine with me. A couple of months ago I even bought gas in the DC suburbs from a rather "sketchy" run-down, cash-only station with prices so low I wondered if they were pumping from hijacked tankers! But they were very busy, so I at least I didn't have to worry about stale gas!
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Flying J at Grand Ledge MI (I96 and I69). Usually $.20 plus more than anybody. I drive to the next exit west and stop at the Speedway truck stop. Usually save $.20 to $.30 a gallon. I've noticed that Speedway has started to add truck lanes to their newer stations. Pre-pay required.
Hmm... I stopped there within the last month and didn't think the price was out of line, so I just went on Gas Buddy and they are at $3.359, I see several Speedways, closest was 53 miles away, that are at $3.329, certainly not a 20 or 30 cent difference as claimed. Locally only GoLo (never heard of them) beat the FJ/Pilot price and that was by a only penny. And with the discount, FJ/Pilot is still cheaper.

My main reason for using FJ/Pilot is twofold, primarily so I don't have to swipe twice with one card and pull out a second card for a third swipe and secondly I know I can get in and out if they claim to be RV friendly. Only saw one that claimed RV friendly that wasn't.

I don't always trust GasBuddy, I have gone into town to save ten cents a gallon only to find the GasBuddy price was bogus. Probably the owner posting fake prices on GasBuddy to draw in suckers.
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I agree with you that gas buddy doesn't always have the right price sometimes people will put down the cash price when you're using a credit card or debit card other times I think you're right owners just put in fake prices to lure people in the don't want to look any further
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Let's face it pilot flying J is the only truckstop company that is helping RVers get fuel.
they reduce the price make it easy and they're garnering more and more of the RV business all in all they maybe a few cents more than TA or pride but at least they have the cash gas card
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Boy is that true in so many things! Kind of makes one shiver knowing they actually drive on our highways.

Seems to me that most of the mentally challenged are in cars I don't think car drivers understand the issues that larger vehicles have particularly when we are maneuvering in tight spaces
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Flying-J used to have the best gas prices.. But alas, that is why they are now owned by Pilot. I will not go into details since that is covered in an older thread already but to adress the issue of pick-up trucks in the RV lane.

The RV lane has Automotive priced DIESEL, in some states the Truck pumps are over-taxed (The old soak the businessman theory of government, I will not go into that further) so if you fuel up a pick up at the truck pumps you over pay for fuel.

The RV pumps are taxed at the Automotive rate, which is often lower.

And the auto islands may not have Diesel as an option.

Thus, you fill in the RV lane.
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We used to stop at the Flying Js for the food. They used to have a very good buffet with some pretty good fried chicken and peach cobbler.

Now the ones I see are some contract fast food place.
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Don't forget the coffee.....great coffee and I love those hot icing covered cinna buns.....it hits the spot every time.
Best of all, I haven't left any of my rv paint at any of the rv islands pulling out....that's worth something. Not that I have, but I have been stuck waiting for people with 4 wheelers to give me enough room to maneuver out after gassing up.
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Hmm... I stopped there within the last month and didn't think the price was out of line, so I just went on Gas Buddy and they are at $3.359, I see several Speedways, closest was 53 miles away, that are at $3.329, certainly not a 20 or 30 cent difference as claimed. Locally only GoLo (never heard of them) beat the FJ/Pilot price and that was by a only penny.
In my experience the difference between truck stop prices and those at regular stations is typically 5-10 cents (except in the couple of states such as OR where fuel taxes are added to truck stop diesel price if you don't have an ICC number). My usual fill-up is 60-70 gallons so the most I am "overpaying" is ~$6-7 by not driving to the lowest price station.

I get ~8 mpg in my MH and most of the people reading this forum are getting no better than ~10-12 if they are being honest about it. If I drive four miles from the interstate and then back to fill up at a low-price station I will have already used up a gallon of fuel and at least half of my anticipated savings. IMHO it simply isn't worth the hassle.
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If I drive four miles from the interstate and then back to fill up at a low-price station I will have already used up a gallon of fuel and at least half of my anticipated savings. IMHO it simply isn't worth the hassle.
I have been saying that for years. That and to me the convenience of getting off the highway and right back on is worth $5 to me. If you are really worried about a few bucks extra for fuel then you picked a bad mode of transportation.
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I have been saying that for years. That and to me the convenience of getting off the highway and right back on is worth $5 to me. If you are really worried about a few bucks extra for fuel then you picked a bad mode of transportation.

Depends. Last winter Loves in Yuma was 20c higher for diesel than regular (and busier) stations across the street. I find these logistics to be typical between "convenient" and regular stations that folks with 40+ rigs plus toads frequent most, and are able to access due to being experienced. But then $20 per 100 gallons does perk up folks ears a bit.
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