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Old 04-14-2019, 11:14 AM   #1
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Pilot or Loves?

We have a 38 foot diesel pusher pulling a 20 foot trailer that we're hauling our car on..
From experience, which gas station do you like more?
Which ones have more clearance?
Do you use the auto side or truck side to fill up?

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Old 04-14-2019, 11:37 AM   #2
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Pilot/Loves? Either/or, no big diff. I try to use the RV lanes with my 55' rig, but some will not accomadate my length. You are longer than me, so you are even further restricted. I like the smaller nozzles on the RV lane, and they are usually cleaner; less fuel spilled on the ground to get tracked into the rig. Google earth and a good copilot is your friend.

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No preference, some Pilots/Flying J have dedicated RV lanes which are nice and handy. With your 20’ trailer I would stay on the truck side.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:49 AM   #4
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Pilot/Flyin J have a cash card you can apply for. You get billed each month. Big advantage you don't have to go inside and pre-pay. You get a slight discount with the cash card. This is not a credit card.
Generally I try an avoid the truck stop and I do a pretty good job of it at home, not so much when traveling.

We're 40 + towing so I use the truck lanes.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:53 AM   #5
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What TimJet said. Pilot/Flying J only for the dedicated card where I don't have to go inside to pay. Other than that, there is now real benefit to choose one over the other.
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:48 PM   #6
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I try to use private truck stops as the fuel prices are considerably better.

I stop and look ate the station before pulling my rig too far in. That way I determine where to go for the best fuel pump options.
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Try to avoid both and use the $30-$50 savings per tank on a good meal
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Do both give a Good Sam's discount? I get .08 off on diesel at Pilot/FJ. Does Loves give this same deal and amount?

I don't really like paying their prices but need a satellite pump to fuel both tanks in one stop.
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Loves will make you pre-pay, guessing how many gallons you need. You can pre-pay more than it will hold and they’ll put it back towards the card. Pilot asks a dozen questions before you can put the nozzle in.
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:35 PM   #10
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Pilot/Flying J hands down.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:00 PM   #11
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3 years ago I got “gasoline” at a diesel pump at a Pilot just east of Paducah. The lane I filled up in was a diesel lane and the receipt had diesel printed on it. However when my truck stop 10 miles from the station and the mechanic who repaired the engine asked where I bought the gasoline I knew I had been ripped off. Called the Pilot station they were anything but helpful and never received a response from Pilot corporate offices. Therefore avoid Pilot.
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With my Class A I always used Pilot/Flying J as they offered a discount via GoodSam and I didn't have to go inside before pumping. I always used the truck lanes; I figured why risk the front pumps with cars all around not paying attention. I only used non-truck stop locations if I absolutely knew I could get in and out with no risk of hitting something or getting hit (or worse yet, stuck in a tight spot).
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Originally Posted by RonLC View Post
Do both give a Good Sam's discount? I get .08 off on diesel at Pilot/FJ. Does Loves give this same deal and amount?

I don't really like paying their prices but need a satellite pump to fuel both tanks in one stop.

Loves is an entirely different company and do not give the GS discount.

I use the truck lanes because I don't want to play bumper pool trying to navigate the rv lanes
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Pilot or Loves?

Well, they are both over priced.
I save an average of at least $30 per 100 gallons by going to the newer, roomier, regular fuel stations.
This savings does not include what I save with card discounts and cash back.
There is no reason to fear maneuvering anymore!

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