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Old 11-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #29
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They've had the pay-at-the-pump at the truck islands for a long time, but you have to use a commercial fleet credit card. They won't accept personal credit cards. This is correct unless they have just changed.
If Pilot and FJ are the same (since they are co-owned), then no.

I10 and FL301, last week....SEE CASHIER...what a PITA...just sayin'
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:53 PM   #30
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What "high-end" stations are you referring to? Personally, I prefer truck stops that sell a lot of diesel. Even if it's a little higher priced, it (generally) won't have water and algae in it (they test their tanks for contaminates every day at the local Jubitz truck stop where I fuel up in Portland). It's cheaper than the repair costs of breaking down in the boondocks cos the fuel filters need to be replaced!
I buy diesel where the locals do as do more RVers than you could imagine, at high end stations, major players like Shell, Circle-K, Mobil, Valero, etc. They sell a lot of diesel for good reasons, like price, and it is just as clean but their tanks aint as big.

Not all RVers are challenged by standard pump access. I dont know if it is confidence, spatial perception, or just a lot of practice, but there are a whole lot of us that get in and out just fine.

BTW, FJ is 12c higher than the competition here in Tucson, $3.77 vs $3.65. At $3.65, my 5% CC discount sure blows away the bottom line at FJ.
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Can you get a PenFed card if you are a service connected disabled vet?
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Can you get a PenFed card if you are a service connected disabled vet?

You can join PenFed if you're above ground and have a pulse! I got in by telling them I donate to the American Red Cross! Once you're a credit union member, you can apply for any of their cards. Just be sure it's the Cash Rewards Visa card that you apply for. You will also have to open a Money Market Savings account for $25 or more to get the 5% rebate on the card.
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I buy diesel where the locals do as do more RVers than you could imagine, at high end stations, major players like Shell, Circle-K, Mobil, Valero, etc. They sell a lot of diesel for good reasons, like price, and it is just as clean but their tanks aint as big.

Not all RVers are challenged by standard pump access. I dont know if it is confidence, spatial perception, or just a lot of practice, but there are a whole lot of us that get in and out just fine.

BTW, FJ is 12c higher than the competition here in Tucson, $3.77 vs $3.65. At $3.65, my 5% CC discount sure blows away the bottom line at FJ.
I do the same thing and avoid all the big truck stops. IMHO, most are crowded, dirty, more expensive, take your card in/leave it/refuel/go get your card and pay...a PITA.
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You can join PenFed if you're above ground and have a pulse! I got in by telling them I donate to the American Red Cross! Once you're a credit union member, you can apply for any of their cards. Just be sure it's the Cash Rewards Visa card that you apply for. You will also have to open a Money Market Savings account for $25 or more to get the 5% rebate on the card.
Lol, well I am above ground and still breathing. Guess I will go apply.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #35
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I thought all Flying J had a regular area for RV'ers to fuel up.. That is my experience I found along I-40 and I-75. They also have parking spaces that you can dry camp for the night.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #36
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They've had the pay-at-the-pump at the truck islands for a long time, but you have to use a commercial fleet credit card. They won't accept personal credit cards. This is correct unless they have just changed.
Yes you can. I do it all the time as my rig rarely fits the RV island and the pumps take forever. Swipe your 5% off credit card then swipe your FJ RV card. Pump will start without going inside and have the $400 limit. It also works with DEF.
The only down side is that the fuel is usually more at the real truck pumps.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #37
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In Canada, we have'nt had pumps that you could leave while pumping, for many years.
When i run across one of those here I usually stick the fuel cap under the handle.
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I really don't like hassles. I always use truck-stops (usually Flying J) truck lanes because of their pay at the pump card and ease of acces. I am only 60 ft long, shorter than the truckers so there is no lack of access for me.

My GPS keeps track of Flying J's so they are easy to find.

There is usually okay windshield washing stuff. The pumps fill fast. The cement is usually dirty but I have a special traveling rug inside to wipe feet.

Aside from the "hit" in the pocketbook, I can't see where fueling up should be any major affair.
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I believe you're thinking of the truckers pumps out back. Remember that's where you can't use a personal credit card to pay at the pump.
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I heard that Flying J has added the pay at the pump feature to the truck island now. Anyone know if this is true?
If you have the PFJ credit card you can swipe and pay at the truck island. have been told it gives back more than 3 cents a gallon, more like 6 if you use there CC. There is a $1000 limit on the card but that is easily circumvented with todays on-line bill payers. .

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When i run across one of those here I usually stick the fuel cap under the handle.
For many, many years I have used a soda can. It crunches right under the handle and then you just twist it a little to get the high side up. Pump will still click off when full, at least it has for me.
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I stopped at a flying-j on our trip out west and pulled into RV island........swiped credit card......pumped $75.00 shut off....swiped card again.....$75.00 shut off ....swiped again.....SEE CASHIER! I needed a lot more fuel but not this hassle in 100 deg. temps. Went to leave now I am looking at the front of the store where all of the autos are parked and coming and going and had to navigate through that parking area to get out....Last time for Flying-j. I saw the flying-j and had read about them on here and thought I'd try them, didn't work for me, Indian reservations for fuel and Loves after that and always the truck islands, no more problems.
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With the new ownership of Flying J and the MUCH higher prices than other fuel stops we try to avoid Flying J. We fuel at other major station that still pump a lot of fuel, just not 10 cents a gallon higher. I still get my PenFed discount at the other stations and fuel is usually a dime a gallon less. Everybody has a preference, mine is just no longer Flying J.
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It just seems like some people love to hate FJ for some reason. I think they do well for RVers in general and all you need is their no cost card to make fueling quick and easy.
I totally refuse to let any place hold my CC while I fill up.
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