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Old 05-03-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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To Loves, Petro, and TA

I did a recent poll on the Tiffin network site A Part of the TiffinRVNetwork • Login on fuel stops. What it showed was that 55% of respondents will keep right on driving past other truck stops in order to use the pay at the pump feature that is offerd by Pilot/Flying J at there truck lanes.
23% will drive an extra hour just for that convenience.
Hello, Loves, Petro, and TA..... are you listening?
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Interest poll. I guess they are up selling there merchandise in the stores. You stand in line and your eyes wonder around looking at all the items you don't want until and the last minute your impulse sensors take over. Bingo you brought a candy bar! Just my two cents of humor. It is a pain but then again it gives me a chance to stretch my legs.
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Maybe this shows the difference between weekend/vacation RVers and full-timers. I buy fuel when I need it and whenever a truck stop is convenient. I'm not in such a hurry that the few extra minutes to go inside matters. Pay-at-pump is nice and a few pennies discount is also, but on the 50-70 gallons I usually pump neither one is enough to make me spend a lot of time worrying about where I stop.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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I like the idea of paying at the pumps. Going inside to pay does afford one the opportunity to stretch your legs, but too often I've seen folks go inside to pay, then shop around, while all the time they have the fuel islands blocked. Generally I don't care where I stop, as long as it's at a reputable station with good fuel turover rates.
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I like Pilot/Flying J because they have a Frequent Fuelers card for RV's. Good for use in the store as well. Only a few pennies but with a couple fill-ups the discount increases.

I asked the clerk at Loves and was told their card was only for professional drivers and you had to use 500 gallons per month.

Guess they don't think RV's use enough fuel to try to attract.
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I am new to RVing. Someone please explain this Pilot/Flying J thing. Where, why, etc.

Is it better or cheaper than Costco?
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I am one who wants the pay at the pump facility. The discount is quite nice as well. Even if I go inside to browse, restroom or other still prefer to pay at the pump. Also lets me pay with one stripe of card, rather than two or three with my other credit or debit cards.
Now, having said all that I do not necessarily go out of my way to find a FlyingJ/Pilot. However when planing a trip I will look to plan my fuel stops where there is a FlyingJ/Pilot if possible.
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I am new to RVing. Someone please explain this Pilot/Flying J thing. Where, why, etc.

Is it better or cheaper than Costco?
Pliot/Flying J, Loves, TA are all travel plaza chains. They run service stations that have facilities large enough to handle trucks and have easy in/out. Showers, restaurant and tire services are generally available. Main thing is the easy in/out and large layout so I can drive through.

Probably not but there are not many Costco's on the highway and all of the Costco's I am aware of do not sell diesel fuel.

I also like the truck plaza's as quite often I will spend the night at one rather than trying to find a campground. With all of the activity I feel they are safer than stopping in a Walmart or equivalent. Takes a bit of getting used to the noise of refers, etc but not long.
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I am one who wants the pay at the pump facility. The discount is quite nice as well. Even if I go inside to browse, restroom or other still prefer to pay at the pump. Also lets me pay with one stripe of card, rather than two or three with my other credit or debit cards.
Now, having said all that I do not necessarily go out of my way to find a FlyingJ/Pilot. However when planing a trip I will look to plan my fuel stops where there is a FlyingJ/Pilot if possible.
I am with you.

Paying at the pump works for me. Beats the line up of truckers who have to register their truck units and then are trying to figure out what to buy for food.

I still walk in to use the washroom, perhaps buy a coffee. But if the lineup is too long skip the coffee.
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23% will drive an extra hour just for that convenience.
Hello, Loves, Petro, and TA..... are you listening?
Most every fuel pump I have seen now has card readers built in, This includes Loves (But then I drive a Gasser).

NOTE: Often if you pay at the pump in a truck lane of a truck stop you pay MORE than if you pay inside or in an Car lane.

Several states it turns out (I used to know of just one for sure, AZ, but others have chimed in since) subscribe to "Soak the Businessman" taxing.. Not realizing we the people end up paying the tax at the cash register.
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Hi SissyBoyBob,
Go to Pilot RV Plus - Program Details
It will explain the PFJ RV Plus card.
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I would prefer to pay at the pump. That way I use my PenFed Cash discount Visa card of 5%. The only way to get the full discount is to pay at the pump.
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With my Flying J Plus card, I get $.06 off CASH price. Swipe card once, pump and pull out. If I want to shop I go to truck parking. Get one bill at the end of the month. Limited to $1000 but after that you still get the same discount but have to pay with another card. That only happened to me once.
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SissyBoyBob, when I talk about pay at the pump I'm referring the the truck lanes. Many of us that are driving the bigger rigs and pulling a toad prefer the easy in/out of the truck lanes as opposed the the make shift RV lanes that some stations have.
Currently only PFJ offers a charge card to RV owners that can be used at the truck pumps. All of the others you must go inside, tell them about how much fuel you need, and then go out and pump the fuel (again were talking about truck lanes). In addition, many of the RV lane pumps limit the total dollars pumped on a single swipe requiring multiple swipes to fill your tank.
It just a convience that I wish other truck stops would provide.
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