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Old 11-30-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Where do you fuel and why?

There is often a considerable price difference between diesel pricing at major truck stops such as Petro, Loves, or Flying J verse smaller car oriented stations. I can understand there are factors stuck as fleet pricing and service offerings that would influence commercial truckers but these are often less significant for diesel motorhome owners.

I have noted there are some obvious reasons for fueling at large truck stops:
1. Traditional (car orientated) service stations may not be able to accommodate large rigs.
2. Fueling takes longer at traditional service stations as their pumps donít provide the same high volume as truck stops.
3. Diesel fuel offered at a traditional service station may not be as fresh and some say it is more prone to moisture contamination.

Where do you fuel your diesel coach and why?

I have both a Good Sam and Flying J card so I do get their discounts but these are often insufficient to bring the truck stop pricing inline.
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Where: Any "large" truck stop. Preferably Pilot/Flying J.

Why: Easy in, easy out. Also at P/FJ, I use my P/FJ card from Good Sam (and get .08 cents off a gallon) so I don't have to go inside and leave my credit card.

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There is often a considerable price difference between diesel pricing at major truck stops such as Petro, Loves, or Flying J verse smaller car oriented stations. I can understand there are factors stuck as fleet pricing and service offerings that would influence commercial truckers but these are often less significant for diesel motorhome owners.

I have noted there are some obvious reasons for fueling at large truck stops:
1. Traditional (car orientated) service stations may not be able to accommodate large rigs.
2. Fueling takes longer at traditional service stations as their pumps donít provide the same high volume as truck stops.
3. Diesel fuel offered at a traditional service station may not be as fresh and some say it is more prone to moisture contamination.

Where do you fuel your diesel coach and why?

I have both a Good Sam and Flying J card so I do get their discounts but these are often insufficient to bring the truck stop pricing inline.
Hi Ron, Truck stops, don't care which one......for reasons #1 & #2
All's I look for, is easy in and easy out......
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Hi Ron_H,
Exclusively at PFJ because of all the previously mentioned reasons. All the "talk" about lower prices elsewhere, for me, just doesn't cut it. The wife has the gas buddy application. For the effort and energy needed to maybe get a few cents more off a gallon is not worth it. I am at a time in life where security and convenience begin to take a "front seat" in my decision making.
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I try to find locations other than truck stops, unless it's a Flying J with an RV island. Many times I can find a Wal-Mart that I can get the MH into without the toad, so if there's one near the CG I will use it.

I use a PenFed Cash Rewards Visa card which gives me 5% rebate (that's 5 percent, NOT 5 cents), but I have to use it where I can pay at the pump.
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When out west, I try to find Pacific Prides. They aren't the fanciest stations, but most are convenient and never a line to wait in. If PP's aren't available I look for PFJ or other truck stops. I'm with GaryKD. I like the convenience of a truck stop and don't want to go searching for a small station to get in so I can save a few cents.
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I try to find locations other than truck stops, unless it's a Flying J with an RV island. Many times I can find a Wal-Mart that I can get the MH into without the toad, so if there's one near the CG I will use it.

I use a PenFed Cash Rewards Visa card which gives me 5% rebate (that's 5 percent, NOT 5 cents), but I have to use it where I can pay at the pump.
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I try to find locations other than truck stops, unless it's a Flying J with an RV island. Many times I can find a Wal-Mart that I can get the MH into without the toad, so if there's one near the CG I will use it.

I use a PenFed Cash Rewards Visa card which gives me 5% rebate (that's 5 percent, NOT 5 cents), but I have to use it where I can pay at the pump.

Yep. I get cash back and between GasBuddy and GoogleEarth, I can find convenient places where I can fit my 42+toad, and in this case save an additional 24 cents. And these are right across the street from each other.
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That means cash back plus an extra $24 per 100 gallons provides a total savings of about $41.
Newer stations are built to accomodate large vehicles.
It takes about 10 minutes to dispense that 100 gallons vs 3.3 minutes at a truck pump, but the savings in that extra 6.7 minutes is over 6 bucks per minute.
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Where: Any "large" truck stop. Preferably Pilot/Flying J.

Why: Easy in, easy out. Also at P/FJ, I use my P/FJ card from Good Sam (and get .08 cents off a gallon) so I don't have to go inside and leave my credit card.

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+1 as Lanerd said, plus I don't have to go inside at all if I don't want a receipt.
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Pilot/Flying J exclusively. I know exactly what to expect no matter where I am. Always use the truck lanes and I always use the RV Plus card.
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+1 as Lanerd said, plus I don't have to go inside at all if I don't want a receipt.

Why would anyone ever need to go inside? I get my receipt at the pump.
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Why would anyone ever need to go inside? I get my receipt at the pump.
Not at a P/FJ truck lane.
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Not at a P/FJ truck lane.

You missed my post!
I admit I did not note there that after my $41 savings, I got my receipt at the pump.
There was a time when I was forced into buying at the only game in town: a truck lane at P/FJ. Not only did I need to go inside for a receipt, but I had to wait for 3 trucks to go thru, and my sneakers were trashed due to the oil and fuel gunk on the cement by the pumps.
Higher prices and gunk too? Not fir me, thank you!
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..... Not fir me, thank you!
Good. One less MH for me to wait behind at the truck lane.
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