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Old 11-18-2010, 05:46 PM   #15
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I had a close encounter with a concrete bollard ( for lack of a better term) at a gas station in Baltimore. This was a solid concrete cylinder positioned to protect the gas pump (which it did, quite well, I might add). It was a very tight layout at the station.
I was pulling away from the pump and DW was talking to me (yeah, blame it on her, right?) and WHAMM!, it felt like I'd been t-boned. When I got out to look at the TT, the tire was flat as a pancake and the rim was peeled back like someone took a can opener to it. Fortunately I carried my handy-dandy floor jack and was able to change out the tire.
The worst part however was that had I bent the axle and wore the spare down to the belts in about 100 miles. I had to find a place to realign the axle, (Tappman's in Pocomoke City, MD) which cost me a few hundred. The trip back to Chicago was uneventful though, so they did a good job.
Moral of the story, choose your station wisely and ALWAYS listen to the DW, just not when entering or exiting the gas station.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:15 PM   #16
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That bank wasnt built very good... I mean.. Really???
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:38 PM   #17
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Howdy genecurp,
You had a good 1st time experience! Congratulations!! The first time I filled my 34' Georgie Boy was at a 7-11 store with a pickup sitting on the curb to my right.. I was making sure I cleared him AND HIT THE PUMP PROTECTOR! Took my 'water' bay door right off!!! I HAD HAD IT FOR 1 1/2 HOURS!!! $2K estimate... i cried...cussed...thought about suicide...
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:30 AM   #18
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Howdy genecurp,
You had a good 1st time experience! Congratulations!! The first time I filled my 34' Georgie Boy was at a 7-11 store with a pickup sitting on the curb to my right.. I was making sure I cleared him AND HIT THE PUMP PROTECTOR! Took my 'water' bay door right off!!! I HAD HAD IT FOR 1 1/2 HOURS!!! $2K estimate... i cried...cussed...thought about suicide...
Butterbean, I feel your pain. I always consider any trip a good one if I don't knock a hole in the RV.
My second fueling was at a station on the corner. Two entrances. Exit to side road with a light back to the highway. Pumps parrellel to the store. Empty at 7pm the night before. 9am and it was crowed. Lot was big, but people double parked around the edge of the gas station area ... to go inside for breakfast!!! Wasn't easy or pretty, but with some foks dodging my RV (others cutting in front to not be delayed !) I exited. My morning serenity had evaporated. But no damage...this time.

Well, if I wanted boring I'd stay home. ;>)
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:29 PM   #19
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Howdy genecrup,
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:07 AM   #20
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Two more things: MURPHY's (Wall-Mart gas) if you go into the story, give the service counter money and either buy or hand them a Gift card for re-fill.. 3 cents off when you push that card into the card reader on the pump properly and pull it out.

Also I find the outside pump is usually easy access. but my Brother tells me they are now starting to block "oversize" vehicles (more than say 8 foot tall) Just so you know. (he drives semi by the way and gets around a bit more than I do)

Second.. At some stations it seems you can't put gas in the tank faster than ...... Well a trickle.

Drop the jack nearest the gas cap.. Lift that side of the coach.. May help.. Always has for me.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:40 PM   #21
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Howdy wa8yxm,
Thatz where I get all my gas now.. When is this supposed to go into effect?
Why not?? They just about monopolize every thing else... I TRIED TO BOYCOTT WALMART LAST YEAR, BUT COULDN'T FIND STUFF ANYWHERE ELSE...

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #22
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Howdy y'all,
I contacted Murphy Oil Corp. about the 'oversized vehicle' problem!! Mr. Jay Staggs, Communications Director responded TOOTSWEET!!! He said "IT IS NOT COMPANY POLICY AND MAY BE BECAUSE CERTAIN STATIONS ARE NOT CONFIGURED RIGHT FOR OVERSIZED VEHICLES"
I didn't know how to 'forward' his email and asked him to send it to iRV2..
With FJP giving us problems I sure didn't want to lose Murphy.. It's 40 mls
to a Murphy station from the ranch, but we fill EVERYTHING UP when we go
to town..
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RE: Murphy USA Blocking Large Vehicles

Hey everyone - I manage the online and digital communication for Murphy USA. I just wanted to drop in and respond to the questions regarding our stations blocking RV's and large trucks.
Very simply: we don't. Some stations clearly have more space than others to accommodate large vehicles, but unless there is some work going on at the pump that blocks access to it, you should never be blocked from accessing it. If you encounter something like this, feel free to contact us on twitter @murphyusa, or call our Customer Service line at 800-843-4298.
By the way, a quick plug - we have an Android and iPhone app that allows you locate the nearest Murphy USA station, and get real time fuel prices from that station...so you can check and see where the best gas deals are while you're on the road. We even allow you to compare our prices with the latest data we have from our competitors.
We will be updating the app in the next month to include diesel prices too! Check it out on the Android Market, or in iTunes.
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gene, please let me know how you do for fuel economy in particular and the gas performance in general-and how you are checking the mpg- what engine do you have in the gasser?
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gene, please let me know how you do for fuel economy in particular and the gas performance in general-and how you are checking the mpg- what engine do you have in the gasser?
I will send you a private message.
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I have no problem with "cut rate gas". I think it all burns the same. It is not uncommon to see "generic" tankers filling a station. But I'm sure that is a topic for another thread. My concern is whether I can pull through easily enough, and I have seen a few Arco/BP stations that are indeed MH or large vehicle friendly. Only problem is that I don't carry enough cash to fill the MH. So I pay more, and accrue the air miles or 2% cash back. Just my thing.
Used to work for a major oil company. Gas is gas. 95% of the time the tankers are filled at a terminal supplied by a pipeline. All brands feed into the terminal. When a tanker is filled the additives for each brand is added and mixed by loading and travel down the road.

Years ago we had an additive that was thick before it got mixed. The terminal operater saw this and told everyone not to buy our gas because it would clog the engine. Sales went down enough that we had to show him what happens when it is mixed with gas.
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Used to work for a major oil company. Gas is gas. 95% of the time the tankers are filled at a terminal supplied by a pipeline. All brands feed into the terminal. When a tanker is filled the additives for each brand is added and mixed by loading and travel down the road.
Agreed, and would say its more than 95% of the time...

Gas goes in at one end, and gets pulled out the same day at the other end. Its not the same gas they put in.. The ONLY difference in the different brands is the additives.
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