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Old 06-11-2021, 05:51 PM   #1
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Diesel in sw Colorado?

Heading west over wolf creek pass into pagosa springs /Durango and then further west towards southern Utah (general Zion area). There is absolutely nothing between Cortez and the Zion area… so would like to fill my tank in the general Durango / Cortez area. All stays indicates (maybe!) a few small truck places, but nothing definite. I seem to recall diesel can be had at gas stations in CO. if so, in that area of the state, can I bail to a gas station … AND are they generally large enough (including height!) to maneuver a 44foot rig through the pumps (I can disconnect toad if necessary…)

Or .. has anyone been through there recently who can recommend a definitive truck diesel place (again, that can handle a 44 footer plus toad)?
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Get on Gasbuddy.com, enter your general area, go to the maps to view, make sure to select diesel, follow the route you are going.

It will show you any available locations, call ahead for access and clearance.
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Assume you have a 100+ gal tank--how much fuel do you need to carry?
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Get on Gasbuddy.com, enter your general area, go to the maps to view, make sure to select diesel, follow the route you are going.

It will show you any available locations, call ahead for access and clearance.

Good advice on finding stations and prices. That is what we have used for many years.


Here, for example are diesel stations in the Durango area:

https://www.gasbuddy.com/gaspricemap...916245981&z=12


On the right side, select Diesel.


Then, click on the price to bring up the station and click on the station to bring up full address, services, etc. I then copy the address from gasbuddy and plug it into googlemap.


Can look at both street view and satellite view. NO surprises.
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Assume you have a 100+ gal tank--how much fuel do you need to carry?


With the barren area we are heading through after leaving CO, I want a full tank for safety. 150 gallons.
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Get on Gasbuddy.com, enter your general area, go to the maps to view, make sure to select diesel, follow the route you are going.

It will show you any available locations, call ahead for access and clearance.


I’m afraid this does not really answer my question. For many years I have used the all stays app, as it is really focused on trucks and big rigs, and yes, with a little satellite view there are few surprises. CO is weird in that it has a real lack of purely truck friendly fuel sources. Yes, most gas stations have diesel, but they are mixed in with the car/gas lanes with small car oriented islands. Really understanding how tight those fits are is really hard from satellite.

**which is why I asked for specific first hand experience on filling a big rig in that area ** not general commentary on how to find fuel (been there done that for many years)
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With both google map street view and satellite view, you would be pretty much covered for "can I get in and out of this one".
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Good luck, just try to offer some help, won't hear from me again.
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There is a Maverick station in Cortez on 160 which has big truck diesel pumps and about 14 miles further on 160 is the UTE Mountain tribal Travel Center Towaoc, CO. I'm headed that way tomorrow and found these stations
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Good luck, just try to offer some help, won't hear from me again.


Jacwjames - I regret if I appeared short with you, and I DO appreciate your Thoughts. Today I have made five phone calls to apparent stations that showed up on fuel databases, but were actually now closed, or for some reason we’re not answering their phone. Both the databases and the google images can be out of date (several I looked at today were definitely out of date) Street level view can be misleading, especially when the station is really busy, and I have dovetailed my rig into small stations in CO (making other customers pretty mad) too many times to try it again this time … which is why with my question I was really looking for specific information on stations with dedicated truck capability … and as I said, in CO, especially west of the front range, there are not a lot of those…. The usual tools, at least in my experience, do not work cleanly in CO!
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There is a Maverick station in Cortez on 160 which has big truck diesel pumps and about 14 miles further on 160 is the UTE Mountain tribal Travel Center Towaoc, CO. I'm headed that way tomorrow and found these stations


Thank you. Funny … the reason I missed the UTE stop is because by satellite view the allstays marker for that is centered on the casino (which I took as avdatabase error) the actual truck stop is further south on the road, and was out of my frame of view. Go figure…
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As mentioned in Cortez the maverick station at 160 and 145 will be no problem just as you enter town nw corner at first stoplight, go through the light, take first right and that will put you right in the big truck area. The towac station will be no issue either

Pretty sure Kayenta at least they have one that is no problem for my fifth and truck.
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I usually travel on the top half of my tank, leaving plenty of fudge milage if needed. I've pulled our 5th wheeler, 50ft overall length, all over that area and never had a problem getting diesel. RVs of all sizes travel those roads all the time and manage to find diesel. Just be smart and should not have a problem.

I do understand the length issue and sensitive to it in our travels with the 5th wheeler. Our short gas MH is no issue almost anywhere we go with it. Part of the reason we have it.
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Just was in Cortez two weeks ago and there are several big stations to handle both gas and diesel RVs
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