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Old 03-22-2022, 10:27 PM   #1
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Truck lane fueling wait time

I only use the truck lanes when they aren't busy so I have no actual experience waiting in line at them when fueling.

What is the typical wait time for the truck ahead of you to fuel and what is the typical wait time once they pull forward and then head inside?

My EFS card came after my last trip (been using it without my trailer when pricing is good) but my next big trip is coming up and I'll be using the by truck lanes when the pricing works out compared to another somewhat nearby station that might be a little more difficult to navigate. (Luckily my trailer isn't huge but still can be tough at a busy place)

So just curious how long I might be stuck waiting since I can refuel in a couple minutes on the high volume pumps

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Old 03-22-2022, 10:48 PM   #2
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It really depends.

I can fill my truck, regular semi with dual tanks, in about the same time it takes me fill 50 gallons in the aux tank of my pick up at "regular" pumps.

This is typically about the same amount of time need to wash the windows and do a walk around. Once that is done I top of the tanks and can be on the road. Maybe 10-15 min tops.

I have been semi stuck before. I have backed out before. I think some drivers pull forward and then go have lunch and a shower. Of course they do not pull forward into the parking areas nor do they pull far enough forward for you to get around. I have seen other drivers fill, pull out and hit the road again.

I really try to not fuel at busy times. I try and pick an open lane. I try and pick a spot I can back out of if needed.
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It really varies on busy traffic, courtesy of the other drivers, and a few more things. Sometimes when we pull in the truck ahead has been fueling for a few minutes and it goes quick. The truckers pumps have a much bigger nozzle and fuel flow has more volume to it making it faster.

I've seen some truckers filling from both sides and that really goes fast

I have also been behind a very inconsiderate driver that did not pull forward. Don't know what he was doing but we were there a full 20 minutes or longer. Had the truck number paged from the counter clerk but didn't work. Maybe even ticked him off.

It really depends on factors. Hey, I'm retired...I can't back up...I'll wait.
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Old 03-23-2022, 04:08 AM   #4
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The new truckers are like the new RVers. They don't do it on purpose, they are just weak on the protocals.
It's a big issue among the truckers and name calling and fights have broken out. Lots of videos on YouTube about it.
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I don't think the truckers are trying to be discourteous. some just fall into a time situation.

Truck drivers must comply with the 30-minute break requirement. This requirement mandates that each truck driver must take at least one thirty minute break during the 11 hours that they are allowed to drive in the 14-hour window

If they have electronic logs, which most do now, and move the truck from the pump, the 30 minutes starts over. They take 15 to 20 minutes to fuel and need to take another 10 to 15 minutes before getting back on the road.
They are in a 14 hour window and need all the time they have to reach their destination and a 50 to 60 minute stop is not going to fit in there allotted road time.
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Old 03-23-2022, 08:30 AM   #6
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I only fuel at the truck lanes. The longest it has taken me was 35 minutes. I had to wait 10 minutes or so for the guy to come back to his truck.
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I recently pulled into a T/A that was fairly busy and it was a cluster. There was already a truck at the pump getting fuel and another truck that had finished fueling and had pulled forward. They guy that was fueling up at the pump finished yet the guy in front of him was not even in his rig so we sat waiting. The next thing we see is the guy comes out, sees us all waiting for him yet he climbs in his cab and comes out and starts smoking a cigarette. The fellow in front of me that had finished fueling then got out of his truck and went up to the jerk and exchanged words and then the clown got in his truck and pulled out to the parking lot area. In the meantime, trucks in other lanes had started blowing horns because of other inconsiderate jerks going in the store and just leaving their rigs. Pretty soon someone over the loudspeakers starting telling everyone to get their trucks out of the lanes. All this started happening at the same time so as mentioned it was a cluster! It is amazing that there are so many inconsiderate or just stupid people that leave their vehicles in the fueling lanes, cars or trucks, and go inside and meander around.
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This past December coming back to Orlando from Sunshine Keys Park we pulled into a Love's. All fuel pumps were down, maintenance was working on the pumps.
So, we went across the road to Flying J with everybody else, waited about 20 minutes to fuel. Then we had to wait about 30 minutes to leave. We couldn't pull up to open the pump, a truck was in front. We had 8 trucks sitting there and another 8 of us in the fuel island waiting to leave.
Problem a truck went to leave and broke an airline. He was blocking all of the exit lanes.
Took a little bit for the repair guy to fix the air leak, once finished, should seen the way all of the drivers took their turn to move out. Nobody tried to cut anybody off or upset with others getting out.
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I don't know if it has changed but it used to be that the "consumer" pumps could pump a maximum of 6 gallons per minute and the "commercial" pumps could pump a maximum of 26 gallons per minute...
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I don't think the truckers are trying to be discourteous. some just fall into a time situation.

Truck drivers must comply with the 30-minute break requirement. This requirement mandates that each truck driver must take at least one thirty minute break during the 11 hours that they are allowed to drive in the 14-hour window

If they have electronic logs, which most do now, and move the truck from the pump, the 30 minutes starts over. They take 15 to 20 minutes to fuel and need to take another 10 to 15 minutes before getting back on the road.
They are in a 14 hour window and need all the time they have to reach their destination and a 50 to 60 minute stop is not going to fit in there allotted road time.
I see it differently......we all understand the rules and regulations regarding driving time. The point has been made in the past about how they need to be able to park at truck stops or Rest Areas to keep from violating their time constraints. BUT....their time restrictions have nothing to do with being courteous and moving their trucks out of the pump lane. Pulling forward does NOTHING if no one can get around you.

I know someone else said that they're retired and not in a hurry. I'm retired and completely disagree. If I pull in a truck stop on an 85 degree or hotter day, I certainly don't want to sit their running my A/C trying to keep cool while waiting a half hour for someone who is shopping or having lunch. My coach will kick the engine fan to high and increase the idle rpm, which is wasting fuel. I also want to get to my destination at a reasonable time so I can relax. I don't consider sitting in a truck line relaxing or even a good use of my retirement time.

I use truck stops as a last resort. Unless I know that particular truck stop is offering a substantial discount by using my EFS card, I find a regular station. Fortunately, we are under the old PenFed card plan that still gives us 5% off on fuel. A quick math calculation in my head and I can determine if a truck stop is cheaper than the Chevron across the street. Typically, it's a wash.
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Line of trucks, one truck, no trucks

Fueling time........as needed

**Truckers fill fast and get
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I don't think the truckers are trying to be discourteous. some just fall into a time situation.



Truck drivers must comply with the 30-minute break requirement. This requirement mandates that each truck driver must take at least one thirty minute break during the 11 hours that they are allowed to drive in the 14-hour window



If they have electronic logs, which most do now, and move the truck from the pump, the 30 minutes starts over. They take 15 to 20 minutes to fuel and need to take another 10 to 15 minutes before getting back on the road.

They are in a 14 hour window and need all the time they have to reach their destination and a 50 to 60 minute stop is not going to fit in there allotted road time.


The time the trucker spends fueling the truck is actually logged as “On Duty” and cannot be used towards the 30 minute break.
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I only use the truck lanes when they aren't busy so I have no actual experience waiting in line at them when fueling.

What is the typical wait time for the truck ahead of you to fuel and what is the typical wait time once they pull forward and then head inside?

My EFS card came after my last trip (been using it without my trailer when pricing is good) but my next big trip is coming up and I'll be using the by truck lanes when the pricing works out compared to another somewhat nearby station that might be a little more difficult to navigate. (Luckily my trailer isn't huge but still can be tough at a busy place)

So just curious how long I might be stuck waiting since I can refuel in a couple minutes on the high volume pumps

TIA

It's no different from pumps anywhere else. Car, truck, whatever. You wait your turn, get your fuel and go. Sometimes it's quick, sometimes you need to wait, sometimes you get someone who is taking more time than they should. There's no need to wait for non-busy times. The truckers don't own the pumps and don't care if you use them. They do get annoyed like anyone else when it's taking a long time or there's someone holding up progress unnecessarily. We've found that truckers are generally as nice as anyone else and happy to have a live person to talk to.
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Depends,
1. Empty spots, no wait.
2. Lots of trucks, long wait.
It has never been too long.
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