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Veebyes

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2006 Chevy here. No issue with filler tube size at truck islands. Big chain truck stops usually cost more. The only problem I can ever recall at a truck stop was caused by a thoughtless RVer who did not pull forward far enough at a busy stop after filling.

Cheaper fuel can often be found less than a half mile further from a highway exit. Some vehicular gymnastics might be needed to get into & out of the smaller stations. If we can we buy fuel when we do not have the trailer.

More problems are caused by car drivers using the diesel/gas islands instead of gas only islands & wandering off inside leaving the car blocking the diesel pump.


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Posted: 12/28/17 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not all green nozzles are diesel. Make sure what you have.

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Same perspectives as Veebyes, here. With our 2008 Duramax, the fill tube is plenty big to handle the truck lane pumps. And there is the side benefit that as the truck pumps pass fuel at a much higher volume than standard auto pumps, you'll be able to fill up much faster than in the non-truck lanes. Just know that you'll need to set the pump handle on the slowest (first) notch.

After pulling with a gasser for several years and making the switch to a diesel, I've found the ability to fuel up at truck pumps, avoiding the 'driving gymnsastics' of the auto pumps, a great benefit. Easy in and easy out when towing.

As others have noted, Pilot, Flying J, and many other truck stops will not accept credit cards at the pump. For the first year, this meant that we had to go inside after pulling up and presenting our card to the service desk, then heading back out to pump. It was a bit of a PITA, but not a huge one. In our second year, I signed up for a Pilot/Flying J card that is accepted at the pump, gives us a few cents off the price, and is automatically paid monthly from my checking account via EFT. Much easier.

Also as others have noted, you can always find diesel a bit cheaper from other places, but I've found that for me, the ease and convenience of pulling through the truck lanes when under tow is well worth the extra spend.

As for protocol...

1 - Pull into an empty lane.
2 - Swipe your card or head inside to activate the pump in needed.
3 - Fill 'er up. Diesel and/or DEF at the island. Some turn off their propane, but I never have. One advantage of diesel over gas is that is not as flammable... so not much risk, IMHO.
4 - Most islands also have air, so this might be a good time to check your tire pressure with the pumps running.
5 - When finished fueling, if you need to head inside to pay, hit the head, or pick up a coffee, convenience item, etc, pull forward away from the island to free it up for the next truck/RV. There is typically a line on the pavement to let you (and other trucks) know when you're far enough forward that you're not blocking the island.

If you're a bit intimidated about fueling with the 'big boys', don't be. In all the years we've been fueling in the truck lanes, I've never run into a trucker that made me feel I wasn't where I was supposed to be. In fact, I've had some great conversations with other truckers about road conditions, what it's like to pull a fiver, etc.

Hope this helps...


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Posted: 12/28/17 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Itching2go,
Thank you for posting that thoughtful reply. As a new diesel owner making the switch from a class C to a 5th wheel, your reply is very helpful.


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I agree with those that say to check fuel price apps. I often find much cheaper fuel at stations < 1 mile off the freeway. Very rarely will I not be able to and have to use a Pilot or FJ, or the like. Just grit my teeth and pay their stupid prices. The "discounts" are a joke, IMO, even combining them with GoodSam and their company card, you're still likely paying $0.25 to 0.50 per gallon more than "street" price. Personally, I also carry a 5 gallon can, just-in-case, or as an "extender". GasBuddy is your friend...

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Posted: 12/28/17 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Truck stops and truck pumps are convenient. I use them when I can. With the Flying J/Pilot RV card, I find the cost isn't a whole lot different than surrounding stations.

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I think the fuel filler nozzle size being too large to fit is just a myth. I have never found one too large to fit, has anyone else?

We use the "Next Exit" book to find exits that have diesel fuel. We have also found that most gas stations that have diesel have the diesel pumps on the outside lanes. We target stations that are on the corner which allows you to enter from one street and exit to another street using the outside pumps. Many stations are set up this way to accommodate large rigs.

We have never had a problem filling up, no matter what kind of station we have used, and we have used them all.

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Personally, I research my fuel stops =before= I take off on a trip, so I know what I'm looking for.

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I have always liked truck stops. They have room, good prices, good coffee and plenty of things like fuel additive, a small drug store, etc. You can take a shower. They are always open.

In the West, they vary. Sometimes the diesel fuel is on the islands with the gas for cars. Sometimes it is only on separate truck islands. Sometimes it is in both places. Since one ton and smaller diesel trucks has become popular, most of the stations have the normal size nozzles for filling tanks. A few of the big nozzles are still around.

The Seven Feathers Truck Stop on I-5 in Oregon deserves special mention. It is Indian owned with a casino. You can stay in a quiet parking lot for free and have dinner at the casino. The truck stop is across the highway and has good prices and great coffee.

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Posted: 12/28/17 09:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Pilot Flying J RV card. Unfortunately it only activates the pump at Flying Js. No truck stop (other than Flying J) will accept my card at the trucker pump. Why? I don't know. It's always always necessary to go in, pre-pay, pump then go back in for a receipt. PITA.

I've also found that if you go a mile or two off the interstate, diesel prices are lower. If I had a small RV and I could fit into regular gas stations, I'd do that.

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