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Old 08-27-2015, 11:20 AM   #29
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So some truck islands don't have pay at the pump? So for those you have to go inside, wait in line and give them a credit card or tell them an amount the go pump then go back in to get a credit. I don't carry cash to buy gas when on longer trips.

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Old 08-27-2015, 11:45 AM   #30
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When I'm on the road (as opposed to being in my home territory), I use the Gas Buddy app to locate stations that sell diesel. One thing I've noticed is that Flying J and the major truck centers post a significantly higher price for their fuel than the smaller gas stations. So I'll go to whichever one is cheapest.

My TV is a 1999 Dodge 2500HD (club cab & long bed). It has the first generation 24-valve Cummins engine, before they went to the common rail system. Other than changing the fan housing I have not had any issues with it - currently 136,000 miles on the odo. This engine is known for its noise! The weak link in my TV is the 4-speed auto transmission. However, that too has not been a problem for me. I service it regularly.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:12 PM   #31
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Good to hear about using the truck island to fill at while towing, I have done it occasionally but typically a little intimidated going over there.

I just sold a 2007 Duramax for a 2015 Fiat Ram 1500 with 3.0 diesel engine. Previously owned a Ford diesel and have never had any big problems with any of them. My choice was to get rid of the BIG, BIG GMC (crew,Long bed, dually) and move to the more reasonable sized Ram 1500. Comfort of use especially when not towing which is over 50% of the time. I like the 50% increase in MPG also. All of this made possible because I pull a 25 foot AS. Half ton trucks are not made to drag around a fifth wheel.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:30 PM   #32
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Green handles are gasoline at some stations. Better to read carefully before pumping.
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:49 PM   #33
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I find it varies. If a truck stop is available and it's not a card lock, by all means use it. Many of the nozzles are the high flow ones so you have to hold it tight in place. Some have the low flow nozzles. But the majority of the time I use the regular pumps. Yes it is tricky in and out and sometimes I need to back out, but if you're patient and take your time it's ok.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:16 PM   #34
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Green handles are gasoline at some stations. Better to read carefully before pumping.
Yep. I'm going to also smell the nozzle While, I didn't mind so much if I got a little gas on my hands diesel seems to linger longer.

Guess I'll look for some hand wipes or a box of disposable gloves. I want to prevent the steering wheel from getting the smell.

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Old 08-27-2015, 03:18 PM   #35
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Kelvin - keep a box of rubber gloves in your TV for Diesel and Dumping. Handy!
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:47 PM   #36
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Kelvin - keep a box of rubber gloves in your TV for Diesel and Dumping. Handy!
Yeah.. because you never know where that handle has been or with whom or... you get the idea..
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:42 PM   #37
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You'll learn to love the smell of diesel.
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Hmm

1: Haven't had my diesel long enough to stop at a Flying J or Pilot while towing.

2: Even tho I have the Duramax with the Allison, so far so good. I will say I am really surprised that Carver let his 7.3 Ford diesel be handed over to someone else. That engine is legendary in it's performance & longevity. If you are looking for a diesel, and don't mind an older vehicle, THAT my friends, is the diesel to own!
Safe travels to all, and thanks for the info!
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:47 PM   #39
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I'm a Cummins fan. Bought my '04 1/2 brand new and have, knock on wood, had absolutely zero problems with it of any kind. I prefer the big rib pumps with the huge nozzles because I can fill my 40 gallon tank in about 4 minutes, instead of 20 like the low flow pumps do.

Were I buying a new truck, I'd still go Cummins. But, the GM/Isuzu Durmax is a decent engine now and the Allison is a great transmission. Dodge basically copied it with their new Aisen (sp?) and it's great too.

Diesels make torque like nobody's business. You don't really need it for an Airstream, but it's nice to have extra power when you want it.

I pull a 36' Avion that grosses about 10,000lbs. I've not met a hill yet I couldn't accelerate up. Wouldn't do that with a 360 V8

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Hogfan,
My humble apologies for not telling you "Thank You" for asking this question. My kitty is pretty low after trading my gas 2012 for a diesel 2012 just two weeks ago. Saving up my shinies for a long road trip, so we've just been going to our local SP. Your question about fueling up has been on my mind since my first fill-up coming home. I was hoping someone would edumacate me on the etiquette @ a Flying J, or Pilot. My fellow AS'ers here just did!
Good luck in your purchase. I did a ton of research, and the Allison tranny gets some very high marks.
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1: Haven't had my diesel long enough to stop at a Flying J or Pilot while towing.

2: Even tho I have the Duramax with the Allison, so far so good. I will say I am really surprised that Carver let his 7.3 Ford diesel be handed over to someone else. That engine is legendary in it's performance & longevity. If you are looking for a diesel, and don't mind an older vehicle, THAT my friends, is the diesel to own!
Safe travels to all, and thanks for the info!
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I had a 7.3, 188,000 miles , right head gasket starts to leak, you have to cut up the heater box to remove the head, it went by-by , found a dodge with -a 6.7 and 6 speed auto, 92000 and no problems and have twice the power....the 7.3 is old technology?....
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Old technology is not always bad. Most 7.3 owners will vouch for their longevity and few problems. If someone is pondering a diesel and doesn't mind the older models, the 7.3 and the older Cummins 5.9's are hard to beat. I'm on my 3rd 7.3..all had high trouble free service with good maintenance. The cost of routine service is inexpensive as well.
The fuel mileage in this current truck is the best of any yet.
It's an 02 7.3 6 speed manual 4x4 supercab short bed...oh and it's silver which probably makes it run so well...
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