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Old 08-29-2015, 06:26 PM   #71
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On our cross country trip this year I was totally annoyed with getting diesel. The trucker pumps were a hassle, regular credit cards did not work, I had to go inside, guess how much I would need then prepay. So they said if I guessed high, I would be credited back what I was owed? Yeah, ok. Not. So I guessed low and left with a less then full tank On the flip side, the car pumps with diesel were a hassle. There was only 1-2 pumps which were tight as it was, but factor in all the idiots leaving their cars at the pumps and it was near impossible to get a 50' rig in.

So next time I will definitely look into cards or credit accounts to use the truck pumps or figure something else out. Because it was a total pain.
this procedure is just as safe as any other. You are probably subjected to this often in other transactions and just don't know it.

You tell them the max amount that think you can use to fill up. They then run a pending charge for this amount and set the pump to shut off at that amount. This way they know you can and will pay. When you go back in they charge your account for the actual amount and the pending charge goes away and does not show on your statement.

I find it simple and effective. I'm just happy that they let us RVers who spend insignificant amounts use the pumps that are intended for the high transaction amounts truckers normally need.

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Old 08-29-2015, 07:30 PM   #72
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That's not actually my experience nor the way it was explain to me. I was to charge $X and the if I did not use that much, trust that they would credit back the balance. There was nothing about me going back in there to reconcile a pending transaction. I did look at my credit card statement, I can't remember if I ever pumped less than what was charged, I think maybe once or twice, but I for sure see no credits. Not worried about it, I just won't be doing it again. On another note, one station required me to leave my card inside. Didn't like that either. The whole experience felt like it should not be as much of a hassle as it was. I actually missed a gas motor at one point.

It's not a problem, this thread prompted me to look into a Loves Card, I'll probably do that and be more careful looking for RV friendly stations. But when you are doing 1000 mile days like we did, you get tired and can't afford to overthink things.
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You just go inside and give them your credit card and go fill up.Easy deal.


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I guess so, it seems like every state had a different procedure and each station was different. One truck stop was actually closed, but pumps were on for truckers with these electronic cards on their windshields.

Plus I don't trust folks with my card, I used to then went to Portugal, they don't even take your card at a restaurant to go run it, they bring a card reader to you, so with that in mind and the way some of there folks look who work at truck stops - I get nervous.
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Credit charges are disputable so who cares?


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I've got time to buy gas and drink wiskey, but no time to call my credit card company and enter my 16 digit account number 3 times. But that's just me.
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I have the pilot/Flying J "RV" Rewards card not a credit card get a few pennies off a gallon and don't have to go inside to pay with your credit card. Did have to go inside once because the "system"was down.
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I got a little frustrated trying to gas up at one of the typical fuel stops along the Interstate on my trip to Utah this June.

https://youtu.be/YPrpHKVd_6k

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Nice footage Kelvin, is that a GoPro?
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[QUOTE=KJRitchie;1676669]I got a little frustrated trying to gas up at one of the typical fuel stops along the Interstate on my trip to Utah this June.

I know what you mean here. This sort of scenario happens all the time. People who don't pay at the pump or or then go to the washroom after they are done and don't move their vehicle. Very frustrating!! Especially for us diesel users as there is usually only one pump available and there is someone without a diesel there!
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My question was intended to be:

How do you find a station where you can maneuver to enter and exit the automobile gas pumps. Perhaps it is not like this in rural Idaho, but newer stations are more and more being built with the islands perpendicular to the building, so that you must pull in pointing straight at the building and its tiny parking area in front. Most of them would be virtually impossible to exit forward with a 30 foot trailer and a full sized pickup, even if no one was parked in front of the building. That leaves backing out the only option. That can be quite problematic, because conditions behind you can change drastically during the time you are fueling.

I am glad you have such a nice truck, but that does little to help with the dilemma I described above. I am not fishing to start a discussion about the various types of TVs. I am simply trying to hear how owners of large gas trucks and long trailers (27'+) solve the problem of using the cramped automobile islands.

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I find in these situations you need to be aggressive. I will often cut the corner so no other vehicle can move in beside you. But sometimes this is not possible or other vehicles back in from the other direction, but usually they are not too long. When leaving you also need to just try to force your way out. I find in most cases people will not leave you room or help you so you need to help yourself. Block the entire exit and then sit tight until they clear out. When everything is blocked they get the message.

Many of the places I tow there are no proper truck stops or diesel is not convenient when you need it, so I usually end up filling up where everyone else does. In most cases though I just don't like the price of the diesel at truck stops. Regular stations are far cheaper so I will put up with the hassle.

I prefer the old gas station designs better, although sometimes they also will not work as they just cannot accommodate the length of the unit. In these cases you just need to just keep going until you find one that works.
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Nice footage Kelvin, is that a GoPro?
GoPro Silver on a Gecko Mini mount. I use the WIFI remote to turn it on/off. I have both the camera and remote connected to external power. Used iMovie 10.0.8 to edit and upload.

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Having switched from a gas Tundra to a Ram 2500 CTD Iive noticed quite a bit a difference in throttle response and acellerator travel compared to my Tundra 5.7L. I've only got about 600 miles on the new truck. I did a short tow yesterday with tow haul engaged and noticed when going up hills I kept pressing down the acellerator and the transmission seemed to stay in the same gear. With the Tundra it would shift right away. Guess I still need to get use to the difference.
Does everyone lock out 6 th gear when towing on hilly terrain with diesel?

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