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Old 05-07-2014, 06:23 PM   #15
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I have an extended main tank on my F350, IIRC my total capacity is now 58 gallons of diesel. I still carry a 5 gallon can...

In all my years of traveling I have only used my emergency can for myself once, for others quite a bit more often.


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Old 05-08-2014, 08:06 AM   #16
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The Fuel Station Next to the Cracker Barrel Restuarant.

The Cracker Barrel Restaurant chain has done a great job of locating their sites at easy on/off interstate intersections. The food is consistent, and there is usually a choice of fuel options close to the restaurant.

Even if we do not choose to eat when we stop for fuel, the atmosphere of a "mom and pop" operation far outweighs the baroness and industrial atmosphere of a truck stop environment.

Many, many times older couples have approached us at neighborhood gas stations and reminisced about memories of an Airstream lifestyle of years ago. Never happened at a larger commercial truck facility.



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Old 05-08-2014, 08:22 AM   #17
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With the B190, which ran on gas, while towing a car, I couldn't back up, yet I never had any issue getting in or out of any gas station. There were a few I avoided due to obviously tight lots, and once or twice I had to wait for someone to move, but, generally, no problem.

With the trailer, since we have a diesel truck, I use the truck pumps. My tank is ~35 gallons, so any delay to the truckers will be short - certainly less than it would be for another truck in front of them. And the truck pumps have higher credit card limits and larger nozzles. Finally, if someone wants to start counting "minutes of delay incurred to another motorist," truckers slow down my commute every day where there is a hill on the beltway, so they're probably still way ahead of me. I'm not complaining - just pointing out that sometimes we're going to have to wait for one another even when no one is doing anything wrong.

I've also used some regular gas stations with our 30' trailer, and I haven't had a problem yet. And now I can back up. (I still watch for and avoid tight stations, though.)
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:00 PM   #18
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After running out of diesel in my F250 in Amarillo, had to purchase a plastic 5 gallon diesel container. Yellow Briggs Stratton. Works pretty well, but had to re-read instructions on the safety nozzle to get it right. Real trick getting the diesel engine started again. The Miles to E dash warning LIED big time. Fortunately, we were only a block for the Flying J.

Flying J (alias Pilot) offers a free RV traveler's card that gives a discount (3 cents). I've also found that I get the cash price even when using my credit card.

After the running out of fuel experience, decided to avoid doing it in the future. So for peace of mind and additional miles between fuel stops, invested about $1800 (installed) on a 50 gallon in-bed tank. It automatically transfer fuel to the main tank as needed, and gives you a constant readout of gallons in the main and aux tanks.

Finally, Gas Buddy is a great app that gives a cost per gallon where you are on any place you're going. Flags that station that is 20 cent/gallon less. Caveat of course is being able to get you rig in to the pump. I have a 30' Classic and generally don't have too much trouble. Just always be extra cautious and recruit some help for extra eyes.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:14 PM   #19
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My 2012 Cummins diesel manual explicitly limits bio-diesel to 5% or less. That restriction cuts out Pilot/Flying J and Loves which have placarded their diesel pumps with "may contain up to 20% bio-diesel". What a rip-off. Premium prices for a fuel mixture with substantially less BTU energy per gallon then straight diesel at the same or lower prices at Chevron or Shell which have not posted they are selling garbage from the diesel pumps.

To get traveling stop location choice, I swapped the 34 gallon stock fuel tank for a Titan under bed 56 gallon tank. That is more fuel range than my body will tolerate without a stop anyway.
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:21 PM   #20
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When I had my F350 Diesel. I put in an 90 gal bed tank from Northern Tool. It was about $700 with shipping and a hookup kit and fuel filter. I still have the tank. My Excursion has a 44 gal tank but it is gas. I hated having to search for diesel so I bought the tank. I hate truck stops. Truck stops seemed to be designed to waste your time.

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Old 05-08-2014, 03:52 PM   #21
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Have to say I have always enjoyed stopping at FJ's and Pilots,often stop overnight too when appropriate.

I'd better look into this biodiesel thing thought for our Duramax, never realized it until reading this thread.

We always carry the "Next Exit" book when traveling Interstates, it tells you which exits have diesel available, and also which ones are RV friendly (i.e. space to get to & from the the pumps without too much trouble. Very handy indeed.

We do have a lot of problems with our Canadian credit card though - most pumps ask for a Zip code which we don't have, so that means going inside and lining up to prepay before fueling.

Most FJ's however don't seem to require this though and do accept our Canadian issued Visa card without problem..

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:41 PM   #22
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Regarding this Canadian credit card issue, you just have to enter the number in your postal code followed by 00.

Example: J7L 0A4 become 70400

So far it worked for me!
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:41 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Buck944 View Post
Regarding this Canadian credit card issue, you just have to enter the number in your postal code followed by 00.

Example: J7L 0A4 become 70400

So far it worked for me!

Interesting Buck,
I have been placing the two zeros in front of the postal code numbers, and that has been working for me. My son's zip code did not work with my credit card. Jim
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:10 AM   #24
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So any good android app for scoping out gas stations that are RV friendly? I did some looking last night on the app store and nothing really jumped out at me. The descriptions are very minimal.

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:33 PM   #25
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I finally bit the bullet and added a 47 gallon TrasferFlow replacement tank on my V-10. Best thing I ever did.

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