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Old 08-06-2017, 08:42 AM   #1
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Refueling on the Road (diesel only)

I've about had it with Truck Stops (except for Flying J). You have to either prepay or leave your card at the register. Well the latter I am not comfortable with, and now checking my credit card statement two places did not credit back the amount due between what I was initially charged and what I pumped. If you tow on interstates with a diesel, you know what I'm talking about.

Now I am considering a gas card, I know Good Sam and Flying J have a good card. But I may also get a WEX card. This is a commercial card and since I have a business I could get one. I need the flexibility of alternative vendors when a FJ is not around.

I am constantly aggravated getting fuel. The car pumps are a mess and the 1-2 diesel pumps there are usually blocked by folks getting sodas and Twinkies. The truck pumps are impossible to use with a conventional credit card.

I am amazed the only fuel vendor that understands this is Flying J. I have built such a loyalty to them.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:49 AM   #2
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I refuel with diesel all the time, all over the country, and seldom have a problem with access, tho I rarely do so at truck stops.

I mostly refuel at gas stations, sometimes at a WalMart, Meier or Kroger, etc.

Occasionally I have to take my card inside, but usually can swipe at the pump.

Maybe vary your pump choices a bit, and see if you are more satisfied.

On edit, I see the OP is towing a 30' trailer, so this is a different experience, entirely.

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New to diesel, good information to know. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:01 AM   #4
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We are a 30' trailer + 20' TV = 50' and are traveling 1000 mile days on the Interstates for our western US trips. It is my son and I alternating drivers and we need to make good time so we use Truck Stops even to sleep. So I guess this post is specific to refueling at Truck Stops, I should have been more clear. Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:03 AM   #5
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I've about had it with Truck Stops (except for Flying J). You have to either prepay or leave your card at the register. Well the latter I am not comfortable with, and now checking my credit card statement two places did not credit back the amount due between what I was initially charged and what I pumped. If you tow on interstates with a diesel, you know what I'm talking about.

Now I am considering a gas card, I know Good Sam and Flying J have a good card. But I may also get a WEX card. This is a commercial card and since I have a business I could get one. I need the flexibility of alternative vendors when a FJ is not around.

I am constantly aggravated getting fuel. The car pumps are a mess and the 1-2 diesel pumps there are usually blocked by folks getting sodas and Twinkies. The truck pumps are impossible to use with a conventional credit card.

I am amazed the only fuel vendor that understands this is Flying J. I have built such a loyalty to them.
Hmmmmmmm. We refuel our 310 Turbo Diesel all the time and have never had any problems using a Visa. Pay at the pump, never go inside, and off we go. I guess we do tend to use Loves Travel Centers when we are west of the Mississippi but not exclusively. They have propane at their travel centers so that's one reason we choose Loves. We have used others too. The only snafu we have experienced is that sometimes there is a dollar limit on a single swipe of the card, usually $75. Then I just hang up the gas nozzle and reswipe the card to finish filling up. Loves, Flying J, Caseys, some independents.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:07 AM   #6
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Hmmmmmmm. We refuel our 310 Turbo Diesel all the time and have never had any problems using a Visa. Pay at the pump, never go inside, and off we go. I guess we do tend to use Loves Travel Centers when we are west of the Mississippi but not exclusively. They have propane at their travel centers so that's one reason we choose Loves. We have used others too. The only snafu we have experienced is that sometimes there is a dollar limit on a single swipe of the card, usually $75. Then I just hang up the gas nozzle and reswipe the card to finish filling up. Loves, Flying J, Caseys, some independents.
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Good to know. You are refueling in the truck pumps at Loves? Or at the car pumps? You are saying a regular card works in the Truck Pumps? That would be great if it did...

I can't recall seeing one truck pump that doesn't require a fleet card. Maybe I never looked at Loves but I'm sure I have.
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Old 08-06-2017, 12:20 PM   #7
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We usually pay with cash, easier and you get .06 cents off...
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Good to know. You are refueling in the truck pumps at Loves? Or at the car pumps? You are saying a regular card works in the Truck Pumps? That would be great if it did...

I can't recall seeing one truck pump that doesn't require a fleet card. Maybe I never looked at Loves but I'm sure I have.

Refueling in the car lanes because the truck lanes have nozzles too big to fit. We just use regular Visa cards. Never had n issue. When we are far from home the screen will usually ask for our Zip Code. Now I'm in a motorhome, 31.5', so I don't know what it's like pulling a trailer into the car lanes.
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I would be ticked off too if I had to leave my cc at the cashier.
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I've about had it with Truck Stops (except for Flying J). You have to either prepay or leave your card at the register. Well the latter I am not comfortable with, and now checking my credit card statement two places did not credit back the amount due between what I was initially charged and what I pumped. If you tow on interstates with a diesel, you know what I'm talking about.

Now I am considering a gas card, I know Good Sam and Flying J have a good card. But I may also get a WEX card. This is a commercial card and since I have a business I could get one. I need the flexibility of alternative vendors when a FJ is not around.

I am constantly aggravated getting fuel. The car pumps are a mess and the 1-2 diesel pumps there are usually blocked by folks getting sodas and Twinkies. The truck pumps are impossible to use with a conventional credit card.

I am amazed the only fuel vendor that understands this is Flying J. I have built such a loyalty to them.
I have never had any issues at a regular gas station with diesel refueling. I use an Amx card which gives me a $100 sale per swipe. I pull a 30" FC with a F350, overall length, 53'. I just check the lane(s) that allows me to make my turns in and out. The only problems I encounter, is being able to see which pumps/lanes have diesel from the road when I pull in. Once in line, folks have always allowed me to get in and out. A smile and a waive to people foes a long way.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:11 PM   #11
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I put an aux tank in the bed of my 250, so I can drive about 1,000 miles a day w/o any addn'l fuel and at my age, I'd be lucky to do 400 miles per day. But the short of it is that I drop the coach, unhitch and then go looking for the best deal on fuel. I carry 86 gallons total, but usually don't fill the aux more than 1/2 way which gives me 56 gallons; still enough to do over 600 miles.
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I've about had it with Truck Stops (except for Flying J). You have to either prepay or leave your card at the register. Well the latter I am not comfortable with, and now checking my credit card statement two places did not credit back the amount due between what I was initially charged and what I pumped. If you tow on interstates with a diesel, you know what I'm talking about.

Now I am considering a gas card, I know Good Sam and Flying J have a good card. But I may also get a WEX card. This is a commercial card and since I have a business I could get one. I need the flexibility of alternative vendors when a FJ is not around.

I am constantly aggravated getting fuel. The car pumps are a mess and the 1-2 diesel pumps there are usually blocked by folks getting sodas and Twinkies. The truck pumps are impossible to use with a conventional credit card.

I am amazed the only fuel vendor that understands this is Flying J. I have built such a loyalty to them.
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I'm sorry that you've had a difficult time. I use my AmEx card for all non PFJ purchases and my Pilot/FJ card for them. Rarely can I find a car or RV diesel pump at "gas" station islands that I can safely maneuver my 50' of GMC & Airstream in and out of. Easier if the pump islands are parallel to the buildings and much riskier if they are perpendicular to the buildings. Once in a while an end island will have an open diesel and I try and spot one as I start to pull in, but mostly I go to the big rig islands with the huge nozzle/high speed delivery. They are smelly, loud, and sometimes backed up...but....

My AmEx card works at the big rig pumps so far (23,000 miles), I have to push diesel screen button so I don't get DEF, and I push the tractor screen button, and start pumping. What I can't get is a paper receipt at these big rig islands, so I go inside, give them my pump number and get a receipt and visit the men's room and wash the diesel off of my hands. I like the smell of diesel, but mama and the cat don't.

Don't pull forward before you get the receipt or someone will come in behind and reset the pump and start up, and your receipt is gone. Have been trapped once when the rig ahead of me pulled forward, I refueled, but he blocked me and got lost and didn't return until after he had been paged twice.

I don't worry about hitting any of the pipe protectors of the pumps when I got to the big rig islands, and I do worry about those, with close calls, at the car diesel islands.
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...I am amazed the only fuel vendor that understands this is Flying J. I have built such a loyalty to them.
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I am finding that about 75% of the time the price of diesel at Pilot/FJ is the most expensive diesel for sale at the area truck stops, even after I subtract my PFJ card discount from their cash price. Just drove from Atlanta to Escanaba and back and used my PFJ card once in two weeks, the only time their price with discount was equal to everyone else. Can't figure that out, except for the big rig fleet drivers using company cards, it doesn't matter to them and the PFJ perks, etc may be better if you are driving every day, all day.
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Ted S. - I understand your situation, especially with our 2015 F250 that Ford put a 26 gallon tank in. The old f250s used to have 32 gal. tank, but when the 6 gal. DEF tank was added they cut the 32 gal. down to 26. We travel to the Rockies almost yearly from VT, and are lucky to get 300 miles on a tank. When we get to 1/4 tank, we start looking seriously for fuel. We also carry a diesel 5 gal. tank in the capped bed area... just in case. I too have some places where we have to leave a card or pre-pay with a guess. I don't like it, but with a limited size fuel tank, I have to grin and bear it.
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