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Old 09-01-2010, 07:30 PM   #15
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:50 AM   #16
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i learned my lesson in virginia late one night when i refueled at a local gas station.ended up with water in the fuel tank.now before leaving home i always go on the flying j truck stop site to fiqure out in each state where the truck stops are.at home i only use one fuel station that i know pumps lots of diesel.i also use a fuel additive with every tank since fuel quality cosistency is problamatic.truck stops generally have plenty of room for manuvering.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:12 AM   #17
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Flying J discount

Pick up a free Flying J discount card application and get a bit off on each purchase. The more you pump the higher the discount. Every little bit helps.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:30 AM   #18
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My particular quirk is to fuel up every half tank. On mine every 150-200 miles. That gives plenty of time to look.
I combine a stretch & pee break with fuel. Keep drinking lots of water. Taking care of the drivers body is as important as food, fuel, death and taxes. Kidding on the last 2, just no avoiding them.
I tend to use places with high truck traffic before or after a city. City congestion gives information overload and higher accident risk, often times higher prices too.
Having and knowing about the water sensor/separator is important because you never know when water will strike.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:22 AM   #19
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Next Exit is a great resource. Just got one. Another one is "National Truck Stop Directory" available at Flying J, etc. It gives not only fuel availability, but for RVer's 1) Are RV's welcome, 2)Dumping stations plus a lot of other info.

One point mentioned earlier about stopping at truck stops. The larger ones are busy and it's important move your RV ahead after fueling when other trucks are waiting to fill. They are not on vacation.
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:28 AM   #20
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Finding diesel fuel in the west is never a problem. Finding a pump island that is parallel, rather than perpendicular, to the building can be problematic though.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:28 AM   #21
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Is this a coincidence or what?

We recently finished a week long trip to visit relatives in NE Iowa.

On Tuesday August 17th, we pulled into the Flying J in Gretna, Nebraska. A McClane's food delivery semi was backed up to the front of the station totally blocking the exit from the RV Island. We could get in, but would be unable to continue on and exit. We let him defeat us and went to the truck Islands.

Exactly one week later on Tuesday August 24th. We stopped at the Flying J in North Platte, Nebraska at roughly the same time of day. De ja vue!! , what seemed to be the same truck and same driver was parked in the same spot at this Flying J. He was accomplishing the same effective blocking. The station was laid out exactly like the first.

This time we decided that if we were going to break this string of bad McClane Karma, we had to address it straight on. So we pulled in anyway, hoping he would finish and leave. When we finished, he was still messing around and didn't show any inclination to leave, so we backed out. This was secretly satisifying as it allowed us to disrupt the flow in and out of the auto islands.

The thing that annoyed me the most, was that, in both instances, he could have parked on the other side of the lot divider and been about the same distance from the door. He would have only blocked one of the many truck Islands which in both instances were only ~25% in use.

That combined with the other Flying J on the trip ( I don't remember the location) where the pumps on the RV Island were all out of order (we didn't discover that until we were in position to fuel, because the only notice was a small note on each pump) makes me wonder about their interest in the RV business.

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Old 09-04-2010, 12:34 AM   #22
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Here's a rant about those @#$%%^& stations. Watch out for BP! Their diesel pump handles are black. Don't assume a green handle is diesel. Filling stations are enemy territory: punk kids smoke around the pumps, people back up without looking, it takes two trips to pump and to pay, there's fuel contamination everywhere, it's dangerous to run between the trucks, the food is inedible, it's hard to walk the pooch ... ARRRRGH! But as Tony Soprano says, "What are you gonna do?"
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Nice thing is they all are Ultra-Low Diesel now....
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