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Old 03-25-2020, 09:59 AM   #21
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As I understand it, there is a glut of fuel which has driven the prices down. It’s about 30% less here in AZ.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:03 AM   #22
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Oregon is now under Stay at Home orders for the entire state. All state parks and private campgrounds are closed. USFS campgrounds have not yet opened for the season and who knows if they will. Now is not the time to be traveling. We had a trip to Utah planned for April, but canceled our plans. We are itching to get out camping too, but just not now.
Private campgrounds in Oregon are NOT closed, except for a few small towns on the coast that were being over run by tourists not paying attention to the Governorís request.

Iím in a private campground right now and there are many full timers here.

That said, unless you have to come here, stay home.

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Old 03-25-2020, 10:03 AM   #23
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Truck stops are open and will remain open. How else will the hoarding masses get their toilet paper? Fuel isn't going to be a problem at all. Camp overnight at the truck stop if you need to.

The I-80 route in the winter can be difficult at times. If there is any snow forecasted, consider holding off or going a different route. I-70 can be steep but they do a good job of keeping it clear.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:03 AM   #24
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Dear Folks,

My wife and I are planning a cross country trip late April. What is the conventional outlook on whether there will be issues getting fuel?

Also - we have a few days each way - best route suggestions? Virginia to Oregon.

Thanks!
I traveled from Phoenix to Albuquerque and found gas prices extremely varied.
Phoenix was 's
$2.59 at Costco and $2.89 in many places while Eloy (not that far away) had Love's sold regular for $2.19. $2.45 in Show Low. When I got back to Albuquerque I bought gas at Costco for $1.59 and the next day at $1.35. 'Normal' stations were about $2.19 in Albuquerque.

In no place was there an apparent shortage, even the small towns.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:46 AM   #25
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Fuel Availability I-80

Just got back from a round-trip to California from Colorado on I-80. Lots of semis, few cars and fewer RVs on road. Most roadside rests in Wyoming are closed but open in Utah and most in California. KOAs are open and some casino RV parks.

Gas stations are open. Gas as low as $1.99 gallon in Wyoming. Truck stops are open, their stores and fast food are open and their restaurants serving to go - and RVers parking overnight in their parking lots. Many Wal-Marts along the way and all are open - most sell gas. RVers in their parking lots too.

Sad to see so many young people going home with cars packed and filling roadside rests overnight - with temps in the 20s.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:54 AM   #26
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I don't understand closing the rest stops. Could you catch the Wuhan Virus from a rest stop? Sure, but it can be caught by going to the grocery store.

Go in, do your business, wash your hands, get out. It's not like we're congregating in the crapper.

If it's a maintenance issue (not enough people to keep them clean) then I can see that, but I think that's a stretch.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:59 AM   #27
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Gas here in Florida yesterday $1.89 at Wa-Wa.

Good for us, bad for oil workers because at $25/bbl, the frackers and some small wells will just shut down.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:39 AM   #28
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I just drove HWY 64 from Norfolk to St Louis on Monday 23rd. No problems getting fuel or food. In fact the lower fuel prices made the trip nicer. Traffic was less than what I have encountered in past trips. I carry a 26 gallon onboard external tank to keep my 6.7 diesel powered. Never needed to use it once.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:40 AM   #29
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Wow, you like to live on the edge. In our state we have had social distancing and other measures put into place over a week ago, when we only had 19 cases, which now is over 100. Now we are on a 3 week stay in place order and much more has been shut down. We had a three month trip planned for the Southwest leaving March 21, which we cancelled for our safety and others. PLease do your part. This is not time to take a vacation.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:42 AM   #30
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Go to DieselBoss.com and you can see all the truck stops with what fuel they have. I looked this morning and all I saw were up and running. I could not find if their restaurants were open.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:50 PM   #31
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Just returned from 5 day hurried return from SoCal to MI (foolish as it sounds). Traveled I-40, I-70, I-55, I-57, I-80, I-196 and roads in between thru AZ, NM, TX, OK, KS and IL. No problems with fuel, even with the 2019 Expedition's tiny 24 gal tank (never pass up a gas station while towing). Lowest price for reg: $1.54 in MO. Some stretches there were only occasional trucks and almost no cars.

My advice, don't tow cross country with only a few days; without exception the interstates are in horrendous condition. You risk losing tooth fillings. IMHO it makes no sense to tow a trailer when you're in a rush. It won't affect your route, but I-40 through AZ and NM was packed with trucks and was a slalom course of potholes and crumbled sections. I-70 was the least bad.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:24 PM   #32
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I10 fwy okay

Had to drive from southern CA to McAllen TX two days ago for a funeral. Made it there and back w/o any fueling or eating problems. Mostly semi trucks on the road so all the big fueling stops for them were open. We took our own food but most of the fast food restaurant's drive thru's were open.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:55 PM   #33
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I have personally experienced snow and ice on the pass just west of Cheyenne in late May. My advice is to watch the weather forecast to determine as you leave where the storm fronts are coming through and if North, Central, or Southern is preferred. Very difficult to tell with certainty that time of year which way to go. I have been forced to do all 3 while relocating wife, trailer, and boat to the west coast.
And from what I am seeing things out west are going to be pretty much closed down until the end of April. And I am unfortunately fearing the end of May which kills our vacation to Canada this year.... Caveat: I live in the Oregon county with the most infections so are we all are in a pretty tight stay in place and minimize outside contact.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:08 PM   #34
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Hunkering down in Dade City FL for the duration.

GAS hovering around $2 per gallon... but DIESEL... seems like the stations near I-75 are doing a bit of profiteering. If gas has dropped 50 cents a gallon, why hasn't diesel done the same? OTR truckers are getting hosed. In many exit ramp stations it is still $2.75ish per gallon. Get away from Interstates and it is wild. I saw prices from $2.89 down to $2.52 so if you are towing with a diesel, get an app and look for a better price a mile or two off the interstate. Saw both Wawa and Raceway stations with decent prices and easy access for trailers.

I am doing Walmart runs for self and neighbors, the 2 nearest Walmarts still aren't doing pickup service. Walmart will allow you to pick up groceries with just the name of the order. Nice.

Food situation. No chicken! In eastern VA. There is lots of chicken, little beef according to a friend. The Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware Maryland Virginia) has huge egg and chicken farms and factories. Dyson, Perdue, etc. Guess we are all doing more "eating local"

I know two farms that have yard chickens... tempted but not agile enough to chase one down. Could buy one with neck already wrung but uck! Granny would be ashamed of me.

Dollar stores have TP which is hard to hoard in an Airstream.
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GAS hovering around $2 per gallon... but DIESEL... seems like the stations near I-75 are doing a bit of profiteering. If gas has dropped 50 cents a gallon, why hasn't diesel done the same? OTR truckers are getting hosed. .
Because there is still demand for diesel. Gasoline, not so much.
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Because there is still demand for diesel. Gasoline, not so much.
Dunno? what comes OUT of a refinery varies. Distilling more diesel is a manufacturing choice.

Pray for me, I have to take my truck into the GMC dealer for service. A shark attack by circling sales people is imminent. Think I might holster up two spray bottles of Clorox kitchen cleaner.
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Old 03-25-2020, 06:45 PM   #37
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Stay home !!!
This thing will go on for months. Even longer if people don’t adjust now !

We have canceled all our travel plans and reservations starting in March through mid July.

This is a great time for spring cleaning and other projects .

We are all in this together ! Stay home do your part in this world pandemic !
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Dunno? what comes OUT of a refinery varies. Distilling more diesel is a manufacturing choice.
Depends on specific refinery configuration among other things. I have seen reports of 6-8% swing capability between diesel and gasoline. But in this season, with heating oil demand, refineries are typically already swung towards full diesel anyways.

The choice was largely made when the refinery was designed.

What are they going to do with all the gasoline they can’t sell? They are already dumping it onto the market.
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Good time to keep the tanks full. That adds all the vehicle tank capacity to the storage pool. Had the opposite problem in the fuel crisis of the 70's. Not enough fuel available, so folks had to short fill, not store fuel in the vehicle and car pool to reduce consumption. Don't have a consumption increase knob to turn right now and 5 gal fuel can storage is a bad idea, but a full car/truck tank purchased at low price sounds like a positive idea. Pat
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