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thomasmnile

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Posted: 05/12/21 12:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's the head scratcher. Most of Peninsula Florida receives finished petroleum products by ship and barge from Gulf Coast and Caribbean refineries to ports in Jax, Port Canaveral, Palm Beach, Port Everglades, & Tampa. In my area the media is reporting some retailers out of fuel which generally comes from the Port of Tampa through a pipeline NOT operated by Colonial, to a terminal south of Orlando, then trucked to stations.

Pure panic buying.......

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Posted: 05/12/21 12:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just stop driving already. This too shall pass soon enough.


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No shortages in the NW, but prices are through the roof - saw $3.79 for premium. Diesel is up to about $3.59 but still less than regular. Prices are increasing daily.

The important part here is to not make this like the TP shortage. If people stock up, get extra supply, etc, then others follow and no one has it. If people react as normal, then the supply chain can keep up as normal. So, don't go buy a bunch of gas cans and fill them up, just plan ahead, stop when you need gas (or a little sooner) and stay diligent.

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Posted: 05/12/21 03:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Breaking news reports say that the pipeline is resuming operations, so hopefully this crisis will die down shortly.

Just like with TP and hand sanitizer, shame on the fools and hoarders for worsening the situation. If you know any hoarders, go ahead and wish a pox on them. Or if you yourself are a hoarder, go grab yourself a ball-peen hammer and give your thumb a good whack with it to settle up with Karma.

And again, just a reminder that the long-term home for fuel price ranting is the RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here! thread from the late great Dick A.

Hopefully things will return to "normal" soon enough and this thread will fall down the page into obscurity.


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Not as long as local TV stations are camped in convenience stores with no fuel screaming crisis out one side of their mouths and don't hoard out the other.

Kind of a self fulfilling prophecy.....

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OP here. Yes a short lived post would be nice. DW and I are planning to leave home for 4 months and head west on June 20. I plan to make my way to I84 then I81, I40 I65 to Columbia TN then US route 412 west to Springer NM. Unfortunately this route looks like it might not work form the reports I'm seeing. So I sat down today and started checking out alternate routes that will hopefully avoid any hard hit areas. My thinking is to get to I80/I70 west and so on. This is what so great about this forum. If this thing happens to drag on (sound familiar) hopefully enough folks will chime in and we can get an idea what areas are favorable for travel. One way or another this is going to be an interesting trip!!!


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We are traveling through the back roads of western Virginia today. What we saw was that one town would have gas stations open with fuel while the next town had all the pumps covered as if they were out of gas.

We got very lucky and filled up the RV and toad so we will be good to go for another 13 nights as we do not travel but every three days or so and do not go very far when we do move.

Hopefully this will be all over soon or by the time we need gas again.


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docsouce wrote:

OP here. Yes a short lived post would be nice. DW and I are planning to leave home for 4 months and head west on June 20. I plan to make my way to I84 then I81, I40 I65 to Columbia TN then US route 412 west to Springer NM. Unfortunately this route looks like it might not work form the reports I'm seeing. So I sat down today and started checking out alternate routes that will hopefully avoid any hard hit areas. My thinking is to get to I80/I70 west and so on. This is what so great about this forum. If this thing happens to drag on (sound familiar) hopefully enough folks will chime in and we can get an idea what areas are favorable for travel. One way or another this is going to be an interesting trip!!!


By June 20 I'm sure they will be able to open the valves by hand if the have not solved all the issues.
A much longer lasting problem is likely to be the bridge at Memphis

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Posted: 05/12/21 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, since I fueled on Monday the price at our local station went up $0.24 a gal.

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Well, the pipeline’s back in business. Another short-lived crisis, but apparently enough to bring out the worst in some people. I think that was a Patrisse who tried to do some line-jumping at a NC gas station and ended up in a spitting contest.

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