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RetiredRealtorRick

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Posted: 10/03/21 12:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I'm just purchasing fuel, I refuse to go inside to pay. If I can't pay at the pump I'll go elsewhere.

After all, it's not the 1970's anymore. Pay at the pump should be at every pump, regardless where, without exception.


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RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

Pay at the pump should be at every pump, regardless where, without exception.
It should, but if you need dual fill diesel like me, many truck stop pumps don't accept regular credit cards from regular people. I have to go inside, leave my card, pump, go back in, or, give them an estimate and be done with it. The estimate method works pretty well in that if you only actually pay for what you pump.

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I have been lucky with my 28 foot TT and use regular gas stations majority of times everywhere. Only a few times used flying J, Pilot, etc. and then I used their car lanes with my TT attached. The pullout from RV lanes seemed awfully cramped to me so never used them. Always used a regular cc for payment. Frequent camper but not full timer.

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bob213 wrote:

Since I have a 2005 diesel that isn't made to run on the B-20 that Flying J, Loves etc. are offering I try to fuel when unhitched from trailer. I'm considering a replacement fuel tank to give me more capacity than the 26 gallon OEM tank. I agree that Flying J and Pilot have become complacent in their concern for the RV business.


A wise investment. Neighbor next door at our old home welded up his own 100 gallon tank for his F350 out of aluminum plate, with baffles, pump the whole works. Not all of us can do that. They aren't cheap and 100 gallon tanks for pickup beds for sale? he pulled/pulls a three axle fifth wheel that is heavy enough he had to make cross members and install air bag system. 129 gallons total is a lot of weight but got him across the country.
His is diesel though. I'm not sure of the legality of a 100 gallon in bed gas tank

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His is diesel though. I'm not sure of the legality of a 100 gallon in bed gas tank


It's legal or companies like TransferFlo wouldn't build and sell them





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RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

If I'm just purchasing fuel, I refuse to go inside to pay. If I can't pay at the pump I'll go elsewhere.

After all, it's not the 1970's anymore. Pay at the pump should be at every pump, regardless where, without exception.


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I find numerous pumps that will not take my CC, or will make customers go inside to pay. In either case, I'm, gone to another station. Too many "pay first" hassles, and too many lines when the PATP w/Card is so much more convenient. Easy enough to pull out and down the street. Especially with a Truck Camper ... might not be as easy with large TT or 5'er.


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On a previous F-350 I had a 110gal tank in the bed and the OEM tank held 40 gal. My trailer and truck combined weighed around 22,000lbs and it was pretty easy to go 1500mi without fueling

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bob213 wrote:


His is diesel though. I'm not sure of the legality of a 100 gallon in bed gas tank


It's legal or companies like TransferFlo wouldn't build and sell them


He said gas…


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RRinNFla wrote:

We’ve always preferred Flying J when traveling on interstate highways. I made the effort to get the RV Plus card which is easy to pay and gives me 6 cents per gallon discount. On our recent 4000 mile trip I was extremely disappointed with them.

We tow a 32 foot fifth wheel and have a gasoline powered truck. The RV lanes are the main reason we go there.

At least half of the pumps had burned out screens so I had to pay inside, usually waiting in a long line competing with the pizza customers for a cashier. The cashiers had no idea how to handle the RV Plus card.

At one station, someone had run into a pump and all pumps were shut down. Obviously not the stations fault, however they could have put signs up or orange cones to let you know not to bother tryin to use those lanes.

At another Flying J brand station there were no RV lanes for gasoline and the remaining pumps were at a awkward angle and very tightly spaced.

Probably the most frustrating was at Lake Park, GA, I75 exit 2. On the way out the card readers did not work at the RV lane. On the return, 4 weeks later, the card readers still did not work. I guess they are hoping the gas pump repair fairy will stop by some night.

I try to top off the truck when unhitched. I have learned to visually assess whether I can make the tight turns at regular gas stations. I have even backed out of stations while towing, but I love RV lanes.

Is there a good alternative to Flying J?


Sounds like a bunch of complaining. Just use a different gas station.
32' 5ver is not "that" obtrusive to tow around.
I can see how having a gasser towing a 5ver would require multiple fuel stops per day though.
Consider a slip tank, couple mfgs make DOT rated transfer tanks for gasoline. Can't plumb it in, but it sure would be easy to fill up when not hooked up, if that's a concern and then re-fill truck tank anywhere you pull over.

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