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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 929

Issue 929 • July 4, 2018

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Finding cheaper diesel fuel
Some RVers have complained that when traveling east across the country, the fewer listings for diesel fuel there are on apps like GasBuddy. Don’t automatically assume that using a discount card from a big truck stop like Pilot will secure the best price in the area. Many report that Sinclair stations or other independents are much less expensive than the big guys when all is said and done.

Keep out the bad water, pardner
Before filling your rig’s fresh water tank, do what the old cowboys did before leading in the cattle: Take a sip and see what the water tastes like. You can put bad tasting water in your tank easily, but getting that bad taste out is a tough job!

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Leveling board reminders
If you level your rig with boards, it’s critical that the entire tire is supported on the board. If the tire “overhangs” the board, it can damage the tire structure. A 2 x 6 often is big enough, and it’s an easy find at the lumber yard. Redwood is light, but not always easy to find.

Preventing slide-out marks on floors
“We have found that cheap plastic placemats from a Dollar store work well to prevent marks or wear from slides. They are easily stashed on top of the washing machine if you have one.” Thanks to Goldie for sliding this tip our way!

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Retired firefighter Tom
4 years ago

Found truck stops in Louisiana and Alabama high. Getting off I-10 just inside Florida panhandle [no truck stops at exit] I saw a local station a half-mile off I-10 with full truck-size fuel setups. They were 20c/gallon cheaper than truck stops. Far better price than Flying J without the Good Sam Flying J discount card.

Gene Bjerke
4 years ago

Can anybody explain why truck stops, which typically sell in very large quantities, are so much more expensive than standard service stations for diesel?

Tommy B
4 years ago

Quickest way to save money at the pump is to get away from the highway by a couple blocks . 10¢ a gal in Benson Az. Recently
Although with a big rig may not be possible.

4 years ago

Cheep fuel does not necessarily mean high volume is pumped. The Pilot Flying J normally is and as a prior posting points our with the .08 cent discount it is usually close on price. If you use cheep fuel might want to fill at 50% tank so any bad fuel wil have a chance of blending off and reduce possible issues.

4 years ago

I typically don’t find that the “cheapest” fuel is my priority as ease of entry and exit with my 44′ motorhome with toad makes getting in and out of “service stations” with the cheaper prices, very difficult and maybe even impossible. I therefore, stick with truck stops, preferably Pilot/Flying J (as I have their RV Plus Card that gives me 8 cents off of cash price).

4 years ago

THANKS to Ken Summer ..your the greatest as I never heard of this Truck Master fuel site..Nice work “dude” from a retired Navy Master Chief ,30 years

Bonnie Bowers
4 years ago

I went to register at the womans forum and its for British English and when you have to click area it gives areas for UK. Is there a womans rv forum for the U.S.? I would like to join that if its ran the same as this British one

4 years ago
Reply to  Bonnie Bowers

I just also signed into the Forum. It took a couple of tries but finally got in. I just let the British English stay as there was no other choice.

4 years ago

Don’t forget that Costco also sells diesel at select stores. One of my greatest joys was paying $2.01/gal at St George, UT two years ago.

4 years ago
Reply to  Willie

Plus you receive a 4% rebate using the citi costco credit card. I too prefer the truck stops and that rebate works there too. Tom

Ken Summer
4 years ago

Read your comment on finding diesel fuel. Here is a web site I found to help in planning/finding fuel. Subscription is free.

4 years ago
Reply to  Ken Summer

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