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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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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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.
Can anybody explain why truck stops, which typically sell in very large quantities, are so much more expensive than standard service stations for diesel?
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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
Read your comment on finding diesel fuel. Here is a web site I found to help in planning/finding fuel. Subscription is free.
I also use https://www.findfuelstops.com/ .