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Poor Truck Stop Performance

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Danheinemann

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So this summer I got underway from my Tennessee home and headed to parts high and west. It gets pretty muggy and warm in Tennessee in the summer as you might know!! In preparation for this, I made sure my Good Sam card and towing service were up to date and checked the FMCA and good Sam, Pilot / Flyin J & Love’s cards were connected up to these accounts for fuel discounts. All armed, off I went on my 6200 mile sojourn.

 

I drive a 1995 38 ft Beaver Emerald Marquis. I tow a 2016 GMC Canyon. The Beaver has a 365 HP Cat and likes diesel!! Here is what I found; All of the Love’s, Pilot/Flying J’s as well as most TA centers located on the interstates were charging up to $0.40 / gallon more that the surrounding areas! Additionally, they would often advertise a cash price of say $3.25 and a CC or Debit card price of $3.45!  or 6% more. (my Visa card charges the merchant 1.5%!) So not only are you gonna pay more than fueling stations located a bit off the freeway, but better carry large sums of greenbacks too!! So the fuel discounts are a come-on and gain you nothing.

 

Here is what I did. In my journey this summer, I purchased fuel only once from a Loves, not a red-cent to the others. When I’d get to about a half of a tank or so, I’d take the interstate alternate route into a city or town. As soon as you are out of site of the freeway – viola – diesel prices ranged from $2.94 to $3.19 / gal!! the highest I paid for fuel was the $3.25 once. So this is way better that the fuel “discounts” they purport.  My savings for this trip were about $360.00!

 

Other than that, and having to replace my generator starter during the trip, I had a great time.

 

R/ DH

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May I suggest, along the same lines, for fue savings is GasBuddy The App.    You can set it to find only Diesel or to find  Gasohol which they are still calling gasoline. They also have a "pay with Gasbuddy"   that I have not tried. You have to allow them access to your bank account. Similar to some of the other pay by phone apps. This gives you additional savings.  Like you , I have traveled side roads to get to cheaper fuel, but I use Gasbuddy to direct me, and to give me choices.  While you are waiting for the pump to finish emptying your wallet, you can add your own price update or verification to Gasbudy.  The more we all use it, the better it becomes.

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