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Old 10-17-2012, 03:23 PM   #11
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Re: Finding diesel fuel

this GasBuddy app sounds pretty useful. thanks for letting me know.

going to ask a dumb question here that's not obvious to me. On longer excursions, do folks use plastic or cash for fueling up? I'd imagine you'd burn through a lot of cash when driving a lot but the cash price is usually less expensive, even with rewards points factored in. Just curious. I guess there's probably an app to help you find a no fee ATM too if you go cash only. thanks
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:31 PM   #12
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Re: Finding diesel fuel

Thanks for the feedback. It is time to get more apps loaded up. I run and Android so I guess I need to look there.

I was looking for which apps are really working well and it sounds like gasbuddy does, I'll find out what my wife was using that weekend.

One thing I wonder about is how much I should worry about finding gas off the main roads. We like to stray off the major freeways and get back in there in the countryside so I guess I will have to start planning my routing better. Or have you found out that there is usually diesel out in the midle of nowhere? I wonder about farm equipment and trucks that use diesel and where they go. I do know some people that keep their own diesel on their ranches but I keep hearing about using it quickly or it absorbing water.

Looks like I have a bit to learn when it comes to this diesel fuel thing.

Thanks and keep teaching me.

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #13
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Re: Finding diesel fuel

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... do folks use plastic or cash for fueling up? I'd imagine you'd burn through a lot of cash when driving a lot but the cash price is usually less expensive, even with rewards points factored in. Just curious. I guess there's probably an app to help you find a no fee ATM too if you go cash only. thanks
I more or less use plastic exclusively, but I always have to remember to give my cc company a heads-up that I'll be doing a lot of traveling and let them know where I'll be traveling, so they don't place a "hold" on my cc because of all the charges in numerous geographical areas. This is part of the fraud prevention plan that our cc company has, so yours may be different. Nothing worse than trying to make good time on a roadtrip, only to have to be on the phone with your cc company so you can fuel up your rig.

FWIW, I do not use Gas Buddy on the road (no internet connection), only around home.


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Old 10-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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Re: Finding diesel fuel

We use Gasbuddy on our phones, Im Android, shes iPhone so its always been available where ever we have tried it.
ARCO is one place that always has cash prices but we never go there anymore.
We do Gasbuddy price updates while we travel so it helps to keep the prices current.

I also want to say be very careful using your Debit Card at gas stations. The only place I have had my card hacked was from gas stations near me (SF Bay area) three times now in less than four years of living here. If something acts funny while using your card take note and always use the credit part not debit whenever you can.


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Old 10-17-2012, 10:56 PM   #15
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Re: Finding diesel fuel

FYI Farm equipment and marine diesel is blended with a dye because it is exempt from highway fuel taxes. It is is illegal to use it or sell it for highway use so you are not likely to find it at any of the back roads filling stations except at maybe a farm coop. There is a thread somewhere of someone driving a rural Midwest highway encountering a road block with tax agents checking diesel fueled vehichles for the dye.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:15 AM   #16
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Finding diesel fuel

I second the gas buddy app. Use it all over the country and even locally.
Prices listed are usually cash prices.

I use card all the time. I get miles or cash back.

Look for busy gas stations for good fuel. However, usually truck guys find or already know about these cheap diesel stations so you shouldn't have to worry about old/bad fuel.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:54 AM   #17
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There is diesel available in Nome, AK -if you can afford it (see attached photo taken in Mid November,on my trip to Nome last week, diesel is now $6.39). It would take a summer barge trip to get a van to Nome, but they have nearly 100 miles of well maintained 2WD gravel roads that follow north and south of Nome with lots of dry camp opportunities. The Iditarod race trail is on the winter ice next to the road. There is probably another 100+ miles of 4WD roads to mine sites and old DEW Line sites. Lots of diesel and gas Ford E vans in Nome including many used for Taxis
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