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Title: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: NSRoadtripper on January 12, 2020, 01:23:01 PM
we have a one month long RV trip set March/April- I have recieved Pilot J and TSD Commercial card lock cards- are there others out there I should know about?  Class A diesel...
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: RVMommaTo6 on January 15, 2020, 01:06:25 PM
I try to always get gas at Costco when they are available. They are always lower than any other option (including other club stores) in their area. They also have the proves of gas on their web site so I check which one to go to ahead of time. Today, gas at the local Costco is $1.99/gallon. You have to have a membership, I believe they're $50 or $60 a year. I also have a Costco credit card so I get 4% back on gas purchases. (And that doesn't even touch all the other benefits of a membership, like feeding my whole family dinner for $12, lol I could be an infomercial for them, I'm a huge fan!)
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: TomJF on January 15, 2020, 01:20:03 PM
We always gas up at Costco.  We live on Maui, and the gas at Costco is typically 80 cents cheaper than the typical gas stations here.  A Costco membership is almost a necessity here, since food and everything else is much more affordable.  Some days it seems like everyone on the island is in the store at the same time!
When we are traveling around the mainland in our Roadtrek, though, we don't usually end up close to a Costco.  We tend to avoid crowded urban areas, and head for the National Parks, etc.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: NSRoadtripper on January 15, 2020, 02:45:29 PM
We actually will  be driving a diesel pusher- I know the costco and sams clubs gas bars near us have gas only no diesel- is that different throughout the USA?
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Larry N. on January 15, 2020, 03:28:27 PM
No diesel at Costco in the northern Denver metro area. Wish they did.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on January 15, 2020, 07:40:49 PM
     I've never seen diesel at a costco.  Murphy's, which is Walmart does have diesel, and you get 3 cent off a gallon if you pay with a prepaid gift card.  That is ok in the eastern US, but there were not any Murphy's out west.

Ed
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Larry N. on January 15, 2020, 07:59:30 PM
     I've never seen diesel at a costco.  Murphy's, which is Walmart does have diesel, and you get 3 cent off a gallon if you pay with a prepaid gift card.  That is ok in the eastern US, but there were not any Murphy's out west.

Ed
There are now, Ed. There are a couple within about 7-10 minutes of my house in the Denver area.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: skydivemark on January 16, 2020, 11:24:58 AM
We buy gas cards (a few major fuel brands, exxon, shell, BP, racetrac etc) at publix. When they have the coupons in their flyer - which is about once every other month or so - for every $50 dollars spent you can buy  $50 gas cards for $40 each and they let you buy more than one at a time. We usually buy several at a time and save them for trips. It saves us $$ on gas plus we gradually pay for trips ahead of time. The cards don't expire.
It's not unusual for us to start a trip with 30-40 cards.
The cards can be used for almost everything sold at the gas station - not just gas. It's hard to beat 20% discount.
I know Publix isn't everywhere but if there's one near you it's probably worth looking into.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: jackiemac on January 16, 2020, 12:43:12 PM
Not many Costco stations have diesel but good prices in gas and LP.

We have a Safeway store card which is also accepted by Vons and Albertsons, you get money off fuel at Safeway's gas stations.

Also have a Fred Meyer store card which is also accepted at Kroger, Smith's and a few others and gives decent discounts too.


Depends on where you shop....
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: NSRoadtripper on January 17, 2020, 06:44:32 AM
I'm a Canadian- no Publix, Safeway, Vons, Albertsons cards up here :(  SO I guess I'm stuck with my cardlock cards- Flying/Pilot J and TSD/EFS....

sigh
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Larry N. on January 17, 2020, 08:09:13 AM
Well, given that Jackie lives in Scotland, I suspect there's a way for you to get those, too, once you're in the U.S.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: jackiemac on January 17, 2020, 01:44:21 PM
Got mine in store and you get points on card..... easy peasy.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: NSRoadtripper on January 17, 2020, 01:54:44 PM
Great thanks!
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: jayc2640 on January 17, 2020, 07:56:27 PM
We just got an EFS card.  We've filled up twice since we got it.  We've saved around $25.00 on each fill-up.   Beats the hell out of $.08/gallon from Pilot!
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: decaturbob on January 18, 2020, 02:48:48 PM
I use my costco CC and good sams club card at Flying J/Pilot.  The savings add up.
Title: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: jamesalex12 on February 18, 2020, 06:55:19 AM
good information..
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: John From Detroit on February 18, 2020, 04:58:01 PM
I use GS card even when getting coffee at Pilot/Flying-J.

A good app to put on your phone (Yes there are too many apps on my phone) is GAS BUDDY.

Invoke it and it will point you to the lowest cost tank in town.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Old_Crow on February 18, 2020, 05:21:52 PM
I use GS card even when getting coffee at Pilot/Flying-J.

A good app to put on your phone (Yes there are too many apps on my phone) is GAS BUDDY.

Invoke it and it will point you to the lowest cost tank in town.

I use Gas Buddy, but you have to watch it.  Sometimes the hassles involved in getting in and out of the cheapie station just isn't worth the savings.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: John From Detroit on February 19, 2020, 05:38:24 AM
That its true (The station layout)  Tend to areas were I know many of the stations and how hard it is to get in an out.. Several stations around me now are basically "Wide spots in the road" and it's in and so long as I take the road side of the pump I only do fractional turns to (Like pulling onto the shoulder) those I like.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: penman39 on February 19, 2020, 11:07:23 AM
Ease of entry and exit is far more important to me than price. Fueling stations that have pumps parallel to the road usually are the easiest to access. If it has a low price it's a bonus!!
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: LarsMac on February 19, 2020, 08:54:02 PM
     I've never seen diesel at a costco.  Murphy's, which is Walmart does have diesel, and you get 3 cent off a gallon if you pay with a prepaid gift card.  That is ok in the eastern US, but there were not any Murphy's out west.

Ed

There are a number of Murphy's in Colorado, now.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: cerd on February 20, 2020, 09:45:45 AM
I don't typically look for cheapest gas prices since I have noticed that not all gas is the same in my daily drivers. We have Kwik Trip and Kwik Star gas stations around here and I used to think they were the cream of the crop because they had "Top Tier brand gas" and a warranty that says if their gas causes any mechanical issues, they will cover the cost of the repairs, but I stopped using them because I noticed about a 10% drop in gas mileage from them versus a few other gas stations in my town that were 5 or 10 cents more per gallon.

A few years ago, when we went to Iowa, we filled up there. They didn't have ethanol in their 87 gas, and we noticed a bump from the usual 28mpg that we got in our 2012 Fusion 4cyl, up to 32. If E0 didn't cost so much more due to regulations in my state, I would prefer to use that, but most places only offer E0 in premium 91 octane or higher, so its about 75 cents higher than E10 87 gas. Some gas stations use higher or lower percentages of ethanol in their E10 gas to cut costs and I can usually tell a slight difference when they do.

If its a place I use regularly, I will test the percentage in a glass graduated cylinder. If you add 100ml of gas, add a little bit of water, the ethanol will separate overnight and you can measure how much actual gas is in it.

This video only uses 10ml, but I do 100ml as mentioned because its easier to see and more accurate measurements. You can technically use the gas after the test, but its a lower octane due to the separated ethanol, so I only use it in my lawn mower.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8pV-x9uLiE
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: X-Roughneck on March 01, 2020, 07:27:35 AM
     I've never seen diesel at a costco.  Murphy's, which is Walmart does have diesel, and you get 3 cent off a gallon if you pay with a prepaid gift card.  That is ok in the eastern US, but there were not any Murphy's out west.

Ed

Ed, we do have Murphy's at the end of our Sams Club and Walmart Parking lot's here in Central, West Texas.  I have noticed their pumps are positioned for escape after the fill up too.  Not sure about the Diesel availability there though.  For me (Own a Gasser) I will pay a couple extra $0.01s to be able to get out away from the pump with my Tow Dolly pulling my Mazda.  For Diesel guys you got it made with the 18 wheeler Truck Lanes at Pilots I see along the road.  I have aborted a few trips to the pump because it was just too dicey and crowded to attempt it.  Getting boxed in with a Tow on the hitch, is going to cost time if you got to drive it off the dolly.  I have a 32'.5" Class C, Plus the Stehl Tow and a 2018 Mazda CX-5 and I am 52ft bumper to bumper.  Lots of gas stations are too close to parking spaces near the store. I start looking at 1/2 tank for "cherry" (easy) locations to splash and go. I do love that some of the pilot stations have this drive thru lanes for Gassers.  Not all, but some.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Rene T on March 01, 2020, 07:47:39 AM
We have a Sam's club just down the road and they have diesel. I use them all the time for my truck but I think it would be impossible to fuel up with my RV tagging along.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on March 01, 2020, 08:19:22 AM
Our local Sam's Club has an extremely awkward fueling station layout - congested for cars and impossible for any trailer or a motorhome over 20 ft.   No diesel either.  It's not a Murphy's franchise
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: TonyL on March 01, 2020, 10:58:12 AM
We recently took delivery of our TSD fuel card, and I have been comparing diesel costs and savings. I must admit that I have rarely used Loves, Pilot and the like due to their extremely high prices. However, the one thing they offer is easy access using the truck lanes. Whilst the savings when compared to the cheapest options in the area are not so great, they are still a saving. Add in that access is easy, you do not need to go into the shop to pay, and you get a detailed receipt emailed to you and it is a winner. The app allows you to set a destination and will show you the cheapest fuel on that route. The card is free, the company is very RV friendly and if you currently use Loves, the savings are anything from 40 to 60 cents a gallon.
Definitely works for us.
TonyL
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Domo on March 01, 2020, 11:25:14 AM
We always do Costco or a regular commercial gas station and save the $0.25- .40 over the truck stops. That also means we take longer to fill and have to swipe the card a couple of times - however we also aren't standing in a puddle of spilled diesel and DEF by the pump.


You just have to make sure you can get in and out of the smaller stations by using Google maps and being prepared to drive by if it looks hairy.


If you're in a hurry, then do the truck stops and spend the money.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Larry N. on March 01, 2020, 11:51:00 AM
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We always do Costco or a regular commercial gas station and save the $0.25- .40 over the truck stops. That also means we take longer to fill and have to swipe the card a couple of times - however we also aren't standing in a puddle of spilled diesel and DEF by the pump.
Your Costco has diesel? I've not seen one of those, yet.

Our local Sam's Club has an extremely awkward fueling station layout - congested for cars and impossible for any trailer or a motorhome over 20 ft.   No diesel either.  It's not a Murphy's franchise

We have a couple of Murphy's stations near us, and neither one is associated with Walmart or Sam's Club.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: jymbee on March 01, 2020, 11:54:52 AM
We always do Costco or a regular commercial gas station and save the $0.25- .40 over the truck stops.

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If you're in a hurry, then do the truck stops and spend the money.

I wonder if that's a regional thing as to price differences. Can't speak to Costco but as far as "regular' vs. truck stops, in general we're finding that the price difference in the majority of cases  is insignificant. Even if it's a nickel difference, 60 gallons x $.05 is only three bucks. More than worth it IMO to be able to pull into dedicated RV lanes in Flying Js or Love's.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Lou Schneider on March 01, 2020, 12:13:28 PM
I lived across the street from a Costco in Concord, CA.  Their gas prices were consistently 25-30 cents a gallon lower than anywhere else in the region.

So were the prices at the Arco station adjacent to the Costco and an independent station a few blocks away.  I wasn't a Costco member so I used these stations and made sure my tank was full before I left for work in the morning to take advantage of the low prices.

Once you got a mile or two away from the Costco gas prices went up to the area's average.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: TomJF on March 01, 2020, 02:00:48 PM
I lived across the street from a Costco in Concord, CA.  Their gas prices were consistently 25-30 cents a gallon lower than anywhere else in the region.

So were the prices at the Arco station adjacent to the Costco and an independent station a few blocks away.  I wasn't a Costco member so I used these stations and made sure my tank was full before I left for work in the morning to take advantage of the low prices.

Once you got a mile or two away from the Costco gas prices went up to the area's average.
Our Costco on Maui is usually 80 cents less per gallon than the local stations.  Needless to say, most people on the island and even visitors fuel up there. Most days there are 150 to 200 vehicles waiting, but the lines move quickly.  Safeway opened a station nearby, with prices competitive with Costco, and this is moving the traffic away from Costco somewhat.
I am noticing a number of class B and a few class C RV's on island recently.  They would have to be pretty self sufficient, since there are no dump stations or shore power access anywhere on the island that I know of.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: Chakara on March 01, 2020, 03:45:04 PM
  For diesel I wanna throw in my vote for TDS/EFS card.  While the truck stops "list" price is always high, from what I have seen I save .10 to .30 / gallon compared to stations on Gasbuddy in the vicinity.  That plus the easy in/out of the truck lanes and being able to fill both the truck and the transfer tank (opposite sides) from a single transaction make it MORE than worth it to me.

  Heck, when on the road I used to use the truckstops for those conveniences  even without the discount!

-Chak

Oh, there is a referral program as well - the referrer can get $25 credit after the new user pumps 100 gallons.....I'm not looking for that from you all, didn't provide the info, just letting ya know.



Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: TonyL on March 01, 2020, 04:19:15 PM
 One further note, the TSD fuel card will only give the discount price in the truck lanes. Apparently it will work in the rv dedicated Lane and the standard car pumps, but it will not give you the discount rate.
TonyL
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: NY_Dutch on March 01, 2020, 07:43:56 PM
When available, we prefer Pilot/Flying J stations for the convenience, and with our Good Sam Swipe and Save membership card we get a 5 cent/gal discount on gas. On top of that, for all fuel purchases we pay with our PenFed Cash Rewards VISA card that gives us a 5% (not "cents") rebate automatically applied monthly to our balance for all pay at the pump purchases.
Title: Re: Best deals on fuel?
Post by: NSRoadtripper on March 04, 2020, 01:40:29 PM
  For diesel I wanna throw in my vote for TDS/EFS card.  While the truck stops "list" price is always high, from what I have seen I save .10 to .30 / gallon compared to stations on Gasbuddy in the vicinity.  That plus the easy in/out of the truck lanes and being able to fill both the truck and the transfer tank (opposite sides) from a single transaction make it MORE than worth it to me.

  Heck, when on the road I used to use the truckstops for those conveniences  even without the discount!

-Chak

Oh, there is a referral program as well - the referrer can get $25 credit after the new user pumps 100 gallons.....I'm not looking for that from you all, didn't provide the info, just letting ya know.

I've got the EFS card in hand!  Their app seems very useful pointing out stations and prices as well!  I don't think Costco or sams clubs will be useful- our Fred is diesel- I think the clubs only service gasoline??