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Old 01-12-2022, 01:20 PM   #21
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I use GasBuddy religiously so I know how far the next diesel stop is and where to find best prices. Also seldom go more than 150 miles between stops anyway - dogs and old people need those comfort stops more than the truck.
 
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Old 01-12-2022, 01:26 PM   #22
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LOL, just got my new Ram 3500, 2022, this time I ordered the 50 gallon fuel tank, that doesn't mean I will stop before it's almost empty!!! You would think that at 75 I would listen to DW a little more!! Some of us old guys are just HARD HEADS!!!!
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Old 01-12-2022, 01:32 PM   #23
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Admittedly driving an HDT has significantly increased the time between fuel stops. However when it's time for diesel it's TIME... despite having greater than 200 miles DTE if the low fuel light comes on.
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Our closest scare, we were on our way to Vernal Ut. NO diesel gas stations along the way. It was mostly uphill. Getting really low and we topped the mountain down hill all the way to the next town. I put it in neutral and coasted most of the way downhill. The first three gas stations, no diesel. Finally at the far end of town found a big station we could drive through that had diesel.
I carry a 5 gallon can now. Just in case
Now this is another topic that I have to ask about. It has been said, I don't know because I've never experienced it nor am I a mechanic, but don't you run a risk of creating moisture, condensation or worst getting water in your spare diesel? How do you carry it; regular red plastic gas container? Very curious.
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Now this is another topic that I have to ask about. It has been said, I don't know because I've never experienced it nor am I a mechanic, but don't you run a risk of creating moisture, condensation or worst getting water in your spare diesel? How do you carry it; regular red plastic gas container? Very curious.
I will be hitting the road in March, heading out West for our Season#2 of Rv'ing, and carrying spare diesel is a thought I've been toying with. Because of the long desert crossings in many states out West. Just a little concerned on how to do it.
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Old 01-12-2022, 03:10 PM   #27
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These days it seems my fuel range exceeds my bladders range so I usually refuel based on that.
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Old 01-12-2022, 03:38 PM   #28
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The 45 gallon tank on our F-350 generally assures that we will not have a fuel issue during a typical driving day, but last year out in the middle-of-nowhere Texas the last 90 miles of our journey was right into a stiff headwind. Our MPG's went way down and we arrived at our destination not quite on fumes, but getting close.
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Red containers are for Gasoline, Yellow is for Diesel, and Blue is Kerosene.
I'll assume that was directed at me. Thanks for the reply, any thoughts on my other concern? On carrying Diesel for extended periods?
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Old 01-12-2022, 04:14 PM   #31
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I have run mine to where it shows -30 miles left. Ford keeps 4-5 gallons it doesn't show on the gauge with the diesel because you really don't want run one out of gas.
I can attest to this as well. On a Ford diesel you have at least 4 gallons left when the countdown hits zero. Doesn’t mean you want to tug on Superman’s cape too many times.
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Old 01-12-2022, 04:22 PM   #32
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It is so easy to let the brain over power common sense and let that station go by in the rear view mirror, thinking there is maybe a better price down the road!

Been there and done that, so far without running out!
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I will be hitting the road in March, heading out West for our Season#2 of Rv'ing, and carrying spare diesel is a thought I've been toying with. Because of the long desert crossings in many states out West. Just a little concerned on how to do it.
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Make sure you have a little water with you, otherwise not a big deal. You will have plenty of range with your 450. If you carry a spare can of gas just cycle it through the gas tank in your truck every month or so.
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My husband learned the hard way in 2020! As I was watching him backup of the back of the RV I wanted him to get out of the truck to see where he was backing up. Cost us an entire camping season and $$$$. Now when I guide him and tell him to get out so he can get of sense of where he is and where he needs to go he listens. I'm looking for an RV driving school so I can learn to back up.
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My husband learned the hard way in 2020! As I was watching him backup of the back of the RV I wanted him to get out of the truck to see where he was backing up. Cost us an entire camping season and $$$$. Now when I guide him and tell him to get out so he can get of sense of where he is and where he needs to go he listens. I'm looking for an RV driving school so I can learn to back up.
You should go to the national rally in September and attend the "Ladies Driving School". You get hands on training from Keystone, free.
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I will be hitting the road in March, heading out West for our Season#2 of Rv'ing, and carrying spare diesel is a thought I've been toying with. Because of the long desert crossings in many states out West. Just a little concerned on how to do it.
Thoughts?
No worries, plenty of stations out west; just don't pass them all up. For me, it is not worth the trouble of carrying fuel and smelling like diesel. Have never found it necessary.
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Manny, not really directed at anyone, just facts and some stations get picky about putting Diesel into a Red Gas can, don't ask me how I know.
For me, anytime I put Fuel, gas or diesel into a container I add the correct Stabil to it. Since our TV doesn't get used much while Wintering in Florida, have a Malibu for running around. I filled both Main and Aux tanks and added Diesel Stabil to both.
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Old 01-13-2022, 05:49 AM   #38
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My Chev 2500HD only has a 24 gallon tank. Can't believe GM designs a heavy duty tow truck with only that much fuel. I usually get about 150 to 175 miles to a tank and plan fuel stops accordingly. From day one of towing i have carried two extra gas cans just in case. On our first trip because of towing up hill into the wind we only got 112 miles and pulled into the gas station with the low fuel light on and running on fumes. Took 23.2 gals. Never had to use the extra gas, but sure feel more comfortable having it on board.
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:47 AM   #39
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What is worse than running out of fuel? Putting DEF in the fuel tank when distracted or tired. Did it once. Cost me $1200 to have the tank drained and new filters. I was lucky that I didn’t turn on the ignition. Otherwise it would have cost $9-$12 to replace the fuel system. Had it towed to the dealer. GM trucks at least have the DEF filler under the hood. So in addition of running low on fuel, be very careful with DEF. Happens more than you think.
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Old 01-13-2022, 10:03 AM   #40
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We use gas buddy also and its excellent. If any of you don't know, Conoco through March is offering 25cents a gallon discount if you have their credit card and use the mobile app to pay for the gas. Great savings. Conoco card is good at Union 76, Phillips 66 and Conoco
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