Which is the best truck stop to fuel at? Is all diesel same quality?

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  1. new_trucking_guy01

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    Love's vs family owned truck stops?
     
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  3. Freddy57

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    I always liked to fuel where I could get all diesel, no biodiesel. Loves, the last station I delivered diesel to, mixed their bio at about 25%. Most use about 20% bio in their fuel. Bio cuts your fuel mileage and gels at about 25 degrees.
     
  4. RockinChair

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    The most important thing is to always buy from truck stops that sell a lot of diesel. Those that don't sell very much are more at risk of having algae buildup in their tanks.

    All diesel has to meet spec before the refinery will release it to be loaded.
     
  5. bryan21384

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    How much does bio cut your fuel mileage as opposed to "pre-bio?"
     
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    Thats good advice there. Even in my personal vehicle I try to follow true to that. It can get costly to clean those tanks when the time comes for those smaller truck stops
     
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    Well, I honestly don't know of too many small truck stops left, all the biggies took care of that. ALL truckstops go through an amazing amount of fuel, so little chance of it ever getting "stale". I'd say a small in town gas station might be a problem, but the Shell station by me says, they sell more diesel than gas, like 5 to 1. I think the risk of stale diesel is pretty rare these days. I read, the US uses an average of 3.75 MILLION barrels of diesel fuel A DAY! It doesn't have a chance to get stale. Besides, it all comes out of a tank the size of Lambeau Field.
     
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  8. gokiddogo

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    I pretty much always bought it from smaller stops, my card had a much better discount, never had a problem with bad fuel. The cars- only stations that also sell diesel aren't going to have the truck stop probably 100,000 gallon storage under ground they probably have 5,000. So it's still being renewed often enough. Nobody wants to sell you bad fuel just the same as you don't want to buy it.
     
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    I always averaged up about half a mile to the gallon. It doesn't sound like much but over the course of a year it's significant.
     
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    Yeah it's definitely significant. Over the course of the year, it's bigger savings than one may think, especially in a fleet.
     
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    Keep in mind that the percentage of the blend that is bio is exempt from fuel tax (at least it is here in Texas), so that will offset at some of the loss of fuel economy.
     
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