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Old 07-18-2016, 03:06 PM   #1
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Diesel Fuel

I'm looking to upgrade to a 2500 pickup and leaning toward a Duramax.
Do any of you with Diesel engines have difficulty finding fuel in your
travels? Especially when visiting National Parks? Can anyone persuade
me to get a gas engine rather then diesel? Great advice on this forum.
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Old 07-18-2016, 03:32 PM   #2
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We bought an F250 diesel last June. It has a full size cab and a long box. We have a large fuel tank and we never have any issues getting fuel. We just got back today from a trip to Alaska. We can get over 1,000 km. on a tank of fuel not towing, and just under 700 km. when towing. We have been to the U.S. southwest with it, as well as to PEI. Never had an issue. Love the diesel, and love the hill descent thingy on the Ford (sorry, girl talk).
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:39 PM   #3
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I've never regretted upgrading to diesel and I've never had any trouble finding fuel. I put a jug of diesel in the bed of the truck when I'm towing, just because the fuel economy isn't that great when you tow. I had a problem one time when we were coming home from Montana. I cut it too short and just about ran out of fuel. I finally got off the highway when I thought we were going to run out. The town was small and had no services, but I figured I'd beg some diesel off a local farmer. I got so lucky though. This little tiny town had a seedy bar and the bar had a diesel pump. Even though it was early in the morning, the regulars were already in there drinking. I was able to get the bartender to turn on the pump and let me fill up.

The same thing would have happened with gas though.

When I bought my first diesel, the price of fuel was way lower than the price of regular unleaded gas. Then when the economy went sideways the price of diesel shot higher than premium gas. Now it's back down again.
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Old 07-18-2016, 06:48 PM   #4
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What everyone else said. Never had any issue. I am glad I installed a larger tank tho. It's great to go all day without having to stop for fuel.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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If you can get the long bed you will not regret it, as it will have better fuel capacity, unless you upgrade to a titan tank. I have the 38-gallon tank on my truck and at an average of 10-mpg towing, you will need to stop for other rest stops(food, bathroom), before you need to refuel. I try and stop every 250-miles or so, too top off tank, do a walk-around of the trailer, eat and use restroom. Works out good for us....
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:12 PM   #6
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No trouble finding fuel...
How do you think the 90 gazillion trucks out there find their fuel ??? and just about 90% of all large rv's are diesel as well

You can always gets apps like gas buddy or My Pilot to lead you right to the fuel stops AND tell you where the cheapest is at the same time !
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:25 PM   #7
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I never have any problem finding fuel either. Before I leave on a trip, I usually use the GasBuddy app to plan my fuel stops along the way.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:06 AM   #8
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If you can get the long bed you will not regret it, as it will have better fuel capacity, unless you upgrade to a titan tank. I have the 38-gallon tank on my truck and at an average of 10-mpg towing, you will need to stop for other rest stops(food, bathroom), before you need to refuel. I try and stop every 250-miles or so, too top off tank, do a walk-around of the trailer, eat and use restroom. Works out good for us....
With a long bed you never have to worry about taking your back window out of your truck with a fifth wheel, plus you have so much more space to store things in. The only issue with a long bed and full size cab is parking the truck when you are driving just the truck. The thing is somewhat longer than the average vehicle.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:03 PM   #9
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Very glad I jumped. I rarely find a gas station that doesn't carry diesel. Being near Nat Parks doesn't have any impact IMO. Being near an Interstate 99.9 % ensures you will get diesel.
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:47 PM   #10
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Finding fuel has never been an issue from coast to coast border to border. IMHO if towing a trailer the best choice is a diesel as far as power & the newer ones with the exhaust brakes are ABSOLUTELY the cats pajamas.
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