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Old 12-29-2015, 08:43 AM
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Diesel fueling

I have driven a class A motorhome for 20 years. We are downsizing and will be towing a 23' travel trailer with our Ecodiesel. For those of you towing longer trailers, has any one fueled up at the trucker islands say at flying j, loves, etc?

My question concerns the size of the fuel nozzle at the trucker island. Will it fit in the JGC fuel inlet? The JGC inlet measures 1 1/4" in diameter and I've been told the trucker nozzles are larger.

From past expierience with my class A, it's a real pain sometimes using the front islands at gas stations because of lack of room to get in and out.

There wouldn't be a problem at the trucker island other than maybe a longer wait. Appreciate any input. Wireman

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Old 12-29-2015, 10:31 AM
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Re: Diesel fueling

They are standard car size not the larger diameter, you will need to get used to car station gas ports. I think it can be modified easily however as mine comes out all the time with a 1/4 turn. If you removed it you could modify the opening easily and not get any debris in the tank.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:33 AM
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Re: Diesel fueling

I have been pulling the same size trailer with my diesel JGC. I have found that the truckers nozzles do not fit the tank--I have to go to the auto pumps most of the time. The JGC has a very good turning radius that makes it easier to do this as long as you keep a close eye on the trailer. I have on occasion had to pull out of a service station without fueling either because of them not having a proper size nozzle or not being able to get to the auto diesel pump due to the tight location. Most times though, I have had no trouble--just had to exercise extreme caution in maneuvering through the stations. The big problem I have found is that the diesel pumps are not always clearly marked and hunting for them in a crowded station is a chore.
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Don't forget that the Jeep came with a funnel to allow refueling with the larger truck size nozzles if there is no alternative. I imagine one has to be careful while using it to avoid a mess.

I've read about some owners obtaining the VW TDI nozzle adapter to use instead of the funnel in these circumstances, but I can't comment on the utility of either, because there has always been at least one auto diesel nozzle at any place I have refueled.
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Re: Diesel fueling

I modified my Super Duty to take the full size diesel nozzle. Keep in mind the flow rate difference because you can get a nice splash back when the nozzle shut off activates and the tank is full.
We only have a 24.9 gallon tank it doesn't take that long using the diesel auto pump. If I thought it was worth it I would mod mine since the nozzle filler is easily removed. A great way to squirt diesel everyplace is to use our funnel since the diesel truck spout has a rolled lip at the end.
Honestly I think we are pretty much going to have to stay with the auto nozzle...


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I don't think there is any nozzle adapter that would be "good enough" for regular use. However, I have read about situations where stations only have truck sized nozzles, which is where these devices are intended to be used.

Of course, by the time my Jeep registers only ~150 km range left I have definitely already started planning to refuel, so even if I did hit a "truck nozzles only" station I'd probably just drive on to the next station.

Having a diesel is almost the inverse of having an electric car: range tranquility instead of range anxiety.
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Re: Diesel fueling

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Don't forget that the Jeep came with a funnel to allow refueling with the larger truck size nozzles if there is no alternative.



I believe that the funnel is intended to be used when filling from a Gerry can.
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Re: Diesel fueling

After driving around a large Class A for years I can't imagine there is that much of an issue with getting fuel at Flying J (Pilot) at the RV pumps. There is more room there than in the regular auto lanes and I have seen many trailers and class A's getting fuel in the RV lanes.

The good thing about a car-trailer combo vs a Class A-car combo is that the car-trailer "bends" near the front of the combo vs the rear of the comb. This makes it much easier to make tight turns...and you can back up too.

Even in many regular gas stations you should be fine...you may have to wait a bit to get to the diesel pump and you will most likely block the pumps behind the trailer but it is what it is. Enjoy the trailer! You have much more freedom to move around and choice of camping spots with a smaller rig.
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Re: Diesel fueling

Thanks everyone for your input. I don't want to modify the fuel inlet, So if the trucker lanes are off limits, I'll progress to the RV lanes at Flying J, etc.

We'll have to do some forward thinking on when to fuel and look for truck stop locations. Nothing new from when we had the class A gasser.

I was just hoping to minimize the hassle at the front pumps if possible. I guess it's best to stay with the busier stations (catch 22) for fresher diesel fuel.

Been rv'ing for 20 years with the class A (36ft) so I'm no stranger to the fueling dilemma at gas stations.

Improvise, adapt and overcome. Wireman
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