[T3] Back Home

Brion Sabbatino brionsab at msn.com
Sun Oct 29 07:36:15 PDT 2023

Last September I drove from Utah to the East Coast. I drove my Dodge D350 Dually first-generation Cummins.

Diesel prices were all over the map.

The large Travel Center Truck Stops are priced the highest. The drivers have fleet cards.

The Company they work for receives a rebate based on volume of fuel purchased. The average Joe receives zero.

I drove from Utah to Pennsylvania and picked up a new equipment trailer from the factory. Then on to New Jersey to load a John Deere and attachments. The next stop was Minnesota to pick up a back hoe. Then straight home to Utah.

The truck ran flawlessly except for one hiccup when the negative cable came loose from the battery terminal. It had a no start after fueling. Five minutes later, it was back on the road.

I was not so lucky on the next trip. The Transmission output bearing took a dump outside of Barstow, CA. A few thousand to get it back to Utah.

Currently building a new Heavy Duty Five Speed. Supply chain issues for quality USA made parts.

The VW content is that I can now haul any VW.
Well, as soon as the transmission is completed.

Brion S
Utah, NJ
1969 Squareback

From: type3-vwtype3.org <type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org> on behalf of Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2023 7:45:25 AM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org <type3 at vwtype3.org>
Subject: Re: [T3] Back Home

On 29 Oct 2023 at 3:16, John Jaranson wrote:

> We saw regular gas prices from $3.039 to about $3.499.  Diesel was as high as
> $4.599 and that was a station selling regular gasoline for $3.199 per
> gallon¦.a whopping $1.40 more per gallon.  Most places were between 70-80
> cents more per gallon for Diesel over regular gasoline.

The biggest surprise for us was when we'd pass a couple of stations on the
interstate, both with those tall price signs so the whole world could see their
prices. There would be a Love's on one side selling Diesel for $5.15 and a
Casey's or Circle K on the other side selling it for $4.89 or less. At the same
time their prices for regular gas would be $3.89 or less and within a few
cents of each other.

Since those big travel centers seem to be set up to cater to long haul trucks,
I assumed they would compete on Diesel prices, but, at least on the surface,
that didn't seem to be the case. This led us to wonder if Loves has a
discount program with the long haul trucking companies, that gives those
trucks lower, competitive, prices.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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