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[#] Wed Jun 20 2018 09:59:48 EDT from pandora

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Here in Texas, you can find deisel at just about all the gas stations, but my ex inlaws said they would try to avoid california because getting deisel there was difficult.

[#] Wed Jun 20 2018 12:37:08 EDT from fleeb <>

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I never had a problem finding diesel fuel.

It's very readily available throughout the United States. The only time it was ever anything like an issue, I had to drive the car to where the big rigs fueled to get fueled. Got some funny looks, but that was the only place at that station where they had diesel pumps.

A lot of people drive diesel pickup trucks, or need diesel for their boat, or the like. So, I didn't have any trouble finding any.

[#] Wed Jun 20 2018 13:49:20 EDT from zooer

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IGnat, didn't you/don't you have a diesel generator? How difficult is it to find fuel?

[#] Wed Jun 20 2018 14:44:34 EDT from wizard of aahz

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In this area it's no problem to find diesel. We can also find nuclear fuel if really needed.

[#] Wed Jun 20 2018 17:28:07 EDT from LoanShark <>

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Mr. Fusion.

Diesel is easy enough to find around here but can be mildly inconvenient and may require a bit more planning ahead. Example - only gas station in Keene Valley, NY (kinda in the boondocks, Adirondacks) has only gasoline. So if you're bound for I-87, you'll be driving a few exits or heading the wrong way back to Lake Placid (if there's even any there?)

That sort of thing. I suppose it's a bit balanced by the longer driving range of your typical car.

Every now and then you get stuck with a truck station that has the large-bore diesel filler nozzles that don't fit into a passenger-car diesel filler neck.

[#] Thu Jun 21 2018 21:26:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I always went to the same place for generator fuel and I never really looked around much. I actually haven't bought diesel since we moved (four years ago!) ... just poured the last of it into the onboard tank a few weeks ago and haven't refilled the can yet.

But I'm more interested in what diesel availability is like outside the area where I live.

[#] Fri Jun 22 2018 07:19:28 EDT from zooer

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I know you hate  gasbuddy because the owners of the website might have made a liberal statement but you can search gasbuddy by fuel type.

You were once a fan boy of all things google, google maps will list gas stations with diesel fuel.

You can check out for various diesel fuel options.


[#] Sat Jun 30 2018 23:33:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Google turned evil ... maybe gasbuddy turned non-evil?  I dunno, sometimes I can't keep track anymore.

The more I think about it though, the more I want my next vehicle to be a pickup truck.  Dunno whether it's gonna be gas or diesel.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 10:32:31 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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The more I think about it though, the more I want my next vehicle to
be a pickup truck.  Dunno whether it's gonna be gas or diesel.

Modern diesels are a pain in the ass. It seems they are $6k- $10k more than their gas counterparts, negating a lot of their value, unless you drive a lot.

Go gas. I don't think you'd be disappointed.

As for pickups, I bought another one. Use it to tow my car to the track.
I don't even notice it'
s back there.

If you're not hauling a ton of crap, check out the GMC Canyon, which is a mid-sized pickup.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 11:14:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I would like a truck with a bed large enough to carry my lawnmower (which is 55" wide) in case I ever need to get it serviced. The rest of the year it would be used to carry yard waste to the dump, bicycles to the riding trail without needing a rack, that sort of thing. I don't strictly *need* a truck, but I want one.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 11:54:33 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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You're kind of screwed. 55" is just a touch too wide with the wheehousings....

I'd recommend a small trailer for something that wide.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 13:13:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hmm. In that case, are there towing hitches that can be easily (defined as: no welding) attached to my current vehicle, if I want to buy a trailer now?

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 13:55:14 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Depends on your current vehicle, but yes, for a lot of them, it's a bolt up procedure.

You can get a decent trailer at Tractor Supply or Lowes. I think TS is a bit cheaper.

[#] Wed Jul 25 2018 15:49:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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When I see those bicycle racks that attach to a trailer hitch receiver, it makes me think that the leverage of that whole assembly would be enough to break the welds. But I suppose it's still less shear stress than would be applied by towing a trailer with any significant weight on it.

[#] Thu Jul 26 2018 17:00:53 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Not even close to the same loads.....

Have you seen the small trailer hitch cranes?

[#] Mon Jul 30 2018 23:40:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Not until I just looked them up now. So I guess a trailer hitch receiver is incredibly strong. It just seems to me like it's a lot of shear stress being applied to a relatively small surface.

[#] Fri Aug 10 2018 12:27:39 EDT from pandora

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interesting article on automobile navigation systems,

[#] Tue Aug 14 2018 11:33:12 EDT from LoanShark <>

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Nice history! Another example where your smartphone still works better than a car-supplied nav system ;)

[#] Tue Aug 14 2018 11:44:24 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I used Apple Maps (via CarPlay) while in Florida last year. I could see it was bringing me a strange way to get where I needed to go, but I went with it, just to see what would happen.

I wind up driving through a swammpy area, with few homes. It takes me to a dead end street and then tells me to get out and walk to my destination.

Certainly a time where the smartphone was just plain stupid.

[#] Tue Aug 14 2018 15:18:53 EDT from zooer

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Apple wants you to get more exercise.

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