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Old 01-07-2022, 01:45 PM   #1
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Wife said maybe we should stop for fuel

Of course I said "Nah, we can make it to the next truck stop". When will I listen? We did make it, but .....
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You are more daring than me. When the tank gets 1/2, or less than 150 miles, I go into absolute panic mode.
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Now THAT’S close
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Old 01-07-2022, 02:30 PM   #4
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You are brave, for risking giving her the “I told ya so” rights for a long time.
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Our closest scare, we were on our way to Vernal Ut. NO diesel gas stations along the way. It was mostly uphill. Getting really low and we topped the mountain down hill all the way to the next town. I put it in neutral and coasted most of the way downhill. The first three gas stations, no diesel. Finally at the far end of town found a big station we could drive through that had diesel.
I carry a 5 gallon can now. Just in case
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Scott,

I have run mine to where it shows -30 miles left. Ford keeps 4-5 gallons it doesn't show on the gauge with the diesel because you really don't want run one out of gas.
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When your fuel gets that low you run the risk of picking up the trash that settles toward the bottom of the tank, and that will ruin your day worse than running out of fuel!
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My F150 has a 36 gallon tank. When it says I have 40 miles left I can get 32 gallons in it. It averages about 22+ MPH. So at 40 miles of empty I have about 2 gallons left.
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My first trip in 2006 to Wyoming. Left the Cody area headed south. There were 2 towns on the map south of Riverton, I think it was, so I thought I could fill up at one of them. Well I had near a half tank at the first place, so thought I could fill up at the next town. This town had a restaurant and about 10 homes and no gas station!! I made it to Rock Springs and my 25 or 26 gallon tank took all but 1/2 gallon. And I was getting 9-10 mpg.

When I got home I immediately added another tank and had 52 gallons after that. That was heaven - I could drive all day on less than one tank.
My new truck holds 36 gallons, so on a good day of moderate distance I can make it on one tank.
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Of course I said "Nah, we can make it to the next truck stop". When will I listen? We did make it, but .....
Yep, been there, done that...once. Just not worth the risk or the stress.
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Old 01-07-2022, 06:51 PM   #12
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Scott,

I have run mine to where it shows -30 miles left. Ford keeps 4-5 gallons it doesn't show on the gauge with the diesel because you really don't want run one out of gas.
I think you are right. At this fueling, I pumped 46.9 gallons into Ford's 48 gallon tank. It might hold a little more than 48. On two other occasions I have pumped 48.5 gallons into it.

I'll do better with the new truck.
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You are brave, for risking giving her the I told ya so rights for a long time.
That happens almost daily; usually I deserve it.
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Our closest scare, we were on our way to Vernal Ut. NO diesel gas stations along the way. It was mostly uphill. Getting really low and we topped the mountain down hill all the way to the next town. I put it in neutral and coasted most of the way downhill. The first three gas stations, no diesel. Finally at the far end of town found a big station we could drive through that had diesel.
I carry a 5 gallon can now. Just in case
I know it well; Roosevelt to Vernal. I once coasted a company truck into town; didn't make the station and had to call a buddy for a couple gallons. A pattern is appearing.

In my defense, on that particular truck, when the low fuel warning triggered, I had about 20 miles to empty. That truck went into minus territory a few times.
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We had an Old Camaro that would run out of Gas before the guage even reached E.
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Been there, done that. I waited one time to fill until I showed empty. Not to worry, the road guide showed diesel in the next little town ( which were few and far between in that area.) Of course, when I got there, the station was out of business. I eventually found some, but not before a very nervous hour or so.

BTW, I put 31 gallons of fuel in a 29 gallon tank.
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Always keep the tank close to half full. With two fuel filters on a Ram you really don't want to chance getting crud going down the fuel line and the less often you have to change them the better your wallet will feel.
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The worst is when it gets low and on the newer diesels it goes into a regen mode and that drops your mileage even worse. Glad you made it.
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I had a 60-gallon tank installed replacing the factory diesel tank under my truck. But 20, 40, 60 or 100 gallons don't matter when the temptation is to "keep on going to the next station"
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Its been said that when the fuel level gets way down you risk drawing crud from the bottom of the tank. My question is when the fuel pickup is near the bottom anyway, what does it matter how much fuel is above it?
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