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Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

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Old 03-11-2012, 04:53 PM
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Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

Hi All:

A quick vid by one of our members when he was unloading his own day cab at this facility. His truck was shut down whereas the other guy was throwing away about a gallon of diesel b an hour.
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Westfield, MA. Last August. It was only in the upper 70s and the driver simply left his truck running for at least thirty minutes and probably much more. What a waste of resources and money.


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Re: Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

A gallon an hour? I just spent 3.69/ gallon on diesel yesterday. He's only wasting $4.00 per hour.







Mine is shut off if its not moving for the most part. But I see guys leave them for 30 minutes + as they hook up, and do the log book.

Old school thinking, "its not good to shut off your diesel". BS.
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Re: Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

He may be worried it wont re-start.. potentially a very expensive proposition
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Re: Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

Maybe their APU needs to be fixed.
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I know from my experience with ambulances and fire trucks, that it seems that diesels use very little fuel while idling. I could be on the scene of an incident for hours and the fuel gauge would not move.
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They have a pretty efficient idle. Shutting it off uses even less fuel though.
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Re: Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

there was a news piece on the local news here last night about how the little guys are having a hard time with the price of Diesel at $1000 a pop to fill up. The guy on there was talking about how the price was now up to 55% of the cost (up from 45%). Gee lets see that would make what 45% of the cost profit for them. (give me a break.)

But the guy they interviewed was on his was from CA to MA with a load and was setting his cruise on 65-68 MPH. That is what he said his best MPG were at. (try lower :0))
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Re: Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

Hi Jason:

Uninformed stupidity like his will be rewarded with an out of business sign soon. Wal-Mart and UPS will eat his breakfast, lunch and dinner if he continues that 65 to 68 mph crap. Fuel costs for OTR drives is more than the drivers wage at $4.00 per gallon for diesel b and if the present trends continue, they will be getting 7 to 8 mpg or they will be going out of business. 65 to 68 mph certainly does not bring about anything near 7 mpg in a fully loaded tractor trailer rig

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65mph seems to be the norm around here with diesel at $4.50US/gal
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Re: Diesel is Just Not Expensive Enough I Guess?

When I moved from NC-KY in 2010 I rented a 24' Budget truck with a diesel engine, although I didn't do the math right down to the nearest tenth of a mile and wasn't really shooting for best MPG since I wanted to get there in time to rest a few hours before having to unload. I averaged about 10 MPG with it fully loaded front to rear and top to bottom running speeds 55-70 MPH. This was nearly a new truck so had a more aerodynamic shaped cab than some of the older models.
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