Discount Fuel – How to Save Money on Fuel with This Fuel Discount Card

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Fuel is one of the biggest expenses for RV road trippers. Filling up at the pump can be a pain in the wallet. Especially when you travel a lot of miles, or drive a big motorhome, as we do. But now we’ve found a discount fuel program that has been saving us over $50 on average, every fill, we’re thrilled! Here’s how you can get one and start saving big, too.

We learned about the TSD/EFS Fuel card in August, and decided to try it out for ourselves. We applied for the card online (for free), received the card a couple of weeks later, and put it to the test in September. Over 12 days, we drove our RV over 1,500 miles from Oregon to Washington and through Nevada, on our way to southern California. Filling our RV with diesel fuel, using our Discount Fuel Card, along the way.

The Result?

In a nutshell, our new EFS discount fuel card through TSD Logistics Fuel Program has so far, been saving us over 50 cents per gallon of diesel fuel, on average. We have tested the program filling our motorhome at three different locations in the past two weeks, and already saved more than $135. What we had initially thought was a program that sounded ‘too good to be true’ IS true after all… and we love it!

Ready to learn more? Yeah, we thought so! Let’s dive in.

P.S. Already seen the video and ready to apply?

Click here to apply online for your discount card 

In the “Referred by” field, nominate RVLove as the referrer. 

You can also print out and complete the PDF form and return via mail or email.

What is the discount fuel card program?

This is a new fuel card program that offers amazing diesel fuel discounts to anyone who purchases diesel fuel regularly. Whether you are an RVer with a diesel motorhome, or own a diesel truck, you can apply for this program and start saving big on your fuel bills. 

Who runs this fuel discount program?

The company behind it is TSD Logistics, a bulk-freight transport-trucking company based in Texarkana, Texas. They have a fleet of 115 trucks and a fleet card program. Their drivers use their EFS fuel cards to get discounted diesel fuel prices at the pump. 

A few months ago, TSD Logistics expanded their discount fuel card program beyond their fleet of truck drivers to create a fuel program for RVers that use diesel fuel. This means we can take advantage of discounted diesel fuel prices, just like professional truckers do. As you might imagine, the higher the volume of fuel that TSD Logistics purchases, the bigger the discounts their company can negotiate on fuel prices. By expanding their ‘fleet’ to include RVers, they are able to purchase more fuel, without increasing the number of actual trucks and drivers for their own company. 

How TSD Logistics makes their money from this program is by keeping 10% of the savings per gallon their customers get when buying discounted fuel using their EFS card. So if the retail cost is $3.00 per gallon and our cost is $2.50 per gallon, your fee will be 5 cents per gallon. If they can’t save you money, you owe them nothing. Of course, TDS Logistics also benefits as the increased volume of fuel on their account will enable them to negotiate better fuel prices – for their existing fleet of trucks and everyone else in the new program for RVers.

The EFS fuel discount card program is run by WEX Worldwide, a global payment solutions provider. They offer fuel cards and fuel management services to large fleets, government fleets and small businesses. TSD Logistics is a client of EFS/WEX. And we are customers of TSD Logistics. More about the TSD Logistics / EFS Fuel Card Program for RVers from the company website here.

How does the fuel discount program work?

  • You apply for your discount fuel card online. Once approved, TSD Logistics mails you an EFS card with a letter to walk you through the steps to activate it.
  • You download the EFS Card Control app on your smart phone, and connect it with your card.
  • Use the app’s Price Locator feature to find fuel stops along your route. These show as location pins in black or green. Green pins indicate the best fuel price in your selected map area.
  • You pull into the truck line in the back of the store and insert your EFS card into the fuel pump.
  • A prompt may show to ask for specific information that verifies you as the owner.  You enter the correct information and pump your diesel fuel.
  • The transaction appears in your EFS Card Control app, showing the number of gallons, price per gallon charged, and the total discount received. Keep in mind that 10% of this discount amount will be retained by TSD Logistics.
  • The next day TSD Logistics will drafted  the money from your bank account. You will receive an email showing you the details of the transaction and fees from.

So how much is our discount fuel card saving us?

Why is this such a big deal?

The fuel discounts with this program are far beyond what we have ever seen before in our more than five years of full time RVing. The most common fuel discount cards we have seen are the Good Sam membership card (which we have) and the Good Sam credit card – offering fuel discounts between $0.03 to $0.10 cents per gallon. And while that’s better than nothing, we never found either of them worth getting too excited about. Especially as fuel prices can be inflated at the locations where those programs apply. However, all that changed for us when we started using our new TSD/EFS discount fuel card program.

Saving big on diesel fuel costs

We have used our EFS fuel card three times as at the time of writing this, in September, 2019. Here’s a detailed summary of what we saved each time.

Fill #1: Love's travel stop, Troutdale, Oregon

September 3: On our first fill, we saved over $55 on 73.04 gallons of diesel fuel. The price showing at the pump was $3.149 per gallon. We used our discount fuel card, and were charged just $2.298 per gallon. Saving a whopping $0.851 per gallon. That’s works out to be a discount of about 27%. 

As TSD Logistics charges 10% of the cost saving per gallon – in this case $0.085 per gallon – they got to keep $6.21. Meanwhile, we saved $55.94. On 73 gallons. Pretty amazing, huh?

Fill #2: Love's at Fernley, Nevada

September 13: Just 10 days later, we pumped 89.28 gallons into our tank for a pump total of $245.66. This was actually made up of two consecutive transactions as we accidentally bumped the fuel nozzle holder with the camera, which stopped the flow. So we had to start over. 

The second time, we also selected the cash advance option for $100. The pump price showed $3.349 and we were charged $2.752 per gallon. As you will see in the receipt/app screenshot below. This is a discount of $0.597 per gallon. 

So our total fuel saving that day came to $53.35. Subtract the 10% fee of $0.597/gal = $5.33 for TSD Logistics. This meant we netted a savings of $48.02 for 89.28 gallons.

Not quite as much as we saved on our first fill, but still… very impressive!

Fill #3: TA in Las Vegas, Nevada

September 15: Just two days later, we still had half a tank of fuel on board in the RV. However, upon checking the app for fuel prices along our route, we noticed a huge jump in the price per gallon in California. Over a dollar per gallon more, in some cases. We decided to top off the fuel in the motorhome in Nevada to avoid the higher California fuel prices. This time we filled at a TA fuel station.  The price at the pump was $3.359, but we ended up paying $2.752.  Total savings on this fill were about $0.607 per gallon.  After subtracting the 10% admin fee, we had a net savings of $0.5463 per gallon. That means we saved $30.58 on just 55.91 gallons of fuel. That would have saved $60 on a full tank.

Total fuel discount from our first 3 fills

Already, in two weeks with just three fills (218 gallons of diesel fuel), we have saved a net total of $133.50. That is an average savings of $0.61 cents per gallon when compared to the price at the pump.

Keep in mind that prices will vary. When talking to the folks at TSD Logistics, they indicated the average savings are closer to 30-40 cents per gallon. But in exploring the app, we have seen variances up a dollar or more per gallon.

How the discount fuel card works

When purchasing fuel, most fuel stations will allow you to use the card at the pump. Some may ask for additional identifying codes or ID – such as your unit number, driver name or zip code.  Other fuel stations may require you to go inside to pay with the fuel discount card (especially in Oregon).  

Depending on credit, you may also be eligible to make a cash advance from your card.  You can also make other purchases, like DEF and other RV/truck-related products and services, like tires, and vehicle weigh-in. Although convenient to make additional purchases with your EFS card, discounts are usually only available on diesel fuel.

At the time of the purchase, the pump will be counting up at the regular pump price. The fuel discount will not show at the pump when fueling.  After your purchase is completed, TSD logistics processes the payment. The discounts will soon show up in the app on your smart phone. Often showing within a couple hours of purchase. 

Payment will come directly out of your bank account like a debit card the next business day. Regardless of where you fill at, the debit will be from TSD logistics. You will also receive an email confirming the purchase and showing you the discount received.  The emails have detailed spreadsheets attached.

Keep in mind when looking in the app, it is showing the gross discount on fuel.  The actual saving will be 90% of what you see, as TSD logistics keeps 10% of the cost saving per gallon.

Where can you use the discount fuel card?

You can use the EFS fleet fuel card at more than 16,000 truck stop locations across North America. The most common ones are major chains like Love’s Travel Centers, Pilot/Flying J, TA, and Petro. Note that while you can use the card at all of these 16,000+locations, not all of them offer the most attractive discount rates.

TDS Logistics has negotiated the BEST rates from Love’s Travel Stops, TA and Petro. Unfortunately, Pilot/Flying J locations recently withdrew from the TDS Logistics fuel card program, effective March 9, 2020. However, we have generally found the best discount fuel prices at Love’s, TA and Petro anyway.

We like to use the price locator function of the smart phone app.  This helps us find all of the available discounted fuel stations on our route and even highlights the best price. You will find more information about the app a little further down in this post.

When paying at the pump, there will be additional options on the screen that you might not be used to.  The most notable is that you will need to select ‘tractor’ for vehicle type.  Other options in the menu will include if you want to purchase additional products of services.  You may also have the option to make a cash advance.

What does the fuel discount program cost?

It is free to apply for the card. There are no long-term contracts to sign and no hidden fees. If you choose not to use the program any longer, simply stop using the card. It’s that simple. 

TSD Logistics only charges a fee of 10% of the fuel discount per gallon, given by fuel vendor to the card at the time of purchasing fuel. 

For Example: If the fuel saving is $0.50 per gallon, TSD will keep 5 cents per gallon and your net saving will be $0.45 per gallon. If they don’t save you any money, there is no charge.

Some fuel locations may charge an additional small fee. For example, we were charged $0.65 at TA in Las Vegas. But we were not charged a fee at any of the Love’s locations. TSD Logistics has a better deal negotiated with Love’s, so the fee is absorbed by them.

How much will you save on fuel?

It depends. Fuel savings per gallon vary across locations around the country. However, the average cost saving is about 30-40 cents per gallon, according to TSD Logistics. But as you saw in our example above, we have personally enjoyed discounts as high as $0.85 per gallon (gross). We have found (so far) that Loves seems to offer the best discounts. But not always. TSD confirmed that they do have a better deal negotiated with Love’s Travel Stops and encourage their drivers to use them where possible. 

Use the app to plan your fuel stops at the best priced fuel stations along your route. The green geo pin on the app map makes it easy to spot these locations..

Of course, the more you drive, and more fuel you purchase, the greater your total savings will be.  We spend many thousands of dollars every year on fuel. So, we anticipate that we are likely to save over $1,000 per year on fuel, thanks to this discount fuel card.

How do you pay for your discount fuel and purchases?

Use your EFS card at the location where you are filling your RV or truck. You will need to pay for your fuel (and other) purchases, including any cash advances, with the actual EFS card to receive the fuel discount.  You can’t simply present the card to receive a discount and then place the purchase on a credit card. When using the EFS card, the amount you owe will be automatically debited from your bank account, the next business day after your fuel purchase. You can keep track of your transactions via the app.

PROS

  • Significant savings on diesel fuel purchases
  • Cash advance up to $200 can be convenient
  • Can charge additional purchases to card (DEF, propane, tires, scales, showers (note: these additional purchases might not be discounted)
  • Available at over 16,000 locations in North America
  • App offers route planning and shows deepest discount in area

CONS

  • Not available at all fuel locations
  • Not available for gasoline purchases (only diesel)
  • Some vehicles cannot accept the larger fuel nozzle in the truck lanes, and discounts are only available if filling in truck lanes (not auto lanes, even at truck stops)
  • You have to provide your bank account details and social security card number to TDS logistics to set it up

What's the catch?

There isn’t one. You apply for a card, start using it, and start saving on diesel fuel!

Seriously though. We understand that the biggest reservation for most folks will be the idea of having to hand over your bank account details and social security number to the company. While this is obviously sensitive information, keep this in mind. TSD Logistics is basically providing you with a credit line via their EFS Corporate Fleet account. They are the ones making initial payment for the fuel at the truck stop location, (and any other charges on your statement). They need to recoup that from you by debiting from your bank account. Their Accounting Controller explained to us that a social security number was required in case they needed to pursue an unpaid account via collections. 

We did our homework on the company first. In our research, we discovered that TSD Logistics was established as a family business in 1980. So they have been around for almost 40 years. They are a highly respected bulk transport provider, and known as the tire and rubber industry’s most trusted carrier of raw materials, including carbon black. TSD Logistics is a values-based business, with a focus on quality. Their clients include Michelin, Goodyear and Firestone. We also found they have 4.3 star ratings on Google and a 4 star rating by employees (past/present) on Glassdoor.

Who can apply?

Presently, the TDS fuel card program is open to anyone with a diesel-powered vehicle (RV and/or truck) that can fill up in the truck lanes at the big truck stops.

And, it’s available to anyone with a US Bank Account with US currency. So the program is open to US and Canadian residents alike, as long as you have a US Bank account with a US Bank 9 digit Routing Number. The bank account must allow for ACH Withdrawals from a US based Company,  These are the requirements for the TDS fuel program.

How to sign up and start saving on fuel

Ready to sign up for your discount card? Click here to apply online

In the “Referred by” field, type in RVLOVE.

You can also print out and complete the PDF form – use this non-carrier version and return to them via mail or email.

It only takes a few minutes to complete their simple, online fuel card application, with your information, and how you came to be referred to the program.

TDS Logistics recently changed their online application process to a secure platform, powered by McLeod Software. You will be asked to provide your personal information, such as name, address, email, phone and preferred method of shipping the card. They will also ask you who were Referred by (type in RVLOVE). They will also ask for your social security number, bank name, account type, account number and routing number.  

Next, you will receive an email from TSD Logistics with the subject header “User Confirmation Requested” asking you to confirm your email address by clicking the link provided within 12 hours of receipt. 

Once your application has been approved, TSD Logistics will mail your fleet fuel card with discounts, along with a letter with instructions to complete the setup of your account and PIN number. This information will be important for when you download the EFS app. Next, download the EFS Card Control app and integrate with your card, so you can start exploring fuel prices and filling your tank. Lastly, start using the card and see the savings add up!

How long does it take?

Completing the online application is very fast – just a couple of minutes. Once submitted online, applications are typically processed within 7-14 days. However, due to the popularity of the program and current volume of applications in the queue, we have been advised by TSD Logistics that processing can take up to 3 weeks.

Expedited processing is available at an additional charge.  To have your application moved toward the front of the line, there is a $20 fee to have it processed in 48 hours.  Once processed, you could also choose to pay an additional $50 + the cost of overnight shipping to have your card as fast as possible. Typically the card is sent out via regular mail. Ready to sign up for your discount card? Click here to apply online

You can also print out and complete the PDF form – use this non-carrier version and return to them via mail or email.

Get the EFS Card Control App

On your smart phone, download the EFS Card Control App for 24 hour access to the latest fuel prices, and your card’s activity. Enter your card number and pin  This app will keep track of all of your EFS charges and show you estimated prices after discount for all locations close to you that accept EFS.

Follow the setup instructions to connect your new EFS fuel card account with the app. If you have any issues at all, call the EFS customer service number shown on the letter. We found them to be very helpful and accommodating in completing the setup and getting started using the app.

This app allows you to track all of your transactions. Remember that fuel discounts shown in the app are the gross discount. You will receive 90% of that discount on fuel after TSD Logistics retains their 10%.

The app also has a handy price locator function. This provides you with their rates at any location along your route, so you can plan your fills in advance and maximize your savings.

RVLove partners with TSD Logistics

After discovering this program and having successful experiences with fuel savings, we reached out to TSD Logistics to ask if we could share this program and benefits with our RVLOVE community. We wanted to help educate you – our fellow RVers – about the program so you can save big money at the pump, too. They were thrilled and said YES, so we are delighted to confirm we are now partnered with TSD Logistics in helping to make this program available to you.

When completing your application, simply type RVLOVE in the “Referred By” field. This doesn’t cost you any extra, and they send us a $25 fuel credit. It’s an easy way to say “thanks” for finding and sharing this huge cost savings opportunity with you, and it doesn’t cost you anything.

Are you ready to start saving?

We hope you found this blog post and video helpful.  If you have any questions, please let us know, so we can get the answers for you, and share them with others.  This discounted fuel program has been fantastic for us, and we are excited to help you save money with it too.  After all, the more folks we get into the program, the more we ALL save, thanks to even better negotiated and deeper discounted fuel prices in the future.

Want to learn about how we also save big on our campground expenses? We have a ton of useful information for you. We’ve saved well over $10,000 on camping fees over the past 5 years, thanks to our Thousand Trails camping membership. Click here to learn more and start saving on your camping.

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76 thoughts on “Discount Fuel – How to Save Money on Fuel with This Fuel Discount Card”

  1. If you did not put in the comments that you wanted two cards when you submitted your application for the card. How are you able to get two cards sent?

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  2. Can you elaborate on the large nozzle? We have a 2018 Ram 1500 eco diesel. Would we see/expect problems.

    Thanks,
    Fred

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    • I am not 100% sure of the exact diameter of the nozzles in the truck lanes, but will try to remember to measure next time. They are definitely larger than the diesel nozzles in the regular car lanes. I regularly see Ford, GM and Dodge trucks in the truck lanes, so I am pretty confident that you can make it work. But maybe those folks have aftermarket fuel tanks in the bed of the truck they are filling. Your best bet would be to swing by a major truck stop next time you drive by and test it. But thanks again for the reminder. I will try to remember to put a tape measure on the nozzle next time I fill.

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  3. Does the price shown in the app include the discount price? Because truck stops are usually a lot more expensive than other stations. If it doesn’t show the discounted price, will be tough to know where my best deal is, especially if they are taking out 10% of the discount.

    Can’t wait to pull up in the truck lanes with my BMW 535d diesel sedan. Should get lots of questions. But 800-850 miles per tank, so I don’t fill up a lot!

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    • I believe the app shows near the best price, but it seems that sometimes we end up paying less than what was shown on the app. Since we know that TA stations and Love’s stations generally have the best discounts for this card right now, we just choose to fill at either a Love’s or TA wherever it makes the most sense on our route. Yes, truck stops usually have a higher advertised pump price than some smaller stations. But when you drive a big rig, we almost always prefer to fill at truck stops anyway. So the savings are big for us. If you plan to fill your BMW remember that the truck lane fuel nozzles might be a bit big for your passenger car. Also, truck stops often run a higher biodiesel content than some passenger vehicles allow. This program isn’t really meant for cars, but if your car can accept the type of fuel and the nozzle size, you might still save some money.

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  4. Applied for diesel card and the link for the web site said it was no longer in use and sent us to another website that asked foe our ss# and bank info. Now not sure your web site info was not hijacked to another link. Very leary we just got hijacked also. Please check to see if it is legit. Thanks

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    • Thank you for bringing this to our attention! It appears they have changed the process for applying. I found another application link. But am awaiting verification from the Financial Controller at the company first before sharing, as obviously it requires personal and sensitive information, and want to verify authenticity before updating our post and sharing new link with you here. Stand by! We love the card and it saves us on average 50c/ gallon at Love’s Travel Stops! Will get back to you here as soon as I get a reply from the Financial Controller.

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      • BTW, if you’re leery about giving TDS access to your checking account, my bank allowed me to set up a second bank account for free. I didn’t get any checks or a credit/debit card for this account. It’s my new fuel account and that’s the account number I gave to TDS.

        After I fuel, I transfer money from my checking account into my fuel account via my bank’s app on my phone. I’ll transfer just enough to cover the fuel purchase.

        The bank (US Bank) wants me to keep at least $25 in this account at all times, which is easy. Check with your bank and see if you can open a second account for fueling. My second account was free because I’m one of those senior-type people. LOL!

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        • Yes Will this is a great idea to further protect your bank account. We have never had any issues, but think your suggestion is a wise one. Hope you enjoy the savings from the card!

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    • Hi Julie, I followed up by testing this link myself and received an email confirmation from TDS Logistics, so here is their new link for applying for the discount fuel card (powered by McLeod Software): https://tsdv.loadtracking.com:8443/im/fuelcardapp – just complete all the info they ask (and mention us as the Referrer) and you should receive your card pretty quickly. If you want two cards, ask for it at the time of applying. I just updated our blog post with the correct new application links. Good luck! And enjoy the savings!

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    • Just wanted to update on the application below. I did receive my card today and the website that they tell you to go to is good. Happy fueling and saving! Thanks

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    • Thank you for bringing this to our attention! It appears they have changed the process for applying. I found another application link. But am awaiting verification from the Financial Controller at the company first before sharing, as obviously it requires personal and sensitive information, and want to verify authenticity before updating our post and sharing new link with you here. Stand by! We love the card and it saves us on average 50c/ gallon at Love’s Travel Stops! Will get back to you here as soon as I get a reply from the Financial Controller.

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    • Hi Lori, I followed up by testing this link myself and received an email confirmation from TDS Logistics, so here is their new link for applying for the discount fuel card (powered by McLeod Software): https://tsdv.loadtracking.com:8443/im/fuelcardapp – just complete all the info they ask (and mention us as the Referrer) and you should receive your card pretty quickly. If you want two cards, ask for it at the time of applying. I just updated our blog post with the correct new application links. Good luck! And enjoy the savings!

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    • Thank you, yes they will apply a $25 fuel credit to us for those who mention our name as referral source. So thank you very much! We hope you love your discount fuel card as much as we do!

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  5. We’ve now used the card twice – saving 12 to 15 cents a gallon over the lowest diesel price in the area, and almost 50 cents a gallon over the advertised price at the pump (Pilot or Love’s, in Tennessee and Mississippi). Thanks for sharing this great program!

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    • Awesome news David – thanks for sharing! The best prices are usually found at Love’s, TA/Petro, and Pilot/Flying J as they have better rates negotiated with them. Hope to see you guys again SOON!

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  6. HI guys,, me again. Now that you have been, hopefully, using the TSD card for a while now how has it been going?? any updates to this program or some use tips..

    ALso how does this work, or will it work with the reward cards a lot of the truck stops like to use like the Loves Reward card and others.. (you can get points to use toward showers and such.) do you by chance have one of the rewards cards and does it still work like normal..??

    thanks for the info and we will be signing up in march of 2020 to get ready to go full time in april next year. 🙂

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    • Hi Carl, we actually have not used the fuel card since we posted the video/blog as we have been in Palm Springs, CA area with a full tank of fuel and no need to re-fill! But the 3 times we used it in September worked a charm and saved us over $130 total in 2 weeks. The best prices you will find at LOVE’S, and TA/Petro, also FLying J/Pilot (supposedly but we have not filled there yet). Not all truck stops offer a discount but all should accept the card. But we make a point of going to the ones that offer the best price namely Loves, TA/Petro. YES you can also use your Love’s and other reward cards to earn points toward showers, coffee and such – we have not tried this as don’t really have a need/interest but other friends of ours DO and it works just fine. It does not cost anything to sign up for the card, no fees at all, so you can apply whenever you like and just start using it when you are ready next year. One more things off the “to do list” if you apply now and just out it away safely until you need it. In the meantime you can start using the app and seeing the prices around your area and other areas to get familiar with it in advance. Hope that helps!

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    • One of the things you did not mention (as far as I could tell) was the ability to link your EFS card with the Loves Connect card which enables you to actually start the pump from inside your rv. (Maybe you did it just to minimize confusion?). While this is a very minor point it is rather tech-cool for the tech-heads. It doesn’t always work (as we found out) and you then just swipe the EFS card normally.
      Thanks for a well written explanation of this cool program.

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      • Thanks for sharing Terry. tech-heads would probably have fun with that feature. But as you mentioned we didn’t want to over complicate the post, and I figure I need to go to the pump to actually pump the fuel anyway. Good for security I suppose in that you are not physically swiping the card, and less risk of losing it if it never leaves the vehicle.

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  7. Will their app tell you which stations have the smaller nozzles? Can’t wait to get the card! They haven’t called yet- but it’s only been 10 days. This is an awesome addition to all the other tips you’ve given out! These full timers appreciate it!! Thanks

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    • Thank you. Glad it was helpful for you. The app won’t identify pumps with smaller nozzles. Nearly all major truck filling stations use the larger nozzles in my experience. Though, there are some stations in smaller towns, or non major filling stations that have smaller nozzles. Odds are, you will be able to make the larger nozzle work. Most diesel trucks, even regular Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks can accommodate from what I hear.

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  8. I am Canadian, so in order for me to use this program i would need an American bank account. do you know if my social insurance number would be acceptable?
    Thanks Terry

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  9. Marc,,

    One question on the fuel saving is I notice the prices at the large truck stops tend to me 30 to 50 cents a gallon higher than surrounding stations like Sheetz, Speedway etc.. I like to use Gasbuddy app on phone to find and report gas/diesel prices around the areas I travel.

    on your saving mentioned how much of that would you have “saved” by NOT stopping at the large truck stops ..

    It sounds like a good thing and getting into TS with 5th wheel, large MH and we pull a 30 ft airstream vs some of the smaller station is easier for sure.

    just wondering if that math was done in looking at this program.. thanks for a great wealth of info.

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    • Hi Carl, It is true that truck stops tend to have a higher price on fuel than some of the smaller fuel stations and especially some of the stations further away from interstates. We regularly use gas buddy to find good fuel prices, and did do some comparisons with the app in our travels after getting our EFS card as well. Sometimes those small stations can have prices close to the price we are able to get with the EFS card. The trick with most of those smaller stations is (as you mentioned) the maneuverability, and sometimes far out of the way. For folks with smaller RVs, or the ability to disconnect, they can be a good fit. But we almost always prefer to fill at truck stops anyway because we love knowing that it will be easy to navigate with our larger motorhome, especially as we are almost always towing a car, which can be very challenging in smaller fuel stations as we cannot use reverse. We have talked to far too many people who did thousands of dollars of damage to their RVs by trying to navigate a tight gas station trying to save a few bucks. So this EFS card is super exciting to us.

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    • Our coach easily accepts the larger high flow nozzle, but it can’t accept the massive flow speed. I usually can only set the nozzle at the first ‘click’ on handle. Thought about opening the cap on the other side of the coach, but have heard horror stories about it coming out the other side. Maybe next time I fill, if I know I need at least 50 gallons, I will open the other side for the first 50, then close it for the rest.

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      • So glad I was reading through all these comments.
        I am a full time now, own a 1500 Ram Eco Diesel. “FUEL FLOW SPEED” is not something that would have registered in my mind. Now I am a bit leery of Nozzle Size And Fuel Flow Speed.
        Perhaps the fuel flow should be listed in the “How It Works” as a caution for small trucks.
        Thank you for all of the information.
        Would definately like the Pros of this program. Still contemplating about the listed and possible Cons.

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  10. Fantastic program, don’t suppose you know of any fleets that use regular gas and offer this sort of program, I can understand why not, everyone and there brother under the sun would have a card, but what if they limit it in some way, say the card is just for RV travels, you have to register an RV or something like that

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    • Sorry. We are not aware of any fleet programs like this for gasoline. But, we did see somebody talk about an app called ‘getupside’ in one of the comments below. Might be worth checking into.

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  11. What type of recourse do you have when they accidently debt your account for the next 3 trucks behind you? With a credit card you can dispute and the money isn’t removed from your account. With direct withdrawl, their mistake becomes your OverDraft fee/penalty?

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this. I am quite concerned about giving out my social security number. Do you know what they do to protect your financial information from getting hacked once they have it and I am assuming store it in their system?

    Already have been a victim of identity theft

    Thanks for any information you can share.

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    • Hello Holly. Sorry to hear that you have been a victim of identity theft. Sad that there are such awful people out there, doing that to others. Even big companies like Target and other national brands have been hacked in recent years. So it is tough to stay safe these days. We were comforted by the fact that they are a 40 year business, and have big clients. Confident that they have good protocol to keep data safe, but there will always be an element of risk. Good to have fraud monitoring system in place just in case. You might want to call TSD logistics directly to ask them this question to get the information first hand.

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    • Holly,, I hope you have taken the steps to FREEZE your credit files especially after an ID theft event.. In fact EVERYone should freeze their credit files to help prevent this from happening.

      The services like Lifeloc , they advertise on TV, radio etc, they will “monitor” your credit and alert you of potential problems are purty much worthless.

      Credit freeze is free in most states and will absolutely prevent issues with credit theft. check out clarkhoward.com and search “credit freeze” (he does a radio show and has been on air for 20 plus years.. )

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  13. When not pulling 5th wheel .can I use in the auto diesel pumps as opposed to the truck pumps ? Most of my fill ups are when just driving truck.

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  14. Hi Marc and Julie, thanks so much for this little gift. We have been looking around lately to see what was available for fuel discounts. And like you said, not much really jumped out at us so far. But this sounds great. I have already applied and used you folks as our referrer. Would you mind if I mentioned this program on my blog and sent my visitors here to sign up?

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  15. Great find, guys! We will be applying for our card soon. One note though: I would not suggest using a funnel to fill a vehicle that can’t take the larger nozzles designed for trucks. The flow volume is too high for the small opening, so you’re likely to overflow the funnel and cause a diesel spill. Fortunately though our truck can use the high-flow nozzles. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thanks David. Glad to share it. It has been awesome. And thanks for pointing that out about the funnel. Not everyone would be careful enough with it, and I also don’t want to encourage folks to use at slower speed, and hold up trucks. That might cause complaints. Awesome that your truck can accept the high flow. I figured most big trucks like yours could. I will take out the funnel comment. Thanks again. Hope to see you this winter.

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  16. Hi,

    Do you know if they run a Credit Check? I have my Credit Files frozen due to identity theft and it is always a great hassle getting the correct one temporarily unfrozen.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    • I don’t believe they run a hard credit check, as we don’t remember seeing a notification on our credit monitoring. But will check with them on that. Based on our experience, I would imagine that you could apply without unfreezing your account.

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        • Hi Sherry. We understand that is a concern for some folks. It was at first for us too. But after speaking to their financial controller, we totally understand. As mentioned in the post, TSD Logistics is basically offering you credit via their corporate fleet card. They need to have an SSN just in case they ever come across somebody who does not have adequate funds in their bank account. They need to reduce their financial exposure risk, by having a path to recover the loss.

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