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Old 01-01-2013, 04:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I use to haul fuel last summer to Quick trip on a dedicated account.I learned a few things about fuel,before going back to dry van driving.
All fuel is piped in through the same lines,and split up to different loading racks.
Drivers are sent to load up,and they enter different access codes that recieve the particular blends for each station they drive for.
The probability for contaminated fuel was shocking.If for instance you hauled diesel on your last load,you ran your premium load through those hoses,and tanks on your trailer on the following load.This is how the tank,and hoses get cleaned of diesel.
Each drop spot(premium,regular,mid grade) also has a pull chain that we pull that dumps excess water/trash/cigarette butts from drop spots on top of the gas,when rain fills it.
Drivers are required to apply a paste that detects water,and stick each tank,before dropping fuel.Anything over 3 inches of water was "supposed" to be pumped out.
Cross drops did occour.When a driver hooks up 87 to a 93 grade tank for instance,and starts dumping,thats is whats known as a cross drop.
Tanks are also cleaned twice a year.By cleaned,I mean they are ran almost empty.All water and trash are sitting on the bottom,and we get whatever the tanks filters miss.(Memorial day weekend)
One last one I remembered that disturbed me most..
Example>>You start your 12 hr shift,and the driver before you may have been in a hurry.He fails to completely empty all diesel from last load.Your sent to load up,and dump regular,or premium on top of this,and deliver it to your customer.
Drivers are supposed to check that all compartments are empty,before loading,but when you get paid ( poorly) by the load guys sometimes overlook it.
Saw that one happen^^
I also stay faar away from mom and pop stations that sale minimal fuel..
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... the consumer, getting all the business in the END.
Don't you mean the customer is getting it in the business end?

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Each drop spot(premium,regular,mid grade) also has a pull chain that we pull that dumps excess water/trash/cigarette butts from drop spots on top of the gas,when rain fills it.
I remembered that disturbed me most...


Like I sed, the Dirty Duck prefers Kum and Go out here in these western parts.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Don't you mean the customer is getting it in the business end?



Like I sed, I sniff Dirty Duck farts out here in these western parts.


What??
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Don't you mean the customer is getting it in the business end?



Like I sed, the Dirty Duck prefers Kum and Go out here in these western parts.
I think you mean the middle parts. No such thing in the Pacific and some of the Mountain time zones
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Item that popped out to me was the "phase separation" issue.. Since ethanol is heavier than gasoline is there some mechanical device in the flex-fuel vehicles tanks that automatically mixes the alternate fuel before fed into the fuel delivery system?

The gasoline underground storage tanks don't concern me since the report indicated the ethanol is introduced (or mixed) in with gas at the pump. Future issues may be if ethanol is so much more corrosive are underground storage tanks certified, or be engineered to hold ethanol?

Old-timers will remember when non-leaded gasoline was first introduced and reports of piston ring failure began surfacing for some engines, especially higher compression engines to the point where compatible non-lead piston rings replacements started being produced and offered before ring (or cylinder wall damage) could occur.

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The children now "running" the EPA are shooting before they aim and have no idea of the damage to the infrastructure of the country they are causing. Assuming they care.
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I think you mean the middle parts. No such thing in the Pacific and some of the Mountain time zones
If you are talking about the stations, I am on Mountain Time right now and passed several of these stations today. Depends on where you are.
Kum & Go exercises a bit better quality control and that is the reason for my comment.

The EPA, IMHO would love to regulate a fart in a whirlwind if they could find it.
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If you are talking about the stations, I am on Mountain Time right now and passed several of these stations today. Depends on where you are.
Kum & Go exercises a bit better quality control and that is the reason for my comment.

The EPA, IMHO would love to regulate a fart in a whirlwind if they could find it.
I said "some" of Mountain. There are none in WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, UT, or AZ. Those are the westernmost continental states.
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Kum & Go exercises a bit better quality control.
True; but there is something to be said about taking one's time, as well.

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