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I have been recommended by others to get a Pacific Pride or other cardlock station membership. Supposedly, because cardlock stations have no amenities other than fuel pumps, they are a lot less crowded, and people there move more quickly than in normal truck stops or other places.

Does anyone use this? This appears to be a nice alternative on long trips than dealing with the bedlam of most gas stations.

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ctilsie242 wrote:

I have been recommended by others to get a Pacific Pride or other cardlock station membership. Supposedly, because cardlock stations have no amenities other than fuel pumps, they are a lot less crowded, and people there move more quickly than in normal truck stops or other places.

Does anyone use this? This appears to be a nice alternative on long trips than dealing with the bedlam of most gas stations.


My understanding is they're business oriented.

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I looked into this in the past and they only deal with businesses.


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A few years back the Auto dealership I worked at had one of those card lock cards, they don't post the price like reg stations nor were they on the pumps either.
It just showed how many gallons of fuel you pumped.
We'd get the bill monthly.

We quit using it because their prices fluctuated worse than the stations across the street from it...
And no they were not that much lower, maybe $.04 at most..

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I have been using Pacific Pride for a number of years. Yes, they can be more expensive than other stations and yes they can be cheaper. I plan my fueling around PP and Flying J/Pilot. When there are stations in close proximity, I call and get the price of the PP fuel and then compare it to the others. You do not have to purchase a set number of gallons per year and there is no fee. I have it set up where they charge my bank account monthly and I have never had an issue. I do not chase the lower prices at the little mom and pop stores just to save a few cents. Convenience is worth it to me to go to a big station and not have to fool with the little bumper car crowd





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I have been using Pacific Pride for a number of years. Yes, they can be more expensive than other stations and yes they can be cheaper. I plan my fueling around PP and Flying J/Pilot. When there are stations in close proximity, I call and get the price of the PP fuel and then compare it to the others. You do not have to purchase a set number of gallons per year and there is no fee. I have it set up where they charge my bank account monthly and I have never had an issue. I do not chase the lower prices at the little mom and pop stores just to save a few cents. Convenience is worth it to me to go to a big station and not have to fool with the little bumper car crowd

Are affiliated with a business?

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dons2346 wrote:

I have been using Pacific Pride for a number of years. Yes, they can be more expensive than other stations and yes they can be cheaper. I plan my fueling around PP and Flying J/Pilot. When there are stations in close proximity, I call and get the price of the PP fuel and then compare it to the others. You do not have to purchase a set number of gallons per year and there is no fee. I have it set up where they charge my bank account monthly and I have never had an issue. I do not chase the lower prices at the little mom and pop stores just to save a few cents. Convenience is worth it to me to go to a big station and not have to fool with the little bumper car crowd

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Nope! I called PP and asked for an application,told them I was a motorhome owner. Received my app, filled it out and sent it in. Received my card lock card and have been using it ever since.

Only thing is that I had to sign a statement that I would not use the PP site to pump regular gas in the state of Oregon.

You can get a monthly billing statement and then write them a check but our travels and a mail forwarding service made it simpler to let them do a bank draft. I watch it every month paying attention to what they tell me the cost of my fuel is per gallon and what I am charged for and it has always been right to the penny. No problems with PP whatsoever

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We've been using Pioneer Fuel for several years. They are a PP reseller & cater to RV's. Monthly auto checking acct withdrawls make it pretty simple. Prices are always at or below other stations in the area when I refuel. And since the stations are designed for trucks it's much easier to get in & out. Plus no waiting for a gas jockey in Oregon. Plus much less busy. Win-win.


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I have used PP for the last 15 years for my business, the stations are usually easier to get in and out of and most have a bathroom that you can access with your card. They have an app to find fueling locations that gives you what services are at each location as well as how good the access is.

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