EFS diesel discount card review

Wayne

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I've been using the EFS RV fuel discount card for a couple months and have saved a considerable amount buying fuel. TSD Logistics runs the discount program and EFS administers the card.

There is a list of truck stop chains that offer discounts at various levels from a few cents discount up to around $1/gallon! I've fueled the truck and saved over $30 in one fill up. Paying $1.50/gallon makes fuel for the entire trip much less expensive than paying $2.50+/gallon retail.

EFS has what I think is a great app. You can locate stations that take the card and see exactly what you'll pay per gallon right on the map. After you pay, you'll see what you actually paid per gallon within seconds of shutting the pump off. The pump always shows the retail price and makes no attempt to tell you what you've actually paid, hence you must check on the EFS app. You can also route plan fuel stops for your route. Route planning works very well.

One catch is that you can only get the discount at a commercial vehicle pump (big truck fuel lane). The nozzles are large and most have a ring that prevents the nozzle from going all the way into smaller filler necks. You have to hold the nozzle allowing enough air gap for air to escape will filling. Unless you want a diesel fuel bath, do not run the nozzle at full speed. You learn quickly the rate you can fill, trust me I know from experience. Experience has also taught me that when you first hear the gurgling of a full tank, stop and do not remove the nozzle immediately, give it about 15 seconds to burp a couple times. Do not under any circumstances top your tank off, unless you want that diesel fuel shower. I've also learned to stand with my feet away from the filler, because there will be times when a burp spills a bit of fuel. Once you learn how to fuel at a high flow pump, it becomes a non event. Personally, I like fueling in the commercial lanes, because it's easy in and easy out, unlike the automotive lanes which can be a real challenge with a 30' trailer.

Pump edicate. Pull into an empty lane and fuel without any delay. RVers are recreating and semi drivers are working. When done fueling pull ahead and let the semi behind you fuel. You can sit in front of the fueling truck until they are ready to move, but don't be that guy who blocks a big truck in his lane. Just don't do it.

Loves app. Loves has a fantastic app that allows you to put your EFS card info into the app. You can turn a pump on from your phone without ever swiping anything at the pump. It works very well. The only drawback about Loves is their discount went from about 90 cents/gallon to 26 cents/gallon nationwide. I really enjoyed getting 80-110 cents/gallon off while it lasted.

The screen prompts at commercial vehicle pumps are not what you're used to at regular pumps, as they have many more questions and it takes a bit longer. The main questions you'll get tripped up on are the questions asking you to enter the chains reward number and what you are fueling. Every pump I've been to give the option to skip most questions, but the one you can't skip is the "what are you fueling" question. The correct answer is "tractor" in most cases. We don't have refers, so don't select that. If you need DEF you can usually select that at the same time you select 'tractor'.

Currently the best discounts are the TA/Petro at about $1/gallon. When you sign up for the card you are given the URL and password for their published discounts area, but the app shows the same information, so I just check the app.

I was a bit sceptical about the EFS discount card, because I knew nothing about it. They are a legitimate company with a legitimate fuel discount card that has been around for a long time. Use with confidence.

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I've been using the EFS RV fuel discount card for a couple months and have saved a considerable amount buying fuel. TSD Logistics runs the discount program and EFS administers the card.

There is a list of truck stop chains that offer discounts at various levels from a few cents discount up to around $1/gallon! I've fueled the truck and saved over $30 in one fill up. Paying $1.50/gallon makes fuel for the entire trip much less expensive than paying $2.50+/gallon retail.

EFS has what I think is a great app. You can locate stations that take the card and see exactly what you'll pay per gallon right on the map. After you pay, you'll see what you actually paid per gallon within seconds of shutting the pump off. The pump always shows the retail price and makes no attempt to tell you what you've actually paid, hence you must check on the EFS app. You can also route plan fuel stops for your route. Route planning works very well.

One catch is that you can only get the discount at a commercial vehicle pump (big truck fuel lane). The nozzles are large and most have a ring that prevents the nozzle from going all the way into smaller filler necks. You have to hold the nozzle allowing enough air gap for air to escape will filling. Unless you want a diesel fuel bath, do not run the nozzle at full speed. You learn quickly the rate you can fill, trust me I know from experience. Experience has also taught me that when you first hear the gurgling of a full tank, stop and do not remove the nozzle immediately, give it about 15 seconds to burp a couple times. Do not under any circumstances top your tank off, unless you want that diesel fuel shower. I've also learned to stand with my feet away from the filler, because there will be times when a burp spills a bit of fuel. Once you learn how to fuel at a high flow pump, it becomes a non event. Personally, I like fueling in the commercial lanes, because it's easy in and easy out, unlike the automotive lanes which can be a real challenge with a 30' trailer.

Pump edicate. Pull into an empty lane and fuel without any delay. RVers are recreating and semi drivers are working. When done fueling pull ahead and let the semi behind you fuel. You can sit in front of the fueling truck until they are ready to move, but don't be that guy who blocks a big truck in his lane. Just don't do it.

Loves app. Loves has a fantastic app that allows you to put your EFS card info into the app. You can turn a pump on from your phone without ever swiping anything at the pump. It works very well. The only drawback about Loves is their discount went from about 90 cents/gallon to 26 cents/gallon nationwide. I really enjoyed getting 80-110 cents/gallon off while it lasted.

The screen prompts at commercial vehicle pumps are not what you're used to at regular pumps, as they have many more questions and it takes a bit longer. The main questions you'll get tripped up on are the questions asking you to enter the chains reward number and what you are fueling. Every pump I've been to give the option to skip most questions, but the one you can't skip is the "what are you fueling" question. The correct answer is "tractor" in most cases. We don't have refers, so don't select that. If you need DEF you can usually select that at the same time you select 'tractor'.

Currently the best discounts are the TA/Petro at about $1/gallon. When you sign up for the card you are given the URL and password for their published discounts area, but the app shows the same information, so I just check the app.

I was a bit sceptical about the EFS discount card, because I knew nothing about it. They are a legitimate company with a legitimate fuel discount card that has been around for a long time. Use with confidence.

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Wayne

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This is the link to TSD's site that explains the fuel card program

About half way down the page is this link - that's where you apply: https://tsdv.loadtracking.com:8443/im/fuelcardapp

Yes, they do need the personal numbers they ask for, if you want the card, then give it to them.

I suggest opening a checking account with enough fuel money for your upcoming trip if you don't feel comfortable giving them your regular acct #. Yes, I'm purposely obfuscating what I'm writing because some software sees discussions about financial things as casting a line and seeing what you catch (the other word for that).

Some people don't like that they ask for your SSN, but it didn't matter to me.

One thing I learned this past week is not to buy DEF with the card. There usually is no discount on DEF and TSD will charge their fees for the purchase, so you're effective price will actually be higher than the retail pump price.
 

Wayne

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We just returned from a trip to Austin and saved approximately $50 with the EFS fuel card, which is right at 25% savings on fuel costs.
 
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