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JunGleJimBo

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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2009 2:20:45 PM

After reading several replies on "what time of day do you fill up", it got me to thinking, ...

Should you fill up the tank if you only drive in the city? It seems that if you are only driving a short distance anyway, you can save 50 or more pounds ov extra weight. (Fuel weighs app. 6.25 lbs per gallon. Don't put in 8 gallons, you save 50 lbs.) The problem I see is possibly water getting in the fuel through condensation, or extra dirt or other solids blocking the filter. Any thoughts?

I remember back in high school, a friend had a suoped up American Rambler. All us kids would pitch in our lunch money to put in enough gas to get to and from school. It was a blast to ride around in, but we never had enough money to put in more than 1/4 tank or so. Then in 1-2 days, another trip down to the cheapest station in town! Those were fun times!

JimBo
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94Rod
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 7:06:10 AM

I don't
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AH_1_Pilot
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 11:05:54 AM

Best to keep it closer to full than empty.
1. You never know - you may have to make an "emergency" trip - like a family emergency. If it happens at 2am, you don't have to sweat having enough gas to take off.
2. Helps to reduce moisture condensation in the tank. Gas engines don't like water.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 9:20:54 AM

No
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1:45:38 PM

Yap
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HideMKE
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 9:27:09 AM

no
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 9:05:28 AM

Generally stay near 1/2, that amount will often get Me 200 miles of travel if necessary during normal conditions. Excluding any detours.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:33:44 AM

Yup
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nickless
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:11:36 AM

No
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deakzz
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 12:43:55 AM

when i put gas in, its usually a fill-up!
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Mininana
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 12:24:12 AM

with prices on the rise, I'm tending to fill every 100 miles or so...
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 12:24:10 AM

yes
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rcsteve23
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 2:13:28 PM

no
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 6:40:57 AM

Never below, a quarter tank.
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 6:21:52 AM

no
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 1:14:06 AM

Over half most of the time
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 6:43:10 AM

No . . . . .
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SerSpc5
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:33:44 PM

I fill up at 1/2 a tank. I also only use toptier.com gas.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:25:27 PM

1/2 nominal, usually.
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jedchong
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 1:31:11 PM

Fill up 1/2 full so as not carry the extra weight.
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retiredssgt
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:26:25 PM

No! I fill my tank when it gets to 50 miles left.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 9:38:55 AM

Half
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Tomct5755
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 8:56:20 AM

My goals are to avoid getting near empty, and to buy gas near my home where Cumberland Farms offers the SmartPay card where I get $.10 off per gallon. That leads to filling the tank whenever my projected trip would otherwise require purchasing gas on the road. Occasionally GasBuddy might lead me to purchase gas on the road if the price differential is right. Saving a few pennies is not a big deal, but since the gas lords play games with their pricing, it only seems right that I do as well, and GasBuddy and SmartPay help me play.
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chenrulai
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2015 7:36:57 AM

no. because gas itself consumes more gas if you fill the tank full.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 2:03:46 PM

OP, not a bad idea if you travel very little. As for water, etc. in the tank, even if you fill it and then let it run down, you still have the same chance of water, etc. I don't think that would be a problem but as always, don't run it too low.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 7:00:31 AM

Often way back during the year "1999". And then I could afford much other stuff like also, MISC. ETC...... PAID FOR! usually...... Times Change......
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 6:33:05 AM

I fill, when it reaches a quarter tank.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 12:41:47 AM

Fill when empty!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 9:26:56 PM

Yes fill it up; stopping to get gas wastes time and time is money
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 3:54:10 PM

Yes
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juniperus98
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 1:07:23 PM

I fill the tank when it gets to about 1/3 full
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 4:34:51 AM

I fill, when it reaches a quarter tank.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 12:46:41 AM

no
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 8:52:31 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2015 5:52:29 AM

No
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 10:25:56 PM

No.
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 8:19:12 PM

I keep it over 1/2
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 9:05:54 AM

No normally, I went from 1/4 tank to 1/2 tank on Our daily driven vehicle recently. The other two are standing at 1/2 tank levels. While driving primarily at local suburban/city type I know I get better mileage with less vehicle fuel weight.

I do top off at the found better prices when traveling in the bigger cities type traffic or when returning toward home. WFMe.... No problems1
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 7:48:47 AM

no, but when I refuel, I top it off.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 6:10:24 AM

I fill up when the gauge shows less than 1/2 rank.
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SAButton
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:53:46 AM

No, filler up @ 1/4
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GMGuy65
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 12:21:10 AM

I always keep it as full as possible. mostly to reduce condensation, and on vehicles with an in-tank pump, keeping it half full or more will keep the pump cool and it will last longer.

Since I travel out of town, sometimes in Nevada and Wyoming during the winter, I get paranoid and fill the tank full often, that way if they close the freeway, I have enough fuel on board to keep me warm for a long time.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 11:32:44 AM

i like to keep it over half
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:21:23 AM

yes
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 2:34:22 PM

Normally when it gets just below 1/4 full, I fill it.
I do not use a certain time of day.

[Edited by: PaylessKY at 3/27/2015 2:35:08 PM EST]
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Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 8:34:53 AM

Keep full most of the time.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 8:20:52 AM

No, but volatile prices sometimes change the equation
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 7:53:07 AM

I fill as it goes below half, or if I think the prices are on the rise
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 12:52:20 PM

Once a week.
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 9:48:27 AM

Once every two weeks
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 4:00:16 AM

no
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no
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