Diesel Along the Way

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Diesel Along the Way

Post by mthyer » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:41 am

I'm going to be checking to be sure, but I'm driving my diesel VW down to the playa this year. Are there good places to fill up before getting out onto the playa?

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Post by Token » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:46 am

Big truck stop in Ferneley.

You get, what, 40mpg on a bad day? 800 miles between fill-ups?

I fill up in Ferneley and I get 10mpg on a good day. I'm fine to BRC and back to Fernely.

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Post by phil » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:46 am

You're coming from Washington? Knowing your route might make it easier to give good answers.

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Post by Token » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:46 am

Oops. I guess my speil is irrelevant.

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Post by mthyer » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:02 am

@phil Good point, here's the route. Leaving a few days earlier than necessary so that I can reach maximum meander on the way there and arrive in the correct state of mind.

@Token It’s a vanagon so my average is a little reduced (~30 MPG), but I have a large-ish tank so my range is still pretty impressive. I’d still like to roll out on the playa with a nearly full tank if at all possible since this will help protect the fuel system and will make exodus a lot easier.

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Post by Stickygreen » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:41 pm

i've driven the route you have mapped a few times, but I don't drive a diesel... so i doubt I can be of much assistance. I know there is a gas station is cedarville, that will be your last chance for fuel, but i doubt they have diesel. It's just a 2 pump operation. You may get lucky in alturas, there is a larger station that stays open 24 hours around burn time, but again I don't know for sure if there is diesel.

try asking Gwally : http://gwally.com/directions/000402.php

or send a message to the BCWA regional e-mail list, i bet someone will know for sure there: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/burningman-bcwa/
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Post by crstophr » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:29 pm

Chevron in alturas has Diesel.

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Post by Elliot » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:30 pm

One sure place is LaPine Oregon. Big truck stop on the left just before you get into LaPine. Watch closely for it -- they don't have much of a sign. If you cross the RR track, you just missed it.
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Post by Thecatman » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:44 pm

That truck stop in La Pine is called "Gordys". I got a coffee cup from there when I drove flatbed.
Theres an RV park/campground in Lakeview that has biodiesel, if your van can run it. I use it in my 03 Jetta regularly.
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Post by Playa Foot » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:27 pm

I checked on the interweb but could find nothing about diesel in Cedarville, the Lakeview chevron has the cheapest diesel in the area. Coming down from Lakeview, Fandango Pass is an interesting gravel road over the Warner Mountains. Stop in Cedarville, it is a very friendly and burner friendly community.

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Post by teardropper » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:32 am

It's pretty much been said. Yes, there's diesel in Alturas. Don't know about Cedarville, except that it's swell, even in the middle of the night. A worthwhile place to stop, and check out the book store. It's 106 miles from Alturas to Gerlach. You'd only be down a few gallons. And you could avoid Gerlach altogether, if you wanted.
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