The Five Star DEF Story: Florida Bound, The Truck Stop Experience Part 2

We departed Waterloo, IA, three days later bound for SE Florida about 1600 miles and 4 days. It was only a short stretch on freeways in Tennessee, otherwise 2-lane scenic byways through IA, MO, IL, KY, TN, AL, and FL. I figured we could make it without a DEF refill, but the Exhaust Fluid Under 1⁄2 Full message came on 300 miles from our destination in FL.

We decided to give the truck stop a second chance and save our packaged DEF for when we could not find it on the road. We needed to fill up with diesel and decided it would be worth it to get diesel and DEF at the same stop. DEF was $2.69/gallon at the pump; much less than the packaged variety. We pulled into Loves#363 because the navigation system in the F350 had a feature that listed the price of diesel and Loves had a good price, and I wanted to see if they were any different from Pilot.

Forty-five minutes later, after a second less-than-positive truck stop experience which included an inoperative DEF pump due to a faulty interlock switch on the nozzle receptacle, a renewed coat of DEF on my shoes, and about 30 minutes waiting in lines in an understaffed, crowded store with overused restrooms, I decided NEVER AGAIN. We’d use packaged DEF, or find stations that have DEF dispensers that are more user friendly. On to our destination to visit family in Palm City, FL. Pets and wife repeated their turned up nose act at my freshened aroma of diesel and ammonia. We arrived later that day, and got settled in. DEF experiences aside, the first half of our 7500 mi journey had been great, and the truck exceeded our expectations for fuel mileage and comfort. Stay tuned for the rest of the story, what we decided to do about it, and what Five Star DEF can do for you and the environment.

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