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Ultimate Guide To Starting A Mobile Gas Fueling Service: Part 2 Fuel Trailer Vs; Fuel Truck

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One of the most common questions we get is: “Why a TransFueler, instead of a fuel truck?”

This is a pretty easy question for us, as it addresses one of the primary reasons we sell so many mobile fuel trailers.

Fundamentally, it comes down to cost and convenience. A dedicated fuel truck is considerably more expensive, more cumbersome to drive, and is limited to only refueling vehicles. When you choose a brand new TransFueler, you can save about $150,000 – 250,000 versus a new truck, or about $60,000-100,000 versus a used truck. And a LOT of these trucks are pretty worn out…

12 year old fuel truck we sold to a customer for $105,000

You do need a basic pickup truck, and suitable new trucks can be bought for between $24,000 and $40,000. Good used trucks can be easily found from $10,000 and up… And, a standard pickup can be used for a variety of other uses of course, including personal transportation.

TransFueler Aviation refueler towed by a standard pickup

Another aspect, is the lower profile (literally…) of a TransFueler / pickup combo. Fuel trucks are built on heavy duty commercial chassis. Great for hauling large capacities over long distances. Not so good for servicing cars in an office building parking lot. It’s all about using the right tool for the job.

Why buy, drive & maintain a huge, heavy-duty commercial truck, when a standard size pickup & trailer will accomplish the same task? That is precisely why, so many folks are using TransFueler mobile refuelers instead.

If you’re thinking of entering this very interesting new industry, give us a call. We’ve got more experience with these systems than anyone. We’ll set you up with the right tool, for your situation. And if you really do want a big commercial type fuel truck, we can sell you one of those as well…

Next installment: Software & apps. How are you planning on attracting customers, setting appointments, and tracking their purchases?

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