If you are heading out on the road in your RV this summer, fuel will be one of your largest expenses. With the TSD Logistics Fuel card, you can save over 50 cents per gallon of Diesel. Sorry gasoline engine owners, it only works with diesel but for the lowest rates on fuel in your area check out the free Gas Buddy app.
We love saving money on our basic monthly necessities like campground fees (with RV Club memberships) and fuel with this card! It lowers our cost of living so we can spend more on experiences.
TSD Logistics Fuel Card
TSD Logistics is a truck logistics company based out of Texarkana, Texas. As part of being a logistics company, they negotiate fuel rates with truck stops around the U.S. based on the amount of fuel they purchase. The more fuel, the lower the rate they pay.
In 2019, they decided to open their fuel program to RVer’s and they have been growing ever since. With more fuel being purchased, they are able to continuously negotiate better rates with truck stops.
The fuel card is currently available to anyone who purchases diesel from truck stops. It can not be used at RV pumps or normal car pumps but only from the commercial pumps.
When you apply, you must submit some personal information but no more than any other credit card. You must submit your social security number since it is used as the control number (more on that later), and in the case TSD Logistics is not able to collect payment and they need it to submit a claim.
You must also submit a routing and account number from your bank since the fuel card only works with ACH. We at Getaway Couple do not like even using our debit card so were a little hesitant to share our routing and account information (not because we don’t trust TSD Logistics, but Jason’s information security background makes him a little paranoid) but that was quickly solved.
We opened up another checking account which is only funded with money for fuel and provided that routing and account number to TSD Logistics. Now we just make sure to keep that account funded.
After you submit your application, you should receive your fuel card in 3 – 4 weeks. If you want it sooner, they do have the option to pay for expedited processing for an additional $20 and overnight shipping for $50.
There is no set discount since it varies from brand to brand. We have received discounts up to $1 off per gallon but the average we get is around $0.60 / gallon since we shop around for the highest discounts.
Here is a real-life example: On May 5th, 2020 we purchased fuel from a TA truck stop in Parowan, UT. The total cost listed on the pump was $53.46 for 20.11 gallons or $2.66 / gallon.
Using the TSD Logistics fuel card, we paid a total of $35.35 for 20.11 gallons of fuel or $1.76 / gallon. That is a total savings of $18.11 or $0.90 / gallon which is amazing!
See below how to use the EFS app to find the cheapest rates near you.
The fuel program has no initial fee for applying. It also has no monthly fee or contract. So how do they make money?
The TSD Logistics fuel card charges a 10% fee on the discount they save you. In the example above, that means they would charge you a fee of $1.81. That lowers your discount to only $0.80 / gallon. Still a great deal!
EFS Card and App
When you first receive your card, it can be a little confusing. You open the envelope from TSD Logistics and out drops a card labeled EFS. Think of the EFS/TSD relationship like this: EFS is VISA (payment network), TSD Logistics is Chase (card issuer).
In order to find the current prices available to you and find the biggest discount. You will need to download the EFS CardControl app from the App store. Once you log in, click the ☰ in the top left corner then click Price Locator.
The Price Locator page will load a map with a picture of a semi truck showing your current location. It will display any truck stop prices immediately around you. You can use your fingers to pinch and zoom the map to show further down your route. Just click the 🔍to search the currently displayed map.
The pins will show the current prices on the map. It will automatically show the lowest price pin as green so you can quickly identify it. For more information, you can click on the pin. It will display the truck stop’s address, GPS coordinates, latest price, last updated time, and more.
Using the card at the Truck Pump
Your EFS card (by TSD Logistics) is accepted at all major truck stops right at the pump. No more needing to go inside to pay, you can swipe and go following the instructions below.
Insert your EFS card into the credit card slot like normal. After a minute it will ask you a few questions about fuel type. This will usually be between Tractor Fuel or Reefer Fuel.
You will select Tractor Fuel (stands for Tractor Trailer fuel and is used and taxed for on-road use; Reefer fuel is for the refrigerator units on trailers and is taxed for off-road use)
It will then ask you if you need DEF if there is a DEF pump available.
Next, it will ask if you want to use your cash allowance. This will allow you to withdraw cash like an ATM. If you say yes, they will have it for you at the cashier inside. You will say no for a normal transation.
Finally, it will ask for you control number. TSD Logistics sets this as the last 4 of you social security number. Once input, it will allow you to start filling you tank with fuel.
If it asks for a unit number, just enter 0000. This is for commercial truckers.
When you are finished, ignore the dollar amount on the pump. You will be charged the lower price stated on the EFS app. Your receipt of purchase is usually available within a few minutes of fuelling.
You will then receive an e-mail receipt from TSD Logistics detailing the transaction and charging your bank via ACH within a few days of filling up.