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Old 01-23-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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New to camping, planning some trips after the spring thaw. My tv is a gas F250 ( never seen a gas station it doesn't like ) I know I will not get any mileage while towing and I plan frequent stops. While looking for top off the tank are truck stops a good bet, do they handle gasoline in additional to diesel ? I guess I am looking for a station that I can easily get into with a 31 ft TT. Thanks in advance Chuck in Va
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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I think most truck stops only have diesel in the back for the truck pumps. You'll need to eye up the pumps out front for gasoline.

Some Flying J or Pilots have "RV Pumps" that are off to one side that supposedly are easier in/out. Some offer extras like fresh water, a dump station and propane.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:40 PM   #3
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I’ve yet to see a gasoline pump at the truck pumps in back at travel plazas. Generally speaking though, the travel centers are the best places to get fuel (not necessarily the cheapest). Back when I had a gasser I would research locations of Travel America (T/A), Pilot, Flying J, Loves, and Petro that were along my planned route. The gasoline pumps at these stations usually have more maneuvering room.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:41 PM   #4
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We keep a copy of The Next Exit in our truck. It's great for finding RV friendly gas and food at different exits on the interstates. And we use diesel, so it also notes which stations carry diesel fuel.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:36 AM   #5
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New to camping, planning some trips after the spring thaw. My tv is a gas F250 ( never seen a gas station it doesn't like ) I know I will not get any mileage while towing and I plan frequent stops. While looking for top off the tank are truck stops a good bet, do they handle gasoline in additional to diesel ? I guess I am looking for a station that I can easily get into with a 31 ft TT. Thanks in advance Chuck in Va
I have a long set up as well, 31' FT and a double cab long bed. I don't purposely look for truck stops. So far, I've been able to get into/out of normal gas stations while traveling. Keeping in mind that the stations near highways are likely set up with easier access for longer vehicles. Now, you still have to use your power of observation to determine if you can manage the maneuvering to get to the pumps. Generally speaking, I won't pull into a station of which I can't determine how to get out. After a bit, you'll get somewhat of an instinct where you can go. I wouldn't attempt any local gas stations when they are set in town as they may have little or no maneuvering room.

Take my advise with a grain of salt. I have lots of experience pulling my TT, I'm adventurous and like a challenge.

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I look for pumps on the end, they are easier to pull away from. I generally stay 5' or so away from the pump, this gives plenty of room to pull out and turn should I need to go in that direction.
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Last fall we pulled into a so called truck stop needing gas... I could not pull out forward and had to back out into the frontage road. Dw2b had to get out and hold up traffic so I could back out Bertha (36'8") Did it on the first try too!
But the bigger adventurer was driving threw the back road hills on are way to Nolan State Park in Kentucky. WOW I will never forget that drive as long as I live!!! Just remembering it makes my knuckles white. Thanks to Bitchen Betty (gps)and Google maps!
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You may want to look for fuel stops where the pumps are parallel with road. We have done this when we had a gasser. Have diesel now so we just go in and rub shoulders with the big boys.
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You may want to look for fuel stops where the pumps are parallel with road. We have done this when we had a gasser. Have diesel now so we just go in and rub shoulders with the big boys.
X2 on pumps are parallel with road.
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New to camping, planning some trips after the spring thaw. My tv is a gas F250 ( never seen a gas station it doesn't like ) I know I will not get any mileage while towing and I plan frequent stops. While looking for top off the tank are truck stops a good bet, do they handle gasoline in additional to diesel ? I guess I am looking for a station that I can easily get into with a 31 ft TT. Thanks in advance Chuck in Va
The worst problem are the people at gas pumps that have never pulled anything, for some reason they think that you can turn like a car and they will block you in. I try to pull up so no one can block me in even if I cover two pumps. I was in Charlottesville VA last summer and had to stop at a regular gas station to get diesel with a 40 ft 5er. I had to wait for 4 cars to move before I could get out.

On another note check out Kerr Lake it has some great camp sites. The VA side has red mud in the lake stay on the NC side it has sandy bottoms.

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