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Old 09-07-2014, 06:02 PM   #11
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Thank you for sharing your experiences. We are about to take a long distance trip with our Class C FR Lexington 283gts and now we know that truck stops are a good option. I have always worried about backing but it's the other drivers that are the big concern.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:06 PM   #12
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I definatly use truck stops, with a 41 ft fiver and a 3500 dually I take up alot of space at a service station. Prices seem to be equal and the extra services at a truck stop make it worth while.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:29 PM   #13
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Biggest issue with truck stops is using your RV bathroom after walking through all of the oil and grease in the fuel lanes. To get around any credit card glitches, I call my card carrier and tell them my route and timing. I use Love's and Flying J/Pilot when I can. At night I generally drop my 5er to level and fill up locally. I mostly try to avoid stopping in mega town truck stops where the truckers are busy; in and out. By all means, LOCK your stuff down. My bicycles are CHAINED and LOCKED to the rear rack AND the rack is CHAINED to my RV bumper. My Silverback has a factory hitch for carrying bikes.
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Old 09-07-2014, 10:03 PM   #14
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Being a gas burner, I use the auto side of Flying J, Love's, Pilot ect.
Pulling a 40 ft 5th wheel requires some preplanning and quick judgement as to where I fuel. Also use iExit and the internet to find the best spots.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:27 PM   #15
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Seems like some of the Pilots/TAs have limited parking for RVs, so we end up parking at the end of the truck lane if we need to take the dog for a quick walk or use the facilities. Is this their way of punishing us for not using their restaurants?
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:15 PM   #16
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Getting gasoline (not diesel) can be a difficult maneuver at many stations, truck stops included. What I do while planning a trip is to check stations reported in Next Exit, and when I see something that interests me, I Google Map it and look for easy access. I then print that page and use it while traveling as a reminder. I also carry a couple gas cans that I can use to carry from the pump to the truck in case I get stuck. So far I haven't had to resort to that.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:21 PM   #17
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Easy access, in and out, and back on the road is more important to me than saving a buck or two. I do use Gas Buddy to find the best price, but it's not a priority while traveling.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:49 PM   #18
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I start looking at half a tank. ..truck stops are preferred but not always handy....@ ~ 60ft it can get tricky but i always tell my wife "if I can get in I can get her out"....

I have learned that the more confident and versed you are in your backing/manuevering skills are, the less intimidating it is....and some places it just wont work....

All the truck stops I hit up north threw me a little as the diesel pumps had 3 options as well as a "reefer" option. ...had to figure that one out...lol...we only got one diesel pump here in texas...
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:27 PM   #19
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Agree 100% with ironj. Couple of times last year I started to second guess myself, but if I can get in, I can get out.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:41 PM   #20
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I buy diesel and stop at truck stops all the way. Easy in and out through the truck pumps
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