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Old 06-25-2016, 08:13 AM   #31
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Just make sure you have enough cargo capacity in your TV for the extra weight of the fuel and the tank. Unless you have a really light trailer, you'd be pushing it with anything smaller than a 3/4 ton.


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Old 06-25-2016, 09:03 AM   #32
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Have been camping since 1960 with everything from a tent to a 31' tt and now a 31' 5th wheel and have never had trouble getting into gas stations to get gas. I guess I just don't understand OP's particular problem.

Ditto. Even with the previous setups of motorhomes and enclosed trailers. At one time I had a 32' gasser with a 24' enclosed trailer and never had issues at gas stations. Could be a difference in location on routes of travel though.

The last motorhome was diesel, so we almost always stopped at truck stops on the way to the track. That was easy except for having to go in and leave a card.

My dad was a truck driver and made me pull a trailer most of the time when I had my learners permit. He would get me into some crazy situations for a 15 year old and talk me through how to get out. He always said that if you can get in, there's always a way out.


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Old 06-25-2016, 09:56 AM   #33
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No one sleeps in it. I have it packed up pretty good when traveling. I would expect to have the aux tank vented to outside. The biggest issue I see is cutting a hole in topper to be able to fill the aux tank. Then how to fill the normal tank from aux tank. Will probably have a fill nozzle and gravity feed???



Wish they had a larger tank option for these Chevy trucks. Kind of dumb to put a 6.2 L in getting 10 MPG and only have a 21 gal useable tank.

Sounds like you have my problem too- small tank syndrome!

Look at car-parts.com. I am looking for the larger tank that came on the '15 & '16's for the tundra. It uses the same fuel pump and mounts in same location- just a little longer. Many yards won't "common carrier" ship so look for one in your area. Get the vin of the wrecked truck and call your local GM dealer- they can tell you if the wreck has the larger tank or not. Also make sure the pump and straps are the same.


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Old 06-27-2016, 11:00 AM   #34
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Have been camping since 1960 with everything from a tent to a 31' tt and now a 31' 5th wheel and have never had trouble getting into gas stations to get gas. I guess I just don't understand OP's particular problem.
Well, I'm pretty sure those that do have issues aren't lying about it. Just different circumstances from you. Or you're the absolute best vehicle driver in the history of the world. Could be either of those.
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It's all about the angles at which these pumps are laid out relative to each other and the main station building. Pulling in is the easy part. Getting out with building in front of you and other cars behind you becomes a bit more tricky. Pumps that are laid out parallel to the building that allow for easy pull through are what I look for.
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Old 06-27-2016, 03:44 PM   #36
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That was my biggest headache, outside of the constant construction zone from Illinois to Georgia We had several times that the lots were tight and it took almost as long to move around the area to get to a pump as it took to pump the gas. We also had our first experience of needing to drive uphill to the pumps and scraped the frame on the way up. OUCH. I need to create an app that rates gas stations by being RV friendly. Maybe you know of one, if so let me know and I'll support the creator of the app.

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Since op asked about diesel truck and truck stops...

I use truck stop diesel lane exclusively.. Truckers don't care as a matter of fact they will jump behind me knowing it won't take long for me to fuel. I timed the diesel fill speed at almost 20 gallons a minute. Know about how much you need at slow pump down when close to full. Can get DEF also. If a Good Sam member 3 cents off per gallon.

Once your full, pull up to white line so next truck can get to pump. Go use bathroom, make lunch etc. you have about 10 min there. If you need longer go park in truck lot.

I love the truck lanes...
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:29 PM   #38
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Just got back from a 1700 mile trip to the Smokies. This was our first out of state trip with the new longer TT. I have found that getting gas is the one biggest issue since my truck is a gasser. We downloaded a truck stop app and used it at first but we found the truck stops are no easier if you don't have a diesel and some were actually worse. I did not find one gas station the whole trip that had a RV fill area. Some stations here in MI do and they are the only easy way I have found to fill up with a 50 ft rig. If you have a diesel do you use the truck stops??? I am considering buying a new diesel truck as I see no easy way around these stupid gas station layouts and fighting all the cars for a pump. Not sure fighting all the semi's at truck stops would be easier thou???? I don't see why the truck stops can't have one gas pump for us RV's in the trucker area. So what's the consensus out there ???? Is getting diesel fuel really any easier than gas ??????
I've had some of the same issues with my gas TV. The truck itself is 22.5 feet from bumper to bumper. Add the TT from hitch to bumper and I'm looking at another 32 feet or so. So roughly 55 feet of anything is sometimes difficult to get into a gas station. I like to look for places like Pilot or Blue Beacon because its likely they will have other fuel stations near them that I can fit into. I've been into some tight spaces and had to back out but so far I've been lucky. I can go about 250 miles on a tank but my tank is 38 gallons and I only get about 8 - 9 on flat ground, 6-7 with hills. Planning is the key. These forums are also a good place to ask about stations on particular routes.
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It's what you like, I can make better time by not stopping at gas stations and truck stops are to high in price. I can go for two days or more without filling up. I buy at Walmart or somewhere cheap after I unhook from camper. I use gas buddy and with my card I save 5% off the price but it's mostly for time saved when I'm on the road. This just works for me, most people don't have a extra fuel tank and they get along just fine.


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It's what you like, I can make better time by not stopping at gas stations and truck stops are to high in price. I can go for two days or more without filling up. I buy at Walmart or somewhere cheap after I unhook from camper. I use gas buddy and with my card I save 5% off the price but it's mostly for time saved when I'm on the road. This just works for me, most people don't have a extra fuel tank and they get along just fine.


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I can hear my wallet scream as I pull into the station. I can pull a house off the foundation, but passing a gas station is next to impossible.

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