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Old 06-24-2016, 03:18 PM   #1
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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 ??????
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:23 PM   #2
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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 have a gas TV and my TT is 35' long. I have the same issues that you do. The key is finding a gas station with pumps that run parallel to the building. Corner stations are ideal. I carry 10 extra gallons of gas with me as an emergency backup in case I can't find a suitable gas station in time.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:50 PM   #3
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Same here, parallel. I do have a diesel but I don't use the truck stop pumps. The ones for the truckers that I have found seem to only use a certain type of credit card that I don't have. And I just don't feel like going in and paying so I'll just used the regular people pumps. So far I've had zero problems. Just scout em out before I pull in.
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Never had a problem, doubts yeah plenty of them. We have managed some tight stations. Just watch your 6 pulling away. If you feel desperate unhitch and fill up. Thats a lot faster and more convenient than running out of fuel.
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Old 06-24-2016, 04:13 PM   #5
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I have a gas TV and my TT is 35' long. I have the same issues that you do. The key is finding a gas station with pumps that run parallel to the building. Corner stations are ideal. I carry 10 extra gallons of gas with me as an emergency backup in case I can't find a suitable gas station in time.
Have you actually tried to use your emergency stash of fuel to fill tank? Many gas cans don't work to well on vehicles. Funnels and cans get messy quickly.
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I installed a 50 gallon transfer tank/toolbox in the truck and only use truck stops as the fuel is cheaper [RV gas card] and they have propane, DEF and dumps. Have yet to have any problem getting in or out of any truck stops AND they have restaurants.
I'm diesel, but would still only use truck stops if I were a gasser. The 34' TT pushing me does not play well with regular gas stations and sometimes you just don't know there is a problem until you are in it.
My max range per fill-up is about 1,100 miles but rarely go over 800 miles without filling up. With the DW on board, we hit every other rest stop.
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We only get about 200 miles per tank so lots of pre planning. Yes on the 10 extra gallons. Still look for truck stops to fill up as they have more choices for grub for family and I don't have to cram into a fast food place. I use google maps to get a layout of facility (how many driveways, can I drive around the back, does it have a traffic light to come out to).


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Have you actually tried to use your emergency stash of fuel to fill tank? Many gas cans don't work to well on vehicles. Funnels and cans get messy quickly.

I've used mine before but only to use up old gas so I can fill with fresh stuff. Works fine.


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We only get about 200 miles per tank so lots of pre planning. Yes on the 10 extra gallons. Still look for truck stops to fill up as they have more choices for grub for family and I don't have to cram into a fast food place. I use google maps to get a layout of facility (how many driveways, can I drive around the back, does it have a traffic light to come out to).


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I use the truck stops all the time. One thing I do is pull up in the lot and if there are a lot of trucks waiting I just pull to one side out of the way until there are a couple of empty pumps and then go fuel up. Most of the time it's not an issue as they're usually not busy at the times we go thru.

Some truck stops also have RV lanes and those usually have gasoline and diesel.
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