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Old 11-22-2019, 10:42 AM   #1
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Hate gas stations

The only gas stations that I truly like are the Buc-red. Even the Pilotís are too tight for gas. Most of them have a fast food place in them. It attracts a lot of vechicles.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:54 AM   #2
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:58 AM   #3
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lol, every time I hear a rant like that, I am happier and happier I bought a tiny trailer. Can use just about any gas station I want.
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:01 AM   #4
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The only gas stations that I truly like are the Buc-red. Even the Pilotís are too tight for gas. Most of them have a fast food place in them. It attracts a lot of vechicles.
I've never heard of Buc-red...... but I drag my 13' 3" tall by 32.5' long 5th wheel into many gas stations without issue.
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:08 AM   #5
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Go Diesel and pull in with the big boys, no problems with getting in and out of pumps. We are about 56 feet total, and I feel your pain
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I've had many RVs, many sizes. Currently have a 35' fiver, and that's as big as I ever want to go.
I've never had problems finding places to fuel, although I have passed by many that looked too frustrating. I use Google maps to find stations in unknown areas and also preview any pictures. With patience and a little forethought, you can get in and out of just about anywhere.
I always chose truck stops when available and prefer Pilot and Flying J. Loves and TA are also good ones.
Only had to drop the fiver one time to fuel, and that was when I failed to plan better and HAD to get fuel at the only station open in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere.
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The only gas stations that I truly like are the Buc-red. Even the Pilotís are too tight for gas. Most of them have a fast food place in them. It attracts a lot of vechicles.
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I've never heard of Buc-red...... but I drag my 13' 3" tall by 32.5' long 5th wheel into many gas stations without issue.
I assume the OP meant Buccee's.



They have plenty of room for my 44' fifth wheel pull by 22' truck. Heck, I was able to fill my diesel in the truck and gas into the generator at the same time. Perfectly spaced for us!
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:29 AM   #8
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Ive blocked an entire section of the Wawa before. Lol. Truth be told, I think they have more room than Sheetz. Being 63 feet long, I try to stick to big rig friendly places.
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:38 AM   #9
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Maybe the OP needs to buy a Tesla - no more gas stattions

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Finding diesel

Finding the diesel pump can often be a challenge as well. Don't know why stations can't have a sign that you see when you first pull in with an arrow pointing to the diesel. It would also be helpful if they would standardize the color of the diesel pump handle.
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I agree. We usually just look for the pumps with two nozzles.
And it is mind boggling that nozzle colors are not standardized. We have seen green and yellow nozzles that are NOT diesel.
Most nation wide truck stops use the color scheme we are used to, but I always double check, especially back east, where nozzle colors seem to be random
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Finding the diesel pump can often be a challenge as well. Don't know why stations can't have a sign that you see when you first pull in with an arrow pointing to the diesel. It would also be helpful if they would standardize the color of the diesel pump handle.
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Ive blocked an entire section of the Wawa before. Lol. Truth be told, I think they have more room than Sheetz. Being 63 feet long, I try to stick to big rig friendly places.
Holy cow! Where was that thing built, Newport News, Virginia?
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At about 55' long overall, we do not fit into most gas stations. Since I am the navigator, it is my job to locate gas stations along the planned route well in advance of actually driving that route. I start by looking for towns at the needed distance (200 mi) and then looking for Pilot/Flying J or Love's in that area. Failing that I start googling for big rig friendly gas stations. In all cases, I try to evaluate using Google's street view (wonderful service).

We generally find that the Pilot/Flying J's are tenable, the outer lanes or the big rig lane are occupied by a half dozen or so little cars. Maybe they think the gas is better there _ don't know.

Somebody is missing a business opportunity by not giving us vetted stations along the route.
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Old 11-22-2019, 12:37 PM   #14
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lol, every time I hear a rant like that, I am happier and happier I bought a tiny trailer. Can use just about any gas station I want.
Me too, that is if 25' is considered "tiny". I'm also glad I put the backup camera on the back. For those stations that put the pumps in too close to the building I just pull up to the first pump on the "island" and when filled just back out.

Since I use gas I don't get to use the trucker's pumps but a lot of the Pilot stations out West have a separate RV lane that has pumps on both sides for both gas and diesel. I fill the truck at one pump and fill my generator containers at the other. Only complaint with those lanes is the incredible number of RV'ers that will fill up then leave their rigs parked there while they go shopping. Apparently oblivious to the fact that others are waiting (not so) impatiently to get to the pumps they're blocking.

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Go Diesel and pull in with the big boys, no problems with getting in and out of pumps. We are about 56 feet total, and I feel your pain
I'm in the same camp..

Looks like the OP is towing with a Ford Edge.. likely hitting a bit above his weight range.
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I'm in the same camp..

Looks like the OP is towing with a Ford Edge.. likely hitting a bit above his weight range.
No, the OP has a Class C Forester and the Edge is their Toad.
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Great. That's real clear.

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Actually, it is very clear.....
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Great. That's real clear.

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The only gas stations that I truly like are the Buc-red. Even the Pilotís are too tight for gas. Most of them have a fast food place in them. It attracts a lot of vechicles.
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Sorry meant to type Buc-ees
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