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Old 03-13-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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I am trying to plan a trip for the summer, but being new to towing a trailer, I have a concern. Where do the experienced fill up with gas? I can't see myself trying to pull into the corner 7-11 and get gas. Thanks

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Old 03-13-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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I fill up the F350 the night before moving (without the RV) then plan no more than 350 mile legs so I don't need fuel on the road!

I use truck stops for the few times I need fuel while transporting. Flying J's are my fav.

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Old 03-13-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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A long time ago, I heard the adage - the taller the sign, the better the access. That's held true for diesel. Not sure how it is for gas.

If your navigator is a smart phone user - we often times will scope out gas stations 25-50 miles ahead using Google Maps and the satellite views to see about getting in and out. Every station has a big rig that fills their tanks- they get a bit more leeway with blocking things, but if they can do it so can you.

Just remember, leave ample room between you and the pump. Scope out the gas station before pulling in to make sure you have an exit plan.

And, shoot for the pumps on the ends. If you can find one where the pumps are parallel to the road, they're easier in and out than when they are perpendicular to the road.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:09 AM   #4
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Truck stops are ideal otherwise, if you are heading into unfamiliar territory, what I do is start looking long before I need fuel and chances are you will find a suitable spot. Have a look before you pull in to make sure you can get out without too much trouble. Best advise is to take your time with everything you do until you are more experienced and even then it is always wise to look twice, plan and then do.

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Old 03-13-2014, 11:12 AM   #5
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Also try GasBuddy. It has pics (usually) of the station, distance to it, map option and current pricing. Free and well thought out app. We use it a lot. And the miles/tank is something we also try to manage. I can go 400 mi/tank - don't like to as it makes for a long day but if in a pinch, it can be done. We look at the journey as well as the destination as all part of the trip. Try to put your fuel stops at the beginning (before hookup) and the end (after disconnecting) each day. Makes for a much more pleasant trip.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:15 AM   #6
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We have the AllStays iPad app for RVer's. Great gas & camp planning tool - well worth the $10 price.

That said, Loves, Flying J, Petro, Pilot, AM Best & TA Travel centers all cater to RVs and have RV-friendly gas pumps.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:38 PM   #7
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I too was nervous about the first time with filling up with gas while towing. The unknown is the scary part but there isn't much to be afraid of. The apps listed above are good tools but there is a book called the Next Exit which also lists gas stations and restaurants for upcoming exits on your route. The book is a bit old school compare to smart phone but hey, it can work too.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:51 PM   #8
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I think everybody covered it.

Like Terier wrote, "I too was nervous about the first time with filling up with gas while towing. The unknown is the scary part but there isn't much to be afraid of." It was like that for me too. In a short while, you'll be a pro.
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No sharp corners..... no backing up..... an acre to turn..... a full five gal can in the back of the truck bed, just in case. If you can not get into a fuel stop, park where it is safe, pour in your can and walk over and refill it a time or two. Take your time, have plenty of time, don't get in a hurry, watch your mirrors and everything will be fine.....

Two or three times out and it will be old hat and all will be good.
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We also love the app ALLSTAYS 9.95 great deal- used it all the way to Florida and back to Texas. Gives big truck stops, RV stops, propane, dump stops, directions to all including exits and you can have satellite pics of the places also. You can also filter Passport American campgrounds and much more. It was the best advice we have gotten from a fellow camper.

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