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Old 07-08-2010, 12:07 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by KyDan View Post
Other than that I try for the outside pump and I also try to pull
past the first pump to the 2nd one so my trailer is actually blocking
the back pump. This lets me leave when I'm done without waiting
for the guy in front of me to finish.
KYDan, I try to do the same thing. But beware, at least on my trailer, my fridge running on propane is now sitting at the 2nd pump where someone could be using the other side of that pump.......about 6' away from the open flame on my fridge. I usually don't cut the propane off since there is about 30' distance between my gas tank and the fridge, but in the above case I will turn the gas off.


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Old 07-08-2010, 08:16 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by acadianbob View Post
It really amazes me how many stations are laid out in a manner that virtually prohibits any kind of a trailer in tow.

The new service centers along the 401 in Ontario are laid out w/ the pups parallel to the highway, but your vehicle is facing the "convenience store". It would appear that only the outside lanes are suitable for people towing a trailer. I have no idea if there are diesel pumps in these lanes or you have to go thru the truck section.

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Old 07-11-2010, 09:10 AM   #13
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The problem with most gas stations on I-95 is that one can not see the size of station until you get off of the interstate and as stated I try to pick a pump on the end but I am never that lucky so I end up in the middle. Traffic is heavy in these areas and you like everybody needs gas so it is hard to jump across the street to pick the perfect gas station. I have had people move out of the way to allow me to leave the station after filling up. I am 53' long and when I start to leave everyone watches. In the beginning of our camping career I had the shakes about gas stations, but now I like the challenge. I have learn how to handle my rig, but this all comes in time, you will need to get into tight spots so you can learn as well and others will help if you get into a bind. It's the only way to learn. You can get some basics by reading, BUT getting behind the wheel is something different.

One thing you can do is to go to a Wal-Mart parking lot or find a vacant lot with orange cones and set them up then practice backing up and pulling forward and turning around them to get the fell of your rig and it's reactions, this is the know your rig and what your limitations are.
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:55 PM   #14
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I have always had great luck with "QT" gas stations. The pumps are spread far and wide, you can make a complete circle around the outside perimeter of the property, the pumps on the ends are tailor made for Trailering, everything inside is clean, and best of all? Free air that is easy to get to.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:37 PM   #15
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We try for Truck stops as they have more manovering room to get around. Be thankful you don't have a 5th wheel that is 13.4 ft high. Thats what our old Montana was with a satellite dome. Then you start looking at the roofs along with the pumps.


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