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Old 07-07-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Pulling into Service Station for Gas w/ Travel Trailer

Hi Guys,

Now that the trailer has become more reliable this year, we are thinking of going longer distances w/ our setup. I have a GMC Sierra and a 26' TT. What's the most efficient or easy way to get in and out of a service station w/o blocking people or being blocked in by "less understanding" people? Are the truck stops the better bet when gassing up? Thanks.

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Old 07-07-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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I think that most truck stops are larger and have more maneuvering room and more pump space. This makes it easier to fuel and not worry too much about blocking others. Gas stations are made mostly for autos and are smaller.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:01 PM   #3
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When I stop for gas, I try for an end pump and park so that I am not blocking the parking lot completely. I look for stations that have plenty of room if a truck stop is not available where I am traveling.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:51 PM   #4
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I went on Google Earth & checked out gas stations along my routes. You should be able to pick the stations that look best for getting in & out of. Also, try to use stations that have the island(s) parallel to the road.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:14 PM   #5
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Here's a spreadsheet of truckstops etc.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RVBudd...0Locations.xls
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:23 PM   #6
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Uhhhh..... That link is for the LADIES only. Wanna send me the file or PM me with the info?

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Old 07-08-2010, 05:29 AM   #7
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The info is the same, no matter your gender. It came from an RVing listserv that I belong to. It's an open list and anyone can join. You can join, download the Excel file and then unsubscribe. That should work and you won't have to ever tell anyone that it came from a ladies only organization.
I can understand your reluctance to associate with a women only organization, but it won't hurt you for 5 minutes or so. Trust me.
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:06 AM   #8
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There are a couple of good books you might want to check out.
"LAST EXIT" & "NEXT STOP".
They list all of the Interstate exits showing what is located at that exit. This includes highlighting facilities that are RV friendly such as gas stations and restaraunts.
We don't hit the (Interstate) highways without it.
Good Sam's makes the better book, in my opinion. Go to their website for more information.
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I try to avoid those little stations where the gas pump isles lead
you to the front door of the store unless there is plenty of room to
make that turn!
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. I nearly always use pay at
the pump so I'm done and gone pretty fast. If I let someone use
the front pump and they walk inside, I'm stuck waiting so I
grab both pumps when possible. After a month touring (just got
back yesterday) this worked for me. There aren't a lot of truck
stops in some of the areas we visited. My truck burns gas so if
you have a diesel, my advice might not totally apply.....
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I look for gas station where the pump lane is parallel to the road. If the lanes are perpendicular to the road, you have the issues with people parking up by the store and giving you limited room to swing wide to clear the pumps when you leave. It really amazes me how many stations are laid out in a manner that virtually prohibits any kind of a trailer in tow.
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