[QUOTE=rreichar;877027]I appreciate all the info. How would you guys compare fueling the DP versus gassers? For me that has been almost as big an issue as the ride. Finding a gas station that is easy access can be a problem and then I sometimes have to get out and adjust position relative to the pump because it's about 30 feet behind me. Either I get out or wait for my DW or 15 year old son to get out and give directions. Usually easier to get out. Then I often have to swipe two or three different cards as the pump stops at a preset limit. [QUOTE]
Yup, all these problems with a gas coach. Ours is 38 feet the hitch adds another 4 feet and then the jeep is 15 feet. 57 feet in all., I have found that worrisome at times when trying to get into a gas station. But I can't back up (Can inch back maybe a foot but that's it) so you have to hit the pump just right and hope the new hoses are long enough to reach your fill tube, (the old hoses that connected on the side of the pump were longer I'm sure).
Had to laugh at your credit card complaint. Nice to know I'm not the only one that thinks that's a pain. If near empty I usually have to ring in three sales to fill the tank. The seconds between finishing one sale and waiting for the screen to clear to start another sale seem like hours to me. LOL
I developed a habit of looking for a suitable place to fill up when I fall below the half tank mark. Looking for gas at half a tank has kept me out of trouble. The gauge has never been accurate, I can drive for miles before it moves off the full mark and though I have never run out of gas, I suspect at the empty mark, the tank is pretty darn dry. So at a half tank I can usually add 50 to 60 gallons of gas (in a tank that is supposed to hold only 80 gallons).
We have about 15K miles on our 2011 now and I am able to report that I have had to disconnect the Jeep only twice in that time because I got into a tight situation. I should add though that one time I tried to turn around in what I thought was a wide enough area only to find myself looking out the front window at a fence. I was able to back up very carefully just enough (couple of feet) to get a better angle and drive past the problem without disconnecting the jeep. That was early in my tenure of this coach and it hasn't happened since.
Diesels have a tighter cut and longer wheel base so not as much overhang and therefor less opposite swing. Which means of course it is easier to drive a diesel but it takes more skill to drive a long gas coach.