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Old 01-05-2020, 10:26 PM   #1
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How to find gas stations that accommodate RVs

Hello, while cruising down the highway towards our destination, I needed gas. It made me wonder...
How do we find the gas station that is big enough for RVs?
I chose a QT and could not fit. What do big rig truckers do?
Is there a mysterious marker on the road? A trucker code I donít know about?
We have a Garmin RV 770. Maybe it can help!
Anyone care to share their secrets?
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Old 01-05-2020, 11:04 PM   #2
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I currently own a diesel so I use trucker pumps in back. Flying J and Pilot have rv pumps in front of some stores. When I had gas trucks it could get tricky but I was always able to fit. My TT was 36í bumper to hitch
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If you are traveling the interstates, the book "Next Exit" tells you what is at each exit and if the business is RV friendly. I also plan our stops and check out gas stations on Google maps ahead of time using the street view.
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I use the Sync system on my Ford to locate diesel fuel stops and prices but there are lots of phone apps that will perform similar tasks (gas buddy). I can usually find a "Murphys" diesel pump near a Walmart, or a fuel pump at a Kroger or Costco. My last choice are the big truck stops because most require you to make a couple trips to the fuel desk, and their fuel is often $0.30 higher than other regular gas stations.

A lot depends on your skill and confidence in negotiating close quarters with your rig. I've never been in a spot that I couldn't navigate but I do avoid the little store parking lots that just have a couple pumps.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:45 AM   #5
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How to find gas stations that accommodate RVs

Any big truck stop like flying J, Loves, Speedway, pilots and such. I have the Rand McNally rv gps and it tells me where bigger gas stops are.
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What size is your rig? I fueled at a QT near Atlanta and had plenty of room .... here in Fl Racetrack, WAWA and CircleK are big with lots of pumps and clearance ....
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I actually like to find QT's, lots of room never had a problem.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:23 AM   #8
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When I had my gas truck I used Google Maps in advance to look for gas stations that would be suitable for me pulling a 30 foot trailer to get in and out. Now with a diesel truck I use an app called Trucker Path to locate service stations that have truck islands or are suitable for big rigs. So far it has served me very well.
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I just try to hit the name brands- loves, Flying J etc. I burn gas so I have to fill up out front with all the cars unless they have the RV pumps on the side.
Try and get the end pump and don't forget to swing wide. In nearly 15 years I have pulled away without filling up less than 10 times and backed up to get out a few more.
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I currently own a diesel so I use trucker pumps in back. Flying J and Pilot have rv pumps in front of some stores. When I had gas trucks it could get tricky but I was always able to fit. My TT was 36’ bumper to hitch
I also went diesel a couple years ago, and use the trucker pumps with the big boys. We are about 56 feet total length TT and TV

Before that, I would refer to satellite view and street view on a map program, and plan my stops before leaving on the trip, so's not to go thru the frustration of pulling off the road and right back on because I could not get in or out of the pumps. Even some of the RV pumps can be difficult.
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I have only once had a problem with fuel stops, that was coming around Washington and the quantico base area. But it was my own fault, the truck holds over 4-6 hours worth of fuel and I passed many stations before I got to the point I needed fuel.

you need to be willing to stop and fill up a tank that ls already 1/2 full.

I usually plan out my routes using mapping products (garmin Basecamp) on my computer and work out fuel stop areas. Than using Google Maps you can view street level to check out each station to see if its got room or not, than Mark that station as a waypoint on your route in GPS. I don't worry about 10c per gallon difference, if one is easy to get into its worth $2:00 more to me to get in and out.

Something else I have found works best for me is when doing multi day trips plan out your morning starts so you get fuel first thing at a place that also fast food restaurant for breakfast

If this is a route you will be taking in future (weeks/months/year) and you see a good fuel station on your way, take notes and apply them to your GPS as Waypoint.

What makes filling stations hard is the people who leave cars/trucks/RV's on the pump while they go in and order food from the restaurant.
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I just try to hit the name brands- loves, Flying J etc. I burn gas so I have to fill up out front with all the cars unless they have the RV pumps on the side.
Try and get the end pump and don't forget to swing wide. In nearly 15 years I have pulled away without filling up less than 10 times and backed up to get out a few more.
X2

The bigger name brands mentioned will accommodate and many have R/V lanes but you may have to wait your turn for an end pump. If you can drive and back up, you shouldn't have an issue anywhere.

Some complain Flying J and Pilot are too expensive but with the Good Sam discount, I've found on the East Coast, the prices are comparable to any other fuel.

I left without fueling at a Mom & Pop Exxon a few years ago but that's the only time in the last 20 years I can recall doing so. I hit the next exit and got right in.

It might be a bit tough while driving but I'll often scope out unknown fuel stations on Google Maps the night before. With the satellite view you know exactly what you are getting.

One last thing... do not wait until you are running on fumes to fill up. If you get to a fuel station you can't get in, at least you'll have enough to go elsewhere if you still have some fuel.

As a last resort, drop the rig in a parking lot and go fill up but you should NEVER have to do that!
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If you have a gas truck you can always un-hook and fill up the truck and than re-attach the trailer to the truck. Until you need to do this all over again!

I have only tow a small 5er on two trips with a gas truck. After the last trip, about 350 miles long, I told my wife we either sell the camper or buy a diesel tow vehicle. Will we purchased a 2008, Dodge Mega Cab, 6.7L Cummins diesel truck and never look back! If I ever purchase a new tow vehicle again it will be another Ram truck with the 6.7L Cummins engine.

Once you have tow with a diesel truck you will never tow with anything else.
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If you have a gas truck you can always un-hook and fill up the truck and than re-attach the trailer to the truck. Until you need to do this all over again!

I have only tow a small 5er on two trips with a gas truck. After the last trip, about 350 miles long, I told my wife we either sell the camper or buy a diesel tow vehicle. Will we purchased a 2008, Dodge Mega Cab, 6.7L Cummins diesel truck and never look back! If I ever purchase a new tow vehicle again it will be another Ram truck with the 6.7L Cummins engine.

Once you have tow with a diesel truck you will never tow with anything else.
LOL... didn't take long to turn into a gas -vs- diesel debate!
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The bigger name brands mentioned will accommodate and many have R/V lanes but you may have to wait your turn for an end pump. If you can drive and back up, you shouldn't have an issue anywhere.

Some complain Flying J and Pilot are too expensive but with the Good Sam discount, I've found on the East Coast, the prices are comparable to any other fuel.

I left without fueling at a Mom & Pop Exxon a few years ago but that's the only time in the last 20 years I can recall doing so. I hit the next exit and got right in.

It might be a bit tough while driving but I'll often scope out unknown fuel stations on Google Maps the night before. With the satellite view you know exactly what you are getting.

One last thing... do not wait until you are running on fumes to fill up. If you get to a fuel station you can't get in, at least you'll have enough to go elsewhere if you still have some fuel.

As a last resort, drop the rig in a parking lot and go fill up but you should NEVER have to do that!
Yep ..... wait for end spot or just pull in like you own it ... after 25 years pulling 28' lawn trailer you get use to seeing were to go so you can get thru and out ... wait if you have to and don't be in a hurry your camping .... I get my diesel out front with the rest of the gassers
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Use your mapping software and calculate about where you will need fuel. Then use the satellite view to see if there will be access for your rig. I have found Flying J and TA to be the best bet for RV lanes.

I have found using RV Trip Wizard to work quite well because you can put in information about your vehicle fuel capacity and expected mileage and it will put alerts on your route for where you need to be looking for fuel. If you put a fuel stop as a waypoint go the info for that point and be sure to note that you filled up and it will calculate your next fuel stop. It’s a pretty hand thing to have when we are in a Motor Home towing a car hauler.
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I watch my gauge. When my 36 gallon tank says I have 6 gallons left I get off the highway and fill up at the nearest station.
LOL... you asked how truckers do it.
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When I pulled with a gasser Flying J was always the preferred gas stop and used the RV lanes. Usually quicker and always safer. If concerned about pennies sell it all and buy a Prius and a tent.
For a long time my daily driver/TV is a diesel. I use the truck lanes when pulling. Easy, quick, and safer.
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I use Love’s truck plaza front pump for my diesel fuel. There’s always plenty of room to maneuver around with usually no waiting. I’m pulling a 38’ fifth wheel and never had any problems in eleven years. Plenty of pumps for gassers.
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I have a gas rig and use the pilot flying j app. It will tell you what locations have RV lanes. Sign up for their RV club and you get an id card that gives 5 cents off a gallon. Not a credit card a id card only. Good Luck!
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