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Old 04-03-2015, 02:41 PM   #21
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Yes, I have found that most regular vehicle gas stations either on the Interstate on State highways are not designed for a truck and TT. The layout makes it very hard to get into and especially trying to pull forward to leave. You are right - need to make a good look and study of the space required before entering and exiting.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:27 PM   #22
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It's a TT . Thanks for the reply. I'm really leaning on you guys for info.
I have a TT also and have learned, as you will, in a very short period of time where you feel comfortable pulling into and where you are not. Don't forget also to look up for clearance with awnings and to watch out for large dips which will cause you to drag the back bumper/steps/jacks etc. I have sat around the corner and waited for an end spot to open up at a station so I would have an easier time in and out. And like someone mentioned, start looking for gas at 1/2 tank so you have a buffer.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:46 PM   #23
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We now carry 5 gal. of gas when doing long trips. Had a problem several years ago with no gas stations for a long distance and ran out 8 miles from the next town.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:50 PM   #24
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We now have 2 each 5 gallon cans for our trip into the west this summer. We are crossing desert and then into Wyoming and down through Colorado back to Texas. Google Earth doesn't show a lot of towns on part of this route. Better safe...and we need some for a portable genny also.
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:08 PM   #25
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GasBuddy is also a good app, pics of the station plus map info to get you there. Prices and lots more info. FREE!!
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:09 PM   #26
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We just got back from a 6,000 mile plus trip from our home in South Dakota down to Florida and central Texas. It was sometimes difficult to find RV friendly stations for our 34' travel trailer. We always start looking for the next station when the gas gauge hits 1/2 and several times had to pull over and pump from the 20 gal. tank I carry in the back of the truck.
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:20 PM   #27
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Check out Google Maps in satellite view for an overhead view of possible stations along the way. I do that to get an idea if a particular station will be friendly for my RV. Also check street view to get an idea if the pumps are angled or not. If they are it makes getting in and out a lot easier.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:46 PM   #28
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I plan my gas stops in advance using google satellite to pick wide open stations. We have an upcoming 30 campground trip planned for the summer and I already know every station I'm stopping at, as well as every resting point.


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Old 04-03-2015, 07:08 PM   #29
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When possible, I use Google Maps street view like Windjammin to scope out the pump layout. I also use gasbuddy.com to find the best prices. Prices don't usually vary much at one spot but there is sometimes a significant difference between towns.

We always tow a Pathfinder behind our 32 foot Sunseeker and have never been unable to get into or out of a gas station. I've never had to unhook the toad. I plot my path in and out before I pull into the station. If I can't see a good path, I'll go to another one. I try to pick a pump where no one can drive up and block my exit path.

The toughest ones were in New England. We travel off interstates when we can and many gas stations were older and smaller than they build them now. I once had to pull the mirror in to squeeze by with an inch to spare.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:02 PM   #30
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We have had a couple of cases where we had to unhook the toad and back out.

Normally, we use Flying J stations because of the RV friendly pumps but sometimes we have to use other stations.

When I can, I look for places with the pumps parallel to the road. Next Exit is a great resource when on Interstates but not much help on other roads.

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