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Old 04-03-2015, 08:53 PM   #31
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Fuel stops

Got tired of squeezing into and out of fuel stops. Installed a 50 gallon transfer tank/toolbox and electric pump to onboard tanks vent hose. I now have a range of about 1,100 miles [36 + 50 = 86 @ 13 mpg towing]. Without TT, about 1,700 miles.
We stop at rest stops to eat and potty and don't worry about fuel. If and when we need it, we use truck stops.

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Old 04-04-2015, 07:00 AM   #32
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Gas pumps

I've had 33 ft tt and then a 35ft 5th wheel now I have a 36 ft class A with a tow vehicle when I get fuel I always use the end pumps most of the time there is room to turn out away from the pumps knock on wood never had a issue just like everyone says just pay attention to the gas station.

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Old 04-04-2015, 08:21 AM   #33
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When I had my 33 foot travel trailer and took long trips refueling was stressful. Most of the pumps now are made for cars and when you pull in a trailer into the pumps you end up in a perpendicular position. And a lot of times it is hard to pull straight out. I use to pick exit that had many gas stations so I could have options. When I got my current 35 foot FW and diesel truck I started using Pilots. Love the app and I just pull into the truck bays to fill up. no more worries or stress. As someone stated most pilots/flying J's have RV lanes for gassers that allow easy in and out. Sure I could probably get diesel a little cheaper but my wife even loves them: clean bathrooms, even though a truck stop does not have that feel, and if you what to pick up lunch most have some sort of fast food or snacks.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:02 AM   #34
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I look for price and easy In and Out. I have backed out of a couple and made sure there was room going in. Someplace's in Rural Ontario you just get what you can and make it work.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:06 AM   #35
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Truck stops-RV friendly for gas

We have such a short miles per tank range so planning ahead is a must. I plan on a 160 range and use the pilot app and Google earth to know where I need to be. Someone makes a extended range tank for tundras which replaces the factory 26 gallon tank and makes it 45 BUT it's over 1300 bucks. That can buy a lot of fuel for clifford and beer for me so I now take 2 5 gallon cans along for a ride.

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Old 04-05-2015, 09:25 AM   #36
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Pilot and Flying J. We just traveled 3000+ miles and almost exclusively used those
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:23 PM   #37
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I am still new to this rv thing. Most of my trips have been short, usually only having to fill up once before hitting my destination. Now that I have my diesel why not just rely on truck stops to fuel ? I have never counted them but there seems to be a lot of them on the major highways and most are just off the interstate. A 34 ft Windjammer and F250 can turn around fine in a football field. So I try to keep it simple as possible, without stress, at 1/2 tank I start looking.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:24 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by Stufremont View Post
A very naive question from someone who has pulled on trips of 150-to 200 miles only. I'm on my way across country Monday with a 25 ft Rockwood. I have never pulled into a station with the trailer, so do truck stops cater to RV back by the truck pumps, or am I looking for regular gas pumps out front? Do I try to stop at just Flying J's( RV friendly), or do regular Pilot/Loves/etc have gas pumps out back? i have no clue. Help me out here please.
I recently travelled over 2000 miles across 11 states with my 37 foot Columbus. There are many large chain truck stops that welcome RV's. Some have RV pumps some don't, on the ones that didn't we tried to select the outside lane that gave us easier entrance and exit. The big truck lanes have plenty of room for approach and exit as most semi's are over 60 feet in length. We primarily used Flying J or Love's.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:20 AM   #39
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We always use the Pilot, Flying J, TSA, 'Travel Centers' for gas (long bed p/u and 27ft Flagstaff). You just have to survey the layout of the pumps. Getting in usually isn't that difficult, but pulling away after fueling could be a challenge. I use the outside pumps so I have clearance to get out. Due Diligence is the key.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:21 AM   #40
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When I did my trip I used a iPad app called "truck and RV" great app also shows truck stops with dump stations. The app shows where the locations are, photos, the facilities and how far they are from your location. This app and the RV app Allstays made our trip a breeze to plan and follow.


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