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Old 03-23-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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After buying my first camper in 2003 ( 35 foot wilderness advantage 5 wheel ) and after several hundred miles of highway heaven towing I would always get stressed out when it was time to fuel up . I've had my share of stations that are either way too small or are 5 miles off the exit. Now with a new tt(2015 vibe ) the same stress just many years later lol you would think that with as many campers on the road that they would have some kind of an rv friendly sign for gas stations just a though


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Old 03-23-2015, 10:07 PM   #2
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The taller the sign, the bigger the station. Or so the saying goes.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:31 PM   #3
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Use truck stops as much as possible to get gas, there should be enough room to get to the pumps and back out on the highway. Always fill up before you hook up to leave. When you take a break look up the next gas stop and find the cheapest place and look on a map like google earth to see if you can get in and out easy. Smart Phones are a wonderful travel tool. If not taking a break have your copilot look these up.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:23 PM   #4
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I was recently turned on to the truck stop refill method and made my last trip so much easier. So I pre plan the route based on distance per tank with smart phone and we get out and stretch a little bit more.


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Old 03-24-2015, 10:23 AM   #5
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I honestly don't know why people get stressed getting fuel while towing a trailer. I have yet to see a gas station that I cannot get my truck/trailer in and out of.

Sure, I have had to wait on someone to clear the pumps so I had room. It happens sometimes. But I've never experienced the bowel-loosening dread that some folks here say they have. Is it a fear of getting in and then getting stuck?

My advice is take your truck and trailer to a big empty parking lot and practice. I do it with every trailer I buy. I use my local high school on a Sunday. Take traffic cones or something tall but light/soft. 2 liter soda bottles with sand in them and a short section of broomstick sticking up out of them works well. Take a helper too. Set up your cones to practice making right-angle turns between two of them. Start with the cones wide apart and have your helper bring them together a foot or so at a time. You will learn exactly how much 'gap' you need to make a turn. Practice backing too. I look for how much angle I can get between the truck and trailer before I cannot 'catch' the trailer and stop the jackknifing. An hour of practice will totally eliminate the stress of maneuvering in tight spots.

This is my local station, and I have no issues running my truck/trailer to it for fuel. BTW, the pumps on the left are the only ones with diesel. As you can see, it's tight. But I know what my set-up will and won't do.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:29 AM   #6
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I try and time my bladder stops with fuel stops and truck stops are the best place to do both. If a semi can get in, so can I.
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Traveling with a 32 ft. fifth (our second, since stepping up to this size in 2007-2008), we discovered "Next Exit", a really useful book that's updated regularly. It highlights those many different exits, stations, etc. that allow us to make good decisions.
https://www.thenextexit.com/
Add to this a Rand McNally Motor carriers atlas edition (large print version) gives good road choices (truckers' routes make pretty sure that clearances, widths, etc. will fit our rig Before we drive up on them).
http://www.amazon.com/Rand-McNally-M...truckers+atlas
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Tie all this together with my great DW Navigator, particularly when she argues-out loud-with "The Sisters" voices on our GPS, and it makes for lively, enjoyable road time, with fewer "surprises".
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I try and time my bladder stops with fuel stops and truck stops are the best place to do both. If a semi can get in, so can I.
That's what I figured - but the 2 worst places I have ever pulled into were both Pilot truck stops. They must have a standard site plan because both were setup the same way. The gas pumps were in front and very close to the road and the store with parking spots so close to the pumps that I had to wait for somebody to leave the store to get out of the pumps.

The diesel islands out back were huge with easy access, but no easy access gas islands for RV's.
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I honestly don't know why people get stressed getting fuel while towing a trailer. I have yet to see a gas station that I cannot get my truck/trailer in and out of.

This is my local station, and I have no issues running my truck/trailer to it for fuel. BTW, the pumps on the left are the only ones with diesel. As you can see, it's tight. But I know what my set-up will and won't do.
You've not traveled extensively in New England I take it?

Your local gas station is ENORMOUS compared to mine! Single pump island, 12-foot clearance on the canopy, original gas station layout unchanged since 1947 when it was built! Only thing is that the service bays were closed and converted to a mini-mart. It's so tight that the modern tankers actually have to fill the underground tanks for it off the side road because it cannot be negotiated by anything over about 50 feet.

Nonetheless, I'm with you and will negotiate a lot of places my fellow campers won't even blink at going by. DW nearly had a hemorrhage last year when I negotiated a corner Burger King lot too when I saw further down the main street that carnival banners were strung across the road lower than our rig. Granted, we're only running 45-foot overall, but she didn't appreciate me within inches of parked cars spinning around. The key, I think, is you must completely know the size and maneuverability of your setup and be comfortable with it. If not, plan accordingly and definitely take advantage of the truck stops, super WaWa/Sheetz/Royal Farms/and your regional equivalent super-sized mini marts!

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You've not traveled extensively in New England I take it?

Your local gas station is ENORMOUS compared to mine! Single pump island, 12-foot clearance on the canopy, original gas station layout unchanged since 1947 when it was built! Only thing is that the service bays were closed and converted to a mini-mart. It's so tight that the modern tankers actually have to fill the underground tanks for it off the side road because it cannot be negotiated by anything over about 50 feet.


No. I've only rented cars when I had to go out east for work. But we have those types of stations too. This one is in a neighboring town. I've never fueled up at this particular one, but I have used stations like this with the trailer.

I'm not saying I actively seek out these tiny little stations. Far from it. I prefer the big truck stops if I can get one. But if the Big Unit needs a drink, or Mama-bear needs a potty break, I'll take what I can get.
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