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Old 04-15-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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Better idea for fuel stops

When we went from Michigan to Florida..and back.. this past winter..i had stopped a flying j / pilot travel centers and a AT travel center...a couple of times... i tried to fuel at other gas stations.. but they didnt appear to be big enough for manuvering... so i didnt pull into those...so..which are the better ones for "open space" getting in... fueling ...and getting out ???
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I've often found that older stations, usually not at major exits, are more likely to have pumps set up parallel to the building, resulting in less maneuvering. It's not something you can count on, but... Also, keep good records of accessible station locations for the next trip. I also inquire about accessible stations when I make my campground reservations for the night. I like to fill up coming in, if possible. One less overnight worry.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:47 AM   #3
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Better ideas for planning fuel stops

A couple we had met on our way back from Florida told us about a book called.."next exit" ..any body like that book ?? Is it worth the money ?? It is supposed to have RV friendly places listed
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We use the Next Exit whenever traveling on the Interstate system and they are pretty accurate.
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We use the Next Exit whenever traveling on the Interstate system and they are pretty accurate.
Ditto.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:30 AM   #6
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A couple we had met on our way back from Florida told us about a book called.."next exit" ..any body like that book ?? Is it worth the money ?? It is supposed to have RV friendly places listed
We just bought our first "Next Exit" this year and haven't used it much yet, but for $14.95 I believe it is well worth it.....at least you have some idea of what is avaliable ahead. It does have RV accessible businesses color coded in red.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:32 AM   #7
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A couple we had met on our way back from Florida told us about a book called.."next exit" ..any body like that book ?? Is it worth the money ?? It is supposed to have RV friendly places listed

I use the Next Exit when I'm on the road The Red highlights are RV friendly


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Old 04-16-2012, 06:43 AM   #8
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we use the next exit book also and find it pretty useful. butfound that some of those red fuel stops are not really friendly. I agree that a lot of the older stations are much roomier.
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I try to hit the truck stops. I have a deisel, so a little more convenient.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:35 AM   #10
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I try to hit the truck stops. I have a deisel, so a little more convenient.
If i had a diesel...it would be easier at flying j,pilot, and others that have roomie pumps in the back...$7000 etxra for a diesel engine ..in a F 250 now !!
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Prior to leaving home I go on the pilot/flying J website and map out my fuel stops. If there are none where I'm headed I will also look at the T/A site. Since I've been to florida a few times I know which ones to avoid based on how difficult it is to fuel (I've found this a couple of times). I also like the satellite view for the station. One, to see how easy the access to the pumps are and second, because as we all know the gps isn't always accurate. My tank holds 36 gallons and I carry an additional 10 gallons (just in case).

As far as diesel goes many of those stations do not want RV's filling up out back in the big truck lanes.

Oh yeah, I also make sure I fill up my cans and truck in South Carolina coming and going as this state normally has the best fuel prices on my trips south.
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I have a REAL problem with even large gas stations that do not mark their diesel pumps more plainly.

Pulling into a busy Sunoco for example and trying to break my neck looking for which pumps have two hoses before I get into the wrong lane is very frustrating, especially on the PA Turnpike (or other limited access highway) where you only get one shot at the pump and no way to turn around and change the fuel lane.

I carry 10 gallons of spare diesel in the bed and have used it VERY often when I needed to get to the next best gas station.

You would think when they see me pulled over right before the on ramp cursing up a storm while filling my tank from the yellow gas cans, they would get the idea.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:28 AM   #13
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Whenever I pull into a station that looks like it might be a problem, I park off to the side and walk over to the pumps to see where I need to go. I have found some places that actally had the diesel pumps in a completely different area. And I have also found many that have the RV diesel pumps in the same row as the big rigs.
You just never know what you're up against, so a little walk is worth it.

But that is why I tend to stick to the truck stops, as they always have lots of room to manouver.
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I haven't yet put the yellow cans in the bed of my truck but I have been mostly staying within 200 miles of home. My next trip to Florida (FL panhandle area east of Pensacola the price of diesel goes up quite a bit until you turn south on I-75) or the trip this summer to Cheyenne and beyond I will have those yellow cans.

My real aid is YP on my Android. It really helps in locating the cheapest stops for fuel. It won't tell you who has the RV friendly pumps, but I find I can get into all but a few.

Our refueling routine is not unlike an ocean going ship. The pardette likes to drive on the Interstates as she is a lousy passenger. When we start getting into the harbor she has the river pilot (me) so I can dock the ship and clear the obstacles. Once we clear the harbor she takes over the helm.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #15
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Has anyone stopped at a Loves Travel Center ?? Are they roomy for those of us towing a 34 foot 5th wheel and need gas for fuel ???
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I was forced to fill up at a Loves once.
I think they pumped the water out of the ditch to fill their fuel tanks, as my truck would barely run.
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We've used the Pocket Truck Stop Guide for the last couple of years. Most major roads with mile markers for fuel stops.

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Old 04-25-2012, 06:16 PM   #18
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I use the "All Stays Camp & RV" app for iPhone
http://www.allstays.com/apps/

It has way more than gas stops but I use it to find flying J and other truck stops.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:08 AM   #19
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Has anyone stopped at a Loves Travel Center ?? Are they roomy for those of us towing a 34 foot 5th wheel and need gas for fuel ???
i find that most Love's are pretty tight, unless you can get onto the end pumps and have an exit path w/o having to go acroos the front of the station
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When we make the trip from Ontario to Florida we use the " I-75 travel book" it gives the maps page by page and also all the exits and what is at each exit it even tells you which gas outlets that can be accessed with a trailer, really good book authored by Dave Hunter got it from amazon.
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