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Old 07-10-2021, 03:41 PM   #21
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You will learn how to do it the same way we all did ! when ya pay for a couple gas pumps and repair on your trailer you will figger it out !
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Old 07-10-2021, 03:48 PM   #22
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If I see a Pilot or a Loves or any other truck stop then I know there is easy in/out access, otherwise we rely on our Rand McNally GPS to show us only RV friendly fuel stations,
I ALWAYS use an island on the outside so that the propane burner for the fridge is away from any fuel pumps, otherwise I turn the fridge off before fueling.
I have to disagree. Many Loves, Pilot etc force gas burning RVers to get fuel with the cars.
Some have a separate RV fuel pump, some don't.
Some have plenty of room to pull through and some don't.
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We usually use a Flying J/Pilot and use the outside or RV lanes. Top-tier gas at a QT station also works as they have outside lanes perfect for a truck pulling a TT. It's hard to find top-tier gasoline in rural areas except at Shell or one of the other majors and it costs an arm and a leg.
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We usually use a Flying J/Pilot and use the outside or RV lanes. Top-tier gas at a QT station also works as they have outside lanes perfect for a truck pulling a TT. It's hard to find top-tier gasoline in rural areas except at Shell or one of the other majors and it costs an arm and a leg.
Top Tier Gasoline is the way to go for sure. Not many people seem to know about it. I saw the AAA test and evaluation on it and I was sold!

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Top Tier Gasoline is the way to go for sure. Not many people seem to know about it. I saw the AAA test and evaluation on it and I was sold!

I know my engine runs better on it and it gets better mileage especially when towing. Used Walmart gas and Pilot gas at first and wound up with two plugged injectors. And that was Premium, too!
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I know my engine runs better on it and it gets better mileage especially when towing. Used Walmart gas and Pilot gas at first and wound up with two plugged injectors. And that was Premium, too!
I did not do any personal tests. I took AAA independent study at their word.

https://www.aaa.com/AAA/common/AAR/f...ull-Report.pdf

But a picture is worth a 1000 words.
The test engine is operated continuously for 100 hours which simulates roughly 4,000 miles of real-world driving.
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Old 07-10-2021, 05:38 PM   #27
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I keep an eye out between 1/2 and 1/4 tank for an easy access and exit fuel station. Some are just out of the question unless you like to live dangerously. Keeping a reserve allows that option before running low and being selective is not.
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We also look for costcos near the hwy. Their pumps are roomy and straight with clean recommended gas. Usually a hell of a lot cheaper too. Just an option.
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I did not do any personal tests. I took AAA independent study at their word.

https://www.aaa.com/AAA/common/AAR/f...ull-Report.pdf

But a picture is worth a 1000 words.
The test engine is operated continuously for 100 hours which simulates roughly 4,000 miles of real-world driving.
The Gas buddy app used to identify top tier gas stations Not anymore.
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When towing I’ve never driven further in a day than I could go on 2 fill ups. I plan those stops using Google Maps and it’s satellite view.
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If you are unsure because you are in an unknown area, start looking when you get to 1/4 tank. You can always pull off on the shoulder of the road and walk to get a better look at how you want to maneuver into a good position to fuel. If necessary, you can unhook…. But I have never been in that position myself while trying to get fuel…. Some tight spots, but I have never had to unhook.
As for blocking traffic…. We’ll, you gotta do what you have to do!!!! Use your signals and flashers!!!!
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Old 07-10-2021, 07:11 PM   #32
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Normally I try to stop at Pilot, Flying J, or Love's, however there have been times that I've ended up almost empty (I know - poor planning) and ended up in a smaller gas station. There have been a couple of times where I had to wait for a car parked in front of the station to leave so that I would have enough room to exit. I try to look for exits off the interstate that show multiple gas stations so that I can pick the one that has the most room - even if the gas is a couple of cents higher (normally isn't though). Obviously, if I'm unhooking the trailer for the night, I'll go ahead and fill up the truck that night. Our trailer is 33' long with a CC GMC 2500HD 4x4 so it's a fairly long combo with a VERY wide turning radius on the truck.
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Normally I try to stop at Pilot, Flying J, or Love's, however there have been times that I've ended up almost empty (I know - poor planning) and ended up in a smaller gas station. There have been a couple of times where I had to wait for a car parked in front of the station to leave so that I would have enough room to exit. I try to look for exits off the interstate that show multiple gas stations so that I can pick the one that has the most room - even if the gas is a couple of cents higher (normally isn't though). Obviously, if I'm unhooking the trailer for the night, I'll go ahead and fill up the truck that night. Our trailer is 33' long with a CC GMC 2500HD 4x4 so it's a fairly long combo with a VERY wide turning radius on the truck.
Exactly! Same thing with me!!!
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Old 07-10-2021, 08:53 PM   #34
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Use Flying J stations that have the dedicated rv lanes 80% of the time. As for price they are not more than other stations at the same interstate exit.
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:18 PM   #35
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Wish I could but they are not always available at “gas up” time…!!!
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:25 PM   #36
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I know my engine runs better on it and it gets better mileage especially when towing. Used Walmart gas and Pilot gas at first and wound up with two plugged injectors. And that was Premium, too!
Premium doesn't get you more detergents, it just gets you more octane.
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:27 PM   #37
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We also look for costcos near the hwy. Their pumps are roomy and straight with clean recommended gas. Usually a hell of a lot cheaper too. Just an option.
All the Costco gas stations I've ever seen always have a long line at each pump.
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:30 PM   #38
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The Gas buddy app used to identify top tier gas stations Not anymore.
That was a great feature. Not sure why they dropped it. Now I have to go to toptiergas.com to be sure, especially when travelling and seeing gas stations I'm not familiar with.
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While I’m at work. I will use my GPS in satellite mode to get an over view of job sites to see if I can pull my Kenworth and trailer safely. You could always do the same. Scope out a gas station on your GPS and look at the satellite image to see how a gas station is situated before you even get off the highway.
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While I’m at work. I will use my GPS in satellite mode to get an over view of job sites to see if I can pull my Kenworth and trailer safely. You could always do the same. Scope out a gas station on your GPS and look at the satellite image to see how a gas station is situated before you even get off the highway.


As you mentioned and others this is a great way to take a look, it’s also something I do. Just remember those aren’t live views, I’m getting my roof redone and solar installed they are using satellite images that are 4 plus years old. My current google earth is 4 years old
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