Originally Posted by Relentless
Never, ever try to pass a tractor trailer when going down hill.
Excellent advice (on 2 laners anyway). 80,000 lbs. of tractor trailer plus gravity can get them rolling downhill faster than you can imagine.
Gas stations can be a challenge, but as time goes by, you get better at spotting problem ones before you turn into them. The end pumps are often the best bet. Next Exit is a book that tells you about RV friendly gas stations, stores and restaurants when you travel by interstate. A good investment.
I tend to fill up whenever we are unhitched as it is simpler. We also usually carry a 5 gallon gas can with us for long drives and have rarely used it, but it is good insurance.
Another issue is downtown. Streets can be narrow and parking impossible for RV's. Sometimes we want to stop at a restaurant we have discovered in a tour book and it's downtown. Turning down a side street looking for parking where we can get in and out easily is an adventure, but I tell myself tractor trailers do it, so I can too. It's a different way of driving and you have to think far ahead, but you get used to it.
Watch how the trucks do it and learn from their example. Of course, we have all seen those trucks get stuck in a narrow space and having to back up several times. My time for that hasn't come yet, but I'm sure it will. Venture forth fearlessly, but slowly and carefully. When I first started towing I imagined the rig to be 30' wide, but it isn't and can be maneuvered pretty well through some tight spaces.