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Old 09-13-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Silliest question ever....

I knew I was forgetting something important to ask..........

When towing on a long trip, just how do you all gas up the TV ?

I can't imagine pulling a 31 footer through these gas stations....

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Old 09-13-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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Just go where the big trucks go. Also many Interstate located gas stations are able to handle big RV's.
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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Look for places like the "FlyingJ" all of their locations have rv friendly pull thru for your complete needs..You can even park overnight there..
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It is a pain, especially if you frequent locations that places like Flying J and the like don't serve. In particular, it seems that a lot of newer gas stations have orientations in which the pump lanes are perpendicular to the store rather than parallel to it. Absolutely impossible for many RVs!

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It is a pain, especially if you frequent locations that places like Flying J and the like don't serve. In particular, it seems that a lot of newer gas stations have orientations in which the pump lanes are perpendicular to the store rather than parallel to it. Absolutely impossible for many RVs!

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I read this and, not sure just what your point is..
However good it may be..
could you like try rewriting it once more?
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:38 PM   #6
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You always need to see your path out of an area before you commit yourself. Lynn is correct about some of the perpendicular pump setups, some of the newer QT stations are built this way. The pumps on the outside can be easier to manage.

Always keep an eye on those cement post that protect the pumps. I always give them a wide berth as I have seen the damage they can do. Thankfully this has never happened to me.
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:55 PM   #7
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I knew I was forgetting something important to ask..........

When towing on a long trip, just how do you all gas up the TV ?

I can't imagine pulling a 31 footer through these gas stations....

Robbie R.
Robbie R... We pull a 25' FB behind a 20' long GMC so we have the same problem. We picked up a copy of "The Next Exit" www.thenextexit.com that lists all of the service facilites along the interstate highway system. It notes in their listing of the facility if it is "RV Accessible" by listing the facility in red type. We use it on our trips to Florida and have found it to be very accurate.
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Granted, we have a relatively short rig, but we do watch where we pull into and make sure we can manuver our way out forwards without having to back up (which is a total hassle and opens you up to lots of not-so-good possibilities). We also watch how steep or sharp the entrance or entry curb is so we don't drag bottom or damage low-hanging dump plumbing. Most of the interstate stations are do-able... and truck stops are even better... they are built to handle long rigs. We also carry if 5 gal supply of gas if we are taking routes we are not familiar with or don't know the gas situation...
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Thanks again everyone, has anyone ever had to unhook to gas up ?

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As Azflycatcher said, always be sure of your exit. Never go into anyplace that you have not established that you can get out of.

And no, I have never had to unhook. Follow rule one (don't run yourself so low that you don't have any choices) and rule two (see Richard's rule, above).

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Old 09-13-2009, 04:49 PM   #11
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We pretty much make it a rule to get gas when we're down to a quarter of a tank. Honestly, if the gas station was so bad that we'd have to unhitch, we'd head to the next stop.

That said, as we've found out this summer, there are some states where it's a LONG way to the next station...

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Hey Robbie,

We've never had a problem with our 31'er or the 25'. We look for a Pilot, Flying-J, or some other major chain that has an open approach. The big thing is not to wait until you need fuel to fill up.

As mutcth does, we start looking for good stop locations as soon as we get near the 1/4 tank mark.

Never had to un-hitch to fill up.

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Old 09-13-2009, 05:11 PM   #13
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I knew I was forgetting something important to ask..........

When towing on a long trip, just how do you all gas up the TV ?

I can't imagine pulling a 31 footer through these gas stations....

Robbie R.
It is intimidating, but you will soon get used to it! I generaly try to stop at the major interstate stops such as Flying J, Pilot, etc., But if I cannot, then I try to stop at stations where the pumps are parallel to the road for ease of exit.

The worst are the ones where the pumps aim at the store and you need to turn ninety degrees after gassing up - especially difficult if you find that while you have been gassing uo, people have parked cars in front of you at the convenience store!

In a pinch, you could always back up.

I went thru the learning experience quite a few years ago, but now have an added wrinkle because I need diesel fuel, which, if they have it at all, is only available at one pump, and sometimes pretty hard to see as you pullonto the lot! Sometimes I stop the rig and walk over to the pumps to figure out the lie of the land before I continue!

Its all a challenge and good fun! (at least ya gotta think of it that way!)


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Old 09-13-2009, 05:31 PM   #14
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This topic does remind me of another wrinkle. A lot of thruway service stations are configured with a separate parking area for trucks and trailers. That's fine - but then they set it up so that the only pumps that are easily accessible from there are diesel pumps.

In New York and Mass., I've wound up driving back "the wrong way" to get to the car gasoline pumps, or have had to snake my way through between the buildings to get back to them. Stupid set-up.

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