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Old 10-16-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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Boondocking along I 20/ I 10

As a newby (first pull in the new trailer) going from High Point, NC to San Antonio, TX, and return, I learned about Wally World and Flying J. It is rather nice to be able to just stop and go back into the trailer and sleep. What I learned is that a diesel engine idling next door (Flying J) manages to mask a whole lot of noise which was present in Wally World's lot due to the teen age cruisers with their mega base sound systems. I also learned that I want a big diesel truck so I can carry enough fuel to go 400+ miles before stopping. 10 1/2 - 11 1/2 mpg in my Cayenne does not allow much cruising range and the torque curve is so high on a gas engine it is constantly shifting down to 5th in a frontal wind, which I had both directions. So, I love the Airstream and plan on many days of camping/boondocking, etc.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:09 PM   #2
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Sounds cool... My sequoia only has a 23 gal tank, Wish it was bigger too.. about the same gas millage but I don't downshift.. A little more power...
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:18 PM   #3
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it is constantly shifting down to 5th in a frontal wind, which I had both directions.
And I bet you had to walk to school in the snow, too!

Sorry, that one sounded just too much like the old line about walking to school and home in the snow up hill both ways.
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that sounded like a great trip and I hope you send some pictures.
as a fellow tar heel, I have driven that same route and there is plenty to see and plenty of Flying J's
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OK, you're correct about walking to school as I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. Six miles, up hill both ways and it snowed from October to May.... at least in the 1940's and 50's.

Truth?... I did see the snow in a drift come off the roof and to the ground with no break in between. And 40 below zero was the coldest I remember.
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saw that this was an old post..BUT my 1st out of state trip coming up.So you can just pull up to a "flying J" and sleep over night? I asume that is a big truck stop???\Squid
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Most Js have propane, a dump station as well as diesel of course. Park out of the way, use the store and its facilities and you will be welcomed. I also use the restaurant because I hate to cook! jim
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Flying J and the great Buffet

Not only is the diesel usually cheapest at Flying J, but their buffet allows a nice selection of fairly good food at a reasonable price. One can check online for gas/diesel prices so if you are on a planned route...sort of, you can fill up at the cheapest place and save a few bucks on a tank. And if you get the Flying J card, you get cash price with a credit card. But there are a lot of good places out there, try the CB radio and you may get some help.

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