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Old 11-14-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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Getting gas?

I'm leaving tomorrow to travel from Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon. This will be my first trip pulling a trailer. I think I have prepared well but the biggest question I have is about getting gas on the road. I will be sticking to the interstate (I-94) for most of the way. I'm a little worried about maneuvering around in tight spots. My trailer is 27 feet long. I'm hoping there will be plenty of room at truck stops. I have a gps unit that should be helpful as well. Any tips on getting gas without smashing into things or any other tips for my first voyage would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-14-2008, 03:50 AM   #2
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Well Smokey, I guess you didn't read the whole manual that came with your Airstream. On page 242, it clearly states that an Airstream only lasts "one tank of gas, maybe a little more if you run out while going downhill."

It goes on to say that when you run out you are to make two phone calls. The first call is to Airstream to order a new trailer and the second call is to me, so I can come pick up your old one.

Why else do you think there would be all these threads about miles per gallon and people getting new Airstreams all the time?

I'll be waiting by the phone.


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Old 11-14-2008, 04:26 AM   #3
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most of the truck stops on the east coast have islands for rvs,which gives more room.however if you approach a station without this the key is just to take your time the same way you maneuver through pulling into a campground.most people when they see me coming usually get out of my way.also remember to go as wide as you can pulling away from the islands,since this where most fender benders occur.since i have a diesel ill try to map out my fuel stops before i leave on a trip thru the internet mainly because i only want to purchase from stations that are pumping alot of diesel,to cut the risk of contaminated fuel.after a couple of stops at fuel stations you will be a pro.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:43 AM   #4
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:49 AM   #5
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Just be careful, keep it wide and use your mirrors when you pull away from the pumps and you should be fine.


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Old 11-14-2008, 06:09 AM   #6
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Most truck stop type service centers are setup with high bays...The local Flying-J here in my area has two satellite pumps away from the 'Car" pumps that deliver gas and diesel. They are not covered but they are away from the "Busy' area and not the Trucker area.

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Old 11-14-2008, 06:45 AM   #7
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Smoky - you touched on something I just encountered last weekend. Traveling along US-1 for about 30+ miles before finding a station that had pumps I could maneuver into ... most of the pumps were aligned perpendicular to the road (two aborted attempts - pulled off the road and drove right through the parking lot). I could have swung into the pump, but exiting the pump would not have been possible for me! I finally found one before my gas light came on. Next time I will plan better --- guess my mileage was much less than without the AS!!! Otherwise I would have been forced to unhook Ophelia, gas the truck and rehook. That woulda been a pain!
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:58 AM   #8
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I would agree with everybody so far. We actually look for Flying J truck stops because we have a discount card from them. However most of the truck stops have sufficient room to navigate through. Although everybody suggests watching in your mirrors, etc. by all means watch out for the people coming also because they may not be as cautious as you.

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Old 11-14-2008, 09:58 AM   #9
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Tips I follow at Gas Stations:
I avoid using the pumps closest to the Gas station store because of the danger of being blocked in by parked cars. At stations with multiple rows of pumps I generally choose an outside pump, normally this will give more room on your right to maneuver when existing.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:47 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:05 AM   #11
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Getting gas?

Greetings Smoky!

I have towed my 26' Overlander all over the Western US. My usual practice when traveling in unfamiliar terrain is to begin looking for fuel at 1/2-tank. After being fooled by published information about RV-friendly pumps, and trucks stops with nearly inacessible pumps for everything except diesel -- my usual practice is to do a drive-by to assess the situation -- if I can't see the approach and exit routes for the gasoline pumps, I continue on to the next station. Also, it is critical to observe the approach and exit lanes for excessive dips that may cause the coach to drag. I have had to try as many as three exits before finding a station offering access, approach, and exit routes that were workable. In two instances, I have even waited in line at a truck stop at the pump clearly labeled -- RV Fueling Station -- when I finally got to the pump, it was diesel only.

One thing that I have learned is that an older station located in town away from the Interstate often offers better access to RVs. Recently, I have begun avoiding Interstates for the vast majority of my travel -- my fuel buying experiences have proven far less challenging with this method of travel.

Good luck and safe travels!

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Old 11-14-2008, 03:35 PM   #12
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You might want to bring a 5 gal portable can. Then you will always have enough to get to the next exit, and you can walk gas from the pump to your truck if you really get into a tight spot.

In Minneapolis, gas is $1.829 on 494 at Rockford Road, west side of town.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:41 PM   #13
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We have a 50 gal refueler in the back of the bed of our 2500HD gasser. With gas it is not legal to tie a tank to your main. Get a DOT approved Transflow....then fuel up only where you want since you got 900 miles ....the refuler has a hose on it just like at the gas station but a slightly smaller profile....great also for fueling generators....lawn mowers ect around the house. Lots of flexability.

I was the best investment I ever made in my rig so instead of depending on just the 30 gal truck tank I got 80 gal..Just pull off any rest area ect to refuel

The Truck has a basic alum cap with a long window on the drivers side. Just open up the wind and start pumping.
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