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Old 12-08-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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RV friendly fuel stops

This is a thread to post fuel stops that are "considerate" to RV'ers by making the pumps easier to get to (and away from). Also, it would be good to note if they have other features that accomodate RV'ers, such as types of fuel available, dump station, rv parking, etc. If you want to note if the food is good or not, I'm sure that would be helpful too.


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Old 12-08-2005, 08:23 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Illinois, Effingham, Flying J

I-70 & I-57, Exit 160

I stopped here for fuel coming back from Jackson Center.

They have all flavors, including bio-diesel.

Pumps have good clearance and pulling in and out is not difficult.

Restrooms appeared clean. Coffee was good. I didn't get anything to eat but it looks like they have quite a variety.

Here's a link to their web-site that shows their amenities
http://www.flyingj.com/highway/ameni...s.cfm?state=IL#

This one shows detailed information.
http://www.flyingj.com/highway/ameni...site_code=5107
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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I have to second that on the Flying J's. We pretty much uses their stations exclusively on longer interstate trips. Easy access to pumps (most have special RV lanes), LP Gas, Free Dump Station, Water, Air, etc and free overnight parking. Plus they have a loyalty card which saves RVers another penny a gallon.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:44 PM   #4
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Dump stations, U.S.A.

I remember this from a thread 2-3 years ago. Think the 1st one was mentioned at that time; just happened across the 2nd and haven't really compared them:
http://www.rvdumps.com/
http://www.americanrvrentals.com/dumpsites.htm
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:56 AM   #5
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From Virginia on south, I77,I26 and I95, I like the Hess stations. They seem to have real good fuel prices and RV/Auto/Pickup diesel pumps seperate from the big rig fueling islands.
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Old 12-09-2005, 06:21 AM   #6
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I find more Wal-Mart Supercenters than Flying J's in NC/SC. You can't always count on them to have fuel though. The prepaid gift card saves you 3 cents a gallon over what is normally the lowest price around.

On I-95 the TA at SC261 Manning SC has a free dumpsite.
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Old 12-09-2005, 07:05 AM   #7
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Plus they have a loyalty card which saves RVers another penny a gallon.
also a discount on propane...
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Old 12-09-2005, 07:14 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Great thread!

We have had some good luck in the midwest with Williams Travel Centers, I understand that Pilot is buying up many of their locations so I'm not sure how this will affect them in the future. They had some great strawberry smoothies at one outside of Knoxville,Tn. Thanks to all for sharing, I'm taking notes for our next trip. We usually travel from MI to NC at least once a year and see fluctuations between states for gas. Wytheville, Va had better prices on our Oct trip than NC or WV, I guess each trip we learn. We might pay too much coming south but going back home we remember where the cheaper prices were! Great idea about knowing where the dump stations are too.
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Old 12-10-2005, 01:26 PM   #9
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Flying Js

We have run the road south from Minnesota several times either to Florida or to New Orleons. I always get on the web now and find the Flying Js enroute. They are always clean and have good parking for rv's. their buffet is really good too.
Their web site has a map of all locations.
Their is not a single one in Minnesota. They were going to build one northwest of the Twin Cities, but something happened and it never appeared.
I especially like the peach cobbler they always have on the buffet.
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Where to buy diesel when traveling?

Today I stopped at a Petro truck stop to buy fuel. Their fuel price was about the same as our local stations. I got one of their Petro Passport Cards while their and the cashier said I would save $.01/gallon with the card and earn free showers...that I won't need, and other things.

Where do you guys with deisels buy fuel when you are traveling? What about other truck stop chains?
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:01 PM   #11
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I use truck stops a lot. The big nozzle fits easily into my in-bed tank and gives me a quick fill. I have to hand hold the nozzle for my OEM tank, but I have a conversion kit for my filler neck, not yet installed, that can accept any large truck stop nozzle.

I like Flying J. The $.01 discount is about useless, but I like the dedicated RV pumps, cheap propane, and dump stations. There is also convenient overnight parking that I often use.

Around Texas, HEB grocery stores don't all have diesel, but when they do, it is cheaper than almost all truck stops. The down side is that I have to be unhitched since few HEB stations have a lot of room.
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:37 PM   #12
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I got addicted to the Loves Truck Stops when traveling I-40 from NC to AZ. I also utilize Sheetz and WaWa when I can find them.

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Old 12-13-2005, 11:42 PM   #13
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I like flying J just because I know I can get in and out. Pulling a 34' does have some drawbacks.
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Ditto on the Flying J comments.

When you use the large volume nozzles take care as fuel can quickly belch back at you.

I think there is less chance of getting bad fuel when you fill at decent truck stops, whatever the brand.

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