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cosmotini 12-08-2005 08:18 PM

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.


cosmotini 12-08-2005 08:23 PM

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

This one shows detailed information.

swebster 12-08-2005 10:15 PM

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.

CanoeStream 12-08-2005 10:44 PM

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:

Pick 12-09-2005 05:56 AM

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.

GlenCoombe 12-09-2005 06:21 AM

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.

norbert 12-09-2005 07:05 AM


Originally Posted by swebster
Plus they have a loyalty card which saves RVers another penny a gallon.

also a discount on propane...:cool:

tin sista 12-09-2005 07:14 AM

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.

cooperhawk 12-10-2005 01:26 PM

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.:chef::brows:

Minnie's Mate 12-13-2005 09:52 PM

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?

Pahaska 12-13-2005 10:01 PM

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.

wahoonc 12-13-2005 10:37 PM

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.


Tarheel 12-13-2005 11:42 PM

I like flying J just because I know I can get in and out. Pulling a 34' does have some drawbacks.

genearnold 12-14-2005 09:22 AM

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.


dbaverb 12-14-2005 10:54 AM

Diesel At Truck Stops
:cool: I like the Flying J because it provides with a couple of things, 1. a .01 cent discount if you use their card on diesel and it has propane with the discount and 2. it has a dumping station along with fresh water to refill. Love's gives us a .01 cent discount but has no dumping station. :blink:

cooperhawk 12-14-2005 11:16 AM

Flying J!! Try the buffet and peach cobbler.:D

2airishuman 12-14-2005 12:37 PM

lets get on the same page people!!!
cooperhawk, i assume that peach cobbler must be really good? i have liked the few f-j's i've visited......but the buffet was way to high in grease, salt and starch.....made me sleepy just when i needed to drive....of course with the condo nearby i managed a nap.


2airishuman 12-14-2005 12:38 PM

so far flying j's are leading.......and no one has mentioned the famous jelly chain.....


swebster 12-14-2005 01:50 PM

You know I never thought much about bad fuel until my last big trip. I had been stopping at Flying Js or Pilots from Louisville almost all the way through Arizona. We pulled off 93 in Kingman AZ right before the 93 split to Vegas fro some fuel and a bite. The Flying J was packed full of trucks and RVs so I just turned left into a no-name station instead of right. Gas was the same price so I topped off and off we went.

It didn't take long to figure out I had bad gas as I was getting pinging and sputtering all the way through the hills into and out of Lake MEad and the Hover Damn. I stopped just over the NV line and bought five bottles of octane booster which allowed me to burn through the rest of the tank. At the next fill up (Flying J) everything was back to normal.

I'll never do that again - brand names for my baby only!

norbert 12-14-2005 04:10 PM


Originally Posted by 2airishuman
and no one has mentioned the famous jelly chain.....

jelly?.....cant think of that, do you mean stuckys?....i havent seen one of them in years....

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