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Old 06-14-2014, 01:57 PM   #11
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X3 on pump islands that are parallel to the road. Avoid those that are not, those bolsters at the end of the islands will eat your TT if you try to tight of a turn. Go slow going in and even slower leaving. Watch your mirrors and make sure others know you're there. I like to pick interstate exits that list 3 or more stations so I know I will have choices. Don't wait until the last minute when the gauge is solid on empty.

Fueling with a TT or 5'er is not that hard, it just takes some forethought so you don't drive yourself into a box.

PS: For the diesel owners, truck stops often have the highest prices for non commercial "auto diesel" and the prices they post on the exit signs are often what they call the tax exempt price. That's what the pump will show when you pull up to it, but when you run your card it will change by $25/gal or more. I learned the hard way.

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Old 06-14-2014, 02:01 PM   #12
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In all the threads I have not seen the caution about knowing your height to avoid scrapping off air conditioner etc. So be aware of your vertical clearance. Almost all stations near a freeway interchange will have adequate height for rvs. Watch when you leave because turning away from the pump causes the rear of the rig to get close to the pump. Caution about upper, side, and tail end clearances should be your habit and you should have no problems in that regard.

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Old 06-14-2014, 02:25 PM   #13
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Start looking for easy stations when the tank is half full and you will usually find one. Wait until you are nearly empty and they will all be next to impossible to get into.

I usually carry my Honda 1000 and a gas can in my truck box. I have often thought about using that can if I ever got in a situation where I could not get to a gas pump when I was nearly out. I've never had to use it, but I have gotten pretty good at maneuvering into tight spaces.

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Old 06-14-2014, 06:13 PM   #14
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I have on many occasions fueled up with the TT in tow, and all the advise posted previous is sound, especially pumps oriented parallel to the road.

No matter how many time I have fuel on the road, I still don't like doing. What I have done a couple times, since we rarely tow more than 300 miles a day, is carry 10 gallons of diesel in a portable can that I dump in when we stop to eat. That 10 gallons plus a full tank when starting gives me about ~400 mile range. Then when we get to where I am going/overnighting I'll run out and refuel both the truck and tanks with out the TT.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:43 PM   #15
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Like others mentioned, I carry an extra 5 gal of diesel in the bed of the truck also, just in case. Usually the rest area stops are no problem though, you should be able to get in and out; at least around here.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:09 PM   #16
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Truck stops will always be easiest, they are a few cents more but you will for sure be able to get in and out with no problems
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:16 PM   #17
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We've traveled longer distances than a single tank of fuel while towing our TT. We watch for the stations like FLying J, Pilot, Travel America as they tend to have more maneuvering room and often have RV lanes just for RV type vehicles and higher clearances under the awnings. We also get a Good Sam discount at the first two so we save a few pennies off the price per gallon.

I generally try for a pump on the end, but have pulled through the middle rows as well. As noted by others watch your mirrors to insure your TT doesn't clip a pump guard or another vehicle. Take your time and be courteous and move your rig if you need to make a pit stop for supplies or other needs.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:23 PM   #18
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All the tips have been great. I try for the outside lane but have, in a pinch, had to back out into the traffic lanes to exit due to someone blocking me in. If you watch your spotter and take your time you won't have any problems.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:38 PM   #19
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I will never wait to save a few pennies on gas again. Learn my lesson in KCKS. Ended up in a very small station and backed that 248RBS out. Truck was empty.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:07 PM   #20
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These tips are awesome and calming my nerves. Thx

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