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Old 05-24-2016, 08:14 AM   #1
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Forgive the newbie question, but, is regular 87 Unleaded available in the larger truck lanes at highway service centers/truck stops like Flying J or Travel Centers America or is Diesel fuel the only available in the larger lanes?

Just a little trip planning and I'd like to be prepared for all the gas stations along the route and those larger lanes for trucks would certainly be easier for a newb like me!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:25 AM   #2
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Forgive the newbie question, but, is regular 87 Unleaded available in the larger truck lanes at highway service centers/truck stops like Flying J or Travel Centers America or is Diesel fuel the only available in the larger lanes?

Just a little trip planning and I'd like to be prepared for all the gas stations along the route and those larger lanes for trucks would certainly be easier for a newb like me!

Thanks in advance!
They certainly are! We went to South Dakota last summer from Michigan. Every truck stop had 87 thru 93 unleaded gas.
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We don't have many truck stops up here, but the one we do have (20 miles away) is only diesel pumps. We start thinking about filling up at 1/2 tank, and try our best to pick a station with the pump lines parallel to the building. Our rig is not very long, but still try for any that are easy in-easy out. Challenging when you're going someplace you've never been to!
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Flying J truck stops have dedicated RV lanes with both diesel and regular gasoline. They are usually to the right of the gas pumps with plenty of room to maneuver in and out. I always plan my trip trying to make Flying J my fuel stops. And with the rewards card I received a 5 cent per gallon discount on diesel.
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Forgive the newbie question, but, is regular 87 Unleaded available in the larger truck lanes at highway service centers/truck stops like Flying J or Travel Centers America or is Diesel fuel the only available in the larger lanes?

Just a little trip planning and I'd like to be prepared for all the gas stations along the route and those larger lanes for trucks would certainly be easier for a newb like me!

Thanks in advance!
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Flying J truck stops have dedicated RV lanes with both diesel and regular gasoline. They are usually to the right of the gas pumps with plenty of room to maneuver in and out. I always plan my trip trying to make Flying J my fuel stops. And with the rewards card I received a 5 cent per gallon discount on diesel.
Although gasoline is available at truck stops, it is NOT in the lanes where you see the big trucks fueling.

Like Hiteco said, Flying J is usually the best for RVs for either gasoline or diesel with islands with pumps to the left or right of the gas pumps. TA and many other truck stops have gasoline, but you'll be fueling at the same pumps that cars use; not the truck lanes.
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Although gasoline is available at truck stops, it is NOT in the lanes where you see the big trucks fueling.
Excellent this was the answer I was looking for. Thanks!
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When we went to Wyoming last summer (from Austin, TX) we planned our fuel stops at Flying J based on all the positive comments and recommendations for RVers.

My surprise was that their "non-car" diesel pumps (big rig or RV lanes) almost always had large capacity nozzles which were too big to fit in my 1999 Ford PSD!

We almost always had to fuel up at the normal auto diesel pumps and several times I had the wife blocking cars while I backed out after fueling. That wasn't stressful.

I may be the only guy out there driving a diesel with small fuel nozzle receiver but be aware of that if you're in the same boat.

Joked with the wife after our trip, "Well, I guess I need a new truck!"
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DO NOT USE THE LARGE TRUCK LANES.. The fuel in those lanes often costs more as many places have a heavy vehicle road tax for the extra damage these big rigs do. Many of the better stations like Pilot/Flying J have dedicated RV lanes where you can pull in fuel up and pull out with out hassle
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I've never seen gasoline pumps at a truckers island.
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By and large, besides the name brand truck stops, you can often find convenience stores with large, easy to navigate pump islands if your travels are primarily along the Interstates. High awnings, no fear of making your rig a 'chop top'! And the fuel may be cheaper than the big dogs. And once in Florida, particularly the Central part of the state, you may find a familiar site: WAWA! They are opening stores in Florida at a dizzying pace, and all are clean and great places to refuel both the truck and the belly!

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