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Old 06-22-2016, 07:45 PM   #11
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It all depends on the place you go... There is a wide variation in what you will experience between them... like our last stop at a Loves - they wanted a commercial account or the price was .10/gal higher than the published price.

Truck pumps have high flow and have two pumps on each side of the vehicle so that both tanks can be filled at the same time (time is the key here). When you pull up to a Truck Pump, you pull behind a rig that is currently fueling and you GO INSIDE right away. You tell the attendant what pump you are waiting at and by the time you go back out to your RV, the truck that was fueling has pulled forward. Now is time to fuel and don't be wasting any time about it... Get Fueled up and then pull forward like the Truck did before you - then go in and settle up with the Fuel Cashier... letting the next Truck behind you start to Fuel.

Remember... Trucks need to fuel both sides. If you have a Pickup that has only one fuel filler - find a pump at the end of the bays that won't block up the flow of traffic as you fill a solo tank.
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:50 AM   #12
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Fueling while towing has always been a pain in trying to find a station that I could get in/out easily... ended up putting in a bed tank bringing my total onboard fuel to 86 gallons... now when I stop for the day, I just get fuel nearby without the trailer..
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:00 AM   #13
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First the nozzle should fit a diesel truck fill. Most are larger just due to that not all pumps have a auto fill nozzle. Both my previous F350 and current Ram take either size nozzel. Just make sure on the newer fills you put the neck all the way in to the actual fill or your shoes will be covered.

As far as lanes go there are different regs. throughout the states as it pertains to commercial fuel for hauling vs conventional fuel which is why some just don't allow it due to it being only priced one way. It would help if a sign was in place at all of these locations as you only come to find out once your out of your TV and at the service counter in some.

Some Pilots have RV fills, truck fills and Auto fill sections. Some just Auto and Truck. It's a PITA at some the Auto fills for sure. I look at it as practice and if someone has an issue with me locking up the space I just tell them that the front desk told me I had to be in this lane. Sorry. That usually puts down their guard.
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:34 AM   #14
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Pilot/FlyingJ have RV specific pumps (with dump stations) that 98% of the time you can get into and out of. Problem with using the truck pumps is that many states have heavy vehicle road tax on the pump and it will cost you more to fill up..
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:42 AM   #15
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I carry 15 gals in three 5 gal cans and with 37gal tank I have plenty of range to never fill up while hooked up. The trick is to change out those new type nozzles found on the cans with free flow ones you can find on ebay. If I needed more range I would add abother 5gal can. Rest stop fill ups is a good option for me, might not work for everyone.
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I never had issue with the station not letting me use the big rig pumps, my issue was finding fuel that was not 15% biodiesel.

My truck manual says no higher than 5% biodiesel, and on my yearly Vegas > Oklahoma > Vegas trip I only found one or two truck stops that had 5% or less biodiesel at their truck pumps.

Most of the auto/RV pumps had <5%. We started calling ahead to stations in the town where we knew we were going to fill up and asking their bio content. Then started to document what cities have non-truck stop stations where I could get in/out of with my truck and 5th wheel.

I think that, before next year's trip, I will be figuring out a way to carry extra fuel with me so I can try to just fill up once per day; after we've stopped in the campground for the night and unhooked the trailer.
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Is there a directory or app aside from Next Exit that tells you of RV friendly gas stations? Not necessarily diesel. It probably does not exist.
I can tell you that service areas on i 95 in Connecticut are not at all RV friendly as they are one pump and some 20 diagonal lanes exactly one car length long with just over a ca length clearance at each end

We limped to Secondi Bros. exit 40.

New England is a tough place to find truck stops. There are no towering signs in Maine NH and VT and MA. So you do need to know where you are going lest you find yourself on a 1.5 lane road with a big rig.

This is the best I could find/
Find The Cheapest Truck Stop - TruckMaster Fuel Finder

you do have to enter a town name. I entered mine and got the nine results in a 100 mile radius. So dont worry about the exact town.
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Is there a directory or app aside from Next Exit that tells you of RV friendly gas stations? Not necessarily diesel. It probably does not exist.
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Allstays -- Big Truck Stops app. It shows you all the Flying J, TA and Pilot stations throughout the US on Google maps. Now, there are other stops, but at least it's a start.

Also when you click on the location it shows you all the details of the station such as lanes and dedicated lanes food available and so on. Phone # is also there to call and confirm.

This plus my Truck GPS keep me out of tight jams mostly.
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High-volume diesel nozzles are not a problem in my RAM, as long as the nozzle is fully inserted.... Works just fine!
X2. I don't have a problem fitting any of the nozzles in my Ram 2500 either. Never had any issues at all in Georgia or Florida.
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One thing I did years ago was open a Pacific Pride account and a CFN account. These are cardlock stations that are truck and rv friendly for long rigs. No lines and 24 hour availability. They are generally easy to find in smaller towns and rural areas so I can get fuel after the locals have gone to bed.
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