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Old 07-11-2016, 01:50 PM   #11
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I've never been in that situation bad enough to do this, but is there any reason why we couldn't just drop the trailer at some remote corner of the station, fill up and pay, and then hook back up and go when we're done? It would be a little more time and work but it would solve the big problem of wiggling into a gas lane that's too small.
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:19 PM   #12
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We basically plan out our fuel/rest stop exits before departing in the morning and try to pick Pilot/Flying J stations with RV lanes. Otherwise, when needed, the DW uses Google Earth on her tablet to get a "birds eye view" of the stations and their pump setups well ahead of time. The only issue we have had when trying to do this is when the station has canopies over their pumps. But in that event, we just look for the pavement stains on the edges of the canopy, which can indicate which way the traffic flows underneath. Works out great for us and have yet to get into a "situation".
THIS ^^^^ is BRILLIANT!!!

I love Google Earth and use it all the time for all kinds of interesting stuff, but never thought to use it to pre-scope gas stations! Gonna have to increase my data plan again! Thanks blujay40
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:33 PM   #13
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THIS ^^^^ is BRILLIANT!!!

Gonna have to increase my data plan again! Thanks blujay40
I don't know about brilliant, but thanks for the cudos.

One reason we tend to plan ahead of time is so we can use available wifi at either a previous stop or from the campground we stayed at the night before to scope out fuel stops as well as campgrounds for the next night of our journey. Saves on mobile data that way.
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THIS ^^^^ is BRILLIANT!!!

I love Google Earth and use it all the time for all kinds of interesting stuff, but never thought to use it to pre-scope gas stations! Gonna have to increase my data plan again! Thanks blujay40
I was just going to post this suggestion, I'm glad someone brought it up. I love Google Earth for this, and Street View. If for some reason we're unprepared for a particular stop, I'll have DW get on her phone and use satellite view to pick a restaurant or gas station for us .
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:41 PM   #15
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I was using that strategy also but the most annoying thing I have been finding are those who fill up & go inside but leave the car parked at the pump. Its almost as bad as road rage when that happens.
I had this happen to me over the 4th. I was in a small town that was very busy and the station was tight to maneuver. There was literally only one pump that I was really going to be able to use without some kind of f-ery. I pulled up and waited behind this car. And waited. And waited. People are coming and going and I'm just here waiting. I went into the station and started asking for the owner. 30-min later the owner comes sauntering over and she had been watching the whole time from the bench off to the side where she was smoking. I've never dressed someone down that wasn't a lower ranking airman in public before, but she got the full brunt of it.
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I had this happen to me over the 4th. I was in a small town that was very busy and the station was tight to maneuver. There was literally only one pump that I was really going to be able to use without some kind of f-ery. I pulled up and waited behind this car. And waited. And waited. People are coming and going and I'm just here waiting. I went into the station and started asking for the owner. 30-min later the owner comes sauntering over and she had been watching the whole time from the bench off to the side where she was smoking. I've never dressed someone down that wasn't a lower ranking airman in public before, but she got the full brunt of it.
GOOD!!! Dumb idiots that do that make me angry. Had that happen at Bucees before.

As a side note and as a retired USAF First Sgt, kudos for the dressing an airman down comment. That made me LOL.....
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A handy tool I use is a free app on my phone called myPilot. I can find all the Flying J and Pilot truck stops with RV lanes that are on my route.
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I prefer to drop my TT off at the RV site that night and then go fill up. No hassles with the trailer and I can get fuel at a much better fuel price than going to Pilot, Luv's, etc. along the interstate.

GasBuddy app has saved me a lot of money, as well.

Getting off the interstate opens up all sorts of other possibilities one would never of discovered otherwise when getting fuel.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:28 AM   #19
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Keep a log of RV friendly gas stations on your travels. If your like me you will travel the same route again whether it's 6 months or 2 years down the road.

And if your like me you will not remember which one's were easy access.

I keep the highway #, Exit # if it's a interstate and the name of the station.

Same with me, willing to pay a little more for easy access.

My options are different now as I have a new Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco diesel I'm towing with but I can't use the trucker lanes because the gas tank inlet isn't able to take those nozzles.

Will start using the RV islands with diesel if possible.
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It's the biggest headache of traveling. Our TT is 37' ball to bumper plus the long dually. Just try to find a truck stop the almost 800 miles from home to Phoenix, which we travel regularly. We fill at a gas station about 250 miles out, then at a casino on I-40, another gas station off I-40 and that gets us to our destination.

Tougher when in strange territory. The one Flying J I went to a few years ago in Wyoming had a special lane for RVs. I made the mistake of using it instead of the truck area. It was stuck in as an after thought and had a curve as you exited that was fine for a small rig. Everyone else had to run up over the curbing.
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