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Old 07-14-2016, 08:53 AM   #21
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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.
We usually need to fill up at least once on our way to our destination. If we go more than 250 miles away we stop when we get to about 1/4 tank. Getting 10 miles per gallon while towing is no fun!
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I will utilize all suggestions here as they are very helpful, I got the "my pilot "app now & just received the RV'rs friend & Next Exit books, I showed the wife how to google a sat. image & focus on the tire tracks to decipher which way the pumps are oriented towards the store front & how to look for turn around spots. I also got the "Trucker path" app. You really need a co pilot when towing. You would think with RV sales going though the roof that more gas stations would accommodate to the increase in traffic. It could be a nice niche for this overly competitive business.
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:59 PM   #23
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We travel from Long Island to Florida every year to Snowbird, and finding a gas station to fill up the truck and trailer which is 57 feet long was a real PIA. Now I use a Garman GPS with the route set from Long Island to Florida and each time I fill up I look 150 miles ahead and pick out the best gas station like a flying J or what ever and put that into the GPS so I don't have to worry. I know when I get to about a half a tank I'm pretty close to the gas station to fill up, bathroom etc. and it's very convenient.
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I will be towing a trailer from Indiana to West Coast alone (family plans changed, but the trailer is still to be picked up from Indiana). I just prepared a list of stops/ gas stations on the route. I used google earth to check the layouts of the stations, but I think sometimes I will need to ask somebody for help when backing up.

I will try to avoid flying J, as I think they may have diesel with more that 5% bio add.
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I will be towing a trailer from Indiana to West Coast alone (family plans changed, but the trailer is still to be picked up from Indiana). I just prepared a list of stops/ gas stations on the route. I used google earth to check the layouts of the stations, but I think sometimes I will need to ask somebody for help when backing up.

I will try to avoid flying J, as I think they may have diesel with more that 5% bio add.
I just came back from Middlebury Indiana & kept an eye out for those giant gas station signs & looking for the best prices. When I was down to a 1/2 tank I would start looking. I didn't know what I was getting into at some of these places, some I just passed by & jumped back onto the interstate for the next set of signs because they were overcrowded & very tight for the TT to get through.. I did run my tank down to an 1/8 at one point so it was do or die, I got lucky that time, I just got tired of driving the 1200 mile trip in 2 days by myself & was really pushing my limits. Not smart I know but a lesson learned.
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:46 PM   #26
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I just got tired of driving the 1200 mile trip in 2 days by myself & was really pushing my limits. Not smart I know but a lesson learned.
I'm a weenie. I drive from Portland to Wenatchee and I call that a perfectly good trip for one day. And it's only 300 miles. I suppose if we start traveling instead of just camping, I'll have to get more comfortable with longer days.
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We have a simple plan when we travel. We don't stop anywhere for fuel with the trailer attached...and that's that. When we do stop, it's usually at rest stops where they have dedicated RV / Semi parking.

About 5 years ago, I installed an RDS 37 gallon tank in the bed of the truck. The tank, along with the gravity feed kit to transfer fuel to the main tank, allows me to drive for around 8 hours or so without having to fill up. This is perfect for us, because after 8 hours or so, I'm about ready for the kids to ride on the hood. :-)
Once we pull into our overnight spot, I'll disconnect and go fill up.

This was a minimal investment that has saved me LOTS of angst. Well worth the time and money...at least to me. I highly recommend to anyone towing with a diesel truck.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:24 PM   #28
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We usually need to fill up at least once on our way to our destination. If we go more than 250 miles away we stop when we get to about 1/4 tank. Getting 10 miles per gallon while towing is no fun!
I do enjoy having a 55 gallon tank. Really reduces the stress level of running low on diesel.
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We have a simple plan when we travel. We don't stop anywhere for fuel with the trailer attached...and that's that. When we do stop, it's usually at rest stops where they have dedicated RV / Semi parking.



About 5 years ago, I installed an RDS 37 gallon tank in the bed of the truck. The tank, along with the gravity feed kit to transfer fuel to the main tank, allows me to drive for around 8 hours or so without having to fill up. This is perfect for us, because after 8 hours or so, I'm about ready for the kids to ride on the hood. :-)

Once we pull into our overnight spot, I'll disconnect and go fill up.



This was a minimal investment that has saved me LOTS of angst. Well worth the time and money...at least to me. I highly recommend to anyone towing with a diesel truck.


That's a huge benefit for going with a diesel.


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Fueling a tow is for sure a PITA but not all that hard of a thing to overcome. As I said in my previous post, all you need is a plan and not driving yourself into a trap. I start out by making sure I think about refueling when I get below 1/'2 tank and before I hit 1/4 tank. To ease any concern I carry a 5 gal yellow [D] jug which will give me an extra 40 miles if I get in a pinch.

Rule 1,2, and 3: DON'T ENTER ANY STATION WITH PUMP ISLANDS AT 90 DEGREES TO THE STATION.

Rule 4: Give yourself multi options by selecting exits with 3 or more stations advertised. A truckstop at an exit will often increase the probablility that 1 of the regular stations will have D fuel.

Rule 5: Return to the interstate and go on to the next exit if you don't find anything to your liking where you initially pulled off. Remember you have 1/4 or more in your tank just for this reason.

Rule 6: Think about refueling when you enter, refuel, and exit the station. Let others worry about who wants what to eat and where the restrooms are. Don't get in a hurry and think before you put the beast in drive. Walk around your rig and make sure nothing has gotten into your safe zone while you were stopped.

Refueling a 50'+ rig is a serious matter but not something to be afraid to do. If you're afraid, then get a smaller rig. You will have to feed the beast once in a while and on a long trip about every 250 miles or so. Practice the routine and get comfortable with doing it. Act scared and you have already doubled your odds of failure.
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