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Old 08-18-2015, 08:37 AM   #11
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therealsafetya..........welcome to the forums and CONGRATULATIONS on your Jayco. This thread is a prime example of the great people and info available. Great advice.
I'll just emphasize that you have a pretty good tail swing and gas pump islands are notorious for tail damage when pulling out. USE A SPOTTER
Look for signage that indicates a station has diesel pumps. That would indicate they have room for semis.
Also, remember you have 3 dimensions to adjust to: length, width and HEIGHT. Not all gas station canopies are tall enough for RVs. USE A SPOTTER WHEN MANEUVERING.
Last but not least, convenience stores, gas stations, fast food restaurants for the most part receive deliveries from semis. If a semi can get in and out, so can you.
ALLSTAYS, camp and RV is a great phone app with a variety of locations for camping, fueling, rest areas, RV related businesses.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:24 PM   #12
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I have the Pilot/Flying J app on my cell phone. I use it to find it to find Pilot/Flying J stops with RV friendly lanes which are nicely setup for RVs. I ran into one Flying J west of Knoxville TN where the RV lane only had 87 octane gas which does not do well in my truck. I had to pull thru and maneuver to a pump island for cars. A little tight, but is was doable.


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Old 08-18-2015, 06:44 PM   #13
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I was pulling my racecar trailer once and needed fuel. All the gas stations had too many cars to get into. I went to a large parking lot and dropped my trailer, drove across the street, fueled, hooked back up and went on my way. It was inconvenient but it was the only option at the time.

I think it was already mentioned but it's not just getting in, have an exit plan.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:54 PM   #14
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I spent an hour before our last 2K mile trip using google earth to scope easy-in and easy-out gas stations at mileage intervals I know my TV could make. Took the stress out entirely.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:40 PM   #15
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We have been full-timing for 5 years now and travel all over the U.S.. I look for truck stops, and easy to get in and out stations. We have diesel, so am always looking for where I can find non-bio diesel. We fill up when we get to about 1/4 of a tank. I like Flying J's/Pilot, along with Loves and other truck stop businesses. I have found only a few of them that were difficult to get in and out of. If I don't feel comfortable about pulling into a station, I look elsewhere. My husband and I do argue about this as he thinks I can get the truck and 5'er in anywhere. He also thinks I like to back out of places, especially in the dark. So, do what is comfortable for you.
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:40 PM   #16
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I too look for the larger travel centers when fueling up. Of course, when out and about on side roads and towing you have to get a little creative sometimes and start looking a bit earlier than when on the highway.

I stay clear of your typical stations with pumps on both sides of a smaller building. Though I have made them work when that is the only option! Backed out of a couple stations in the last year but typically I can pull through or around even the small stations.

The big issue I have is the stations with pumps out front and you pull in with the front of the truck facing the store. The cars parked at the building are way too close to pull out and make a wide turn so I drive by those type stations unless I see an open spot on the ends.
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:59 PM   #17
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The longer you pull your trailer the more comfortable you'll get. I find fuel cheaper off the interstate at the smaller "home town" stations using GasBuddy app.

Note on the diesel: Lots of room to maneuver at the truck stop pumps but those truck pumps have MUCH larger nozzles than the normal pickup can handle as they're pumping 100-300gallons at a time not 30-40.
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:01 PM   #18
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Congratulations on the new rig!

Finding gas will get easier with time. Like others I like to start seriously looking for fuel at a 1/4 tank. It is a bit like a game of chess, you need to think three steps ahead, basically my goal is easy out not in. End pumps are usually nice. If there are multiple pumps in a row, I pull all the way forwards so there is a less likely hood of entrapment. If the row of pumps, aim at the building, and I must use a center lane, I will loop around and aim the truck outwards bound, again easy out is my goal.
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:08 PM   #19
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My biggest tip: always know how you're going to get out BEFORE you get in. Having two or three different ways is even better. DW asked me once how I thought I was going to get out of a fueling situation; I rattled off exactly how I would get out 3 different ways depending on what other drivers did, and who showed up and who left while I was fueling. All those decisions were made before I even pulled off the street into the station.

If you aren't at least 100% certain how you'll get out after you fuel up, then move on until you get to somewhere you are.

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Old 08-19-2015, 12:40 AM   #20
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Note on the diesel: Lots of room to maneuver at the truck stop pumps but those truck pumps have MUCH larger nozzles than the normal pickup can handle as they're pumping 100-300gallons at a time not 30-40.[/QUOTE]

I have yet to find a nozzle to big for my truck! If it's a bigger nozzle all you do is don't squeeze the nozzle all the way. I put it on the first click and it works fine, but if you go to fast it still takes it but it will spit back when its full.


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