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Old 06-14-2014, 08:08 AM   #1
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Question Fill Up with Gas with TT Attached?

Ok, this may seem like a silly question , but I have a major trip coming up and I'm concerned on how to fill up my TV with gas while the TT is connected. So far, in my short camper experience, I've been able to fill up before attaching the TT and then travel to campsites where I get there on one tank. But my trip next week will take me halfway across the US and back and I'm looking for advice on how to fill up. When I'm on a major highway, that has rest stops, I'm assuming that I just pull around with the trucks (not cars) and go to those pumps...leave the TT attached, fill up, and then I'm on my way. What about if there are no big service areas like that? What if I have to exit and there's only a regular gas station? Do I unhitch? Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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Just drive into a pump that you can fit your rig. Some states/provinces, maybe all, require turning off the propane but some RVers don't.
Be careful pulling away, you don't want to side swipe a pump or other obstruction.
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I've usually find that the easiest fill ups when towing are in small to medium sized cities; the size of the lot that gas stations is on is often bigger and there is usually less crowding.

I make all efforts not to have to fill up in large cities; the pumps tend to be congested with other traffic and to be difficult to get into and out of due to being on a smaller lot.

At a fuel stop, remember to check out the overhead clearance near the pumps as well as the maneuvering area.

I'll usually begin looking for a fuel stop at around 1/4 tank; and I carry a 5 gallon can of fuel. I've only needed the 5 gallons twice in the last 30,000 miles - but it sure did come in handy.

At a truck stop, remember that the truck pumps are (usually) diesel only.
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Wait for an outside lane to open up.
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Sometimes getting gas can be a challenge. As I am pulling up to the station I am thinking about how to get in and out. Make sure to make wide turns, watch your mirrors closely. If the station is poorly laid out for trailers, I always make make sure my escape is easier the my entrance. The last thing I want is someone to pull in after me and block my escape.

Finding a gas pump in the truck lanes is unheard of. I have yet to see one.
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I look for easy in easy out rather than price when the TT is attached. Also look for stations with traffic flow that is parallel to the roadway. Many gas stations around Kalamazoo have been going to a layout where the pump lanes are perpendicular to the road. I think it may help with thwarting drive-offs as you have to carefully maneuver around the posts and such in order to leave.

Another thing I do is look at stations where I can most easily pull back onto the roadway regarding whether I have to make a left turn or right turn back to where I'm going.

Be careful as most of the patrons I've encountered pay little regard to RVers and the amount of room it takes to maneuver. I've had jackwagons cut in front of me to get a pump because I was waiting for another car to move so I could make the turn.
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So far I fill up before I go, But I can go to a truck stop I have a diesel
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Very helpful. Thanks all
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I have a 23B like you, and have filled up numerous times in all types of gas stations with the TT attached. The 23b is short enough to be maneuverable through most side-of-the-highway gas stations. You should be fine. There was just one occasion where I had to back away from the pump, but slow and steady and you should be ok.
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Getting into and out of the gas pump area is more important than the price of the gas. I always look for easy in and out rather than price. I usually look for a pump on the end so it is easier to maneuver.
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