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Old 05-15-2019, 11:41 AM   #1
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Gasing up the RV while towing a Trailer.

I have a 29' Redhawk that take unleaded gas. I want to tow my SUV on a flat bed but the thought of filling up is intimidating. I barley fit the RV into some pumps without a trailer. Any Suggestions on how you fill up would be appreciated! I don't think they sell regular unleaded where the tractor trailers fill up.


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Old 05-15-2019, 11:57 AM   #2
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Very few truck stops have gasoline at the truck pumps. Only seen it a few times.

You may have to so some research and google maps looking on your trip.

Many truck stops have gas pumps out front and the outside pumps may have the gas you need without having to navigate the tight turns. Some are so tight, I can't navigate them without my trailer.
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RV lanes at Flying J are good or outside ( end ) pumps are sometimes useable and satellite view is very useful for entry and exit points

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Old 05-15-2019, 06:48 PM   #4
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I have found that in most cases, when the vehicles have to face the building to fuel, like 95% of the filling stations are today, trying to fill the RV pulling a toad is nearly impossible, unless you can get an outside lane and there is enough room to exit around the building or make a safe U-turn to exit. We use Google maps, but with the canopies over most of the pump islands, it is sometimes difficult to determine which way they face.

Even if I have to pay a little more per gallon, I'll try to find a gas station that has the pumps aligned so that you can be parallel to the road, which makes it much easier. In all the miles that we have traveled, I have only seen one "RV Only" lane at a Flying J and used it. I'm a little anal about keeping the gas tank full, so I always like to fill up prior to arriving at a CG, then I don't have to worry about it when we leave in the morning. So when we find a gas station near the CG, if it looks like a maneuvering nightmare, we'll unhook the toad and DW will drive it to the CG and check-in while I'm gassing.

It just seems like gasoline powered RV's are the minority since we can't use the truck lanes and we're relegated to the AUTO lanes which are headaches.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:03 PM   #5
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I have found that in most cases, when the vehicles have to face the building to fuel, like 95% of the filling stations are today, trying to fill the RV pulling a toad is nearly impossible...
Thatís what I was afraid of. We recently purchased a tow dolly to pull our toad behind the Grayhawk. We havenít taken the toad on a trip yet, but I have been quite anxious about dealing with the fuel stops. Ugh.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:59 AM   #6
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When planning a trip, I use the Pilot/Flying J RV Travel Guide to find stations with RV gas lanes. https://www.pilotflyingj.com/rv-services/

I use 'Google Maps' to plan the route, and I mark the acceptable fuel stops as a 'favorite place' in case I drive that way again.

If there are no Pilot/Flying J RV gas lanes where I want to go, I use the satellite view feature of 'Google Maps' to look for acceptable gas stations along the way, at about the locations where I might start looking for a fill-up.


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Old 05-16-2019, 05:41 AM   #7
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Thatís what I was afraid of. We recently purchased a tow dolly to pull our toad behind the Grayhawk. We havenít taken the toad on a trip yet, but I have been quite anxious about dealing with the fuel stops. Ugh.
Don't let this deter you from using your motorhome. I do not let the fuel tank go less than 1/2 without preparing for a fuel stop, so I'm not wandering around looking for a place to refuel with the MH driving on fumes. I try not to do more than 200-250 miles per day which for us is about a half-tank, so we can usually find a place to fuel close to the campground.

Something else I do, is try to avoid (when possible) the chain convenience stores for fuel. The patrons there park at a pump, go in, get their groceries and lunch, then emerge to finally pump the gas, so multiple pumps are blocked while they shop, and we invariably have to wait, blocking lanes.

We travel the Interstates, and watch the signs at the exits for gas stations. When there is an exit with multiple stations, your chances are better that you'll find an uncrowded station with properly situated pumps to use. After a while, you'll get the hang of it, and it won't cause you heartache.
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When planning a trip, I use the Pilot/Flying J RV Travel Guide to find stations with RV gas lanes. https://www.pilotflyingj.com/rv-services/


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I have towed my Jeep for going on the third year. I will admit holding my breath a couple of time while looking for an appropriate fueling situaiton, but have never been left wanting for fuel. I am usually more stressed about tight turn lanes where I am afraid the rear of my 31DS will swing out and smite a car.

If you see a station that looks RV friendly, buy gas there. Ignore the 2 or 3 cent price differential which is where I think the trouble begins. Even on 50 gallons, 3 cents is a $1.50.....my peace of mind is worth much more than that.

I buy gas at Costco a lot (where available) and early or late in the day, they are usually easy to get into an outside lane, but, I have seen others that I just drive on.
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X2, I just downloaded the app and ready for tonights trip
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