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Old 07-15-2016, 08:42 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by blujay40 View Post
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.
If traveling interstates, save yourself a lot of time and just pick exits with multi stations and do a drive by for a quick decision on which one to select. That way you are not so much focused on a specific exit. You can do a quick assessment this way and keep your drive plan a bit more flexible to handle potty stops and dog walks.

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Old 07-19-2016, 01:35 PM   #32
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I do enjoy having a 55 gallon tank. Really reduces the stress level of running low on diesel.
I tow with a Chrysler Aspen (pretty much a Dodge Durango) so nowhere to put an extra tank . . . .

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Old 09-28-2016, 12:31 PM   #33
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Our F-150 has a 36 gallon tank, which gets us about 325 miles while towing (sometimes a little better/worse depending upon the route). We carry two 5 gallon fuel cans in the bed of the truck to increase our range another 90-100 miles if need be in an emergency. I'd love to have an auxiliary tank but we're a little close on payload with our current setup so carrying the extra 90lbs of fuel is about all we want (or need) to do.

We generally fill the extra fuel cans right before a trip, and if we don't use them we pour them into the truck tank as soon as we get home so that we're not storing old gas or having to use stabilizer. On the road we usually don't rely upon the extra gas - we behave as if it isn't there. And as some others have said, it's rare that our daily drive will exceed our onboard fuel range. Averaging 55mph, we have to drive about 6 hours to empty the tank, which is about as much as we'll do in a day. This allows us to unhitch at the campground and then top off the TV. We just don't need to add stress to our leisure travel - limiting our drive time/distance per day makes the journey a fun part of the vacation.

All that said, we still plan our routes in advance and identify several rest stops and service areas that would work for us along the way, to include refilling the tank if need be. The nice thing about our rig is that it has a separate bathroom entry, so I just flip on the water pump switch and put five gallons of water in the holding tank before we leave home. That eliminates one more reason for stopping at gas stations. We'll use non-full service rest-stops for everything from quick bathroom breaks in our TT to giving our 2-year old daughter a good lunch or even a nap if she's frazzled. Having a TT with a full pass-through even with the slide-room in makes this possible. I also carry a portable 12v air compressor - again, one less reason to stop at a gas station.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:37 PM   #34
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My tank gives me more less 250 miles range when towing. I towed the trailer from Indiana to California. Even driving alone without my family, after 3.5 hours drive I was always so ready for a stop. Driving with small kids means stops every 2 hours or so.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:11 PM   #35
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I have a 2015 Toyota Tundra which estimates 8.5-9mpg when towing my Eagle HT 29.5 5th wheel. Just about 35'. I have the Reese Revolution pin box, so I can actually do a U turn if I had to, and I have had to. We just finished up a 2000+ round trip from MA to Nashville. When I got to about 1/4 tank, I would have approx 100 miles I could go before looking for gas, so my DW would get on google maps and look for the gas stations with easy on and off. Most of the stations we found were ample big enough for me to swing in and fill up. I was ranging about 150-160 miles before I had to finally fill up. Big truck stops or stations that offer diesel were our best finds as they are normally larger for big rigs.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:47 PM   #36
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I stress about it more than necessary, but it has kept me from ever having a problem. We usually stop every couple hours anyway, I just top off the tank at every semi-convenient opportunity and try to keep it above half full. I'll fill up after only using a quarter of a tank if the gas station looks especially 'welcoming'. Driving during the day seems to make it less stressful to.. same deal as backing into a camping spot at night. I've never gone below 1/4 tank towing. If we're staying in state, I can pretty much get to my destination without needing to refuel at all, but I do anyway. If going out of state, I'm almost always on the interstate and I've never had a problem finding large gas stations. I have a 5 gallon gas can in my truck for emergencies / and or generator use. If I HAD to unhook the TT for some reason and limp my way to a gas station, that adds 100 miles to my emergency range. There aren't many places in America where you can't find a pump within 100 miles.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:55 PM   #37
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I didnt think about it when I went diesel with the new TV. But this season ive had no issues when filling up. Plenty of room around the diesel pumps and the truckers seem to keep the line moving.(If there is one)
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:40 PM   #38
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Just getting to the pumps at the NY Thruway stops is the [fun]. The pump lanes are more than adequate. But getting from the Truck/Trailer/RV parking area to the gasoline pumps or vice-versa requires maneuvering through a single access portal that is often near the building.

The path through the pumps towards the highway is almost straight after that. Although there is one somewhere near the Mass Pike connector that the pumps are nearly perpendicular to the highway.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:30 PM   #39
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I'm cheap so we have GasBuddy on both our phones, and I use it religiously. Once we get around half tank, I'll have Momma look for stations. Even most WalMart/Murphy's are pretty easy to get in and out of. If I can save several cents a gallon, I'll make the effort.

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