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Old 08-18-2015, 12:00 AM   #1
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Gas stations...tips?

Hi,

Rookie question...are there any general theories or tips for getting fuel when hitched up? I am towing a 2013 Jay Flight 26BH behind my Ram, my total length is almost 50 feet.

I am new to this and somewhat "white knuckling". At some point when we starting doing longer trips I am going to need to get fuel while hitched up. I find myself looking at every gas station I pass when driving around now trying to think about if I could fit my set up in/out without removing half of the trailer siding in the process.

A bit of sarcasm there, there are much larger rigs out there (hell, the b-train rigs carrying fuel to gas stations are way longer). But are there any general rules of thumb you guys use when sizing up where you can squeeze in for gas vs. drive on and look for something better?

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Old 08-18-2015, 01:29 AM   #2
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This has always been a challenge for me, and now with a motorhome pulling a toad it is an even bigger concern as I cannot reverse out if needed.

My first tip, never dip below a 1/4 tank. That way you leave yourself plenty of room for error should you have to hunt for a location. It probably means stopping every 3 hours to refuel, but really that is probably a decent schedule to strech your legs out anyway.

Secondly... Flying J ... Somehow in 9 years of pulling trailers I have never stopped at a Flying J until today.... Holy Carp what a difference. The one I was at had seperate RV designated lanes that were easy pull throughs. This one even had a Propane pump at it so I was able to drive up the lane, get my on board propane tank filled, pull ahead and fill my fuel tanks and then pay it all as one bill.

Finally if you do get stuck going into one of the smaller gas stops ... Don't be shy and go wide. You may get the occasional dirty look from Sally in her commter car... But wait your turn in line, turn wide and then take as much space as you need to get in and out safely. This will often mean blocking more then one pump, unfortunately there is just no way around it sometimes.

Some of the things I look for when approaching the smaller stations include: is there a long access/egress route where I can make a gentle turn into and out of the pumps. Having to make a sharp 90 degree turn inside a small parking lot is begging for trouble. Are the pumps parrallel to the station vs perpendicular. Stations where they are perpendicular often mean you have to battle vehicles parked out front of the store and your turning space may quickly disappear. It also means essentially performing a U-turn to get back to the road. Can I get to an outside lane where I am only battling obstacles on one side.

And last advice... Use spotters... I have had some tight spots and am not shy at all about having the wife and kids bail out and spot for me. I would much rather swallow my pride then dent my rig.
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:19 AM   #3
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My advise buy a diesel and then fill at the truck stops or at stations with separate pumps for diesel. I didn't plan it that way but it has been fairly easy because of it. But as Griswald said if you are not in familiar territory start looking early for the station that meets your needs and past any that don't look good.
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Ha ha... yea, getting gas can be stressful. For our longer trips we are usually on the interstate, so gas stations tend to be a little bit bigger to handle the higher volume. If we are driving on local roads, I start looking when I get to about 1/3 of a tank.

Make sure you plan ahead. As you are approaching the station be prepared for what you are going to do. Can you drive around the building to get turned around? Do you have a small lot to attempt to navigate? What angle do you need to take to get to the pumps? What angle do you have to take to get out of the station?

Plan ahead BEFORE you pull into the station. I had a 22' trailer to start and remember being stressed about it. Now I've got a 29' rig and am still a little stressed when its time to fuel up!
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Pilot/flying J have dedicated RV lanes. I try to always stop there just for the convenience. The GoodSam discount they offer does not hurt either.
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I had the same apprehensions when we made a long trip a few months ago. We took lots of smaller highways to SE Missouri and we didn't run into any Flying J's or the larger chain stations but found lots of smaller stations (Casey's, Shell, independent stations, etc.) had easy access pumps. After a bit, you can tell which gas stations you can get into and which ones you can't. If the station is questionable, skip it. Look for stations with pump lanes parallel to the road. I drug the back of the camper on a steep incline at a station so watch those too.

I bought a 5 gal fuel jug just in case and I'm glad I did not have to use it. The newer fuel can nozzles have a mandated spring loaded valve in them and it was impossible to get the fuel in my truck because of that valve.
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For Interstates get a Next Exit book. It shows which gas stations are RV friendly.
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When I am in a bind for fuel and can not be unhitched, I look for a end pump with easy access out. They are hard to find so I plan my fuel stops accordingly.
I use diesel so truck stops are my first preference.
We can get an all day drive on a tank so it's not a every day thing.
Good thread because those 6 inch pipes in the gas lanes can eat up a trailer.
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I've seen afew stations where pull in was easy off of the main drag, but no room to go back out that way. Pulling out was a huge drop off to street. Drug my hitch on one like that (hitch in receiver, wasn't pulling trailer).

I'd hate to think what it would have done to the underside of the back end of a trailer.

Something to watch for at a small station.
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I had the same apprehensions when we made a long trip a few months ago. We took lots of smaller highways to SE Missouri and we didn't run into any Flying J's or the larger chain stations but found lots of smaller stations (Casey's, Shell, independent stations, etc.) had easy access pumps. After a bit, you can tell which gas stations you can get into and which ones you can't. If the station is questionable, skip it. Look for stations with pump lanes parallel to the road. I drug the back of the camper on a steep incline at a station so watch those too.

I bought a 5 gal fuel jug just in case and I'm glad I did not have to use it. The newer fuel can nozzles have a mandated spring loaded valve in them and it was impossible to get the fuel in my truck because of that valve.
XX2! Always carry 5 gal fuel can. Also pick exits that have multi stations [watch signage] and do a drive by if necessary to find the best access [parallel pump islands and larger in/out lanes. 1/4th tank rule is always in affect. Oh, and DON'T BE IN A HURRY GETTING IN AND PULLING OUT.
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