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Old 10-17-2017, 01:56 PM   #1
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Afternoon fellow RVers: My wife and I are taking our first snowbird trip from central Ontario to San Antonio. We have already pre-booked campsites on our route . (Port Huron, Benton, Iíll, Memphis, Tn etc).
My only fear is fuel stops. We have a 43ft DP with a toad. The various apps iíve checked donít mention ease of access. I donít want to exit the highway and find out there are no accessible diesel pumps.
I have tried the Flying J/Pilot app but it doesnít work in Canada. RV Trip Wizard does not have enough info.
What do you guys do?
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:05 PM   #3
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Lots of truck stops along the way. Typically every 60-100 miles there are truck stops. I refuel at 1/2 tank. Truck stops are easy to refuel at.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:09 PM   #4
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We do this as a 3 phase operation:

Use a planning package to determine where you might like a stop.
- This used to be Street Atlas, but now is Furkot an online app so you have to be careful as it may not be available when underway.
Use GasBuddy to locate stations because it does a better job than most and lists all stations. It can be set for Diesel and then only stations with show.
Last go to Google Earth at that location and look at the layout. If you need better, switch it to Street View and look in from the road.

It is rare that any station that has diesel can't accommodate a coach and towed.

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Even in areas of the country where we've never travelled, you'll always see the large fuel signs towering over the freeway. The off ramps are also posted with signs that say anything from FUEL to even some that say DIESEL and RV friendly. I don't fuel at truck stops for a variety of reasons and have never found an issue with finding other fuel stops that I fit into easily (we're 65' long).
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I prefer truck stops. The ground ain't that clean, and I have to go inside and give a credit card and tell them how much to pre-charge (based on expected amount to fill). Their fuel price is usually higher than you might find farther off the road. But they always have enough room. I like Pilot/Flying J or TA, occasionally stop at a Petro.
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There is a flying j just outside of port huron
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Try ParkAdvisor app. It shows pilot and other truck stops as well and you can get map or earth view. It's the main app. I use to find a park and it does help on finding Pilots/FJ.

Like others mention lots of truck stops and you find them near most cities.

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I use Gasbuddy & Google maps. I don't hardly use truck stops any more. I'm also 65' long with my toad.
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Afternoon fellow RVers: My wife and I are taking our first snowbird trip from central Ontario to San Antonio. We have already pre-booked campsites on our route . (Port Huron, Benton, Iíll, Memphis, Tn etc).

My only fear is fuel stops. We have a 43ft DP with a toad. The various apps iíve checked donít mention ease of access. I donít want to exit the highway and find out there are no accessible diesel pumps.

I have tried the Flying J/Pilot app but it doesnít work in Canada. RV Trip Wizard does not have enough info.

What do you guys do?


There are Both a Pilot and Flying J in Mt Vernon, Illinois on I-57/64, a Pilot before you get to Memphis on I-40 and. A Flying J after go pass through Memphis on I-40.

After you get to the US your Pilot/Flying J app should work. They just updated it yesterday so you should try it again once it is updated, there is no reason it shouldnít work in Canada.
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I have a few fuel finder apps on my phone and I also have a printed copy of "The Next Exit". I typically have many options to choose from.
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...I have tried the Flying J/Pilot app but it doesnít work in Canada. RV Trip Wizard does not have enough info.
What do you guys do?
but the website and google earth do. look, you'll be good to go with just about any truck stop. we prefer Flying J for their RV lanes but since you're diesel you have the option of using the RV lanes or the truck lanes. we see diesel RVs in the truck lanes all the time. Flying J is the only chain that usually has RV lanes so if you prefer a different chain...Pilot, Loves, Petro, etc. plan on using the truck lanes. if you're unsure how to use the truck lanes...a legitimate question for someone who may never have done that or who hasn't done it in a long time...I'm sure someone here will be happy to detail that for you.

enjoy your trip and worry not.
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There are Both a Pilot and Flying J in Mt Vernon, Illinois on I-57/64, a Pilot before you get to Memphis on I-40 and. A Flying J after go pass through Memphis on I-40.

After you get to the US your Pilot/Flying J app should work. They just updated it yesterday so you should try it again once it is updated, there is no reason it shouldnít work in Canada.


All I get on their app is the intro page with a 360 view of a service centre.
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