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Old 05-07-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Gas pump limitations

We have 28' class A and have yet to purchase gas. Tomorrow is the day and I have been thinking the size and logistics of stations may limit my availability. Will most stations fit our new home?

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:24 PM   #2
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We have 28' class A and have yet to purchase gas. Tomorrow is the day and I have been thinking the size and logistics of stations may limit my availability. Will most stations fit our new home?
I have a 35' class A and have not had problems finding a gas station in WA. Also be careful about the height of your coach as to not hit the ceiling of the station. Cheers!

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Old 05-07-2014, 11:26 PM   #3
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If you are worried about this, I would highly suggest you stick to truck stops until you get more windshield time. To answer your question, Most normal gas stations can be accessed just fine.

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Old 05-08-2014, 04:45 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Yard Perfect View Post
We have 28' class A and have yet to purchase gas. Tomorrow is the day and I have been thinking the size and logistics of stations may limit my availability. Will most stations fit our new home?
Will you be towing a car? If not, you can get gas almost anywhere with a 28' rig except for locations with low canopies as has already been noted. Without a toad, you will be ably to back up if necessary to get around obstacles or other vehicles.

With a car in tow, however, you will not only be longer, but you will not be able to back up. Therefore, you will need to be a little more selective, but 28' is still not that long even with a toad.

Someone mentioned truck stops, but you say you will be buying gas. Truck stops do not have gasoline in the truck lanes. Truck lanes are diesel only, so you will still have to go through the auto lanes. Flying J truck stops, however, have RV lanes which provide more room.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:47 AM   #5
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Gas pump limitations

That's just an itty bitty vehicle at 28 feet. You won't have a problem. Relax and enjoy! :-)
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Look for a station with the pumps parallel to the street to make getting in and out easier. Pumps that are perpendicular to the street can make for more turns in the station. Be patient as you may need to wait a few minutes for pump space to open up. Go at an off peak time to make things easier for yourself.
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I also watch for stations that have a delivery lane that goes all the way around the back of the building. There are actually a lot of them and you get to recognize them quickly.
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GasBuddy and Google Earth make it cheaper and easier, even with my 42 and toad.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:16 AM   #9
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if get in a bind.relax take it slow so you don't hit nothing.remember you drove in there you can back up.
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We've never had to do this but some will unhook the TOAD so they can get into and out of tight areas. Part of the secret is to plan so once you leave the expressway to fill-up if no location looks comfortable you can get back on and head to the next exit.

It does take a little more planning when filling up. Our fill location is on the drivers side and that may be standard for a lot of RV's. So when entering that's what I look for. Our 1999 DS filled on the back left. Wally World sometimes has the best prices but are not as RV friendly as other stations. Their gas station/pumps are usually located in a corner of the parking lot which limits access. When going into any place that is limited your best bet is to look at the outside pumps first. Your turning radius is usually the best when leaving those areas. I can get into our local WW but, as stated I go on the off times and even then have to sometimes wait for the pump to clear. We did a Flying J in FL last month and their RV pump is on the outside but you get out by heading towards the building. If a car or truck parks in front of the building it may limit your turning to get out. Just wait and they will eventually move.

Then there was our exit from a Pilot station 2 years ago. We had a TT at the time. We filled the F-150 and proceeded to exit by entering into the semi truck area through an opening which had exit arrows painted on the exit. I traveled slowly because of the traffic. We slowly rounded the corner and a VOLVO dump truck broad sided the TT and totaled it. The TT was on it's maiden voyage with less than 1,500 miles on it. The DW is still nervous in traffic while traveling in cars, MH's etc. Nobody was hurt but it sure wrecked the Summer and Fall camping season.

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I use Google Earth to plan my stops for fuel when possible. Gives me a chance to look at the street view and also determine if I can get in and out fairly easy. When I am stopping at a station I have doubts about I get close and then get out to look if I am going to make clearance or not. I am 36 1/2' long and 12' 10" tall and have always been able to find a station. Take your time and you will be fine.

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I have had only a few times where it was a really take a deep breath moment if I could swing my rig into a gas station.....but I managed as the cars let me pass. Height was never a factor....turning space was a factor.
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All above good advice. I might add though, plan your exit from a station before pulling in. Even if you have to do a drive by and then turn around and come back it might save you on the end. I have done a drive by with DW and I both scrutinizing the exits only to find a better situation down the street before I could get turned around. Patience does pay off.
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And one more tip...know where to put the gas 'before' you pull in.

Got the check from the bank, ran over to pickup the MH from the private owner, and he mentioned we probably should get gas since the gauge didn't work.

I'm so excited, my 1st Class A. Pulled into the 1st gas station I saw, then stopped. My wife was behind me in the car, she stopped. By this time we're blocking traffic from turning into the station.

I jump out because I don't know for sure which side of the rig the filler is on. (Remember, we JUST bought it!) I run up and down the driver side (all 32' feet), I see nothing that looks like a gas door. I run to the passenger side (Yes, people are honking by now), again I don't see anything. I run back to the other side (Did I mention I have bad knees?) I see a door, but I KNOW it's the shower access door, so that can't be it. I finally notice another door, no idea what that is. But it's locked!! SERIOUSLY? LOCKED? Dang!

Run back to the front, pull forward, as I think it's on the drivers side. Get the extra set of car keys and head back to the door. Went through all 15 keys (none are marked) and found the ONE key to unlock the mysterious door. Ah-HA! Found it! Gas cap.

Mean while I'm getting dirty looks from the folks who had to wait out in the street while I was running around trying to figure out where the gas goes in and now I'm blocking TWO gas pumps..sigh.

So, yeah...might want to figure all that out ahead of time.

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