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Old 10-19-2015, 08:47 AM   #29
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Just remind yourself of this when thinking about fueling up- there is hardly a gas station in the country that can't handle your 35' unit with toad. I can say this because I was in your shoes and I never found one. My 95 Bounder was 36' except diesel so I couldn't use truck stops because it only had the small opening for the fill. So (almost 75,000 miles worth) I filled up at regular stations and only once did I have to unhook. Even then it was not a space issue it was operator error on my part. Your 35' coach has an amazing turning radius.

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Old 10-19-2015, 08:48 AM   #30
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All very good advice .
To avoid wishing you had a .50 cal machine gun.........never ever pull into convenience store [ 7-11 etc ] type gas bars. They are traps and bad things happen ! Ha , speaking from experience !

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Old 10-19-2015, 09:15 AM   #31
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We have started using only truck stops for diesel. I have driven very slowly past a few stations and realized that pulling in would be a nightmare with a very limited exit plan, so its on to the next. We did pull into a C store pump that was a hard right turn but the exit was pretty easy.
The more you drive, the better you will get at looking for your exit before you enter. With that said, we had two close calls in a couple of days. One was into a rv park that we ended up doing a u turn with some backups, and a 2nd which we had to unhook the toad.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:36 AM   #32
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Glad I'm not the only one with fuel pump anxiety. I'll ditto same advice as most of the others, look things over and plan your exit, do not worry about getting too close to a pump. Other people can maneuver around you easier than you can them, so let them maneuver.
DW now always dismounts and acts as a ground guide, and always takes her phone. We like Cosco stations if they are near our route, usually a straight in shot, and the prices have been cheaper then Flying J/Pilot even with the Good Sam Card.
We too use Gas Buddy, and the DW uses Google Earth to check out physical layout. This takes about 20 minutes, so start planning for gassing up at the 1/3 tank mark or earlier.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:42 AM   #33
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Flying Js are usually RV friendly, but not all Pilots. I have encountered several where I had to use the truck line and those big nozzles don't work well in my fuel receptacle. I can use them but it is slow. I looked for diesel in the car lanes but some do and some do not have them accessible for our rig. Strangely enough, if there is a Pilot there is often a Flying J close by since they were competitors until Pilot bought them out.

I try to fill up whenever the gauge shows half full. Can't always do so however.

Propane can also be a problem. Twice I have had to unload the car to get to a propane fill.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:44 AM   #34
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J rv islands are a big joke they put you right up against the front of the store and cars are all over. I can get into a murphy (wally world) easier and just go SLOW around the back of lot and out.

Can't agree. I do usually use the truck pumps because of the high volume pumps and the RV lanes are usually occupied. I have used many how ever and have never had an issue getting in or out. I'm 40' plus toad.

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Old 10-19-2015, 11:11 AM   #35
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What makes is difficult for us is the location of the fuel door on the coach. Coachmen decided to put it almost in the middle of the back of the unit. Why can't they put them on the side? We practically have to get within inches of a fuel island so the hose will reach. At least with it being on the side we could be a foot away which would help with the tail swing when getting out of there.
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Old 10-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #36
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I ONE time got in a hurry with my gasser and did not wait long tenough to start my turn. OUCH two bottom doors in front of the wheels. 6K worth of experience latter.
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:04 PM   #37
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If we are staying somewhere for a few days, we scout the best option to fill up on departure. Sometimes we wait until after we fill up to connect the toad. If we are on the road, we usually don't unhook the toad on overnight stops, so we use truck stops.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:36 PM   #38
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In planning for next-year's trip routing I'm marking service station waypoints every couple of hundred miles and carefully checking them out using Google Earth. I've been able to exclude some that would cause difficulty. That idea is to commit to a certain filling station, then bypass the next one and then stop at the following one etc and never have to find whatever turns up.

Like twojayhawks I have the small opening for diesel fuel and can't use the high-volume pumps.

On that note, does anyone know if it's possible to change out the filler inlet without having to replumb the filler and vent hoses?
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:51 PM   #39
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no worries just buy the book the next exit. all rv friendly stations are highlighted
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:33 PM   #40
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mark miller. Don't feel bad. I did this the first day after I got it home. Di not know to use the lower mirror. Took months to get it fixed.
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:46 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
Also easier to cross a highway to get to the outside pump on the other side of the street.
(scratching my head)... what does that mean? lol
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:47 AM   #42
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(scratching my head)... what does that mean? lol
Depends on where your filler is. If it is on the driver side crossing traffic to get to the outside pump puts one between the street and pump. If you pull in from the side of the street you are driving up you need to go between the first pump island and where the office usually is.

FWIW in the Northeast there are a lot of places where they put in a lot of curbing so one has to turn into a narrow lane for 30 -50 ft then a sharp turn into the pumps and a sharp turn out. It goes along with all the islands they are putting in malls to make parking a pain.

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