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Old 10-21-2015, 06:04 AM   #43
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If all these suggestions fail, always carry a empty 5 gal. gas container with you and you can park at a safe area near a station and make a couple of trips and get enough gas to make it to where you can fill up. Don't carry any gas in the gas container, while your driving though. If I'm camped for a few days, I carry the gas can with me, when I go off and fill the MH up for the next move. May sound like a pain to do, but after being almost run into at several gas stations it doesn't bother me to use the gas can. Dave
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:25 AM   #44
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Post #43 has a good idea..........But make sure that container is clean. Things grow from a drop.
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:37 PM   #45
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Well. not with the towed but I'v e been in a few tight spots.

Here is how I like to do it,, First: If I'm "Cross Country" driving, I stick with the big boys, Flying-J, Loves, Pilot, T/A.. Use the Gas-Buddy app to find the best price.. Sometimes a Murphy's.. (Special case)

If the RV pumps at a "J" look too tight I will use the regular Auto Isle (mine is a gasser) MOST of them will also have Diesel at least at SOME pumps. At these stations if you can use an outside lane (So there is no pump on your non-fuel-cap side) getting "Stuck" is not going to be a problem.

If not long distance driving I like to survey the staion and again, stick with the outside pump Make sure you know which side you fuel on.

Some stations.. you avoid. Some you drive around the block and/or pull in from a specific angle..

Example.. There is a Shell (I think) at 7 mile and Grand River in Detroit.. You half right off grand river (With my rig) Pull up to the pump (STRAIGHT IN) and once filled pull straight out and HALF RIGHT onto 7 mile back to Telegraph and on to where you are going.

But I drove past it .. several hundred times (lived nearby) before I took xxx bought the RV.. The Marathon at 7 And TEL not a good place to fuel on a busy day.

MURPHY USA.. You can pull into the assocated Wal-Mart lot and then inspect the station on foot if you like,, Go into the big store and buy a gift card.. Shove the card into the pump instead of handing money over to the attendent and get a 3-10 cent discount per gallon. Again, I pick the outside pumps as a rule though in some cases I can do a straight through at many pumps.
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:11 PM   #47
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I never use diesel at the regular service stations or the RV pumps at truck stops. I always go where the 18 wheelers go, easy access, I'm 65 feet long with the toad. But the most important reason is I know the fuel is fresh. For fresh fuel and easy access I'll always use the big rig island. It's worth the few extra pennies per gallon.
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Gdawg - this thread is about gas motor homes. Diesels don't have the same fueling problems. Dave
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:15 PM   #49
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Gdawg - this thread is about gas motor homes. Diesels don't have the same fueling problems. Dave
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Gas - Diesel , does it matter. Its the anxiety for some just to get in , filled up and out without a wreck.
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I have a strategy.
I have a 36 ft MH and I pull a 24 ft v nose car hauler, so I am about 65 feet nose to tail. I have a 100 gallon tank. I signed up for the pilot/flying J RV charge card. It gives me discounts on gas, dumps and propane when i go to a pilot station. The truck stops always have room for your rig before and after you fuel up.

also with their charge card there is no Maximum charge so i do not have to worry about the pump shutting off.

Maybe the best part of my strategy, they have an App for my I phone which shows where the Pilot gas stations are in my current location (state wide) and the distance in miles to get there.

You can also go on line to see where their locations are in your route planning. So most of the time i know ahead of time when and where i will stop or i can just look at my app if i want to stop at an unplanned location.

It has worked for me. Nothing worse than having to pull off an exit blind.
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I have a strategy.
I have a 36 ft MH and I pull a 24 ft v nose car hauler, so I am about 65 feet nose to tail. I have a 100 gallon tank. I signed up for the pilot/flying J RV charge card. It gives me discounts on gas, dumps and propane when i go to a pilot station. The truck stops always have room for your rig before and after you fuel up.

also with their charge card there is no Maximum charge so i do not have to worry about the pump shutting off.

Maybe the best part of my strategy, they have an App for my I phone which shows where the Pilot gas stations are in my current location (state wide) and the distance in miles to get there.

You can also go on line to see where their locations are in your route planning. So most of the time i know ahead of time when and where i will stop or i can just look at my app if i want to stop at an unplanned location.

It has worked for me. Nothing worse than having to pull off an exit blind.
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Some have not heard of GasBuddy or Google Earth? Um....sheesh!
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Hi Folks: We just made our 4th "real" trip in the RV, this time with a flat towed Kia Soul. We had some issues, but nothing we couldn't fix after some frustrations (read my other posts). However, the #1 thing I worry about is refilling the fuel tank. I would say I am paranoid at this point. I get super nervous just thinking about it. I worry I will pull in somewhere and get "stuck", especially with the Toad. Anyone out there that could share seasoned tried-true plans of attack for getting a tank of gas? Do you only go to certain stations? How do you avoid getting stuck? What to do if you DO get stuck - especially with a Toad?

I feel like if I can get over this fear, RV travels will be more relaxing.

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Patients my son; patients:
1. Never be in a rush to enter or exit
2. From the street - BEFORE YOU ENTER THE STATION - survey the room and any possible obstacles to entry or exit
3. Understand the room REQUIRED to turn your rig WITH THE TOAD before you enter
4. TOADS ARE DETACHABLE!!! We've needed to do it several times. While you may feel a bit foolish... Life goes on!!!
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Since your handle is "Just For Fun", I just have to say this with tongue in cheek: Patients are in hospitals and doctors offices> Sorry, Could not resist.
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