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Old 10-22-2015, 10:26 AM   #57
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It doesn't matter what you are driving, diesel or gas, you shouldn't have to "Thread the Needle" to get a fill up ... just my thoughts
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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!!!
5. Patients. Learn patients
Are you a doctor? Instead of sick people and popcorn you should go to a monk and learn "patience".
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Are you a doctor? Instead of sick people and popcorn you should go to a monk and learn "patience".
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:35 PM   #60
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All good advice, especially about the don't be in a hurry. My DW is good about getting out and helping guide me. We use a set of cheap Family Radio Service (FRS) handy talkies to communicate, much quicker than making a phone call, you just have to get used to the push to talk/release to listen switch. Take it slow and think about how to get out before you commit to going in.
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:55 PM   #61
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Easy in and out at Fry's, Apache Junction. 10c of for fuel points!
I drove around the back and pulled right up.
It is VERY important to use the wheel cut to your advantage. Approach your target at a 90* angle, go beyond where you would with a car (on the MH the tires are under you) crank the wheel quickly and SWING the nose into your target area. It's getting the butt end to go where you want it that counts. Slow wheel turns will make marks of experience on your sides!
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Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I haven't had to unhook yet. I've
got in a few tight ones but I look carefully when I'm approaching
a station. I too generally go to a Pilot Flying J also, they are
easy to get around.

My motorhome is 38 ft, figure 4 ft between and hubby says about
16 ft for the average car so I'm driving about a 60 ft rig, that is
a good reason for going to a truck stop to get diesel. I also fill
up at about half a tank so I don't get desperate and have to stop
someplace where I feel uncertain about getting in and out.

If you just don't let it bother you, take your time and be
careful you will be fine. Don't let all the people around you
make you feel like you have to rush and put you in a bad position.
They may not like waiting for a motorhome but they have a hard
time fighting us, the will lose everytime.
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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.
Adjective
4. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
5. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
6. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness:

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Are you a doctor? Instead of sick people and popcorn you should go to a monk and learn "patience".
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4. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
5. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
6. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness:

You seem angry. No reason for that tone.
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When designing pump locations fueling RV's is not usually top on their priority list. That may be different in high RV traffic areas of the country. High RV traffic areas in the country also means, yep High traffic and that can be an issue.

Wal-Mart does not seem to care at all. Their stations are almost always located in the corner of their lot. The pumps are usually perpendicular to the width of the station which means a 90 degree turn after filling if you can get to the outside pump on the left side of the MH. With their card there's always an additional 5 cents off their usually decent prices.

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I've learned a few things from reading this post. I'd assumed that: most diesel RVs can fuel from either side and use any size nozzle; most rigs had large gas/fuel tanks and could easily drive 500 or 600 miles between fill ups; etc.

That being said, there's a truck stop in Portland (Burns Brothers) that has gas lanes for school busses and small trucks in addition to their separate truck lanes (which are PUC only). They can easily accommodate 40'+ vehicles cos that's where I fuel up (cos I can't use the PUC pumps). Though it may not be easy to find, there must be many other stations with lanes for long commercial gas rigs.

There's been a lot of good advice on this thread. I'm sure everyone will agree, the more you drive the easier this all gets. Happy RV'ing!
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