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Old 12-01-2018, 08:32 PM   #1
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That Fuel Stop feature ?

I'm interested in what the value of the fuel stop calculation is to other RV Trip Wizard users. I have a fuel gauge on my dashboard. i drive on the top half of that gauge. Fuel prices vary widely as you travel from state to state; mileage varies as well as you traverse various terrains. Other than an educated guestimate of cost for trip-planning, is there any other value to this feature?
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:49 PM   #2
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Not being a subscriber to TW, not sure what good that feature is...I would assume you have enough miles driving under you to know how far +/- you can go on a half-tank. I also have DTE number on my 450 that pretty much keeps me out of trouble--do you not have the distance-to-empty available?
Using GasBuddy.com or GasGuru.com has made planning for fuel stops very easy and ability to price several stations ahead of me.
Hope someone jumps in that uses TW...
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I use it all the time. I try to always use Pilot/Flying J for fuel. I've learned how much diesel I can expect to burn (fuel, generator, & AquaHot). I use that as my MPG and always fuel up around the designated stops. Sometimes a tad earlier or later, but since I have specified a 30 gallon reserve, I have a little leeway since I never want to get below 1/4 tank. The fuel feature really works well for me.
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We don't use it at all. We drive on the top half and once the tank is below a half start looking for a FlyingJ/Pilot with an RV lane(we are a gasser). If none available we just keep our eye out for a station we can get into.



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Old 12-02-2018, 09:40 AM   #5
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We don't use it at all. We drive on the top half and once the tank is below a half start looking for a FlyingJ/Pilot with an RV lane(we are a gasser). If none available we just keep our eye out for a station we can get into.



We solely use RVTW for trip planning.
Same here. I love Trip Wizard for planning a trip, but since I plan months ahead of time, thinking about fuel stops isnít part of my planning. I use Copilot for actual navigation and, if necessary, I add fuel stops as waypoints on my daily routing.
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I generally look at the route the night before and if we are ging to need gas look for Flying J with RV lane but I also check Gas Buddy to see what the prices are. More than once we have filled up in one state with 3/4 tank(low prices), driven through a high price gas state and then filled up again in the third state with low prices.



It is more about managing the $$$ than the stops.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:01 AM   #7
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We are new to RV'ing but like pbucha said - we try to use Pilot/Flying J so knowing ahead of time where those are on the route in the proximity that I'll want to refuel has been helpful.

We are building a trip to Biloxi right now and on the way back from Biloxi to Winter Springs (home) we want to take Hwy 98 along the FL Panhandle coastline.

Guess what I found out? NO Pilot/Flying J's along 98 between Mobile and Ocala!!

Like others I too strive to drive on the top half but knowing where the Pilot/Flying J's are ahead of time is helpful, less stressful and gives me options ahead of time to pick my fuel spots.
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Most Flying J's and other truck stops are along the Interstates. There is no problem finding additional gas stations that you wlll fit into along any route. You will learn which ones you can fill up at by experience. When you see one just fill up, you never know where the next one will be.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for your replies. Bottom line: nothing compelling about the feature.
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