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Old 05-24-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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Chiriaco Summit diesel fueling

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I'm traveling from Desert Hot Springs, CA to Fort McDowell, Arizona in mid-June. I am towing a 36 foot 5th wheel and was wondering if the Chevron station at Chiriaco Summit had easy access to its diesel pumps. thanks...

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I think I know the station you're referring to and, yes, they have good access and turn around area. Usually a few trucks in there.

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I'm sure Rick wouldn't steer you wrong, but I use Google Maps satellite view to scope out places I'm not sure about. Works on fuel stops, campgrounds, and other stops we plan ahead for.

Here's Chevron Chiriaco Summit
Chiriaco Summit Airport
62450 Chiriaco Rd
Chiriaco Summit, CA 92201

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Ken,
There are two APPs I would HIGHLY recommend to any RVer, ALLSTAYS Truck & Travel and ALLSTAYS Camp & RV. They are indispensable in answering questions such as this one!!
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We've filled up at this station several times, easy access, huge lot next to it, just some big divots in the dirt.
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Hello RVers...

I'm traveling from Desert Hot Springs, CA to Fort McDowell, Arizona in mid-June. I am towing a 36 foot 5th wheel and was wondering if the Chevron station at Chiriaco Summit had easy access to its diesel pumps. thanks...

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The General George Patton Memorial Museum is right next to the station. It's very interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It might be something that you'd be interested in. Other posters have answered your question about the gas station so I won't address that.
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Patton Museum

I agree 100% about the Patton Museum. My wife and I have been to it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. In addition to the personal memorabilia, didn't you find the antiquated battle tanks most interesting?

I got a nice email from the manager of the Chiriaco Summit facilities, indicating, for the most part, what other posters have said about RV fueling at the Chevron station. She recommended going northeast past the pumps and then make a U-turn and come back around for easiest access.

thanks again for the information...

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If you can make it a bit further, just past Blythe into Az. there are two truck stops going up the hill that will have much cheaper fuel. And to the ? yes good pull in pull out at the summit.

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If you can make it a bit further, just past Blythe into Az. there are two truck stops going up the hill that will have much cheaper fuel. And to the ? yes good pull in pull out at the summit.

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It's only 15-20 miles past Blight (aka Blythe) to Quartzsite with a Pilot and a Loves truck stops. Prices are usually better there than between Quartzsite and Blight. If you can't make it that far or don't like to cut it too close, you could always get a partial fill at Chiriaco (which is high priced even for CA) to get you to Quartzsite.
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I agree 100% about the Patton Museum. My wife and I have been to it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. In addition to the personal memorabilia, didn't you find the antiquated battle tanks most interesting?

I got a nice email from the manager of the Chiriaco Summit facilities, indicating, for the most part, what other posters have said about RV fueling at the Chevron station. She recommended going northeast past the pumps and then make a U-turn and come back around for easiest access.

thanks again for the information...

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Yep, the antiquated battles tanks were certainly great. I also went out to as many of Patton's camps as I had time for. Got a good picture of the Catholic Chapel at Camp Iron Mountain Desert Training Center.
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Very fine pictures!

Wow...excellent pictures of the battle tank and the chapel.

LadyFitz--I'm rethinking making the stop at the Summit. Last year, I made a stop (albeit a tight stop) at a Chevron just off the highway in Blythe. This is just a topping off stop for the most part. My GMC 2500HD Duramax gets between 10-11 mpg pulling my 5th wheel, so I should be able to make it to the Phoenix-Tempe area if I fill up at Desert Hot Springs or Indio. In addition, I carry an extra 5 gallons of diesel fuel.

Allstays Interstate Diesel is a very good app that I have on my iPad and it points out diesel fueling stops along the route. IExit is another useful app for RV travelers.

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You could top off at the truck stop on I-10 at SR 86-S in Indio before you start up the hill, then,

Before you get to PHX on I-10, there is a Rip Griffin's Texaco at exit 104 with excellent access to the many truck lanes. They also have a pretty good buffet for a truck stop.
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