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Old 05-27-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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Regular gas station or truck stop?

I've just started pulling my new 5ver; I've had many Airstreams over the years.
My new 5th wheel is just shy of 13'
So far I've been using truck lanes at truck stops to fill my pickup; as I'm worried about the overhead heights at regular gas stations.

What do you use?
Am I worried for no reason?


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Old 05-27-2018, 05:45 PM   #2
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When I had a 5th wheel, I used regular stations. Now I use truck lanes, but only because of my length.

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Old 05-27-2018, 05:46 PM   #3
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The most important thing to memorize is the height of your rig. Lay a long 2x4 across the highest point (Usually the A/C) then measure. Add 6 inches to be on the safe side and when you go to fill up, look at the overhead covering the gas pumps and "usually" they have a Max height posted. It's not uncommon for me to pull into a regular gas station vs a truck stop and my coach is 13' tall.
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Old 05-27-2018, 05:46 PM   #4
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Except for some very old stations, most stations especially along major highways are not going to have a height issue. Especially if they sell diesel. This might depend on where you live, but in the West there are so many tall cargo vans and pickups pulling flatbed trailers with tall loads, a low roof wouldn't last long before being damaged. I focus more on maneuvering room around the pumps rather than height concerns.
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:03 PM   #5
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My new 5th wheel is only 35' long, short enough to be somewhat maneuverable at gas stations. I'm just scared when I don't see any posted max height signs.
Thanks for your input
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:02 PM   #6
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How do you guys ever use regular gas stations? Out of 12 pumps you have to find the diesel pump. Most of the time you need to pull in facing the store with cars parked in your escape path.

I always use truck stops with I traveled.
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One thing to keep in mind is some truck pumps may have a higher price due to tax differences between commercial and noncommercial use. This can vary by state.
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I use GasGuru mostly now and find a reasonable price up ahead. Then check it out to see if a) price is correct and b) if I can get in without a real problem. Have been into many fuel stations--WM/Sams/Costco, etc--that can be tight but doable. Sometimes my wife has to get out and make sure all is clear to back out.
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Usually don't have any problem seeing which pumps are diesel--just look for a green nozzle handle (careful--up north, seems the green handles aren't always diesel, some times they are yellow like ethanol down here in TX) or for a pump with 2 hoses on same side. Sometimes I luck out and there is a DIESEL sign on the pumps.
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Well I drive a Gas Motor home.

I have seen some gas stations where I do not want to pull under the cover.. Many where I have.

One "Trick" and this has other advantages as well is to always pick an "Outside" pump These are often not covered and there is no car parked next to you giving you more room to get outta there.

One station I very much liked I made a half turn off one road. pulled into the last pump island (outside) .. Filled up and then straight forward to clear the station and another half turn onto the cross road.> Very nice. Wish more were like that.
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Gas Buddy and always regular stations, current spread 3.09-3.49. You will always pay more at truck stops to gain room. Even with GS discounts stations will normally be cheaper. Clearance on most coaches is just over 13ft, semi & box trucks 13ft 6in. Like someone said stations plan for tall vehicle, back east watch bridge heights they are posted.
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Most gas stations have a sign right on the awning saying 13'6", my trailer is 13'4" tall, add the cantilever action driving up and down the pad that makes it to risky for me. Besides, regular gas stations were built for "regular" size vehicles and how could I possibly back out in case if ....

Most truck stops are a rip off for the average Joe.

I have an aux. tank, that allows me to carry a total of 155 gal. - problem solved plus I saved almost $100 on Saturday by being able to shop for the lowest price. Getting out with the tail swing of a 43' trailer would have been impossible.
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We use Pilot/Flying j, most of the Flying j's & some Pilot's have rv pumps separate, we have a rv plus fuel card through Pilot/Flying j, we get 8cent discount on fuel with Goodsam card
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Regular gas station or truck stop?

I have a 43í MH and a Wrangler.
I would like to fill up at P/FJ or Loves, but I canít give up my savings of 30 to 60 DOLLARS per 100 gallons at regular stations. 8 cents is 8 bucks. Come on!
Yes, I get in and out easily ever since I lost the fear by studying the CDL manual and practicing.
Havenít found a station clearance under 15 feet.

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