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Old 01-18-2010, 06:49 AM   #1
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We are planning an early spring trip from the Tampa FL. area to Pidgeon Forge Tenn. and then on to the Sky Line Drive area of Va. and then to the Williamsburg Va. area and finally over the Chesapeke Bay Bridge/ Tunnel up through MD. and Del. to the Atlantic City area of N.J. -- My question is -- Where will there be "gas stations " that are big enough to get in and out of ? - I know the major hwys. will have the big truck stops where I can fuel up, but what about the "side "roads ? Is there any sort of publication listing RV friendly gas stops -- My rig is 31 ft. and I'll be pulling a toad for the first time, so easy access when fueling is a real concern for me. What do the "pros " do when traveling the country roads ?
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FF i cant really answer your question except that you will probably enjoy p forge
and dont forget sevierville next door best wishes and a safe trip from a fellow atlatnis driver
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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"Next Exit" is a great resource, it can be found in book stors and truck stops.
You might check, if you have propane on board, if you can use the bridge tunnel, or any tunnel for that matter.
Enjoy the trip.
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Propane is permitted on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel but you must turn it off at the tank.

Propane is not permitted in either Baltimore tunnel.
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I always look at how I will get out before pulling in. I have a 36' diesel and only once did I have to disconnect.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:28 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum Florida Fred!! We're glad you're here!
I have a 33' and a toad. Fueling up is one of the most stressful things I do as a full-timer. It still stesses me out and I'm at 28k miles in 2 years. Of course, that's not all about the logistics. The tab usually stresses me out too! That said, I've never gotten stuck at a service station or had to unhook my toad(everyone knock wood for me please!). There have been several that I've pulled in and right back out, knowing that if I got close enough to the pump to fuel up, I was pushing my luck getting out. I look very carefully before I pull in, and I look for stations that have pumps where I can pull in parallel to the road. I've found that even the big looking stations aren't good if you have to pull in perpendicular to the road then have to try to pull out through cars parked in front of the store - unless you get an end pump and can then pull behind the building to turn around. But you don't know that until too late usually.
Another strategy I use is to scope out stations while I'm in my car. If I haven't managed to find a station on the way to the park, I'll pick a station while I'm out touristing, grocery shopping or whateve, that I can hit (not literally, of course) on the way out.
Good luck! Have a wonderful trip. I'm sure you'll be fine!
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:46 PM   #7
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Newbee question

I too, drive a 30+ MH, with a toad. However, I have yet to be blocked in or had to disconnect at a gas station and I've traveled many of the roads that you are planning. So I say, just pick your stations carefully and as mentioned before, check some out while you are touring in your toad. What I worry most, about are those bridges in Williamsburg, VA. I am always afraid of the clearances and will I have to unhook and turn around! Be careful in that area. Roland
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Great info

Thanks to you all ---
What a great site this is. I really appreciate your input guys, I'll be sure to keep my eyes open , and thanks for the reminder about low bridges in Williamsburg I've been there many times ,but never in a motor home so the heads up was good --- Thanks again !
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