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Old 02-10-2016, 10:56 AM   #29
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For me getting gas was always the most stressful due to typically a poor selection of stations that we could fit in. My RV was similar to yours, bounder 38P which was over 39ft long plus pulling a wrangler unlimited.... I also just round up the height to a even 13ft.....

I always would determine height first, if I can fit under then I look if there is room for me to fit. If I can't fit no need seeing if there is room to exit the place

Smaller stations I would go to the end but the larger stations I could fit anywhere.... I would use my rear camera to help with leaving and not hitting anything with the back however I would always try to fill up in a way the back would swing away from the pumps when possible.

As stated if you think it might be to tight then don't pull in, many times I had to get back on the highway to find another station that we could fit in. Typically when I would get close to 1/4 tank is when I would start my search for fuel

I also used a atlas, I would mark in the atlas where each fuel station is that we could fit in. That way if we happen to be in this same road again we know where we can get gas. Makes the future trips much less stressful!!

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Old 02-10-2016, 12:17 PM   #30
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What you're experiencing is normal. What I do is scope out the potential station for access if at all possible; most of the time it is not. If I get to the entrance and it looks too tight, I will probably bypass the station for another. I always look for a good exit from the station, too, and that sometimes requires me going around (U-turn). Of course, it's common to hold up some traffic and that bothers me most of all as I try to be considerate of others. Regardless, don't let traffic put you in a situation where you make a mistake. Just take it slow and easy until you get more comfortable with your rig.

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