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Old 07-26-2016, 11:00 AM   #15
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I wonder how those who take their time when they are in front of you react when you are pumping a 100 gallons in front of them?

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Old 07-26-2016, 11:01 AM   #16
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I use regular pumps exclusively, never truck stops - very few times we've had any issue with 'folks', though some may take longer than others and seem as if they're certainly not in a hurry to worry about how long we've waited. If we're taking up a lot of 'space', especially at the famously small Murphy stations, I don't try to fill up, but enough to get me to my next location...

I use the GasBuddy app to find the best priced areas/exits for diesel, then look over the GoogleMaps overview to make sure the station can accomodate our 35' coach + 15' of toad, though sometimes that is not always indicative of the 'landscape' of entry and exit, which can add some additional parts to the equation, or even how much traffic might be at the station at the moment you pull in.
I'm also never scared to just pass up a station that can't really accomodate our coach and go to the next one that can, which is why I never wait past 1/3 tank to refill.
We drive on the top half of the tanks as well. We also use GasBuddy but getting the navigator to go beyond that and look at google earth etc isn't always a winning proposition yet. Yes we have passed by a number of stations due to limited access.

But at some point as the ranks of RV folks swell and gas prices remain low one would hope that the station owners would want to better cater and market to our group.

GasBuddy and apps like iExit (GPS vendors too) could also add more info on accessibility potentially with links to images of the site. But in a lot of respects this whole arena is new to them.

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Old 07-26-2016, 11:19 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Gordon Dewald View Post
I wonder how those who take their time when they are in front of you react when you are pumping a 100 gallons in front of them?
Excellent point but at least you are actively filling the tank.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:23 AM   #18
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We stopped at a gas station in Columbus Mt with a dedicated RV lane. There was an old 35-40 foot class A in front of us and that guy really took his sweet time. I finally just sat back and enjoyed my day. Finally, the jerk gave us a dirty look and pulled forward and parked again. I wanted to run into the store and grab a quick snack after I fueled up but I would have had to hog the fuel island and there was someone waiting so I pulled forward around the old class A which was now hogging the only place I could have parked for a few minutes so we left. Looking back, I should have gone into the store while waiting, but I really thought he was going to fuel up and go. Wrong, some RV people are just as rude as those rude ones driving cars. On the bright side, when we are in our motorhome we are seldom in a hurry so it works out.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:16 PM   #19
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I wonder how those who take their time when they are in front of you react when you are pumping a 100 gallons in front of them?
Can't speak for all of them, but the one I ran into on Memorial day weekend let me know via colorful language that he did not appreciate me taking up two pumps while he waited. I think the straw that set him off was that he watched me put the pump handle up when it reached the first $100 limit and start over. He probably felt that I was screwing with him or something. Anyways he yelled out his window some expletives as he back out and went to a different pump lane.

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We use the Flying J and Pilot, although we have found the Pilots didn't have RV lanes where we stopped on our last trip. But DH has gotten pretty good at getting us in and out of crowded stations with the toad. If we are waiting for someone to finish ahead of us, I always get out and stand in front so that no one can sneak in ahead of us, yes they did it to us once. I tell the person pumping I am not hurrying them, just waiting to guide DH in. They usually finish and move.
We almost always stop at truck stops because they seem to be the easiest to accommodate us, as well as using the Next Exit to help locate RV friendly stations.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:00 PM   #22
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We seldom use truck stops as the price is usually quite a bit higher then other stations. We don't seem to have a problem getting into regular stations. If I see a station that would result in me blocking traffic etc I will just move on.

Haven't had a lot of problem fueling. The last time I remember we were in our Class C ~10 years ago and waiting off to the side to get into a slot (I didn't want to block traffic). When the person fueling moved a car came out of no where and took the spot. I got out and requested she move and she basically blew me off. Yes I was pissed but I just got in the RV and pulled in right behind her, blocking traffic but I got the next chance to fuel.
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We drive a 38 fit deisal MH and tow(going on five years). I've got to say, fueling is one of our greatest stresses. My wife and I have had more arguments over it than any other thing. I usually start getting nervous at about half a tank and stay that way till I gas up. I've never really had much trouble and there are lots of big roomy truck stops in the West. But it still makes me up tight to think about. I think I underestimate my ability to manouver in tight spaces, but I've never scraped an air handler off the roof, snagged a bollard or had to unhook a tow. Maybe I'm just lucky.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:06 PM   #24
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Yep, fueling can be stressful and a challenge. I chalk up a big part of the inconsiderate behavior to the "little person found something to control" syndrome. For some reason the sight of a big class A brings out the "looks", just plain envy. It's like people are afraid you're taking their "share". Last three trips I have stopped fueling early in morning or in the evening if I can avoid it. I've found 10:00 - 11:00a and 3:00 - 4:00p seem to be the slow time at most stations, lots more empty pumps, less hassle.
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I have been preaching about the benefits of the book "Next Exit". It's about $20 and tells you everything you need to know about at upcoming exits. All gas stations that are RV friendly have the station name in red. It makes it very easy to decide where to stop for fuel.
Plus there is so much more info for the traveler in it.
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:53 PM   #26
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I have been preaching about the benefits of the book "Next Exit". It's about $20 and tells you everything you need to know about at upcoming exits. All gas stations that are RV friendly have the station name in red. It makes it very easy to decide where to stop for fuel.
Plus there is so much more info for the traveler in it.
They have a nice app too.
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:05 AM   #27
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What you experience at the gas pump seems to reflective at the lack of common courtesy throughout our society. As a 70 year old, I was obviously raised much differently than the current generations.
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I expect the motoring public to be oblivious to the limitations of those driving RVs, including that gas pump selection and the inability to back up with a toad limit where / how we fill up.

The "best" of those, was last year. We pull in behind the only other car in the gas station, to the one set of pumps we can use. They are not even out of the car to fill up (and at this point, it would take them 10 seconds to move to another pump) and we can see the woman in the car pointing to us behind them. Not only does the guy take his time, they then go walk their dogs before moving the car.

On the other hand, just last week we pull in behind a guy in a big pick up, pulling a small trailer. We were both waiting for the gas pump to clear. He kindly tells us that he has dual tanks to fill, and I thanked him for telling us, but we would wait since we were already committed to that pump. He very nicely moved to another pump so we could use the one we needed to.

However, it is the other RVers who are not cognizant others that get my goat. Way too many times have we waited for other RVers to clear the pumps after they finish fueling. And it happened again last week as well. A guy with a small TT knows we are waiting behind him, and he spends 10 minutes doing who knows what after he is done filling, when there is ample room away from the pumps to move to.......

As for the ongoing complaint around here as to the younger folks not being courteous to others, I only ask you to consider they are "your" kids and grandkids you are complaining about (we don't have either)..................

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