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Old 12-18-2010, 10:35 AM   #15
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FJ has a listing of all their locations on their Web Site...I try to use them exclusively and plan my fuel stops accordingly.
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I have used a "Truck Stop" location fewer times than fingers on my left hand. I detest the way those locations are operated. Our unit is 37' + the VUE; as previously stated, look ahead. I will not stop at any station where the pumps are orientated pointing towards the Snack Shack/Cashier, just not enough room.

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I have learned to not worry about a few cents in price and go for the easy in and easy out. We also will frequently get gas in the morning before hooking up. This is especially nice when overnighting at Wal-Mart or similar places.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:28 PM   #18
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Hi Ken,

From your avatar, it appears that you have a nice Stage Rally car, and a 30 ft MH. We tow an autocross car on a 23ft open Featherlite trailer behind a 29 ft MH, so our rigs are about the same. We have used Flying J for years, and rarely have trouble getting in and out. You have to make a quick judgment about parked cars blocking your exit as you pull in, and you sometimes find people with cars using the RV islands. The only other issue is when you buy Propane, and what side your fill is on. At the older FJ stations, you sometimes have to enter the RV lane from the wrong direction in order to access the Propane fill. The newer stations have Propane right with the fuel islands. Finally, I assume you know that the fJ dumping service is no longer free; it costs $10 (or $5 if you are a member of the FJ RV club).
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Actually we used to have a stage rally Saab. This one is for Chump Car world series endurance racing. Racing $500 cars but a somewhat different approach than the better known 24 Hours of LeMons series. My wife, daughter and father-in-law make up the balance of our required 4 driver team for these races which range from 7 to 24 hours long. I'm used to watching to the right spots to get fuel as I've been towing race heaps around for a couple decades. Now we've just got something a wee bit longer than the pickup truck and way better to camp in! What do you autocross? My wife & I met thru SCCA stuff. We've done road & stage rally, autocross,club & vintage racing etc.

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That Chump Car series looks really cool . . . I'd love to go see one . . . closest I can find to the northeast (CT) is about 500 miles away. Going to have to see if we can squeeze in a long weekend getaway this summer.
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Haveing wore out three motorhomes (145,000 miles (132,000 miles) (149,00 miles) and the one I have now; (42,000 miles), the outside lanes of any gas station will get you in and out if you are VERY careful. my motorhomes have been 32 feet and above in size, and I pull a toad.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:26 PM   #21
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Truck stops often do not have gasoline in the truck lanes. Flying J I find often too crowded in the gasoline side of the store and access to the RV area can sometimes be difficult.

Another book is RVers Friend. It lists truck stops and shows if they also have gasoline, adequate parking, overnite parking, propane, sewer dump, etc.

The other tips are all good.

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That Chump Car series looks really cool . . . I'd love to go see one . . . closest I can find to the northeast (CT) is about 500 miles away. Going to have to see if we can squeeze in a long weekend getaway this summer.
Chump Car is a fun series. LeMons is too they just operate under different philosophies. Probably the closest race to CT is Beaver Run in Wampum, PA or Nelson Ledges, OH. We plan to run Nelson but not Beaver Run.

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Try either picking an outside lane or park just a little off center between two pump islands (taking all four pumps in that lane) then you'll have some extra turning room when it comes time to pull out, but you won't make any new friends with that procedure
The Pilot stops are all designed for cars and trucks but not for gas class A's or 5th wheels and are very hard to get out of...also Love's...
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