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Old 03-13-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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Drive thru gas stop directory

Does anybody know of a directory of gas stops where there is enough clearance to enter and leave without having to unhook the toad and back up to get out? I got trapped once and that was enough. Thanks.
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You could probably start with travel plazas websites (Pilot/FlyingJ/TA/Petro...etc).

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Good question and as Lori alluded to, truck plaza/stops will be your best bet. One other thing to try is to google map any potential location to see if it looks good. That isn't always 100% because you have to really have a good feel for scale. Also, it won't show unusual situations like steep incline. We looked at one place as a potential refueling after staying at a local CG but when we scouted it out the incline was so steep I think we would have dragged our hitch going into it.

Obviously, if you use tools like Gas Buddy to locate good prices it doesn't know you are a big RV and will give you locations better suited for cars and light trucks only. Again, using satellite photos can help eliminate most of at the really bad options.

When we do take a chance on fuel stops in questionable places we try to plan an "escape route" via non-residential roads back to an alternate. HOWEVER...keep in mind that when trekking for the best fuel price you need to consider the quantity and price savings for the fuel you will purchase. If you are getting 50+ gals of fuel and/or a significant savings (from truck/RV friendly places) it can pay to search but the cost (fuel burned) of searching might negate much of the savings and add a few grey hairs.
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Does anybody know of a directory of gas stops where there is enough clearance to enter and leave without having to unhook the toad and back up to get out? I got trapped once and that was enough. Thanks.
The 'Next Exit' book highlights RV friendly gas stations.
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The 'Next Exit' book highlights RV friendly gas stations.

Oh, forgot about that one & we carry it. X2!

Although, I'd do a Google Map or Google Earth search to check any out prior to visiting one as sometimes what the directories feel are RV friendly aren't so much.

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Some good answers already to your question. A few other thoughts to add that I find worthwhile. Think in terms of fueling up when you are somewhere around a half tank. Trying to run the tank down is not a great idea and if you have a generator and AquaHot that feed off your fuel tank their fuel pick up tubes are at around 1/4 tank. Plan your fuel stops near major areas where there are truck stops and it is a good time for a stretch or a meal. I also always fuel up near the end of my day on the road so we don't have to waste time in the morning with a fuel stop and I don't have to worry about the genny and AH.
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These are the apps that I have on my phone for looking for gas/diesel:
Trucker Apps - DAT - My DAT Trucker Services (also has rest areas, hotels friendly to big rigs and walmarts)
GasBuddy.com - GasBuddy Mobile Applications - Gas Buddy
Love's Connect - Love's Truck Stops
Pilot Flying J - Pilot/Flying J Truck Stops

That's the order I check them too.
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Thanks to all. I hadn't thought of using the GPS or Google Earth and never heard of the "Next Exit." Where can I get one?
We've usually tried to fill up at a close station before we hook up to go. The one where I got trapped was the T/A at Baldwin FL. I still don't know if they have a gas pump in the truck section.
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I got my Next Exit at a truck stop. You can also find them on the internet (Amazon, B&N...etc).

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We bought NEXT EXIT at Cracker Barrel and I have seen it at Camping World. We use it and it works well. All RV stations are printed in red which helps.
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You've hit on one of our pet peeves when traveling with our gas coach. I always thought the industry could come up with some kind of a standard to designate what stations were truly RV friendly, and have some sort of icon/indicator on those highway signs telling you what brand gas station was at that exit, and in what direction.

Even with a resource like "Next Exit", take heed to the earlier post that warned not to let the tank get too low. We've been disappointed in some of the "RV friendly" indicated stops in that specific publication and have had to move on and look for other options. This is especially important when travelling in parts of the country where there are many miles between islands of "civilization".

As I'm planning our route for any given trip I'm also planning fuel stops. I like to plan for something at or just past where I'd estimate us to be down by 1/2 tank. As these trips and stops tend to be on major routes the combination of Google Earth and their "street view" feature can be extremely helpful in scouting out a good fuel stop choice.
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I just traveled from PA to MS and found that Petro truck plaza was very accommodating and lots of locations. At one of my pit stops I discovered a screw in my brand new tire. It was Saturday night at around 11:30 that I pulled into a Petro and they took me in right away. Fixed me up and was on my way in less than an hour. Most Petro's have 24/7 garages. You can also call a mobile unit to come to you in the event of a break down. Hope this helps!
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We stop specifically at the Flying J RV lanes to take care of our fueling. Out of all the ones we've been to ( and they have been many ) I can only recall a couple that were a little tight but still had room to get out. As metioned if you know your trip plans do a Google Earth search of the locations you pick out and you can zoom right down and survey how they're laid out. Does a great job for us and eliminates the element of a surprise.
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