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Old 06-23-2018, 06:53 AM   #1
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Gas fuel stops toad attached

New to towing. 29' class C, Jeep Wrangler, Blue Ox, Ready Brake.

Here is what bothers me. I have not towed any distance thus far that requires a fuel stop. That will be changing end of July. If I were a diesel, I'd go to Pilot, Flying J, etc. Lots of room there and used them often when I had my fifth wheel. Too many of the gas stops have limited maneuvering room. Where do you guys fill up. I never noticed but is there RV lines for GAS at the typical truck stops.
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we have a 30"' mh and first off start looking for gas at little under 1/2 tank NEXT EXIT book tells us which gas stations are RV friendly usually the tanks are parrallell with the road which makes it a easy fill-up, hope this helps Rich
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:05 AM   #3
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I offer look for newer stations and aim for the end pumps.

If You can, check the station on Google maps satellite view to see if you can circle the building, many of them have access around back.

I also often look for stations with pumps that are angled or run parallel to the building.

I have a 30ft class C with a dolly tow. I've been up and down the east coast out as far west as Arkansas and never had a problem getting gas somewhere. Just start looking when you get under 3/8 tank.
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New to towing. 29' class C, Jeep Wrangler, Blue Ox, Ready Brake.

Here is what bothers me. I have not towed any distance thus far that requires a fuel stop. That will be changing end of July. If I were a diesel, I'd go to Pilot, Flying J, etc. Lots of room there and used them often when I had my fifth wheel. Too many of the gas stops have limited maneuvering room. Where do you guys fill up. I never noticed but is there RV lines for GAS at the typical truck stops.
First, get a Pilot/Flying J card so you get a discount. We were able to get into almost all of their sations through the gas line with our 38' MH and tow.
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Agree with the Pilot/FJ RV gas lanes... or just look for a station that the pumps are parallel to the road/entrance. Makes it easy in/out. You may have to look at a couple different exits before you find one that you feel comfortable with.... just don't drive it down to a fuel level that has you trapped into stopping at a sation that is less than optimal. Worse case, you may have to disconnect the toad if you get into a tight squeeze... no big deal, just a few minutes inconvenience.
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We hardly ever use the big truck stations with our diesel pusher, but prefer the smaller gas stations or wherever has the most economical fuel. At 36 feet with a Honda CRV toad we rarely have a problem. Its Sharon's responsibility to scope out the stations we will use using the Next Exit and GasBuddy then as we get close to the station she gives it a "once over" and gives me the OK or not. Then she will check for the diesel pump locations and the entrance and exit strategy. She rarely fails.

I like the Costco, Walmart, Krogers (and their affiliated stores) stations and the Super America the best. Usually lots of room in these.

Once in the South we pulled into a small Mom Pop fuel/convenience station and started to fill up. The station owner came out to shoot the breeze and he asked me how much longer I was going to be. I thought it was kind of rude until he explained there was a highschool just down the road a bit and it was about to let out for the day. When it did, he said, this place will be packed with cars and pickups parking every which way making it very hard for us to get out. I squeezed the trigger harder and we got out of there just in time!

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Another memory from small stations USA.

We were in Michigan at a small station when a guy pulled up next to me with a new looking Class C. He started to pump fuel and I wandered over to say HI. He stopped the fueling process and hung up the pump handle. I mentioned he sure did not pump much fuel he said he was just practicing. He just bought the coach and was driving around pumping a gallon or two at as many different stations as he could getting practice. "Next week I will hook the toad to this thing and do this all over again! Practice makes perfect". Amazing what you will find and run into in America and Canada!!!!!!
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New to towing. 29' class C, Jeep Wrangler, Blue Ox, Ready Brake.

Here is what bothers me. I have not towed any distance thus far that requires a fuel stop. That will be changing end of July. If I were a diesel, I'd go to Pilot, Flying J, etc. Lots of room there and used them often when I had my fifth wheel. Too many of the gas stops have limited maneuvering room. Where do you guys fill up. I never noticed but is there RV lines for GAS at the typical truck stops.
Most stations have lanes that accomodate towed vehicles. You may have to wait for the one you need to empty. Just be sure to look ahead and plan for your escape.

There are many trailers on the road that have the same issue.

In 50 years of towing I’ve rarely had to pass up the fuel stop I want.
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My first choice is Costco. I have no problem getting in and out with the Toad attached.
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We hardly ever use the big truck stations with our diesel pusher, but prefer the smaller gas stations or wherever has the most economical fuel. At 36 feet with a Honda CRV toad we rarely have a problem. Its Sharon's responsibility to scope out the stations we will use using the Next Exit and GasBuddy then as we get close to the station she gives it a "once over" and gives me the OK or not. Then she will check for the diesel pump locations and the entrance and exit strategy. She rarely fails.

I like the Costco, Walmart, Krogers (and their affiliated stores) stations and the Super America the best. Usually lots of room in these.

Once in the South we pulled into a small Mom Pop fuel/convenience station and started to fill up. The station owner came out to shoot the breeze and he asked me how much longer I was going to be. I thought it was kind of rude until he explained there was a highschool just down the road a bit and it was about to let out for the day. When it did, he said, this place will be packed with cars and pickups parking every which way making it very hard for us to get out. I squeezed the trigger harder and we got out of there just in time!

I love these memories!
EXACTLY!!!!!!!
We got the Fly'n J and Pilot cards and have never used them. I made the mistake TWICE in pulling into them and they were seriously crowded. Then, there's the yahoos that pull in front of a pump, shut down the rig, and go SHOPPING. We've seen that way more times than care to admit. So, for us, we get fuel when and where we can. I don't aim for any particular name brand. The term "Fresh fuel" is to me, over rated. In todays world, there's 10 zillion diesel pickups, cars, delivery trucks large and small, using diesel pumps in every fuel station on the planet.

Worrying about whether diesel fuel is fresh or not has NEVER been a concern. Seven years and 43,000 miles on our CAT C-7, and fueled up in every kind of mom and pop, K-mart, Sinclair and a whole bunch more fuel stops and have never, ever had any fuel issues. We've even tried a truck stop every now and then. But, the problem I found with them was the pumps didn't have the normal credit card operation. You had to go inside the store, get in line with all the truckers and anyone else buying anything under the sun and finally get a chance to pre-pay.

Then, after you'd pumped your fuel which, on our rig has a hard time taking the flow from those monster sized nozzles, you get to go back into the store and, stand in line AGAIN, and settle up. Nope, not for us. Smaller stations are the name of the game for us. We simply approach a station while both of us are doing our best to judge approach and departure angles and, access and egress. If we think it's a go, I turn in. If not, we pass it by and head to the next one.
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I have a gasser.. I generally try to find a Flying J that has RV lanes..
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