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Old 06-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #29
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I think more than anything its just a matter of having jockeyed the thing around enough so that you can be comfortable with it.
This is really the bottom line. It's tough to "teach" but experience yields the ability to look at a situation and have a really good idea of how or if it can be navigated with your rig. Patience.


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Old 06-23-2014, 03:09 PM   #30
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I have never had a problem getting in or out of Flying J's fuel islands with a 40' DP pulling a tow dolly with a Dodge Intrepid on it. Also 'bout 6 years ago did a 6000 mile trip out west with a 37 footer gas MH pulling same set-up. no problems at all getting gas.

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We have had good luck with Petro truck stops.

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Old 06-23-2014, 08:09 PM   #32
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We use Flying J every chance we can. Like most have mentioned the pumps facing the building are ones I try to avoid. Half tank is time to start finding a station that will work. I have squeaked thru several that looked good that were a bad judgement, mostly ones facing the building. Just try to be sure you have plenty of room to maneuver. It only takes a few times to the pumps and you have it under control! Oh yea don't forget to watch for the roofs over the pumps, most are tall enough but some could create a very bad day!
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:54 AM   #33
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Terrible time getting diesel in Ventura, CA

We were in Ventura last winter and getting diesel was a real pain. We tried on the way in and didn't have any luck. We later drove around in the toad and foud a place that seemed OK. When we did go for fuel we left the toad at the RV park and still had trouble getting to the pump, due to layout and partly due to congestion.

I decided at that point to carry two empty 5 gallon fuel containers so that if we got into that situation again I would go out with the toad one or two times and get 10 or 20 gallons of diesel so we could get to the next town with adequate fuel stops.

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Someone may have mentioned this, but try to find a station that has the pumps parallel to the store so you can get in and out. At a Pilot once, (where the pumps are usually perpendicular to the store) we had to wait for customers to move that were parked and using the store. In the 8K mile trip, we never had to unhook while getting fuel, (gas).

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Good advice here. We've done all of them. One other thing we learned was that even a station with the pumps perpendicular to the building can be easily used IF it's one that caters to big rigs and they can drive all the way around the building or if it's on a corner with an exit to the road that runs along aside the station. We just get into the outside lane which allows us to either circle the building or veer to the side exit where we can make a couple of turns and re-enter the road we came in off of.

Best advice I can give you is if you're not comfortable with the set-up, don't stop there. We did once, because stations were few and far between and none had been RV friendly. We thought we were going to have to get out and unhitch the Jeep because of a car that had pulled into the place after we did and parked right in front of where we needed to go. Kept waiting for the driver to leave. When he didn't, I went in and learned it was the clerk's car. He said he wouldn't move it.

I went back out to tell my husband. Before we could even begin to unhitch, the guy hurried out with a change of heart. Maybe he noticed how much we'd just spent. Or maybe he heard me muttering something about contacting corporate headquarters and posting on the Internet as I left.

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