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Old 02-28-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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problems in towing

M/H is 33'.6" and trailer is 20' long overall about 60'. How do I get fuel in a gas motorhome before i just pulled into walmart or a service station gassed up and go but now what?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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Trell,

It can be done. You need to pick places that aren't too busy if possible but then look ahead and see where you can line up and still be able to exit without backing. I have a 40' motorhome and tow a car for a total of about 65' with the tow bar. I don't play the games with truck stops so we save by shopping at Safeway and use their points system for discount. Sometimes it's a little tight getting in and out but they have diesel and well worth the trouble. Saw a young woman drive in with a large truck and huge horse trailer and she did great.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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Hi TRELL,
Flying J truck stops have gas pumps for RVs. This is the easiest in/out I can suggest. Go to Pilot Flying J to learn about their fuel discount cards. Scroll about 1/2 down the page to get a directory (RV Guide) of their locations. When using the directory, look only for Flying J locations. Pilot locations do not have separate RV fueling pumps.

Other then the above suggestion, one needs to choose stations where the pump islands are parallel to the road. Unfortunately, most pump islands are perpendicular to the road.
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Pay the most attention to what's in front of you BEFORE you pull in, so you know you have a clear, relatively straight exit path. I always make sure I don't have to make a tight turn around an island.

All that said, I have the advantage of fuel fills on both sides of the MH, which makes a huge difference. You're probably stuck with filling on the same side every time.

When I had my truck/camper setup with only one fuel fill, towing my 30' race trailer, I sometimes had to look a little longer to get into an accessible pump. You'll get used to it soon enough.
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Yup, have to plan ahead. I sometimes have to drive around the block to see the exit strategy before pulling in.

Don't let yourself get too low on fuel that you have to try a unsafe access. If a car pulls in and blocks your way out, just gota wait for them to finish and leave.
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Most all of the Major Highway service stations are Pull through so it should not be an issue.

Not much different then pulling my race car trailer with my Crewcab dually.

68 ft long.
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Yup, have to plan ahead. I sometimes have to drive around the block to see the exit strategy before pulling in.

Don't let yourself get too low on fuel that you have to try a unsafe access. If a car pulls in and blocks your way out, just gota wait for them to finish and leave.
Yep, we start looking with no less than a 3rd of a tank........
......and have passed on a few stations because one or both of us had doubts as to wether we could get out, or in.
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Flying J (Pilot) and Loves have Apps for smart phones. I use them a lot and like others have mentioned, start looking early.

I also use a highlighter marker and when I see a really nice truck stop to get in and out of from the highway (even if I don't need fuel) the co-pilot markes the exit down and makes a note on the Atlas for future reference.

I agree, MAKE SUREE you have room in front to get out.

We are over 75' and haven't been "trapped" yet.

Good luck and be safe out there!

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