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Old 10-03-2021, 04:56 PM   #15
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The Flying J/Pilot gas lanes are one of the biggest jokes ever foisted upon us who drive Class A gassers. We have seen situations there, such as a motorhome pulling a boat trailer that was trapped so tight in there, he wasn't sure he could get out without scraping something (boat or trailer), two lanes of pumps with NONE of them actually working, etc. After our third try, it became obvious to us that whoever designed these lanes had never actually driven a large vehicle before. Never again.

As for the OP question, I keep a map of saved places in my Google Maps account, showing stations that I have used and need to remember because of their easy in/out access. And, as others have mentioned, satellite mapping gives us a great overhead view of a station and whether or not we should attempt to use it.

For those that have done Buc-ee's, have you found any drawbacks to using them? For example, they don't have great parking for big rigs after you are done fueling. Do you just leave your RV at the pumps since they have so many islands anyway? We really want to try one, but don't want to cause an issue with sitting at the pumps for half an hour while fueling then shopping.
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Old 10-03-2021, 04:59 PM   #16
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We always try to find a Costco gas station. They are generally RV friendly, though we still check google maps to be sure. When we can’t do that, many casino gas stations are rv friendly.
Do you have to be a Costco member to buy gas from them?
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Old 10-03-2021, 05:14 PM   #17
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We use PilotFlyingJ app on our phone, works anywhere in the US and it will show every Pilot, Speedway and Fliying J across the country. Most truck stops will have a larger gas pump area, even some Love’s truck stops have dump stations.
Like others has stated, use pumps on the ends and try and fuel up when traffic is not heavy.
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Old 10-03-2021, 05:18 PM   #18
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Always a challenge

Just my experience......Sam's clubs , 20 cents lower than any local stations. able to get in and out easy in most cases. My local one, niles, ohio was a bit tight. Flying J, a bit tight in nearby Hubbard. Got in, but far from an easy slide on in . Didn't try any while in Florida, but them Buckees sure look like an easy in and out. Lots of space. Other than that....mostly hit and miss. Practice makes more things possible.
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I guess there are different attitudes regarding convenience and gas station access. We have been driving and almost always towing a car trailer for the last 12 years with total length of 52 ft. and don't have a big problems with fueling. Some new Flying J locations have nice straight through RV lanes, but some older sites can be challenging. The best thing is to do a really quick analysis of fueling space and be prepared to abort before coming trapped. My mantra, learned in 44 years of motorhome driving is "Don't go any place where you can't see an exit"

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It is a challenge finding a station to get gas. Sometimes you might abort getting gas and get back on the freeway. Even Pilot and Flying J will say they are RV friendly and are not.

So if you can on google earth look for gas pumps that are parallel to the station those are the easy ones.

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I drove a 37 foot gasser pulling a Jeep for several years. Never used Google or Gas buddy and can't remember ever having an issue fueling other than my fill cap was behind the license plate. I would usually have the front of the RV stuck out where other vehicles had to go around me.
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Do you have to be a Costco member to buy gas from them?

Yes, you have to be a member. I think the cost is $60 a year.

For double that you can get an “executive” membership which gives you 2% back a year off all Costco purchases. If you use their credit card you also get 4% a year off all gas purchases regardless of where you fill up. In our case, this pays for the membership many times over. I’m not saying this is right for you, but just trying to fully answer your question on cost.
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Yes, you have to be a member. I think the cost is $60 a year.

For double that you can get an “executive” membership which gives you 2% back a year off all Costco purchases. If you use their credit card you also get 4% a year off all gas purchases regardless of where you fill up. In our case, this pays for the membership many times over. I’m not saying this is right for you, but just trying to fully answer your question on cost.
I appreciate all the info! We have never bought one simply because there's just the two of us and we don't buy enough to make it worth it, not to mention the nearest one is an hour away. Thank you for the explanation.
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I do have to agree, the biggest drawback for me, with a gasser is fueling. And I am a semi truck driver by trade. The only place where I got truly hung up was the Gulf station in Early Texas. Took the outside lane, as there was an exit around the building to a side street, got done headed around building and HOLY SH%T!! there was a car wash in my way!. Jump out, backed toad off the dolly, unhooked dolly, backed up, turned around, re hooked, reloaded car, and on my way.
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I agree with the poster that said always have an abort plan when pulling it to fuel a gasser. I have only had one station give me trouble in the last 25 years and all I could do was pull through and hit the station at the next exit. I have only seen one Pilot/Flying J that had a dedicated RV lave with easy access. I also wont pay a membership fee to buy fuel. To be honest, tight fuel stops improve ones driving skills.
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Look for stations with islands parallel to the road. That's usually older and smaller stations. Second choice is stations that have a way around the back to get a straight shot to the outer pumps. Stations that charge slightly more are less crowded and easier to get into.
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We recently downsized from a gas class A pulling a RAV4 on a dolly to a gas pickup pulling a TT.

With the class A, Pilot / Flying J RV lanes worked very well for us. There was always plenty of approach and exit room designed in. There's nothing to keep dingbats in cars from blocking them, but it's not been a serious problem for us. We used their app to find stations with RV lanes along our route and use them when reasonable. We had a range of around 500 miles, so we often just used Pilot / Flying J.

Other than that, we didn't miss an opportunity. If we saw an easy station to access and we can take a half tank or so, we do it rather than waiting until we needing gas then searching for a good one.

I've pulled diagonally through the pumps to get the rear of the RV, the location of the gas fill, near the pump and allow me to pull nearly straight out.

We also stopped at places with several stations, and almost always one was easy enough access.

Often the older stations are the easiest because the fuel islands tended to run parallel to the building.

Just don't get so low you have to find gas NOW!

Nowadays, with the TT we just fill up when we're unhooked, but our range is so much shorter now that we still use the same procedures if we must fuel during the pull.
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Just don't get so low you have to find gas NOW!
Some of the best advice yet. Once I have reached 1/2 tank of gas I start my search for an easily accessible refueling station. This saves a panic attack when you realize you are nearly empty and there is no station nearby.
This also saves some room in my black tank as I can use the facilities where I buy the gas after pulling away from the pumps.
Forget about gas prices. Trying to save a few pennies can get you into a jammed up situation. I'm not one to drive around burning gas trying to find a discount and burning dollars worth of gas to save a few cents.
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Some of the best advice yet. Once I have reached 1/2 tank of gas I start my search for an easily accessible refueling station. This saves a panic attack when you realize you are nearly empty and there is no station nearby.
This also saves some room in my black tank as I can use the facilities where I buy the gas after pulling away from the pumps.
Forget about gas prices. Trying to save a few pennies can get you into a jammed up situation. I'm not one to drive around burning gas trying to find a discount and burning dollars worth of gas to save a few cents.
I don't even wait for that. I definitely don't want that stress of running out of fuel. We leave for FL in four weeks. My entire trip is planned out, including which campgrounds we have reservations for AND which fueling stations we will stop at. Having done the trip a couple of times, I already know which stations are great; the only stop I'm not sure of is in Calhoun, GA as they just built a new Buc-ees and Love's right across the street from each other and the Google Maps view still shows only a cornfield!
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