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Old 08-03-2021, 04:59 PM   #1
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Places to 'gas up' a Class A

We have taken one trip in our 2007 Class A (some 6600 miles) and found it very difficult to find a place to get gasoline and fit easily.

Many of the truck stops have gas in the front where cars fill up. Not always a lot of room and we found ourselves many times blocking some of the traffic routes.

This year will be especially challenging for this newbie as we will be towing a Jeep for the first time. As a newbie, I wont be backing up with that attached.

Any thoughts/ideas on finding places to gas up around the country that are as easily accessable as the deisel pumps?

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1. We always carried a Next Exit book with us. It designates big rig friendly fuel stops
2. Google Maps satellite view is your friend. Use it to see if you will fit
3. When we had our 5-r & gas coach, we tried to use FJ's that had RV lanes as much as possible
4. Using Google Maps, scout out fuel stations with pumps parallel (not perpendicular) to the convenience store
5. If you absolutely HAVE to use fuel stations with pumps perpendicular, pick the outer most lane, so you see if you have enough swing room to get out
6. Last, if all else fails, disconnect your toad so you have less length with which to get out
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Plan your route for possible fuel stops and use Google to check the view. Flying J has an RV lane, but some are tight with a toad.
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:28 PM   #4
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Use gasbuddy to locate less expensive gas stations on your route.


Use googleearth to look at both satellite view and street view to verify you can get in and out.
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:28 PM   #5
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Thank you

Thanks for the tip about using google maps. I would never have thought to try that. Worht the price of admission to this site lol.
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Also timing is a plus, try and plan your fuel stops during non rush hour times of the day, it will be less stressful
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Old 08-03-2021, 07:49 PM   #7
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Costco/sams club for gas class A at least everyone I have been to have good pump access and one way only in and out.

Get a Costco visa 4% back also Costco makes sure their gas is the cheapest in the 5 mile radius I believe. There is a 7k limit on the cash back I think.

I also think most quick trips are setup ok for fuel access and major grocery stores if you use the outside lanes.

Maverick stations tend to have good room also.

Avoid the 7-11 am/pm and such types tend to be very tight. Usually gas stops off the freeway are ok but tend to have higher prices.

Thatís my experience on the west coast.
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My RV is 40' and I have no trouble getting in and out of Costco with and without my Toad. They are always my 1st choice if available.
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My RV is 40' and I have no trouble getting in and out of Costco with and without my Toad. They are always my 1st choice if available.
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I found to fill up at an end island has worked well. I do use google satilite map to view where and how I enter and exit the pumps.
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Along with what others have said, specifically look for pumps that parallel the station or are located away from the station. The worst are ones where pumps are perpendicular to the station.

Also often times stores out in the country are laid out all better for big rig access.

It takes some time and practice but you will get it. I am 70' long and while I fill my truck at commercial stations I still have to fill my fuel tanks on my toy hauler with gas.
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And don’t believe the internet articles that say to use truck stops. Pilot, TA, Flying J prices are almost always higher, even with Good Sam or other membership discounts. Use Gas Buddy, and plan your approach before you pull in. Is there an escape around the building? Where do you need to turn in order to get the pump on the correct side? Don’t worry so much about blocking, worry about getting in and out without damage. With the amount of fuel you are buying, I’m sure the operator won’t worry about it either. We’ve just completed two round trip xcountry trips in a 36 ft DP with a 24ft trailer. Never a problem that we couldn’t deal with, though we drove into some stations, then drove right out because we could see that it just wasn’t going to work.
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[QUOTE=pinnaclemans;5859103
Any thoughts/ideas on finding places to gas up around the country that are as easily accessable as the deisel pumps?
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In addition to the suggestions, above, I'm a big fan of the Pilot / Flying J app. While their pricing quality can vary, the app shows their nearest location and all of its services, including whether or not they have RV lanes for fuel or parking sites specifically designated for RVs. Hasn't failed me yet.
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Weíll fill up early if we come across a station with good access/egress. Donít like to run low and have to take whatís available. Plan ahead!!
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