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Old 08-26-2022, 02:05 PM   #1
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TT friendly gas stations

We will shortly own a 29' TT. What apps are out there to find gas stations that are easy to manuver? We will need gas not diesel. Also any apps out there to find rest stops for those of us who cannot go the long miles without relief anymore?

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Old 08-26-2022, 02:55 PM   #2
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Rest stops are about every 50 - 60 miles on the highways I travel. I never did this but can you just ask your phone how far until the next rest stop?

Gas stations - ugh, that will be a problem. There are very few gas stations that are easy in and out. I traveled from Columbus Ohio to Crystal River Florida (975 miles) towing a 5,500lb. travel trailer with a F-150 with a 36 gallon gas tank. This was when cell phones were only 3G and Google maps did not work fast enough to be useful.

I made it but getting gasoline was a pain.
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One thing to do is to go to Google maps and Google the address and look at the satellite photos for the location. See if there is room to maneuver.

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Old 08-26-2022, 04:25 PM   #4
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Most gas stations along popular travel routes are accessible with a TT. It's only when you get in town more does accessing gas stations become harder. I've been towing either a TT or 5er with the max at 31' for the last 13 years and have never needed an app or anything else to help me find a gas station.
Most RV travel is on hwy's or interstates. There's usually several to choose from when you come into a more populated part of the state. Pick one you fit in.

As far as rest stops goes, they're fine but you have a toilet in your RV and anyplace you can pull off is a place yu can use the toilet.
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Old 08-27-2022, 02:48 AM   #5
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We use the rvparky app. You can set what is shown on it's map, ie rest stops and truck stops.
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We use Flying J stations with the RV lanes when possible. You can look online or use their phone app to find the ones that have the lanes. We plan our day and look for them along our route.

Otherwise, try to find stations that you can drive straight through. Find interchanges with several stations and choose the most likely. Use Google maps overhead views to help decide.

We don't miss an opportunity. We'll be driving along on a two-lane and see one that looks easy and just stop on in. There's no need to wait until you must have fuel. Don't put yourself in that position.
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Old 08-27-2022, 05:15 AM   #7
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We mostly use the truck stop stations such as Flying J, Loves and Pilot when on the major routes
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I always drive on the top half of the tank and have never had an issue getting fuel no matter what we are driving or towing.
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I try to use RV lanes and planned my stops on long trips by using Google Maps. I grabbed the satellite view to see what it looked like. I started out as a noob doing this and this has never proven me wrong. At the time I had a schedule to keep so planning was necessary. After you get comfortable with your decision making and handling in tight spaces you can do without.
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Derp!

I can totally see how itís easier to pull into a gas station with a half tank! Does it make your trailer shorter?
I know I'm answering a question posed to Nick, but since it's a public forum I'll answer for me.

I start planning a stop well before necessary so that I've got a broader choice of stations. When I've waited until I need gas very soon, I've sometimes needed to work into stations or wait at crowded stations where I would have preferred to move on. I do go below a half tank; else I'd be stopping every 150 miles. But I do understand what Nick was driving at. And he's probably got a huge gas tank.
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I usually ggogle-earth a few possible stops at normal refueling intervals. about 200 miles for my truck/trailer combo. even tho I dont have a fleet, I got fleet cards from my favorite fuel providers and get discounts on fuel and other stuff.
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Old 08-27-2022, 03:31 PM   #12
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Gee whiz,it's only a truck and moderate sized trailer. 95 percent of gas stations should accommodate you. I have fueled my dually and tallish 5th wheel in urban areas like L.A., Dallas with no pre-planning nor fooling around. You'll get used to your rig. I suggest practicing by avoiding rush hours at these places the first few months.
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There are a lot of gas stations that you will face the store. I had a car pull in and park right where I needed to turn. Sure I waited for them to move then I could get out. The pumps on the ends are usually the best in and out.
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Well at least one person understood what I was talking about. It’s much easier to pick a station to pull into when you don’t need gas.
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