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Old 05-08-2021, 06:38 AM   #1
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So now that I have no navigator, travel days will be more complicated. How do you find fuel stops and such? She always looked on the ipad when we were an hour from being low so we could determine location, easy access, truck lanes .... Can't really train the pup to do that.
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I can look at a map and say "I'll get about this far before I need fuel, but I'll only get this far before I want a break - so I might as well get fuel at the same time" - then I plan my stops before I start to drive a long day. Since I tend to drive on the top half of the tank my breaks to get up and stretch are often used as an opportunity to get fuel - even if I don't really NEED it yet.
If you don't want to pre-plan your driving day then plan on pulling over some where an hour or two before you need fuel to work out where you want to stop.
Either way it's on you. You're choices are pretty much limited to before you start driving, or stopping along the way to figure it out or just pulling in somewhere and hoping for the best.
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I just did a week long trip by myself. Boring with out the wife.
She had to teach at the University.
I knew what my stops were for fuel before I left.
Also, you can use iExit app to find rest stops and note the Mile marker.
Ain’t the same with out the wife though.
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So now that I have no navigator, travel days will be more complicated. How do you find fuel stops and such? She always looked on the ipad when we were an hour from being low so we could determine location, easy access, truck lanes .... Can't really train the pup to do that.
I have a Pilot/flying J card and a TSD card and have both apps on my phone.
At a rest stop, I check my apps and find the exits for fuel. It is very easy to
find fuel, not so easy missing your navigator. Hope that you will find
a companion to ride along. I think I may have found one who may want to
travel along with me.
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When I stop at a rest area I look up truck stops on my route on Allstays app. I rarely let my fuel go down below 1/2. My DH passed away in November and yes, it is harder traveling "solo". But, I'd rather be doing this - living full time in my motorhome than being alone in a house somewhere.
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I prefer not having someone with me since my interests are usually pretty far from the ladies. But just use your phone. Just tell it where you want to go and Bluetooth it to your speakers in the cab. Very easy.
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But, I'd rather be doing this - living full time in my motorhome than being alone in a house somewhere.
Agree 100%. Maybe someday I will find a travelling companion but that isn't in the cards right now.
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I have a tablet mounted on the dash in my view running Waze with the day's route in it. The Waze lady is very good at keeping me on track and apprised of upcoming concerns.



Fuel stops are usually a non-issue for me because I rarely get down much below half a tank before making it to my evening stop for the day. So, I fill up before pulling in, or right after leaving the next day.
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I'm a bit late to the party, but I'll put in my 2cents. I've been the "fuel stop finder" since 2000. When Dave & I planned a trip, he did the routing & I found the fuel/rest/food stops along the way. Between apps, the Garmin & my Next Exit book, I had them all planned out before we started.

It might be tougher if you're "winging it" (i.e. just heading out in a direction to see where it leads) but I think you'd still have a general idea of how far you'd like to go in a day & can locate fuel stops before heading out in the morning.
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The wife is directionally challenged so I have travelled without a navigator since 1981. It's really not that hard to find a gas station or campground. They do tend to advertise along the road and the interstate system has these neat blue signs at most exits with whatever services are available. Or you could look for tomorrows stops today and right them down on a scratch pad. That is what I do.
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Once my route is in google maps, I just tap the microphone and say "truck stop" and it shows the list. Then I click the name of the one i want to stop at
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That sounds too easy lol.
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What I do: I use the trip odometer and limit my travel to 750 miles, which put me at 1/4 tank. If I will need fuel that day. I look on the gas buddy app for diesel stations. about where I want to fill up. I find the stations listed and use google map satellite view of the stations. I figure out if I want to fuel there and how I will enter and exit the station.

Enter station info into the gps.
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I was surprised that no one mentioned Trip Wizard, which I thought would be the number 1 answer. I used it for the first time to plan an 8 day trip. I input my specs regarding MPG, size of fuel tank, and how low I would want to get before I would want fuel, and it automatically placed fuel stops along my route and showed me nearby truck stops.
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