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gaox

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While our pickup truck and 30' travel trailer are not the biggest rigs on the road, we still seem to be troubled with finding fuel stops roomy enough to allow us easy entry and exit. Many such stations are for "cars only" -- not deemed so by any sign, but just by looking at the physical plant. Getting to the point: How can we assure ourselves of refueling only at truck stops, or otherwise large refueling stops? Should we stop for gas only at truck stops no matter how recent the last stop was? It seems that when we push it, we end up in some tiny two-pump station, with no room to navigate. Is there a map to help with this issue? ALSO, regarding truck stops, are there pumps in the back where the trucks go, for gasoline?

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gaox wrote:

ALSO, regarding truck stops, are there pumps in the back where the trucks go, for gasoline?


It's been my experience that there are no gas pumps there and the diesel pumps are only for trucks and not diesel pickup trucks and/or DP RVs. Course I'm sure there are always some exceptions.


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I've never seen a gas pump in the truckstop isles. I have a DP and seldom use the truck lanes.
I'd suggest you do as I do, when you get to about a half tank or so and you stumble across a station that has a nice big pump isle, I just go ahead and fill then. I don't wait until I really need to fuel up. Of course I try to do so away from the interstate or major highways because you always pay more at the stations next to the highways.


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gaox wrote:

How can we assure ourselves of refueling only at truck stops, or otherwise large refueling stops?
I don't know what things are like in FL, but out west there's always more room at the outskirts of towns. Yes, you will pay a bit more, but isn't that worth it?

Rule of thumb: avoid populated areas.

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I like to find gas stations in places that have large parking lots, like shopping centers and truck stops. That way I can stop in the parking lot where there is plenty of room to turn around and leave. Then I walk over and check the gas station. Sometimes I have my wife hold a spot at the pump that allows the best entry and exit. We often stop at the grocery store gas stations because we get a sizeable discount on the gas. Those are sometimes very difficult to get in and out of. My wife helps me maneuver. Sometimes we use walkie-talkies if I can't see her. The truck stops I've seen often only have diesel in the back.

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You need the NEXT EXIT. It comes out each year and lets you know what facilities are at each highway exit and if they are big rig friendly.

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You can't totally rely on truck stops either. Truck lanes were really full at a Love's in Arizona and I couldn't even get the 5er turned into the diesel pumps in front. Blocked some parking while I fueled and then had to have the wife spot for me while I backed out. We use our cell phones for that with me listening on the bluetooth set up in the truck so while it works well it still isn't any fun. X2 on the don't wait till your empty.


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My opinion on fueling is if your nervous about pulling into any regular fueling station with your rig, you probably shouldn't be driving it. When I look for fuel, price and a place that looks like it moves a considerable amount of fuel are my first consideration. I have yet to find a place I couldn't get into or out of.


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My fill is on the left so I look for the pump I can get to from the far right and use the outside pump. Less chance of blocking someone and then we will back out if needed. Usually look for an exit on the right if the station is on a corner.

Have not been blocked in too long yet. Just need to be patient.


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powderman426 wrote:

My opinion on fueling is if your nervous about pulling into any regular fueling station with your rig, you probably shouldn't be driving it. When I look for fuel, price and a place that looks like it moves a considerable amount of fuel are my first consideration. I have yet to find a place I couldn't get into or out of.


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