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mleekamp

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We have a 2013 Salem 27DBUD..which is really about a 30 foot unit. Largest we have had before this was 25 foot...and it was MUCH shorter (height wise) and narrower. The new Salem is great...and have used a truck stop to fuel up...but are there any of you that actually plan out FUEL STOPS before a trip or just wing it?

Maybe too much worry...but this new trailer is taller (8 foot ceilings inside), wider, and longer than I've pulled. Down the highway is no problem...its those stops that I wonder about....


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mleekamp wrote:

We have a 2013 Salem 27DBUD..which is really about a 30 foot unit. Largest we have had before this was 25 foot...and it was MUCH shorter (height wise) and narrower. The new Salem is great...and have used a truck stop to fuel up...but are there any of you that actually plan out FUEL STOPS before a trip or just wing it?

Maybe too much worry...but this new trailer is taller (8 foot ceilings inside), wider, and longer than I've pulled. Down the highway is no problem...its those stops that I wonder about....


trailer is 35' overall, combo is 60+' overall. No we don't really "Plan" stops. Before we leave I know about how far I want to go before fueling, and know when to start looking. In places we go, it is often 50-100 miles between stations, so don't want to be out of fuel. Usually use an android app as we get near to see what stations are nearby. In 15,000 miles never had an issue. Most of the pilot, flying J, Loves etc. are no issue with fueling. And most local major stations aren't an issue either. When driving by it's pretty easy for me to see if they aren't set up for a truck, trailer combo. But those are few and far between.


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My method is simple, I only pull off at exits that list more than one gas station. I then look for one that has the pumps parallel to the street. My trailer is only 28' bumper to hitch but my truck is a crew cab long bed so I need some room to maneuver.


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wing it ! i never plan a trip with fuel in mind no patience for that, when traveling i get to 1/4 tank time for fuel if i see flying j ill go there but ill pull mine into ANY station, dodge 1500 quad cab with 27b hornet at close to 30 feet.
oh i use gas buddy ap on phone to find cheaper fuel prices


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My prior TV could handle 150-180 mile towing range, not quite enough for most of our trips. I always filled prior to hooking up, though. New TV is about 260-300, which is enough for all of our camping thus far.

I never planned the fuel stops prior to leaving home, but did plan once on the road. I would exit interstates where there were multiple stations and pick one with easy access. Pumps parallel to the road, wide spacing, or one next to a side street were favorable. Read the sign for height too.


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We stop about every 500 miles, just bragging but the best places to pull into would be your truck stops, alot more room for movability and if you want to take a break, alot of room to park. Do not worry you will be fine...........


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Just know you will frequently be required to back up to get out of a gas station. ALWAYS SEND OUT A SPOTTER FOR BACK UPS AND TIGHT TURNS. My diesel was a lot easier. I just filled up where the big rigs went.


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I usually plan my stops in advance of a long trip so I am not searching at the last minute, while I am tired.

The best way to identify Fuel Stops, Rest Areas, etc., is to take a helicopter ride following your intended route and familiarize yourself with it.

No helicopter, No problem, just start Google Maps and change the view to "Earth". Go to your route and zoom in enough to see buildings. Fly over the route until you see something of interest. Zoom in some more to check it out. Change to "Satellite" View to get the exit number and often the name of the business. When in Satellite View, you can often go to "Street View" to see what it looks like from the driver's seat. Zoom back out and go back to "Earth" to continue your chopper tour.

With some practice, you can manipulate the chopper with ease. The top round control is to tilt and turn/rotate the chopper. The smaller round control allows you to go left, right, forward and reverse and controls your flight speed. Put the cursor over the little hand in the center and hold down the left mouse button while you move the mouse just a little in the direction you want to fly.

Note; RV's often look like trucks from the air, but they can be identified by objects on their roofs.

If you see something that looks promising and it isn't labeled, make note of the exit number and do a search for it.
Example, search "Fuel Virginia I-95 Exit 104"

I like to keep a list of my planned or experienced destinations.
I save them in the following formats.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.9335,-77.4735+(Flying-J,VA I-95, E104, Ruther Glen)
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=35.5176,-78.2899+(NC I-95 E97, J.R Discount Outlets)
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=30.7,-81.677+(RA-S; FL I-95, M378)
Ref; RA-S is my abreviation of "Rest Area - South"
If you try these go to satellite view and zoom in some.

One final note, if you place the cursor over something on the satellite image and right click, then left click on "What's Here?", you will get the Lat/Lon displayed in the Google search box.

When you use this technique you will feel like you have been there when you arrive.

Good luck and happy flying.


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if I see a truck stop and my gauge is around the half way mark, I stop and fill up.

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One more for wingin it!
I've never 'planned' my fuel stops. Ok ok, my rig isn't long, but lets not worry about that. I've spent more miles pulling a 30' horse trailer than my TH or flatbed.

Over the years I've learned that the harder ones to physically in/out of are the small 'mom & pop' local run stations, and usually they aren't busy enough to cause you a problem. You are more likely to cause or be part of a jam at one of the bigger more common stations because they are more busy!

Not to be a jerk, but I've blocked my part of lanes/pumps/accesses at stations. It is easier for a car/truck without a trailer to maneuver, so make them. I had a grocery fuel station in Montana all sorts of screwed up while getting diesel last fall (on our way to Glacier). Oh no, people had to back up to leave because my trailer blocked the opposite entry/exit point. I didn't care, I needed fuel, that is where the diesel pump(s) were, and I had a way to get out without much hassle.

Sometimes you've just got to nose-in and claim some space.


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