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Cougarnewbie

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Posted: 01/24/13 09:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife uses a book called Next exit. It lists the services at interstate exits by mile marker. It lists in red places that are considered R. V. friendly. When we get down to around 1/4 tank I tell her, she looks and can tell what's at the next exits. Works great on the interstates.


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Posted: 01/24/13 11:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

francheska and Cougarnewbie mention "The Next Exit" book. It is good - but really only useful for Interstate Highway travel. I don't stay on the big roads much...

For big trucks or for RV's I like the books published by these folks
http://truckstops.com/
I've worn out a couple copies of Truckers' Friend when driving big trucks. RV'rs Friend is similar but has listings for things like dump stations that most trucks don't need to know about.

There's a map for each state with a "pin" for town with listed services. After the map is the town by town listing with a chart for fuel, parking lot size, ATM, open 24 hr, tire service, etc. It lists stuff even on the little roads.

Regarding truck stops and gasoline. Few will have gasoline in the big truck islands. Some will have a pump or two with both gasoline and diesel. Many of the big chains (Flying J, Petro, TA, Pilot, Loves) will have an RV lane that has both but with room for a long combination to maneuver.

I never plan my stops further than the next one. Too many youngsters and I can't plan their needs for stops! So I make sure I fuel the TV when I stop for them.

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LVJJJ ,I agree that thing is cool! How's the air bag work in there .lol

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old guy wrote:

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


That is what we do ... 7 yrs ago almost got stuck in station of which I had told DH that the book "Next Exit" did not indicate that it was an "RV Friendly" fuel station.

Now DH fuels up only at truly large stations .. no, I do not drive (due to medical restriction) .. we will have to update our "Next Exit" book this year ..


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Cougarnewbie wrote:

My wife uses a book called Next exit. It lists the services at interstate exits by mile marker. It lists in red places that are considered R. V. friendly. When we get down to around 1/4 tank I tell her, she looks and can tell what's at the next exits. Works great on the interstates.


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I had posted previously before reading your post ... ditto only we do it between 1/4 and 1/2.

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the e-man wrote:

Great question. Here is what I have learned. Don't use regular gas stations if you can avoid it. For the first two years, we just stopped wherever and found ourselves getting frustrated waiting for cars who didn't understand that we couldn't move easily, having to turn too tight for the hitch, backing the trailer in awkward places, etc.

Now, we have the Flying J app on the phone. We try to do everything in one stop; fuel, lunch, and change drivers. We have fewer stops and spend less time at those stops. Not sure if Flying J is the best and I am open to other opinions. But, it sure is set up well for a truck + camper and has made our travels go more smoothly.

Most places we go have fuel stops placed frequently enough. If we are traveling long distances in rural areas, like Montana, I bring an extra 5 gallons just in case.


Downloaded the Flying J app after reading your post. Thanks, it looks like something I will use on my next trip.


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There's an excellent publication called The Next Exit that identifies RV-friendly gas stations. It's only for interstates though.


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Posted: 01/26/13 08:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The gas station s that have deseil fuel, are the one I use. What's more important knowing your length. It's your money. Wow good idea.ok now it's al happy-camping

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Posted: 01/26/13 08:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wing it and don't worry about it. If an awing looks a little low have your wife watch it while you ease up to it.


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CavemanCharlie wrote:

LVJJJ ,I agree that thing is cool! How's the air bag work in there .lol


You mean the one riding shotgun?


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