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If the pumps are perpendicular to the road, make sure there is at least 30-40 between the pumps and the building to swing around to make your u-turn to exit. Swing wide of pumps and other obsticals. Don't pull into somewhere before you assess an escape route. I rarely have any problems at modern fuel stations with my 32 ft TT. Fast food eating establishements are usually a bigger issue.


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I'd watch and make sure I don't let the tank go below 1/4. The next gas station is always a long way away when you need it.

When I go on longer drives now with my car, I always keep an eye out for strategic locations to fill up in case next time I come through with a trailer. Most busy interstate interchanges will have RV friendly gas stations. The small towns (and big cities) may not.


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Please post your basic route, maybe someone here will advise.
That is what I do, it works, and did on my trip to Tahoe, even found a Food for Less to buy food, and eat lunch.


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Always carry a copy of "The Next Exit" with us. On our trip to Florida last year, to save time looking stuff up, I scanned the pages for the entire trip (interstate only). I believe now you can subscribe to it on the internet and then just print the pages you need. Another idea is the "Trailer Life RV Campground Finder" CD. Using it and a laptop, you can find RV exits on most (if not all)interstates.


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Remember that pulling a 30' trailer that you are probably going go be at least 55 feet or longer....that restricts you to mostly big rig truckstops or at the very least large c-stores that you can completely circle. Watch very carefully the overhead awnings and the end of the pump islands, try not to get in a situation where you have to back up. Most truck-stops...such as Loves, Flying J, Petro..etc have rv islands where they have the regular hoses for diesel...I use these almost exclusively when traveling, they are usually cheaper or very competitive with their price...


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Posted: 07/22/05 04:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I see a big gas station that looks easy to pull in as I am driving down the freeway I may pull into it even if I have a half a tank. Just makes things easier.

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Some people believe in turning off the refrigerator & furnace before fueling.


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Posted: 07/22/05 05:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

elk hunter wrote:

Some people believe in turning off the refrigerator & furnace before fueling.


This will start a flame war again!!!!

All the safety manuals say shut them off, but previous threads on this topic suggest about half the people leave them on.


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Get The Next Exit and ALWAYS have an exit strategy when pulling in somewhere. Take you time and make sure that if you get in, you can get out.


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