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Nascar24

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Posted: 07/23/05 06:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi

I think I can offer you some good advice from experience:

1) Check for low clearance

2) Make wide swings going in

3) watch your back swing while exiting

4) watch for other obstacles, like people parking in front of your exit

5)narrow driveways or short parking lots

6)High fuel islands, they do a job on the sidewalls of your tires

7)Its best if you can stick to truck stops, such as pilot or flying J they generally have pull through fuel islands.


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Even if I think I can get in and out safely, I my wife gets out as a spotter as I leave. Curbs, yellow post and idiot drivers can get in the way of the tail end swing.

So far I have not hit anything but did have to wait for an idiot driver who, after I started pumping, parked his car very close on the blind side of my TT. He took his own good time shopping and did not even know he had blocked me from leaving.

Another time I did forget to pick up my wife before I got on the interstate. Heard about that for the next couple of hundred miles....[emoticon]


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Posted: 07/23/05 09:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have to stop traffic before you commit to pulling into a service facility, do it. The biggest pickle I have gotten myself into so far was pulling into some MEGA facility, only to find that that the gasoline pumps were the NEXT turn, and there was no connecting road and no way around the FIELD of trailers waiting to fuel. I was already several hundred yards into my mess and had to back out of it with a 26' trailer, or wait til some unknown time when the endless line of rigs would cease. After what seemed like an hour, (10 minutes?), I had gotten the rig to the edge of the road. (Had to fold in the passenger side rear view to mirror to clear one trailer). Then I had to pick the best, worst time and back out into rush hour traffic.
With that said, if it looks tight whatsoever, I'll do a drive by and turn and come back.


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Posted: 07/23/05 09:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Because the fuel filler is on the drivers side of the truck (like most I expect) on undivided highways I always look for gas stations on the OPPOSITE side of the highway and pull in to the outside pump. (Just be careful crossing traffic!) I find there are very few if any obstructions this way. And I always straddle the ramp at an obtuse angle when entering/exiting a gas station to help prevent the trailer from bottoming out. (My skid wheels help there too.)


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One word of advise. If paying with a credit/debit card at the pump be sure to get a receipt. I witnessed a TT being brought back to a gas station in AL by police because they had used a credit card and didn't get the reciept. They told us the gas station did not get an authorization on the credit card therefore they had got gas and left without paying. Kind of embarrissing for the travelers.


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stay out of all of the cheep cut rate stations as most of them will give you trouble.
try to keep away from shell gas stations here in ca, they are not trailer friendly.
if you can use the truck stops as they cater to the people on the road.
fuel, food, supplys, parking.

as to fresh fuel, no station keeps it in the tank long enougth for it to go bad.


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Posted: 08/01/05 01:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turn off your fridge... before you get to the pumps.


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Posted: 08/03/05 04:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the info, My son and I are heading for Knoxville Ia. this weekend,all my other trips have been short ones and never had to stop and get fuel up with TT attached to TV.This will be his first time towing the TT

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Any recommmendations for refueling stops along Interstate 90 between Boston, MA and Buffalo, NY


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Posted: 08/03/05 01:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get the book "The Next Exit" and use it to help you plan exactly where you will need to stop. It has been the biggest help to me in knowing where I can get gas.

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