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Posted: 09/07/21 06:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just to make things easier, I installed a small camera right above my gas fill door and connected it to an extra video input on the dash. Now I don't have to guess how to position the RV to make sure the pump hose will reach.


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Great advice so far.

Not sure if this has been said yet, but in my opinion, I will opt for a station with a higher price per gallon if the access is better. It's just not worth the heartache of possible damage, or even the stress of causing that damage, to save a few bucks. Usually I fill with about 50 gallons of gas while on the road. Even if the price difference is $0.20 per gallon, that amounts to about $10. That amount is trivial in the overall operating expense & vacation budget. Heck, $10 doesn't even feed one of the (fully grown) kids at MacDonalds! LOL

While the cost is higher, many times the stations which are right on a major highway often have better access, too. You'll pay a bit more, but again, much lower stress.

I start looking for potential spots about 50 miles or so before I really want to fill up. And even then, I'd have 20-25 gallons left in the tank.

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Posted: 09/07/21 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I try hard to plan my gas stops out ahead of time. Obviously it won't work out exactly every time. So I also carry and use "Next Exit." Big reference book ($20 something on amazon) and it stakes out each exit on US Interstates. Marked in red are stations that can handle long rv rigs. It has never let me down. Obviously if you take other routes it doesn't help much. I also do some internet research. Figure out what towns or cities you'll look to refuel and look up the stations that can handle the rig. Then verify on google earth.
CAUTION: I see many have recommended Costco. I would too...EXCEPT my two costco stations near me are iffy at best. Both have sharp turns at exit. One I wouldn't even try, the other you have to be all the way right pump to get out with a Toad. BUT i have seen many other while travelling that are super easy. and you can't beat the prices most times.


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