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Mondooker wrote:

Hi Lantley, I think that’s absolutely right. Know in advance where you want to stop to fill up and Google Earth it to make sure the place is set up right. Someone said earlier if push comes to shove you can always unhook. And that’s true, a fifth wheel makes it pretty easy. But far better to find a station where that’s not necessary.


With much respect to Lantley, you are overthinking this. Stop when you need fuel and if there are choices, you go with easiest in/out. If not then you go and fuel and back out onto the road like we have all done. No need to ever unhook your trailer just to fuel,


I second this. Don't overthink it. Two things we look for 1) the height of the canopy for our FW - we have our height laminated and taped to the upper edge of the inside windshield to be able to glance at quickly and 2) easy in and out. We've never had to unhook and have, although rarely, had to drive in and back out either due to the height of the canopy or cars blocking the exit. I get out and spot hubby. It works and let me tell you, people are very accommodating when we've had to do this. Oh, and we stop and top off at places we can get in and out easily when we really don't need gas, but that gives us the leeway when we can't find a gas station to get in.


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think every flying J has a set of gas pumps separate from the normal gas ones for RVs and such. I always had a problem with their pricing even though we got diesel . I've seen motorhomes having to disconnect their toads to do pumps. Good luck


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Wow, so many people overthink this. Getting gas is simple and many gas stations have large areas that are not an issue for a truck and trailer. I have a diesel but never go to the "truck" island, always the same side as vehicles. It's probably harder to get diesel as there are limited pumps and you often have to wait for an open pump. But, if you are traveling on the interstate or highway, most if not all stations are going to have ample room. I can't even recall backing out unless there is a car at the pump in front of me and I can't go forward or don't want to wait. Just look before you drive in the driveway, if it is too tight, go to another one, usually across the street. I think I spend more time looking for the price then looking if I can get in and out. This really is a non issue, or at least not worth stressing or even planning in advance. I have never looked at Google to see if the station is large enough. If you wanted to gas up in the city, then you might have to think a little harder for a station with room, but no the interstate, don't even worry...

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Wow, so many people overthink this. Getting gas is simple and many gas stations have large areas that are not an issue for a truck and trailer. I have a diesel but never go to the "truck" island, always the same side as vehicles. It's probably harder to get diesel as there are limited pumps and you often have to wait for an open pump. But, if you are traveling on the interstate or highway, most if not all stations are going to have ample room. I can't even recall backing out unless there is a car at the pump in front of me and I can't go forward or don't want to wait. Just look before you drive in the driveway, if it is too tight, go to another one, usually across the street. I think I spend more time looking for the price then looking if I can get in and out. This really is a non issue, or at least not worth stressing or even planning in advance. I have never looked at Google to see if the station is large enough. If you wanted to gas up in the city, then you might have to think a little harder for a station with room, but no the interstate, don't even worry...

You claim that it is not an issue then you mention if it's too tight go across the street......THe idea is to pull into an accesible place the 1st time!
Getting gasoline while hooked often requires effort.It's not as easy as getting diesel.
It's not the issue of our lifetime, but it is worth some discussion and often requires some planning/scouting.


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Hi guys, I want to thank you one and all for your comments. I was afraid when I made the post I’d get something like “that is such a stupid question.”
One thing that brought up the question is I was at Walmart the other day. Plenty of room to get in and plenty of head space. But you’d have to back out, something I’d not want to do in a busy place.

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Whenever I go to a NEW destination, I always do a google map of the route.. I figure out the mileage and look on google street view to scope out the fuel stops along the route, in the range I am usually at..
I have never had an "OH CR@P " moment since doing it that way.

I did once have an HEIGHT issue down south... almost took down some low hanging lights at a smaller station. The Canopy had the height, the lights hanging under the canopy, not so much.. But ALMOST didn't count that day ! ! !


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RVing is not for those who dislike paying attention and sometimes following the rules. Do you find that as a rule, people are pretty good about giving extra room and/or hanging back when needed? I’ve had little trouble with folks while driving a motorhome. I would think the same is true pulling a fifth wheel?

I’ve always used diesel pumps in the past without issue using truck stops. It’s nice to know that FlyingJ has pull through RV gas pumps. After reading this thread I’m a lot more confident in getting gas from non-truck stop stations.

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temporarily unhook the trailer. Extra work is good for the

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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

temporarily unhook the trailer. Extra work is good for the


Not worthy of even a thought

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In over 35 years of towing a large travel trailer, i only had to back out of a station twice _ both times back into a busy street. Had no problem with my wife stopping traffic and me slowly backing up. Cars stopped and no one honked.

We always gassed up or fueled up at local gas stations that had diesel fuel. Never a problem.

My advice, learn to back your rig, use the outside pumps, and don’t worry about it.[emoticon]
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