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Chum lee

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Posted: 07/22/19 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a 57' long rig you have to ask yourself, "What would a (long haul) trucker do?" Then, . . . . do that. Plan your fuel stops. Google maps (in satellite mode) is your friend.

When I got my pilots license, I quickly realized, hey Chum lee, a regular gas station just isn't going to work with a 42' wingspan, even if I'm only 22' long.

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ken56 wrote:

I just came down I-75 through MI, OH, KY and TN and OH seems to be the worst. One exit I had tried 3 stations and had to get back on 75 and go to another exit. I disagree that "most PFJ's have dedicated RV lanes, I have seen only one in my travels. I have heard that Love's had dedicated lanes but the ones I tried, 2 of them, this trip didn't.


I can agree that the secondary roads are more accommodating in gas station offerings. I can maneuver my rig just fine too thank you. I just find it irritating that gas stations can't bring themselves to provide just 1 pump to accommodate the RV community no matter what the numbers are.

In the end the numbers pay the bills. Data and demographics matter.
If there were enough RV'ers to generate more profit and warrant a change you would see dedicated pumps. Unfortunately there are not enough RV'ers to pay for that dedicated pump.
Businesses that ignore their own data and make decisions no matter what the numbers say don't last long.


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Our local mobil gas station was built about 5 years ago and they have 20 gas pumps in the front 2 e 85 and one auto diesel and off to the side another 6 trucker diesel pumps with the outer pump having auto diesel and gas!! Sadly almost everyday I see pickups and trailers,horse trailers,travel trailers,5vers and motorhomes using the front pumps despite signs directing to the outside pumps. I think its more the mentality of thats for the big rigs. I do see some that figure it out and I talk to some and tell them about it and most are greatful as 3 weekends a mont the a local horse shows and alot of traffic comes thru the town to get to the venue. And when I travel I have had a few tight spots but Ive always gotten in and out. And a few I couldn't believe I did LOL


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Posted: 07/22/19 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ken56 wrote:

Why are major gas station operators neglecting the huge market of RVers? Even new stations being built neglect to put in RV lanes that offer both diesel and gasoline. Last trip I pulled into 2 Love's and could not fit in either, had to maneuver around to get to an exit without being able to get gas. It seems that all the truck lanes only offer diesel. Pilot/Flying J are as bad or worse. I am 57 ft. long when attached to my TT and it is a challenge to say the least to find a station I can fit into and out of. It makes no sense to me the fueling companies would neglect this large portion of customers.


Because it is not. Otherwise the fuel stations would exploit this "large" market for profit.

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Posted: 07/22/19 06:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Gas stations are built for GENERAL PUBLIC USE.

Often the chunk of land they have is insanely expensive and often very restricted in size and access roads in and out. Often the township/city may have additional requirements and restrictions which may limit the design/layout of the station.

Darn hard to justify buying 40 acres of land just so you can get your oversized "land yachts" in and out..

Don't like the stations layout and size, MOVE ON, you WILL find another one that can accommodate your oversized rig.

Can't find what suits you? Then quit whining and put all of your money into building the ideal gas station "Empire" for oversized RVs and see just how much money you bleed..

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ken56 wrote:

I just came down I-75 through MI, OH, KY and TN and OH seems to be the worst. One exit I had tried 3 stations and had to get back on 75 and go to another exit. I disagree that "most PFJ's have dedicated RV lanes, I have seen only one in my travels. I have heard that Love's had dedicated lanes but the ones I tried, 2 of them, this trip didn't.


I can agree that the secondary roads are more accommodating in gas station offerings. I can maneuver my rig just fine too thank you. I just find it irritating that gas stations can't bring themselves to provide just 1 pump to accommodate the RV community no matter what the numbers are.

I bet this was the same exit south of Toledo, we tried to get diesel.One station we could hve gotten into except for one car in the way.

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What gets me is WalMart. When we stop we generally spend two or three hundred dollars on provisions etc yet only I can think of can we get into to fuel our diesel MH in Decateur ,Indiana. And they pile, in the spring tons of fertilizer and things so it seems they want to block RVs from filling up there. In the early am or late is when we fill after leaving the factory.
Many more RVers would fill up...and buy a lot more groceries etc if they were welcomed. Clearly they let those they lease pr coop space for the fuel stations to keep put RVs.

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down home wrote:

What gets me is WalMart. When we stop we generally spend two or three hundred dollars on provisions etc yet only I can think of can we get into to fuel our diesel MH in Decateur ,Indiana. And they pile, in the spring tons of fertilizer and things so it seems they want to block RVs from filling up there. In the early am or late is when we fill after leaving the factory.
Many more RVers would fill up...and buy a lot more groceries etc if they were welcomed. Clearly they let those they lease pr coop space for the fuel stations to keep put RVs.


I am not sure what you are trying to say in that last sentence. But as far as RV'ers spending money. People in regular vehicles spend just as much as someone in a RV. The whole "you lost my business because x" is no different than stating I pay your salary to the the police officer that pulled you over for speeding. Neither cares as there are plenty of consumers or speeders to keep everyone busy and profitable.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

7 yrs FTng...traveling all over the USA on secondary/back roads fueling up at every Mom/Pop, Co-OP, 2 pump, Multi-pump stations in all kinds of small towns.

Had to back out of a couple but so what....got fuel
They got fuel == I need fuel -- I'm going to get fueled.
Simple

Been in tighter/harder to maneuver CGs then any service station.

Go to a large parking lot and Practice maneuvering you truck/trailer.


You hit the nail on the head with this





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Posted: 07/22/19 10:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most of the newer stations along the interstate are easy to get in and out of. Most cater to semi's as well and have wide drives and a multitude of pumps.

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