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solman

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Hello,
I will be taking my first trip with my 36 foot fifth wheel towed by my F250 SC with an 8 foot bed. Total length is about 54 feet. This has a gas engine not a diesel and In the past with a 29 foot travel trailer it was often hard to find a gas station with enough room to pull in and out easily. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on fuel stops going to Myrtle beach from NJ. I think mostly on I 95 southbound for this trip.
Do flying J or Pilot have RV fuel areas for gas?Or are they for diesel.


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Most Flying J's have a RV lane in front with Gas & Diesel. That would be my go to. Use an app to make sure you can go from one to another during your trip. Safe Travels.


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My issue with the RV Lanes I've seen at Flying J is that fact that they are the one farthest in from the entrance and with all the cars parked in front of the store making it difficult to get into an out of. We've had trouble when we only had a 25' TT and standard cab long bed TV. Wouldn't even thing about trying it with our 43' 5er and long bed crew cab dually.


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simsfmly wrote:

Most Flying J's have a RV lane in front with Gas & Diesel. That would be my go to. Use an app to make sure you can go from one to another during your trip. Safe Travels.


Fine if you don't mind paying maybe 20 cents more a gallon. Flying J and Loves only are afordable if you have a discount card. GS gives a small discount at Flying J. Yesterday diesel was $2.73 at a Flying J on I-75 and a few hundred feet down the road at some local station is was $2.55

I don't know of any lists you just have to stop outside the station an LOOK, you want an outside island. Is there lots of room to turn around once you are in? If not keep going.


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Plan your route and determine, as best you can, at what mileage interval you should plan on stopping for fuel (leaving the appropriate reserve amount still in the tank - don't run it near empty). Use Google Maps or Google Earth around the points you identify to find and check out the satellite view of potential fuel stops (search for "gas stations near . . ." the town where you plan to stop). You can even go down to ground level in Maps & Earth to check things out from the highway. There is a distance ruler in Earth you can use on the satellite picture to check out turns and clearance if need be.
There are several apps for smart phones & tablets that can identify fuel stops on routes and maps.

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I used to start looking about 1/2 tank when I towed my fifth-wheel. I gave up on truck stops. Too much congestion trying to get in/out, gas truck. Tried to find gas stations with pumps not slanted. Or, I mostly unhooked every night, then went to fill truck up.

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Before any trip to unfamiliar areas I plan what roads/hwys I will take. I then calculate my fuel stop distances. I then search fuel stations in the closest town/area. Once armed with the stations addresses you can use google maps to look at a street view. I write down a list of usable stops to take with us. This method has not failed us yet. I often can identify 2 or more in a given area so I have options. I started this practice because diesel access can be problematic on 2 lane hwys. It should be easier to find options this way for a gasser. I have surprisingly found some rather small stations that had an RV friendly layout.
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Take a driving class and get more comfortable with your length. Wife picked a 40ft 5W with a CCLB so I decided I need to learn to drive that big. I took a CDL class and ended up buying a class 8 truck. After 750,000 miles in 75ft there are few stations I won't go in with 35ft 5W and the CCLB. Know where your trailer is and watch clearances, wait until clear to pull in.


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Watch your tail swing. Once you are experienced you’ll get in a lot of places you’d be afraid to try now, but if you turn too soon leaving you’ll learn a hard lesson about the difference between a 5th wheel and TT.


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EgorKC wrote:

Before any trip to unfamiliar areas I plan what roads/hwys I will take. I then calculate my fuel stop distances. I then search fuel stations in the closest town/area. Once armed with the stations addresses you can use google maps to look at a street view


This is what I do too. I usually try to find a Pilot or Flying J because I know I will be able to get in for gas fairly easily. Yes, it's more expensive but I'd rather pay a little more per gallon and know I'm not going to get in trouble. I drove from Western NY to Central Florida using this method of finding gas and had no issues at all.


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