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Posted: 03/13/20 05:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some good advise here. I also will calculate where I think I'll need to stop and then your google maps to view the stations in that area. We have two Loves within an hour of our area. One has a great setup for gas trucks as the pump islands are parallel to the building. The other is the complete opposite as the pump island is perpendicular to building and not much room to swing around the building once you did fill up.


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I am pretty much 58 feet in total length and have never had a problem getting gas. Just pick a gas station that has a side road entrance/exit and enter through the main entrance and take the outside pump. When finished just exit the side road. No worries. When that option was not available and it was too tight I just back out onto the main road that I came in on. DW spots and stops traffic and away we go..

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A 6.2 gas engine pulling a 36' 5th wheel trailer will take lots of gas stops on a trip.
Your also traveling a interstate so truck stop type fueling will be quicker unless your tight and want to drive around off the interstate looking for a mom and pop fuel station big enough for your length...and your trailers height.

As one poster mentioned I also like to use google maps/street view for looking at places we want to stop....or which lane I need to be in to make a exit/entrance for the service I need.
Most trips for us are not planned so Its a must have for my co pilot to do google maps/street view while we travel and need to stop for the nite or fuel.


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I too pull a 36 ft FW with a gas engine. I found that when you’re looking for a gas station that you can get into price doesn’t matter. It’s more important to me that I can get in and out easily. Also I only get off on exits that have at least three gas stations that way I have a choice of which one is easy in easy out. When you’re only getting 6-7 miles to the gallon you learn quickly because you’re stopping a lot. lol Also when we stop for the night I always unhook and top off the truck with gas without the FW.

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Gas tankers supply gas stations. Gas tankers are longer than anything that we RVers drive.

We don't try to do truck stops only. Better prices are usually less than a 1/4 mile further from the exit. For us almost every station has diesel. Almost every station has diesel/gas pumps at the end of the line of lanes.

The biggest issue is often the thoughtless car driver who uses that end pump, blocking the use of the diesel pump, & has gone inside for food or bathroom & has abandoned the car instead of moving it or using a gas only lane.


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I run from SE PA ( North of Philly ) to North Myrtle Beach almost every year..

We stay on the highway and utilize truck stops for fuel. We know how far we can go with our 50 gallons of diesel and use the same ones each trip.

I believe my Bro in law is good for around 175 miles before fuel, and he checks ahead of time online to see.

We look for Flying J as well, yes the pumps are in the front near main entrance, but we have never had an issue getting in or out.

We have been BOXED in once or twice at the big lanes and decided to let those lane to the big boys. They will pull up just far enough to allow you to pull in and fill,, well , its a pretty fast fill with high output nozzles, those guys are in stretching their legs, bathroom breaks, food, ect.. all while I was boxed in...


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Gas tankers supply gas stations. Gas tankers are longer than anything that we RVers drive.


Yes but you'll notice that gas tankers do not pull up next to a pump.


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With my big RV and along with Double Towing I hit the Truck Stops. As I am pulling into the area if it looks like I have room I pull into the regular pumps.

I would not want to be in your situation. I can tell you the RV pumps that have both gas and diesel are not always easy to maneuver once filled!!!

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Here is something interesting from the KZ forum. Fuel program that gives =way= better discounts than does the GS or other in-house fuel cards. Note that Emperor Marcus is going after Pilot/Flying J as he claims they have an exclusive contract with them for their measly 5 cent discount.

https://kzfamilyforum.com/thread/3034/new-diesel-fuel-program

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I have often found stations with easier access near smaller towns or rural areas. The pumps are more often parallel to the storefront rather than angled toward the store. Also much easier than the exits near busy truck stops!


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