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paulfredricks

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Posted: 03/03/21 08:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just picked up our new camper and towed it back from Ohio to Connecticut. Smooth trip the whole way.

Our old trailer was 24'. This one is 32'. I knew it was going to be a bit different due to the increased size, but I was caught off guard by how interesting it can be getting in and out of a gas station.

Any tips from you vets out there who are pulling bigger units? Are there certain things you look for when it comes time for a fill up?

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Posted: 03/03/21 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skip stations that have islands arraigned so traffic heads toward the station..

The illustration below should be helpful..

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Often that results in extremely tight turns to get around the islands without hitting the station store.. Not to mention there is often a lot of vehicles parked in front of the busier stations and high amount of traffic to dodge.

Something else to consider, you have to be aware of the steepness of the stations entrance and exits, longer trailers will bottom out much easier than short trailers.. So you need to watch for stations that have a gradual entrance and exit pitch.

I have run into a few that hit the tongue jack AND the rear drag bars, scrapping both times.. Don't want to high center the trailer and be stuck half in traffic..

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I look for Shell stations. They usually have higher prices and are not crowded because of that.


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Posted: 03/03/21 10:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I try to avoid gas in the city and watch for truck stops out on the highway. Otherwise I just wait my turn at the most accessible slot. If I unhitch for the night I make sure to be topped off for leaving.


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Gdetrailer wrote:

Skip stations that have islands arraigned so traffic heads toward the station..

The illustration below should be helpful..

[image]

Often that results in extremely tight turns to get around the islands without hitting the station store.. Not to mention there is often a lot of vehicles parked in front of the busier stations and high amount of traffic to dodge.

Something else to consider, you have to be aware of the steepness of the stations entrance and exits, longer trailers will bottom out much easier than short trailers.. So you need to watch for stations that have a gradual entrance and exit pitch.

I have run into a few that hit the tongue jack AND the rear drag bars, scrapping both times.. Don't want to high center the trailer and be stuck half in traffic..


Interesting, almost all of the stations I look for are like your X diagram, but I look for ones with sufficient room to make it easy, Pilots, Flying J, Sheetz, Racetrack, etc where there is 3-4 car widths between the overhang and the back of the cars at the convenience store. I pre-select my stops at ~170 mile intervals and have a backup to each one in case I can't get to my primary for some reason.

My biggest tip is use Google maps in terrain mode and street view mode to look at the stations ahead of time.


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Posted: 03/03/21 11:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2 for street view in Google maps!

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X3 for street view on Google Maps.

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Gdetrailer wrote:

Skip stations that have islands arraigned so traffic heads toward the station..

The illustration below should be helpful..

[image]

Often that results in extremely tight turns to get around the islands without hitting the station store.. Not to mention there is often a lot of vehicles parked in front of the busier stations and high amount of traffic to dodge.

Something else to consider, you have to be aware of the steepness of the stations entrance and exits, longer trailers will bottom out much easier than short trailers.. So you need to watch for stations that have a gradual entrance and exit pitch.

I have run into a few that hit the tongue jack AND the rear drag bars, scrapping both times.. Don't want to high center the trailer and be stuck half in traffic..


I often find the ones you show as good...undesirable. That configuration is often used when the station has limited land to work with.

On the other hand, most modern stations with lots of space, use the style...you find undesirable.

Thoughts:
- Fill up before hooking up when possible.
- As others have said, look on Google Maps
- Truck stops and rural stations as opposed to stations in urban areas are often more wide open.
- Don't be afraid to wait for an end pump that's easier to get into.
- Don't be afraid to have the copilot get out and back you up to get out.

* This post was edited 03/04/21 07:07am by valhalla360 *


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Fill up before hooking up and fill up again after arriving at destination while out exploring.

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I prefer one that is easy in and easy out on the right hand side of the road. That said I've had times I had to back in or back out. Doesn't matter I can back as easy as go forward.

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