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snowpeke

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Posted: 04/06/22 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out your next town for a fill up and look at it on goggle earth.


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Posted: 04/06/22 08:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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,

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Posted: 04/06/22 09:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not really a huge deal when out on the road. Look early in case it is better to pass to the next stop. Better is multiple stations so can choose the best or at least the less crowded. May have to wait a bit for the spot you want to open up.

In the middle of a city the stations can get a bit tight.

And of course if unhitched for the night by all means fill up the night before a travel day.


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Posted: 04/06/22 10:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess I have been doing this for so many years that I have forgotten that it is a bit more difficult to gas up with the trailer. I always make sure to top off before hooking up to hit the road. I always start looking for fuel at a half tank in case the station doesnt look to inviting, so I can be sure to have enough to get to the next town if needed. When we get to our destination I always make sure the truck is topped off before hooking back up. My biggest concern towing the 5th wheel is overhead clearance. We have one station that we use frequently that we can not get under one side of the pumps or the AC unit will be gone. Other side is just fine. There is a hump in the concrete where we have to swing wide and it raises the trailer on one side just enough that we cant make it.


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Posted: 04/07/22 02:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most Interchange gas stations, outside of urban areas aren't difficult. If in doubt pull it up on google maps and take a look at it.

If you aren't trying to put on 500miles in a day, try to fill up before departing. Most times we don't have to fill up while hooked up.

Used to have a diesel truck and hated using truck stops. There was always a puddle to stand in while filling and they were the high speed pumps, so you had to hold it and carefully just crack the valve open or it would splatter back on you.


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Posted: 04/07/22 03:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get the app IExit on your phone. It's free and if you are on the interstates it will tell you ahead of time what fuel, food, etc is at the upcoming exits. For $3 it'll show you the prices although that is spotty right now with rapidly fluctuating prices,
Certain brands are always easier to get in and out of, look for them on the app. That way you aren't getting off exits for no reason.
Sheetz, Royal Farms, Bucee's, etc are always easy in and easy out. I'm sure that there are other chains out west also.
Check ahead when you take a rest stop and look at the stations online just to make sure.


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BurbMan wrote:

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,

Burbman I agree I don't believe you need to unhook. I have never unhooked to fuel up. However it been quite a few years since I towed with a gasser, but even then I never came close to unhooking.
Now, I am a big proponent of truckstops. Access is king when it comes to fuueling while towing. For me access trumps all factors including price.Lower price is no bargain if you have to fight in and out of the station. I also now have an aux. tank that keeps me from needing to refill in the Norhern,VA-DC metropolis.
Aux. tanks, extended range and truck stop access make fueling a diesel easier then fueling a gasser, however with a bit of scouting fueling a gasser is doable.


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Posted: 04/07/22 05:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am just old enough to remember gas pumps at the truck islands. However,those days are gone. Some (pilot/flying J) have RV islands with gas, that is easy. The other route is what I am doing, 41 gallon gas tank in the bed. I have the tank and pump mounted, gotta run the electric and hoses. I really hate pulling the gas fill piping to cut into it. Wish me luck, if I mess up a new truck, DW will kill me.

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I have found the book - "The Next Exit" very helpful in figuring out en-route places that are RV friendly. It labels gas stations in Red that are RV friendly. As you mentioned, getting diesel is easier, but when we had a gas MH towing a car, it's not too far different than a truck/TT.


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Posted: 04/07/22 07:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you get into the northeast, avoid all Sheets and WAWA stations. Most of them are barely big enough to get your towing vehicle around in and all of them are busy all day with people that don't care that you are waiting to get into the only pump that you can get to.


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