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gtnsmlr

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Posted: 04/08/22 07:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it would be a lot less hassle if they passed a federal law requiring that awning heights be clearly verified and posted.


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Lantley wrote:

Thermoguy wrote:

Wow, so many people overthink this. Getting gas is simple and many gas stations have large areas that are not an issue for a truck and trailer. I have a diesel but never go to the "truck" island, always the same side as vehicles. It's probably harder to get diesel as there are limited pumps and you often have to wait for an open pump. But, if you are traveling on the interstate or highway, most if not all stations are going to have ample room. I can't even recall backing out unless there is a car at the pump in front of me and I can't go forward or don't want to wait. Just look before you drive in the driveway, if it is too tight, go to another one, usually across the street. I think I spend more time looking for the price then looking if I can get in and out. This really is a non issue, or at least not worth stressing or even planning in advance. I have never looked at Google to see if the station is large enough. If you wanted to gas up in the city, then you might have to think a little harder for a station with room, but no the interstate, don't even worry...

You claim that it is not an issue then you mention if it's too tight go across the street......THe idea is to pull into an accesible place the 1st time!
Getting gasoline while hooked often requires effort.It's not as easy as getting diesel.
It's not the issue of our lifetime, but it is worth some discussion and often requires some planning/scouting.


My Point was, you can tell before you try to pull in if it is a good gas station or not. Along the interstate I would venture to guess 90% of gas stations can accommodate a larger rig. Not at the Diesel island, at all islands. I drive a diesel but always use the standard islands, don't like the dedicated truck islands and I'm not one to get in the way of a commercial trucker. I have never planned ahead other than to only stop for gas when I can see that there are multiple choices or that the station can accommodate me, this is easy to see before you take the exit. Also, if there is a Love's or other truck stop, I have found the gas islands are wide and easy to get in and out of.

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gtnsmlr wrote:

I think it would be a lot less hassle if they passed a federal law requiring that awning heights be clearly verified and posted.


A low pump island top is extremely rare these days. The few that are left are in small stations in small towns & are left overs from long ago in old small towns.

In 14 years & 230,000 miles back & forth across the country very very few times have we had the need to get out & look. Never have had to abort with our 12' 10" air draft.


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Posted: 04/09/22 05:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Veebyes wrote:

Snip...Never have had to abort with our 12' 10" air draft.

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BarneyS wrote:

Veebyes wrote:

Snip...Never have had to abort with our 12' 10" air draft.

Spoken like a true sailor! [emoticon]
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Yup, 30 year boater who lives in an area where bridge heights are not posted & one needs to use own reference marks on the bridge for tide.

Tide is something we don't have to think about at gas stations. At gas stations somebody can get out & have a look. Can't do that under bridges.[emoticon]

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Sometimes, if you can hang back and watch the gas islands to see who on the outside is ready to leave and then you can move in. Make sure you have an exit plan but most often you can get out. It seems as though lately the distance between the store and the islands is getting tighter but most times you can negociate that distance to move all the way around them to get to the other side if you have to reach those pumps. Just be patient.
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I always believed in the 3 "Ps"
PLANNING
PREVENTS
PANIC.
Case closed


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Posted: 04/15/22 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thermoguy wrote:

Lantley wrote:

Thermoguy wrote:

Wow, so many people overthink this !!

......you can tell before you try to pull in if it is a good gas station or not. Along the interstate I would venture to guess 90% of gas stations can accommodate a larger rig. Not at the Diesel island, at all islands. I drive a diesel but always use the standard islands, don't like the dedicated truck islands and I'm not one to get in the way of a commercial trucker. I have never planned ahead other than to only stop for gas when I can see that there are multiple choices or that the station can accommodate me, this is easy to see before you take the exit. Also, if there is a Love's or other truck stop, I have found the gas islands are wide and easy to get in and out of.


The OP - thread starter - is making (fueling) mountains out of mole (ant?) hills!

I'm 55' long (truck & 5th wheel) & TTs before that. NEVER had a problem with various crew-cab gas & diesel tow vehicles.

The OP shouldn't either.... if he simply pays attention to his options (as above)...and doesn't decide he "desperately" needs fuel when the gauge is on "E"..[emoticon]

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Talking about desperately needing fuel. It happened to us - once. We were towing a 32' long Komfort TT with an F250 V10 . . . 7.5mpg, yup. We were traveling through the Denver, CO, area and could not find a gas station off the interstate we were on, GPS said there was a gas station off an exit, so we took it. The gas station turned out to be one of those with gas pumps vertical to a convenience store. Hubby didn't care. He drove in, we filled up, I got out and spotted him as he backed all the way up into the grocery store parking lot, turned around and off we went. Walkie talkies are invaluable in cases like this.


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Posted: 04/22/22 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go to a Flying J and use the gas pump at the RV island. Can usually get propane there too (and diesel). I've had to get diesel (truck), gasoline (toy hauler fuel station and generator) and propane at the same stop.

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