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Old 01-10-2018, 06:25 PM   #41
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Gassing up a big gasser

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My 2017 29.4 Thor Ace is the biggest gas RV I've ever owned and it's sometimes hard to get in and out of the automobile section of a truck stop. In general, do the pumps around back where the Big Rigs fuel up with diesel also have gas pumps? That would simplify things a lot when pulling a tow vehicle.
The discussion on the pros and cons of Class A gas and Class A diesel will still be ongoing when we're all long gone. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Refuelling a Class A gas motorhome is one of the disadvantages of gas unit. Your unit will have some good features so enjoy what's good and put up with what's not. As others have written, I too have not seen gas offered in the truck refuelling lanes. Love those $35 oil changes!
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:37 PM   #42
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I've gotten in some tight places at Flying J's with our 35' Windsport, and dingy.
Haven't found one yet, with a gas motor home pump.
Before we leave in the morning, I try and figure out the general area where we'll need gas. Then get on Google Maps, Satellite view, and look for a station with easy access.
I actually emailed Flying J Customer service, to see if they had a list of stations with rv pumps.
What they sent me was a spread sheet, about 6 pages long. I had to go through it by state and find the stations with rv lanes listed.
But it doesn't say weather thet're diesel or gas lanes.
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:58 PM   #43
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Every Flying J that I have used From FL To OR and back had Gas and Diesel at the RV lanes.
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:11 PM   #44
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Every Flying J that I have used From FL To OR and back had Gas and Diesel at the RV lanes.
You just have to know where to look...

If you think of it as a Cross-Country Scavenger Hunt: it makes it almost seem fun!







...almost...
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:34 PM   #45
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Nice, Haven't found one yet, drive from michigan to florida.
Guess i don't know where to look. Usually drive around by the truck pumps first, to scope it out.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:48 PM   #46
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My iphone has a Flying J app. It cost 99 cents and shows all Flying J stations and also if they have DEF, RV island, RV dump, Propane. Many show the affiliation with gas companies for credit card use and gives Google Earth shots.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:46 PM   #47
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My iphone has a Flying J app. It cost 99 cents and shows all Flying J stations and also if they have DEF, RV island, RV dump, Propane. Many show the affiliation with gas companies for credit card use and gives Google Earth shots.
At all the Flying Js I have refueled at, there are two entrances, one for AUTOS/RVS and one for TRUCKS ONLY. If you enter at the AUTOS/RVs entry, the RV lanes have always been to the far left and leave plenty of room for you to drive out, turn between the auto refueling lanes and the store parking, with room to spare. There are also well marked big, long parking spaces, usually near the front corner near the exit. If you enter the TRUCKS ONLY entry, there will not be any RV lanes. See attached screen capture. Hopefully it helps.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-10-2018, 09:53 PM   #48
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At all the Flying Js I have refueled at, there are two entrances, one for AUTOS/RVS and one for TRUCKS ONLY. If you enter at the AUTOS/RVs entry, the RV lanes have always been to the far left and leave plenty of room for you to drive out, turn between the auto refueling lanes and the store parking, with room to spare. There are also well marked big, long parking spaces, usually near the front corner near the exit. If you enter the TRUCKS ONLY entry, there will not be any RV lanes. See attached screen capture. Hopefully it helps.Attachment 8510
I don't know why this posted as a response to the post from mountainsam, I clicked on the Quote button for bobj73's post and didn't notice it actually quoted mountainsam's until after I submitted it.
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:24 AM   #49
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Not near as bad but I recall pulling a TT with a gasser and no one made an auxiliary gas tank. When I went to a DP always used the truck lanes and still do pulling a 5er with a diesel PU and an auxiliary fuel tank. Great having DEF at the pump too.

Yes, you get a gas/fuel discount with the Good Sam member card. When using the truck lanes at Pilot/Flying J you do not need to go in by using the safest card available ~~ their RV Plus card.
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:29 AM   #50
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My Good Sam card works at the Pilot gas pumps.
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:03 PM   #51
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Pilot/Flying J has an "app" you can download on your smart phone that shows whether a particular station has designated RV lanes.

Also, if you get a Pilot/Flying J credit card, you can fill up without the pump shutting off at $75.00.

Hope this helps.

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Old 01-11-2018, 05:34 PM   #52
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Went across the country from the coast of NC to Olympic National Park and back in my Miramar 34.3 towing a Jeep with a bike rack on back which gave me almost 60' in length. Fueling up was a challenge we didn't relish.

I will have to echo what everyone else said here about the Flying J locations and the Good Sam's discount. Just make sure you have your Good Sam's card because you can't manually enter the Good Sam's number at the pump to get your Good Sam's discount- although you can manually enter a Pilot/Flying J account number and get the lower discount.

What I haven't seen mentioned and what we found to be MOST helpful and what I highly recommend is a book (they also have an app) called The Next Exit. The great thing about this is that is lists for each state and for each interstate in that state the RV Friendly amenities for every exit- no matter if it were a Pilot/Flying J or not.

When we were on 1/4 tank my wife would get the book out and look for a RV friendly gas station along our route. it doesn't get specific enough to tell you if a location actually has separate bays for RV with gasoline but it never failed us on our 7,600 mile trip.

I also like the fact that you can get a book for those of us (like my wife) who aren't so savvy with apps.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:45 AM   #53
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Pilot/Flying J has an "app" you can download on your smart phone that shows whether a particular station has designated RV lanes.

Also, if you get a Pilot/Flying J credit card, you can fill up without the pump shutting off at $75.00.

Hope this helps.

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I have regularly used my Visa and AMEX cards at Flying J and Pilot without it shutting off at a certain amount. I've put in $125 - $160 several times.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:53 AM   #54
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I have regularly used my Visa and AMEX cards at Flying J and Pilot without it shutting off at a certain amount. I've put in $125 - $160 several times.
We use a Discover Card on trips and 90%+ stations shut me down at $75. Discover says it's not their policy, it's the vendor's policy. Most of the time I can shut down, insert the card again and start over to top off the tank. It is a PITA.

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