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Old 09-26-2011, 11:45 PM   #15
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Maybe a bit off topic but for those of you who travel with your fridge running on propane.......be sure to stop away from the pumps, go inside your trailer and turn off the fridge before pulling up to the pump. In many states you are subject to a fine for not doing so.
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:10 AM   #16
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Does anyone else have a problem getting gas? I NEVER see any other trailers lined up at gas stations, only cars, and then me. Where do they go? Trailers are on the roads, up and down the highways, but I am the only one who stops for gas. My problem is finding a lane that will accomodate the car plus trailer and getting in there before another car comes in from the other side. This happened to me 3 times this weekend. Sometimes the places are narrow and hard to maneuver getting out of the station once the pumping is finished. Sometimes I get very nasty looks from the attendants because I take up so much space. Lately I am actually panicked at the thought of filling up. I guess maybe the big rigs use diesel but where are they?

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Hi CarolMarie,
I'm sorry to hear about the stress you experience gassing your rig. As with most things we do it will definitely become less stressful with experience. After a few more trips your eye will easily pick out the best position at any station. Don't worry about the looks others give you. You may think those looks are nasty; they're not, that's envy. Putting your rig in position to gas can require a combination patience and assertiveness. In time it will become second nature. You'll soon be able to look back as chuckle at what you went through. Enjoy!
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:09 AM   #17
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Thank you all for your encouraging wisdom! What had happened was I was in the Adirondack mountains and by the time I got to the bottom of the mountain road, my tank was quite low. I pulled into the first gas station in the first town (along with everyone else) and could not get into the station and the trailer was sticking out into the road so I drove through, around the bank parking lot and back into the station....wrong side of the tanks...drove out and around the bank parking lot and back into the garage and someone cut in front....drove around again and finally got gas but had to wait for a clear space to leave. I think the bank tellers were ready to call the police. Then I got on the Northway where they have gas every 30 or 40 miles. I stopped at one...no gas...stopped at the next and got on the wrong line as it was diesel..could not turn around so went another 30 miles and got so nervous I filled it only 1/4 full. The I got off the exit and went to a gas station and the car was facing the store with not much turning room, and of course, another car came to my left and I had to wait until they left, etc. etc. etc. My nerves were frayed as all I could think of was running out of gas. I think I also fill up too soon...usually at 1/2 a tank (my father's words burn in my mind "Carol, never let the tank get below 1/2.."
So I do have an aversion to gassing up and also to attempting to get air in the tires. That is another difficult maneuver at any service station. It is funny how things that never cross my mind with a car become so monumental with a trailer behind!
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:15 AM   #18
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Carol, it's true pulling a trailer you're going to burn through more fuel, but I think you need to preplan a bit to reduce stress. Fill up when needed, not just because the tank says 1/2 full... if you know there's a station coming up before you run out.

I can't remember the last time I used a service station to air up the tires on my tug or trailer. I carry a Black & Decker Air Station in the tug and check the tires before I leave the campground. And, of course check the tires before I leave home.

The air station I have is at least 20 years old. Used it to air up air mattresses (back in the tenting days... with the 12 volt power adapter) and all my daughter' toys that needed air. It's also handy for bicycle tires when camping. You may find it cheaper locally, but to me it's cheap enough to reduce some of the stress you're experiencing.

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:02 AM   #19
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Carol,
Like Donna we carry a small compressor to top off the tires. Well worth the relatively small cost. Gas stations seem to really be out of the air business these days. Even when they have air it is often difficult to get to.

As to fill ups, we travel a lot and try to fill up the night before we camp or early in the morning when we leave. Generally we add gas every drive day.

One thing we've added to our tow vehicle and that many new tow vehicles have is a gauge with display that shows 'number of miles to empty'. It is reasonably accurate and reduces concerns of going empty.

You probably know the gallon capacity of your tow vehicle. If you pay attention to the number of gallons you add and the level of your gas gauge you'll get a good feeling of the number of miles left in your tank.

In our case when the gas warning light comes on we have 3+ gallons left, good for some 75 miles of driving while towing.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:27 AM   #20
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I just ordered the Black and Decker Air Station so that may solve some of my traveling issues!~! Thanks
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:42 AM   #21
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I had a horrible experience my first trip, in a small Napa valley town. One row of pumps and I could not get in before some idiot grabbed the spot from the other direction. Finally I got out and asked an attendant to hold the spot for me so I could pull in, and happily he did. I was low on gas or I would have gone on, but I didn't know how low so couldn't take a chance.

No problems since. Part of the problem then was gas tank on passenger side which is the less common side so even with the trailer it can be an issue.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:03 PM   #22
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We have problems at the pump so seldom that when it does occur, it stands out
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Throughout the Midwest, pumps are self serve and almost always have a "pay at the pump" option. This tends to move customers along well enough to avoid waiting.

That being said...
On the way home from Clearlake, we stopped for fuel and there were lines at both islands, Things were slow but orderly until a young woman went around and pulled in at a pump in the opposite direction of the line. She then got out and went into the "C" store without pumping any gas. I was at the pump and facing her (front to front) with 3 or 4 customers waiting behind me. I pumped my fuel and waited, not being able to leave.
What seemed like an eternity passed with traffic backing up and no exit available. At long last, she returned to her car, looking relieved and with arms loaded with snacks and drinks. She then proceeded to have a discussion with her passenger (apparently about snack preferences), followed, after some time, by loading some of the stuff into the back seat.

She then approached the pump with a bewildered look on her face, as if she were confronted with alien technology! Then after much study and an obvious lack of proficiency, she was able to insert the nozzle and begin fueling her car. More minutes went by as she moved with the apparent speed, and motivation of a slug. Finally she entered her car,ajusted herself behind the wheel, opened a snack and a drink, and backed out, totally oblivious to the world around her.This adding to the consternation of those waiting.
I was then able to leave, and did so without hesitation,failing to check for a slime trail but not loosing traction as I passed the island before me!
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:07 AM   #23
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Cool That is nothing

Floyd,
Loved your story about the clueless woman. (She wasn't blonde, was she?)

I remember the time I watched a woman fuel her car while an older woman in the passenger seat proceeded to smoke a cigarette.

Or the time we were across the street standing on the sidewalk watching a fire at a Clark station in Milwaukee. The flames were licking the side of a fill truck. Apparently he had a spill and there is always an ignition source about. (In retrospect, it probably wasn't the most intelligent thing I ever did.) I could smell the gas in the air. The police actually had to come across the street and tell people to please extinguish their cigarettes.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:16 AM   #24
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James, I find that works well for me. Must be my advancing age, but even when I am trapped, or have to wait a long time to get to the pump; no big deal anymore. I'm not retired yet, but I find myself becoming more patient knowing that this mad rush life I'm living is on the fast track to the day when I get the faux gold watch. :0)
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:15 AM   #25
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Those same clueless people abound in grocery stores blocking aisles while staring at shelves and chatting with friends. You can both look and chat without blocking aisles.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:47 PM   #26
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Those same clueless people abound in grocery stores blocking aisles while staring at shelves and chatting with friends. You can both look and chat without blocking aisles.
What bothers me in a grocery store, while I'm cluelessly reading labels and blocking someone from passing, is that no one says; "Excuse me, I need to get by you". But instead, I usually I turn around (to put the perfect can of peaches into my cart) and find them fuming and waiting for clueless me to notice them.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:07 AM   #27
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Thank you all for your encouraging wisdom! What had happened was I was in the Adirondack mountains and by the time I got to the bottom of the mountain road, my tank was quite low. I pulled into the first gas station in the first town (along with everyone else) and could not get into the station and the trailer was sticking out into the road so I drove through, around the bank parking lot and back into the station....wrong side of the tanks...drove out and around the bank parking lot and back into the garage and someone cut in front....drove around again and finally got gas but had to wait for a clear space to leave.
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LOL I had almost the same thing happen at Three Sisters in Oregon this summer! When I finally got to a gas pump it was a new all time low record for me as far as how many gallons of gas the cars readout told me in regards to how many miles worth of gas I had left in the tank. Was running on fumes according to the car.

I had not paid a great deal of attention to the map before heading off in the morning to see the distants between towns big enough to have gas stations and I had a long run that day that included a high pass. Was near the top of the pass and say the milage signs & my cars read out calculated that I had only about half that amount of miles left in the gas tank to get there! I realized it was calculating that based on what I had just consummed going up the pass so know I would do way better than that as the grade was going to change to down hill - but still it looked like I was in big trouble. To add to the stress of that bad news I then came upon two serious accidents resulting in long lines of stop and go traffic. On coming to the second accident I just pulled over and made some lunch rather than moving forward a few yards every few minutes. The good news was once the traffic started to move I was at the top of the pass so I was able to go down it most of the way without touching the gas pedal as the traffic was bumper to bumper and no one was breaking any speed records.

A lesson well learned! Check the map for distants between towns before heading out in the morning!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:13 AM   #28
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yup,,,always look before you leap!

look the area over before you pull in to make sure you can get back out.

truck stops are a good choice as they usually have more space.

and don't wait until you have run so low you have no option.

a lot of times small towns are better
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