Gas Station Woes - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-17-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Gas Station Woes

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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Old 09-17-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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Truck stops. I always get gas at truck stops when traveling. If you need something stupid they usually have it. The Flyin J's now owned by Pilot often have propane and some actually have dump stations.

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Old 09-17-2011, 06:49 PM   #3
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I don't go below 1/4 tank before I look for a fillup - that way I have room to pick and choose. So far its worked ...but now I've probably jinxed myself
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:19 PM   #4
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A lot depends on the station and how close and/or convenient it is to a Freeway (in California) or Interstate (in the rest of the country). Those are usually no problem.
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I have been known to park at the curb on the street before entering a station to scope out the space limitations and traffic patterns in small rural towns.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:10 AM   #5
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It may be something you get used to with practice. I used to find my Bigfoot somewhat ponderous, but after the last road trip, I'm finding it no problem to wheel into gas stations or even shopping centres.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:38 AM   #6
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Sometimes I get very nasty looks from the attendants because I take up so much space.
Sticks and stones.... If I get the "stink eye" from an attendant, that's their problem. I drive a truck and usually take more gallons of fuel than most rigs. My money is as good as anyones. They have a job because of people like me.

Carol, don't let it bother you, it doesn't me.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #7
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I think part of the magic of small fiberglass trailers is you can go anywhere. We love the ability to go to a Dunkin Donuts, or to pull into most any gas station.

As to attendents, it's almost impossible to find one except for NJ and OR where an attendant has to pump your gas.

As well I've reached the age where I hardly ever worry what others are thinking.

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Old 09-19-2011, 03:13 AM   #8
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With my little 13 footer, I've never had a problem going in and out of a gas station. Some look like awfully tight turns but if the Jeep can make it so can the Scamp. It tracks right behind the Jeep, following in pretty much the same foot prints.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:45 AM   #9
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When ever they are around I always buy from Murphy USA (get the discount with a Walmart card).

I too have waited in line for gas. In Tucson, just as I was putting the hose back on the pump, a USPS truck went around me on the right and used the pump in front of me. It took more 15 minutes because she had a sppecial credit card and had to wait for 4 other people to pay.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:01 PM   #10
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Took my Scamp out for its maiden voyage this weekend, and I was a little stressed about this very thing! But managed to find spots that were maneuverable enough.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:28 PM   #11
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I am new "little camper" owner but have been out and about several times now with my little Cloud and I find it wonderful for getting in and out of gas stations with. Every try to pull into a gas station with a 32' trailer? Now that can be a pain. I am loving my little guy for it's ability to get in and out without a hassle. One note however if anyone is planning a trip to Minnesota and are going to the Mall of America, plan to park in the trialer lot as our little campers are still to tall to get into the parking ramp..barely but still to tall.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:24 AM   #12
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Hi: All...I used to be intimidated by the gas islands. Up here they want all trucks on the outside pumps...but if I can get an inside lane for my leftside fill I take it. It Is My Money...after all. Just remember to pull away far enough when leaving so the trailer doesn't "Kiss the curb" !!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:35 PM   #13
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I use what ever gas station is the cheapest! :-) Never have had any real problems with getting in and out - I normally try and pull as far ahead as I can. I often use Costco gas stations as they tend to make everyone enter from the same direction so you should not have an issue with getting boxed in as can happen at a place where people enter from both directions. When that happens I just sit and wait and make them be the on to back out! :-)
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:46 AM   #14
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When gassing up at a pump and someone is waiting behind I smile, wave, and say thank-you before getting back in the tow and driving away. Usually I get a wave and a smile in return or at least a nod of the head. If you sow a smile, you may reap a few in return instead of the one finger wave.

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