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benmack1

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Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« on: July 06, 2010, 08:50:43 PM »
My family will be taking a big trip (for us anyway) from NC to Mich this summer.  I have a 36 ft Pace Arrow and a wrangler in tow.  I am worried about finding gas stations at the right place that I can get around in without problems.  I definitely want to avoid having to drop the wrangler just to fill up because I need to back up.  I have made this trip several times over the years with a pick-up so I know about where I want to stop but several places I normally stop concern me with the MH.  My question is even more general than my exact route or trip  but are there any RV friendly gas station web sites that anyone can suggest?  I know about flying J but there aren't enough of these in the places I need.  Also, for instance I stop often at a TA truckstop in Teays Valley WV just west of Charleston but noticed the last time that the gas islands would never accomodate my MH and that is a truck stop! They are set for diesel trucks but not the MH so even the truckstops are not reliable.  I try to map it out and do a google map search and an arial view but it is hard to get a good idea from those crappy photos.  I worry too much but would like to avoid a royal mess at a filling station if I can >:(  Thanks!
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010, 09:03:08 PM »
Check out "The RVer's Friend:  North American Diesel/Parking Directory" which is oriented toward diesel RVs but they all have gas too.  It's the RVing version of "The Trucker's Friend."  The first column includes "RV Gasoline" as an entry.  It's arranged by state with a map showing locations at the front of each state.

"The Next Exit" pertains to interstate highways but entries in red indicate RV friendly locations for everything from gas stations to restaurants.  Both are available at places like Camping World or online.

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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 09:05:35 PM »
http://www.thenextexit.com/

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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010, 09:50:17 PM »
This is an ever-increasing problem as more and more stations get remodeled with their pumps toward the store rather than parallel to the street. When we had a gas rig, we always started looking for a gas station at a bit below half a tank. That way we could be pretty sure of finding an RV-friendly one before we ran out. Older stations are more likely to have the old traffic pattern, and stations on the outskirts of small towns are typically more accessible than in larger towns and cities.

In those stations where the pumps rows require that you face the store, often the end pump on one side is more easily accessible than the rest.  You can pull through and cut across the front aisle, or sometimes you can go around behind the store and come out the other side.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010, 10:24:04 PM »
When I'm traveling with the Wrangler in tow and the Winnie needs fuel I usually look for the more populated get offs on the freeways. The get offs with the McDonalds, Burger Kings, etc. So far it has worked out well in not having to unhook the Jeep. I have gas cards for three different stations and occasionally use the visa so it leaves me a lot of choices to pick from and I  will usually look for the lowest cost one that has easiest in and out at the pumps. 8). I suppose there is somewhere a listing of RV friendly sites but I think it would be more hassle than it worth. She who must be obeyed has enough to do with telling me that the GPS lady is not telling me the best route to travel. ::)
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 07:23:32 AM »
In addition to the Rv'ers Friend directory and the "Exit Now Book", I use this web site  www.truckstopinfoplus.com to find diesel.

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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 10:18:55 AM »
There are some Gas Stations that tend to be RV (And Semi truck) Friendly which have web sites.

Flying-J (now owned by Pilot)
Pilot
TA (Travel America)
Loves

To mane a few.. In addition there are other very good truck stops I will name 3

Arlene's on the west side of Battle Creek, MI (First Battle Creek exit on East bound (94,  I think the named road is Sklyline Drive but it's been a few years)

Tekon Truck stop (M-60 just east of I-69 in Tekonsha,, I mean Just east

TeKi  (I-94 and 11 mile road, in the "Mar-Creek" area (Eastern most Battle Creek exit) Mar-Creek is short for Marshall-Battle creek it is half way between.

The three main ways into Michigan are I-94, I-69 and I-75

On I-75 and West Road, well south of Detroit, is "The Detroiter" truck stop  On the east side of the freeway (As in borders the service drive if there is one there)

IN addition many regular gas stations can take an RV.. I can give you a short list of RV friendly stations (Meaning easy in and easy out) in S.E. Michigan including the Shell at 7 mile and Grand River in Detroit.. If you are going n/w on Grand River  and your gas cap is on the RIGHT (Passenger side) you turn into the station, take the outer most pump and then pull straight out onto 7 mile, NO turns on station property.  If your gas cap is on the driver's side.. Go west on 7 mile toward Grand River and.. Well. you must turn right (n/w) on to Grand river but there are plenty of lanes.

IN Davison Michigan, Irish Road and Cort street (just north of I-69) Speedway has a lot of clearance,, Pump one... If gas cap on right enter off COURT, on left enter off Irish road.  Two turns (right and left) on station proprty but lots of room.

NOTE: the two specific stations I mentioned tend to have lower prices than many surrounding stations.

At the 7-mile/Grand River station there is a nearby Marathon (7 and Telegraph) always crowded, Major issues getting in and out,  and never cheaper.  Why they get so much business and the Shell does not.. I do not know.  There is also a B-P at 7 and Tel, hardly ever crouded, 5 cents per gallon more (usually) than the other two.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 04:17:40 PM »
Thanks for all the advice.  As I said, I've made the journey many times as I live in NC and originate from Southwestern Michigan. 

For those with time on their hands I would like to take this string a bit further and ask for some specific advice.  Here is my route plan and any advice is deeply appreciated.  My departure is from Mebane NC.  About 125 miles up to I-77N/I-81S in Virginia, there is a Flying J and Hess.  On to Beckley WV, another 125 or so we will spend the night in the parking lot of one of the big rest stops on the WV turnpike.  My nerves will probably need a rest by then anyway.  Never driven the rig in the mtns.  On to Charleston, catching I-64 west to Teays Valley WV which is another 100 or so miles down the road.  There are several stations there, I think a go-mart looks promising there.  This is also where the TA is located that I don't think is very easy access for the gas islands.  From Teays Valley we take US35 into Ohio and on toward US23 N up to Columbus.  There is a pilot station in circleville OH.  I think this one is tight but if I stay on the end hopefully I'll be OK.  Here is where I could use some suggestions.  From Circleville we head around Columbus and exit on US 33 I think heading west to catch I-75.  Once on I-75 I will need to find a good fill-up station somewhere mid-way between US33 and the Michigan line.  Bowling Green area comes to mind.  Any suggestions there?  Then on to Michigan and the pot holes and construction up past Ann Arbor and hit I-96 west toward Lansing.  I am not sure if I can make all the way from Bowling Green OH to Muskegon Michigan as there is a Speedway in Muskegon (probably about 250 miles I think).  Any suggestions around the Lansing area if needed.   Our final destination is Ludington Michigan and I'm fine past Muskegon.  We'll wing it as we need to of course, but thought what the heck it is worth asking for advice so we can plan a bit.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2010, 04:20:14 PM »
Thanks for all the advice.  As I said, I've made the journey many times as I live in NC and originate from Southwestern Michigan. 

For those with time on their hands I would like to take this string a bit further and ask for some specific advice.  Here is my route plan and any advice is deeply appreciated.  My departure is from Mebane NC.  About 125 miles up to I-77N/I-81S in Virginia, there is a Flying J and Hess.  On to Beckley WV, another 125 or so we will spend the night in the parking lot of one of the big rest stops on the WV turnpike.  My nerves will probably need a rest by then anyway.  Never driven the rig in the mtns.  On to Charleston, catching I-64 west to Teays Valley WV which is another 100 or so miles down the road.  There are several stations there, I think a go-mart looks promising there.  This is also where the TA is located that I don't think is very easy access for the gas islands.  From Teays Valley we take US35 into Ohio and on toward US23 N up to Columbus.  There is a pilot station in circleville OH.  I think this one is tight but if I stay on the end hopefully I'll be OK.  Here is where I could use some suggestions.  From Circleville we head around Columbus and exit on US 33 I think heading west to catch I-75.  Once on I-75 I will need to find a good fill-up station somewhere mid-way between US33 and the Michigan line.  Bowling Green area comes to mind.  Any suggestions there?  Then on to Michigan and the pot holes and construction up past Ann Arbor and hit I-96 west toward Lansing.  I am not sure if I can make all the way from Bowling Green OH to Muskegon Michigan as there is a Speedway in Muskegon (probably about 250 miles I think).  Any suggestions around the Lansing area if needed.   Our final destination is Ludington Michigan and I'm fine past Muskegon.  We'll wing it as we need to of course, but thought what the heck it is worth asking for advice so we can plan a bit.

This should be a separate thread with a better title. You will get much better advise.


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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2010, 05:59:08 PM »
NOte on TA's and the like.. If you have to fill up at the CAR island.. Just pick the OUTESIDE pump which puts the pump on the proper side of your rig.. Many stations where I"d not wish to pull between pumps are not a problem if I pick an outside pump

I believe there is a TA (At least I think it is a TA) on I-75 JUST South of the Michigan Line.

And of course the Detroiter less than 50 miles INTO michigan at West rd and I-75  Biggest Truck stop for many miles.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2010, 08:10:37 PM »
About 125 miles up to I-77N/I-81S...
On to Beckley WV, another 125 or so...
On to Charleston, catching I-64 another 100 or so miles...
Muskegon (probably about 250 miles I think)....

Just curious but, ...how small is your fuel tank and/or how poor is your mileage?

The whole trip (Mebane to Lansing) is only 691 miles (per mapquest and by Interstate)
Even doing backroads and with more stop/go...

800 miles? 8 mpg?
That shouldn't require more than than one refill.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2010, 08:36:11 PM »
re: milage.  I don't know exactly pulling the wrangler especially in the mtns.  I assume 5-6 mpg on the flat running the genset.  Tank is 75 gal but I don't want to get too far below half without a fill-up.  We will make some pull-off stops for a few hrs here and there as well so may run the gen a bit while stopped. 

I appreciate all the comments, these are very helpful website (especially the MSN one) and good advice about shooting for the outside pump.  One downside to my rig is the filler tube is dead center in the rear.  alot of pumps barely react it and by the time I get the rear aligned with the pump my front bumper is almost inside the quickie-mart   ::)
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2011, 02:10:45 PM »
I realize this is an old thread, but if you now Google    "RVFriendlyGas"   you might get lucky now   :) :) 

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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2011, 05:48:44 PM »
Looks like a work in progress. If enough people submit good data on RV friendly fuel sites, it could be a real boon to RVers.

I submitted  a local station, just to help along and get at least one Florida station listed.

http://rvfriendlygas.com/
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2011, 06:45:50 PM »
I like that site, I hope a lot of people get on board. I will add a few in the near future.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2011, 10:17:22 AM »
After going on quite a few big trips you will see a particular type of station you like and they will all have similar layouts. 
You can tell when you see it - and if you are driving up to one there is usually another right accross the street.

Best advice - Keep your eyes peeled for good clearance stations along the drive and if you see a good one - pull over and fill up even if you have 1/2 tank left.
The worst time to be looking is when you have 1/4 tank left.

I know what you are saying though - even more challenging is finding a station with fuel and propane that has high clearance!

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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2011, 10:51:35 AM »
Great site, once it gets populated, I added a Utah station I use when passing thru.  Nice to have them link up with GasBuddy.com.  Ease of access, ease of payment.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2011, 12:08:52 PM »
http://www.thenextexit.com/

You can either buy the book or sign up for an online subscription.
The red entries in the book are RV friendly.  The Next Exit only covers interstates, but not other highways.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2011, 08:28:59 PM »
Just north of downtown Findlay OH there is a Speedway off to the right of I-75, I think it's about exit 167 or so.  It has the pumps set so you pull in towards the store, but there is a LOT of room between the pumps and the store at this one, and if you take the outside pumps on the right side pulling in, you can pull around the back of the store to get out.  Should work fine - I've been there many times.  It's the same exit that has a Comfort Inn or Comfort Suites.  It's about 20 miles south of Bowling Green, OH.  In Lansing, if you take the Lake Lansing Road exit off US-127 (this is on the north side) and go West past Eastwood Towne Center and take the next turn right to go to Sam's Club, their fueling islands have good access and low prices.  Their is also a Mitchell's Seafood at Eastwood Towne Center that is a great stop for lunch (and a P.F. Chang's if you prefer oriental food).  If you need better directions send me an email (ah@copper.net).  I'm very familiar with this area and can help out.

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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2011, 03:03:09 PM »
Check out this video - as long as you don't do this you will be in good shape!

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« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2011, 06:05:08 PM »
I feel like doing that to my banks Drive-Thru at the moment  ;D
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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2011, 07:19:28 AM »
I once pulled into a large and very busy gas station near Rawlins, Wyoming with my 30' fifth wheel - because it had cheap fuel.  I quickly realized that the pumps were situated in such a way that I couldn't pull up to them.  Then, I realized that there was only one entrance, and the only way to get out was to back up through cars and curves about 100 feet to the busy street.  Thanks to a few very nice people who helped my wife direct traffic, it only took about 15 minutes.  A nearby gas station was a little more expensive - but was RV friendly.

Now - especially when travelling through less populated areas - I plan my route and gas stops before leaving home.  I use the internet and Gas Buddy to find gas stations, and then look at them using street view on Google Earth. 

This still isn't foolproof, but works most of the time.

http://rvfriendlygas.com/ looks as though it will be a great planning tool, but needs lots more input from the RV community.


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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2011, 09:23:22 AM »
Wow  - planning all your gas stops before leaving?  I guess you can do that for short duration trips.

Most of us develop an eye for the fuel station layout and learn to bypass any that do not have a readily apparent way in and out. You only have to get caught once to learn the lesson.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2011, 10:01:40 AM »
We go with the red stations in The Next Exit primarily. That said, we've not had a problem with any Pilot/Flying J, but have seen a couple of TA's that were very tight.
Over 33,000 miles with 32 foot towing a Jeep, I've never had to disconnect and we don't preplan anything except the next place to go! It's really not a big deal.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2011, 04:26:30 PM »
We are new to RVing and had such an unpleasant encounter at one of our local gas stations in Gatineau (Templeton Sector), Quebec (not sure I can name it here so I didn't). 

It is a full-serve station (RV friendly I might add) and the cost is often lower than the self-serve Esso across the street.  I was inside waiting to pay for my fill-up (SUV) and was chatting with another customer who was asking me how much mileage one gets with a RV.  I had noticed that the attendant was "pouting" and was avoiding going to fill up the RV so my husband got out and started to self-serve (this is a full serve station).   I was shocked and left speechless when the attendant started to mouth off saying how disgusting it was that we are in the middle of a recession and that people are starving while others drive up with their gas guzzling motor homes to fill up and who cares about what mileage they get because if you can afford to buy a RV you shouldn't be concerned about the cost at the pump.   Hope this never happens to anyone else.  I bit my upper lip and didn't make a scene as I can be otherwise very boisterous  ::)

He totally ignored my husband when he came in to pay.  No eye contact but no comments though - guess he looks more imposing than I do  ;) 

All that to say, we have "scratched" that station off our list (that's where we normally filled up our other vehicles most of the time) and are forewarning others that may be in the area to "beware" of the snarly remarks.   :o
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2011, 05:25:07 PM »
www.findfuelstops.com is the best I've ever found.  www.rvfriendlygas.com shows promise IF people will support it as they've supported www.rvparkreviews.com.

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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2011, 05:42:08 PM »
the attendant started to mouth off saying how disgusting it was that we are in the middle of a recession and that people are starving while others drive up with their gas guzzling motor homes to fill up and who cares about what mileage they get because if you can afford to buy a RV you shouldn't be concerned about the cost at the pump.
That's usually the type of person that can't manage their own financesin the first place and doesn't realize how lucky they are just to have a job. They probably feel that life owes them something, and frankly, I hope they get what's due.
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2011, 08:09:26 AM »
....And RV friendly truck stops/diesel pumps.

I'd really like to find a Google-maps type of map that I could scroll along our route, to find truck stops. Some of these sites give a list, so you have to look up each town name to see if it is along your route. The "Utah Gas Heat Map" site, which includes other states, does eventually resolve down into a local-level map, but it lists all sorts of stations that likely wouldn't accommodate big rigs. You click on each one to find the details, usually with a street address. Any suggestions?
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Re: Are there any websites for RV friendly gas stations?
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2011, 08:46:38 AM »
We just pull up googlemaps, zoom in on our area, and do a search for "truck stop".  They end up flagged on the map, and you click for details.  It does not have gas prices on it, but gives you a starting point.
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