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After deciding to buy a Fifth-wheel I started thinking what I would need to know about this thing. One of the first things I realized is I have not been at a truck stop with a trailer hitched up since 2003. So what do I do when I pull up to a diesel pump at a truck stop now?

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1. Put your credit card in the slot on the pump
2. Remove the nozzle (if you have a diesel make sute you put the green nozzle in the filler
3. Turn on the pump
4. Fill your tank
5. Replace the nozzle when the tank is full
6. Get a receipt (if you want otne)
7. Pull away from the pump and motor om...

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If you have a propane fridge, extinguish the pilot light before pumping fuel, especially if the fuel is gasoline and not diesel
If you want to pay inside, push the pay inside button and pay the lady when done fueling.


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I did not realize the semi pumps had credit card readers on them now. Last time I used a semi pump you you had to use the intercom and tell the station operator you were a private vehicle before teh pump was turned on.

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NOT ALL have pay at the pumps!


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Your profile indicates that you have a Chev Duramax. If this is correct many of the big rig fueling stations won't like the small neck of your rig.
Most truck stops have an island for autos/small trucks with diesel.
Some like Flying J have RV islands.

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get a pilot flyingJ RV card...pay at the pump, discount and DEF at the pump.


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enblethen wrote:

Your profile indicates that you have a Chev Duramax. If this is correct many of the big rig fueling stations won't like the small neck of your rig.
Most truck stops have an island for autos/small trucks with diesel.
Some like Flying J have RV islands.


Have they made the nuzzles bigger lately? I have not had any trouble getting the nozzles in, in the past? I just have not been able to run at full volume.

Most of the stations around here that have diesel i would not want to try and get a fifth-wheel in or out of because of the hard right or left turned required.

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Do you use the Semi lanes? I can see using the RV island if it is labeled and easily accessible.

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Some like to use the truck stops because of the ease of entry and exit but I try to avoid because of the much higher cost. If possible I will fuel at a store away from the truck stops and only use them as a last resort. Gas buddy, google earth and reviews can give a pretty good picture whether you can get in or not.

To answer one question, yes just line up with the truck, and other big rig diesel users, and get fuel. Some truck stops have credit card machine at the pump but not most. Some Flying J have RV lanes but not all. Access to Flying J RV lanes can also be tight and may require careful maneuvering. Here in the south a lot of regular stations have a couple of separate diesel lanes set away from the regular gas lanes offering easy in and out. Marathon often does that.


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I would not tell anyone else to follow my example, but I can certainly tell anyone what my practice is.

In over 100,000 miles of towing I almost totally avoid truck stops and use regular fuel stations.

My point to the OP is to say, you don't HAVE TO use truck stops. Some of us almost never use them. It is a choice you can make.

I do use care in planning at which stations I should stop and then even more care in planning how to get in--AND GET OUT.





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