Question: Is there a listing of the better places to stop when refueling – i.e., easy enter and exit for a novice RVer? This fall will be my first venture out into the world of travel with a fifth wheel. I’ve heard that truck stops might be the way to go. I’m hoping there is info on where to stop when traveling the different interstates in America.
Answer: First we ‘d like to mention a very helpful and popular resource called The Next Exit, which helps RVers find fuel and other services.
In general, fuel stations which accommodate trucks will also work for an RV. Look for Flying J, Pilot, Love and numerous other truck stops. Some stations prefer that RVers use designated RV lanes, which are often separate from the pumps the truck use. For example, Flying J often designates that RVs use the same pumps as regular cars, with the truck area separate.
We have used both truck lanes and regular lanes depending on the configuration of the station and whether we think we can get in and out without incident or blocking other drivers. If you do use the truck lanes, it is very important that you fuel quickly and if you have to go in to pay after fueling, pull forward first, so that another truck can pull into the pump while you pay. And get back to your vehicle quickly and move out of the way. Generally if you see other RVs using truck lanes, you are okay.
In your travels you will also see plenty of regular large fuel stations that are big enough for an RV to enter and maneuver around , and sometimes they have better prices than the truck stops.
Here are a few driving resources that can help with driving techniques, safety tips and an increased comfort level in driving your RV:
When its time to refuel, be aware that you should approach the station carefully so that you can read signs indicating where you are supposed to go. Take time to assess the situation before you commit to turning in. If you have doubts, keep driving until you find a station where you are comfortable. To that end, don’t wait until you are close to empty. We usually fill up when we are a little less than half-full.
Check out pricing ahead of time – use www.gasbuddy.com, www.dieselboss.com or whatever site you find useful. That way if you are going to be traveling past different cities and/or states, you can look for the best prices and factor that into your decision about where to stop.