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Old 06-07-2016, 11:34 AM   #1
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Resources to map out fuel stops?

So we are headed out this weekend, on our longest haul with our current rig. Just under 400 miles to Utah from Colorado. I have a trip tik from AAA and am currently working on mapping out fuel/rest stops along the way.

I found the site Find The Cheapest Truck Stop - TruckMaster Fuel Finder to help locate truck stops, figuring those are the most convenient to the highway, with room to maneuver. It's not the most user friendly site, but using it from home ahead of the trip allows me to check out google maps for street view photos to confirm the basic layout, and confirm distance between anticipated stops.

Does anyone have any other resources they find are helpful for route and rest stop planning?
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:14 PM   #2
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Gas Buddy just tells you all the gas stations around you or in a area. You'd have to know where you are looking for gas and see if they meet your needs (size and type). But it does get updated pretty frequently on prices.

Gas Guru is a lot like Gas buddy but it lets me filter on diesel. Which is nice.

RoadTripper is pretty slick for travel planning. But it almost buries you with info, it has so much. Just mapping a quick trip from COS to SLC, it shows where all the gas stops are, but you have to review to see which might work. But it lets you see a ton of other data on hotel, attractions, etc, etc.

We also have a tendency to stop much more frequently than the truck needs, so I don't really have to map out stops, any plans I would make would be tossed aside my the first meltdown.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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Gas Buddy just tells you all the gas stations around you or in a area. You'd have to know where you are looking for gas and see if they meet your needs (size and type). But it does get updated pretty frequently on prices.

Gas Guru is a lot like Gas buddy but it lets me filter on diesel. Which is nice.

RoadTripper is pretty slick for travel planning. But it almost buries you with info, it has so much. Just mapping a quick trip from COS to SLC, it shows where all the gas stops are, but you have to review to see which might work. But it lets you see a ton of other data on hotel, attractions, etc, etc.

We also have a tendency to stop much more frequently than the truck needs, so I don't really have to map out stops, any plans I would make would be tossed aside my the first meltdown.
Thanks, I'll have to look at those resources as well. My big thing is wanting to filter on Diesel as well. I have an ok idea of areas we want to stop in, based on distance traveled. I like to air on the side of caution with how full/low our tank gets as well as try to just get the kids out of the truck for a bit to stretched their legs, use the bathroom and have a snack all in the hopes to avoid any major meltdowns.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:54 PM   #4
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I just got a book off Amazon called "The Next Exit" it tells you everything at every exit on all major highways. Looks pretty good to me.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:17 PM   #5
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I use Gas Buddy, it certainly let's me check diesel prices only. Using it's map feature, I can check prices along my planned route. Some stations have pictures included that let me decide if the station will work. If not, I use Google Maps to further check out the station. I don't need to worry about truck stops, but they frequently have higher prices. Walmarts and Sams Club are generally the best prices, but some of their stations are not RV friendly.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:18 PM   #6
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On my iPad I have an APP called "trucker path", you can plan your route and add truck stops, fuel stations, rest areas and more to display on the map.
And an other APP called "iExit", which gives you all the amenities available at nearby exits.
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The Allstays app shows fuel, campgrounds, Walmarts, etc.
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Gas Buddy just tells you all the gas stations around you or in a area. You'd have to know where you are looking for gas and see if they meet your needs (size and type). But it does get updated pretty frequently on prices.

Gas Guru is a lot like Gas buddy but it lets me filter on diesel. Which is nice.

RoadTripper is pretty slick for travel planning. But it almost buries you with info, it has so much. Just mapping a quick trip from COS to SLC, it shows where all the gas stops are, but you have to review to see which might work. But it lets you see a ton of other data on hotel, attractions, etc, etc.

We also have a tendency to stop much more frequently than the truck needs, so I don't really have to map out stops, any plans I would make would be tossed aside my the first meltdown.
Gas Buddy now lets you filter diesel too
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I've used gas buddy, the website Find The Cheapest Truck Stop - TruckMaster Fuel Finder and other truck stop websites. I also have POI's from the POI factory that I have loaded onto our gps for truck stops and rest areas. When using our gps mapping software I can import the POI's to see them on the route.

But as anyone knows nothing is perfect when it comes to planning fuel stops. I have tried in the past to make a perfect plan and of course it never works do to to many variables like traffic, wind, weather, terrain, etc.. I know what my worst case fuel mileage has been and I know what my best case is so I try to take an average of the two and try to base my stops accordingly. Sometimes I will have to stop sooner and other times I could bypass one of the stops. My best suggestion would be just check to see what is on your route and have a plan B if you need to stop sooner or if you can go farther. For example: just last month we did an 1800 mile trip and had planned out basically about 8 fuel stops for the 1800 miles we were going to travel (about 225 miles between stops). Well the 8 turned into about 10+ just because of some high winds we hit on part of the trip which reduced our stops down to about 150 miles between stops.

Good luck and have a safe trip!
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