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Old 04-15-2014, 06:26 AM   #21
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Hmm, never had either of those problems in eh 2 or 3 years I've used the pilot's ...

Guess I move slow enough not to throw fuel around and LOVE the high volume pumps... they spoil you when waiting on regular pumps
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:34 PM   #22
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You said you always use the truck lanes. I haven't been to a Pilot, been to Love's and the T/A's and normally the truck lanes have the "larger" sized nozzles that pump more gallons per minute. Do the Pilot's have "2" sets of nozzles at the truck lanes...one for Semi's and one for Trucks like ours. If so then I'm all for stopping at Pilot's. I've been to some places where I really have to do some serious thinking before pulling in. With the size of the truck and the unit sometimes it gets a bit hairy in smaller stations.

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On that note, I'd like to meet the idiot that came up with the design where the pump islands are perpendicular to the road/store front.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:13 PM   #23
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You mentioned an app for the next one and how far it is,,what is that app?
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:20 PM   #24
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I've wondered...do they have regular unleaded at the truck pumps?

We've used Pilot, but I have pulled up to regular pumps.
I noticed some Flying J offering RV Lanes, so emailed them today and they said they do sell unleaded fuel at these lanes.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:35 PM   #25
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Longhauler... a old truckers trick. after pumping just pivot the hand counterclockwise from 6 to 3 and tip the nozzle into the tank. you get the little bit into the tank instead of the side of the truck. After all my years of OTR tractor trailer driving with wide mouth tanks to drain into, I too had to relearn when I filled my f250.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:52 PM   #26
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We've had positive experiences at Pilot
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:37 PM   #27
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You mentioned an app for the next one and how far it is,,what is that app?
https://pilotflyingj.com/mypilot

Go to your app store for apple or Play Store for Android...
and just search for Pilot/Flying J or something like that -

the app uses your tablet/phones gps to show you the 3 or 4 closest, their prices, etc...

comes in pretty handy when in unfamiliar places and your tank says 30 miles to empty
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:20 AM   #28
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On the Pliot / Flying J Web Site, under the RV tab, you can download an Excel spreadsheet which lists all the locations in USA & Canada and the RV amenities at each location. Helpful for advance planning.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:24 AM   #29
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I've used my Pilot card for both gas and diesel while traveling for either camping or normal running around when out of state. I find using the Pilot card instead of the GS card I get both discounts. I get the bill from Pilot at the end of the month and transfer the payment from my checking account to pay the bill.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:28 PM   #30
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The RV lanes have both gas and diesel. Watch out some Pilot's are small and one can get into trouble pulling in with a 33 ft. 5er. Ask me how I know, DW had to get out and ask the line of cars behind me to please back up. I had to back up all of the way back out into the street, just wasn't enough room to swing around between pump island and the building. Every Flying J has had plenty of room.

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Old 04-17-2014, 10:08 PM   #31
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When we travel I try to stop at Flying J/Pilot stores exclusively. With my Good Sam/Flying J card I get a $.07 per gallon discount. We also try to find those stores with RV lanes. Those lanes are generally easier to into and out of with a 35' MH and toad. There is no limit to how much you can pump only the credit limit on the card. The card requires the balance to be paid in full each month.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:39 AM   #32
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On the Pliot / Flying J Web Site, under the RV tab, you can download an Excel spreadsheet which lists all the locations in USA & Canada and the RV amenities at each location. Helpful for advance planning.
Thanks! Glad I am not the only one who plans out tiny details (like fuel stops).
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:38 PM   #33
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I always plan ahead using Google Maps. We like to time a fuel stop with a lunch break. Using the aerial photo map view I am able to determine if there is pull through RV parking. No backing up with the toad attached!
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Have not seen too many flying J stops in Canada but with the price of our fuel (gas) now I wish there was more as we're paying around a $1.40 litre right now.
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Art,
Thanks for the idea about using Google Maps to look at the Flying J's/Pilots ahead of time. I have also been in some tight spots and will start using your idea. I use Google Maps to look at perspective sites at CG's, especially State or Corps of Engineer sites. It allows me to get close to the water and avoid any with too much overhead or cover if I don't want it. Also, looking at your route on Google Maps will show you if there are any construction zones so you can prepare ahead of time. I have downloaded the SS from Pilot already and will keep that handy for future reference.

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You guys are taking all the fun and suspense out of it.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:15 AM   #37
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Lloyd,

It can eliminate possible surprises along the way. On our trip last month to AZ and NV I calculated I would need to stop for fuel near a Flying J in west Texas. I saw that stop had no decent motorhome w/toad parking so I recalculated my fuel stops to avoid that place.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:29 AM   #38
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Where's your sense of adventure !?!

nothing like backing down a couple of blocks with traffic streaming around you to add a bit of excitement !!!

Heck, remember when we used to take off for a two week rv trip without ANY reservations... but now the wife even plans potty stops !!!
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #39
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Yep, micro-managing a trip just adds pressure, "gotta make that next stop by 2:17PM". We're leaving in July TBD to be in St Louis by the 17-18th. Be there 6 days and then back home sometime around the first week of Aug. That's our itinerary. I will make reservations for St Louis but the rest is whatever, whenever.

Personal opinion but with the mindset of a lot of RV'ers the pilgrims would still be living on the coast if they even made the trip to America.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:36 PM   #40
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Nothing like coming up to a 12' clearance without notice. You pilgrims continue to explore. We 21st century techno travelers will do so sans surprises.

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