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Old 09-03-2016, 05:34 PM   #1
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Truck stop question

So sorry for having to ask this but when we start traveling can rv'ers stay at truck stops like Flying J / Pilot etc and for how long if so? Also when getting fuel at them , which pumps does one use, the reg car islands or the ones the trucks use?
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:47 PM   #2
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I do not stay at truck stops overnight but do use Flying J / Pilot for fuel regularly

Flying J has RV Islands, I use them when available

If the Flying J RV Islands are not available or at Pilot I use the truck lanes.

Get familiar with the operation of the Truck Pumps and be in and out, do not park in the truck lanes, it will agitate the truckers that make a living driving.
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:50 PM   #3
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I have used both truck and car islands. Depends how crowded they are. Most of the truck islands have DEF nozzles too if you need that. Truck nozzles fill faster but I discovered you have to slow the fill towards the end otherwise the tank did not fill completely. No experience with overnighting.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:06 PM   #4
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We primarily use Pilot/Flying J for fuel and never try the RV lanes because we don't want to risk getting trapped by cars in doing their shopping an parking in front of the store.
We are Life Members of Good Sam and have the Pilot/Flying J/Good Sam card which gives us 8 cents of the cash price and will start the Truck pumps.
I wouldn't try staying overnite in the Truck parking area as many times they a full and they have to have time parked, we don't.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:11 PM   #5
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some truck stops have spots just for Rvs. to stay over nite after you fuel up make sure you pull up past the pumps so the next truck can get fuel. Time is $$$ for drivers.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:40 PM   #6
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Unless it's clearly marked that RVs can park overnight (maybe a small time truck stop in an out of way location), please don't do it. Those spaces are for profesional drivers and it's a courtesy to them to move on and find either a campground or a Walmart. I fuel at the truck islands all the time. Much easier in and out. Just don't park at an island and go in to do your shopping. That's a NO NO. If you need to go in, pull your rig up all the way so as to allow for another truck to come into the island behind you. Again, it's Trucker's Courtesy.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:41 PM   #7
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I stop mostly at Pilot/Flying J when possible. I also generally go thru the truck pumps unless the RV pumps look particularly roomy, many times there's just not a lot of room to pull thru those RV pumps. It's also a fast fill up with those high flow truck nozzles and we pull up and are out of they way in no time. Much easier to add DEF if needed in the truck lanes.

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Old 09-04-2016, 12:56 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info on the Good Sam Card. I knew about the discount, but I didn't know about being able to use it to pump on the truck island.
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:12 AM   #9
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thanks all, sounds like great advice and we will follow it. I am unfamiliar with the term DEF tho?
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:35 AM   #10
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ok just researched DEF amd my truck is a 2005 so not an issue for me. Thanks again
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