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Old 12-17-2016, 04:56 AM   #1
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Navigating Gas Stations and Restaurants While Towing

I purchased a Coleman 192RD earlier this month and drove it over 500 miles to get it home. Towing this distance for a first time tower was quite an experience The biggest problem I had was navigating through gas stations and restaurants. Even with this small trailer, under 23', and a 19' F150, I'm almost 42' long.

Does anyone have suggestions on better ways to maneuver in these tight quarters surround by other vehicles?
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Old 12-17-2016, 09:37 AM   #2
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You should hang with the "big boys" now. Stop using gas stations and start using truck stops or places that cater to RV's. If you don't it will just be a matter of time....
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Old 12-17-2016, 11:07 AM   #3
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I purchased a Coleman 192RD earlier this month and drove it over 500 miles to get it home. Towing this distance for a first time tower was quite an experience The biggest problem I had was navigating through gas stations and restaurants. Even with this small trailer, under 23', and a 19' F150, I'm almost 42' long.

Does anyone have suggestions on better ways to maneuver in these tight quarters surround by other vehicles?
Don't?

Everyone has different skill sets, however with a trailer in tow you will need to start thinking like a truck driver, as Rusty pointed out. Truck stops, Wal-mart and Cracker Barrel are all good places to use. When we travel and want to stop and eat I will pull the place up on a satellite view on my phone to see what the situation looks like. In some many cases restaurants will be located on the outside perimeter of a shopping center, that is a good thing. You can park in the shopping center and walk over. If they are stand alone, I won't pull into the parking lot.


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Last bit of advice, same with docking a boat; if your not sure of your skills or if you have enough room, don't push it. Better to move on down.
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Thnaks lcv800,

I was thinking places like LOVES, PILOT, and SHEETZ would provide more space but they too were tight at the gasoline vs the semi truck pumps.

Do you know if the semi truck pump areas also dispense gasoline? I never did drive though those pumps.

Great advice on skipping those tighter areas and moving on down. I've done that a couple times and have happily not hit anything :-)

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Thanks Aaron,

Using the smartphone satellite view is a great idea. After this maiden journey I hope to have a stocked kitchen to reduce the need for restaurant stops but when the need arises I'll be checking the satellite views.

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I purchased a Coleman 192RD earlier this month and drove it over 500 miles to get it home. Towing this distance for a first time tower was quite an experience The biggest problem I had was navigating through gas stations and restaurants. Even with this small trailer, under 23', and a 19' F150, I'm almost 42' long.

Does anyone have suggestions on better ways to maneuver in these tight quarters surround by other vehicles?
We have a 201QB and are at 40' with Jeep and trailer. I think the more time you spend on the road and backing into really tight places you will find it is way more maneuverable than you currently think. That was certainly the case for me.

As others suggested it is best to plan ahead to avoid a tight spot. You will be surprised overtime what you can get away with. Don't be in a rush when backing up. Take your time and having a spotter helps.
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Thanks Jordy,

My wife was an immense help with spotting for me. I probably would have collided with something without her or more likely I would have worn out my truck door (opening and closing) as I inched back, jumped out of truck to check spacing, inched back, jumped out of truck to check spacing, etc :-)
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Thnaks lcv800,

I was thinking places like LOVES, PILOT, and SHEETZ would provide more space but they too were tight at the gasoline vs the semi truck pumps.

Do you know if the semi truck pump areas also dispense gasoline? I never did drive though those pumps.

Great advice on skipping those tighter areas and moving on down. I've done that a couple times and have happily not hit anything :-)

Thanks!
Most truck lanes don't dispense gas. I have a buddy that delivers trucks for a living. I was chatting with him the other day and he was cussing about his latest delivery. Apparently he had a 3 truck stack of straight chassis trucks and the 'driver' was gasoline powered. He said it was a major PITA getting into places to fill them up. Usually he has diesel powered units. He was having to look for places with outside pumps and plenty of room.

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Thanks Aaron,

I think I'll give corporate a call for places like LOVES to see if they have a listing of locations with gas at the truck pumps. It would be great if all the GAS RVers could pull through a truck island lane with GAS.
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