Fuel Stops

A fuel stop with your RV involves a few issues to consider.

One is that of reducing potential heat and flame hazards that could ignite gasoline fumes. Open flame near gas fumes are something to worry about. You should have all propane appliances shut down so that there are no flames and no automatic ignitors in operations.

Let your rig cool down in the mountains before getting gas, too. Hot brakes and exhaust systems can also be a fire hazard. When coming off the mountain, take a short break for lunch or something to let your RV cool down before you fuel up.

These are rather minor concerns but they have caused disasters and are something to consider.

Maneauvers can be a problem.

Your trailer will track inside your truck so tight corners mean you might center the trailer on an obstacle or run its tires over a curb. The rear of your trailer can swing wide an possibly hit something. Have someone on guard to watch for you in tight spots if possible. Avoid any sharp turns unless desparate.

Gutters, such as at the road edge, should not be taken straight on. Cross at as much of an angle as you can. Try to get an angle so no more than one wheel at a time is in the gutter.

Make sure you remember where your gas tank is on your truck so you get close to the pump where you need to be.

Do a walkaround to check hub temperatures, tire temperature and pressure, check hitch parts and hang-on stuff (like propane tanks) for anything loose. Check windows, vents, tiedowns, locks, latches, access doors, and so on for anything not as it should be.


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