Missed It By That Much!

After pulling out of our site here at the Colorado River Thousand Trails a little after 9:30,

Colorado River A Circle 1

we stopped off and got the toad connected at the park hitch-up spot and were headed out a little before 10am.

Our first stop was about 45 miles down the road at the Flying J in Brookshire, the first time we taken on diesel since November 24, 2013. What can I say, it’s been a slow year so far.

We had already scouted out the RV lanes here on one of our trips past here in the truck, but that didn’t prepare us for the problems.

Coming off the Interstate and coming down the side road, you have to make a left turn into the Flying J, and then immediately, another left turn. And before you’re even clear of the entrance you had to make a 90 degree right into the pumps. You can’t really stop because otherwise you’re completely blocking the main entrance to the place.

Flying J Close Shave 1

The first complication came because there was a big delivery truck parked right along the front edge of the lot. For reference, it was right behind where you see my truck in the photo.

Of course this meant that I couldn’t swing left as far as I wanted before I made the right turn into the pumps. Which meant I had to come in at more of an angle than I wanted. Of course as soon as I was parked at the pumps, the guy came out and left in the truck. Of course he did.

While I taking on 96 gallons of diesel, I dumped a bottle of Diesel Kleene in the tank too.

Diesel Kleen

I never thought too much about using fuel additives, until I talked to a lot of the truckers in the oil patch when we were gate guarding. They said their companies had done comparisons between groups of trucks with and without Diesel Kleene, and they definitely saw a difference.

So now it was time to try and get out of here. I put Jan out back by the toad and turned up the volume on the backup camera mic so I could hear her. Then, keeping to the left as much as possible, I started to slowly pull forward, listening for Jan to scream. One  problem was the fact that I had the same big concrete pillar on the driver’s side, only a few inches from that side too.

Jan said that the rig came so close to the pillar that she couldn’t have gotten a finger between it and the rig. Then as soon as the rig was clear I had to move more to the left so I didn’t drag the toad across the pillar. Jan said on this one she could have gotten her finger between them, but wouldn’t have wanted to.

Finally , to the amazement of onlookers, and even ourselves, we inched out of the space and got back on the road.

About 12:45 we pulled into the Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, found a 50 amp site, and got set up. We seem to be creating a pattern here. The first time we were here, we were in site E60, next time it was E59, and now we’re in E58.

And this time we’ve got a tree.

Lake Conroe TT E58

One thing I was happy to see was that my shear pin repair was successful. At least so far.

Or, at least twice so far.

It came in with no problems when we were ready to leave Colorado River, and then went out just fine here at Lake Conroe.

Just hope it continues that way.

Thought for the Day:

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld



8 Responses

  1. It’s a good thing Jan knows precisely how to guide you. I’ve been waiting to hear how the repair went. We’re going to miss you next week but our thoughts are with you.

  2. Thanks for the info on that Flying J. We pass Brookshire every time we head West out of Katy and wondered about that place. I noticed the Love’s further East in Katy gets about $0,10 more a gallon than Flying J.

    Could y’all have used the 18 wheeler fuel bays?

    Also, while we’re talking Brookshire, there’s a full service truck wash on the other side of I10. We had had our 40′ 5er done there last month. Did a great job. $1.50 per foot. Roof is $15.00 extra.

    My prayers are with y’all in the coming weeks.

  3. good grief. . .could’ya have gotten any closer? I would have so been having a drama queen moment (as Dave calls them.). . .and as Tom asked. . .aren’t there trucker pumps at the Flying J?

    We make it a point to only use trucker pumps. . .and though we’ve been told “trucker’s don’t like it”. . .we’ve never had of them be anything other than friendly. . .most times, there are plenty of islands available, and we’re not in anyone’s way. . .

    Glad to hear the shear pin worked. . .here’s hoping it continues to hold up for a long, long time. . .

    Tell Jan she remains in our thoughts and prayers for a good report!

  4. Jan,

    My Jan has always been very good about guiding me into RV sites. This was just going forward and not backing up.

    Thanks for your kind thoughts.

  5. Tom,

    I try to stay away from the trucker areas as much as possible.

    Plus they were lined up 2 or 3 deep at the pumps.

    We like Flying J because we have the Good Sam’s Flying J RV Plus Credit Card which gives us 6 cents additional discount off the Cash Price or 12 cents off the Credit Price.

    Thanks for truck wash info.

  6. Jan,

    Thanks for your kind thoughts.

    As I told Tom, we try to stay away from the trucker lanes, not just because of horror stories online about slashed tires and unhitched toads, but it seems in most case they’re really busy.

    And yesterday they were lined up 2-3 deep there.

  7. Hmmm….We’ve only been towing with the F350 PSD since September last year and I have always looked for trucker pumps, especially due to my amature towing skills and the fact that many times they’ll have long air hoses with better than 35psi pressure. Imagine my despair when the pump I pulled up to had no meter display and nowhere to scan a credit card! That’s when I got my first lesson on how truckers can fill both side tanks with one transaction. I haven’t been at it long enough I guess to experience any ill will or hear if it happening to others. I’ll keep a vigilant eye out from now on.

    Thanks y’all!

  8. Tom,

    One thing to be careful about on these dual pumps is that when you turn on the master pump, the slave pump is also turned on. It has been known to happen that someone will pull up on the other side of your rig, fill up on your dime, and then drive off. Leaving you stuck with the bill.

    So watch out.

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