We have traveled 16,550 miles since starting The Touring Camper in 2014, journeying as far as Wyoming, Florida, and Maryland from our home base in Pennsylvania. And no matter where our travels have taken us through the years, making refueling stops at Pilots and Flying Js has always been a part of our adventure. We appreciate that along unfamiliar highways, Pilots and Flying Js are a familiar and consistent place for RVers to make a pit stop. Which is why Jarrett and I are excited to announce that Pilot Flying J is our official fuel sponsor as we venture this winter to Texas and beyond.
Pilot Flying J owns and operates over 700 travel centers and convenience stores nationwide. When we hit the road this week, we’ll be making regular stops at Pilots and Flying J’s to refuel, use the restrooms, and stretch our legs.
One of the main reasons we prefer stopping at a Pilot or Flying J on our camping trips is that they are RV friendly gas stations. When we pull in, we don’t have to worry about whether our rig will fit, or whether we will have a hard time navigating through the gas station parking lot. (Of course we occasionally have to fill up at regular gas stations, and sometimes it’s been a tight squeeze navigating through some gas stations. Before pulling into a gas station, we always try to assess whether we can navigate the camper in it–but sometimes we’ve misjudged, or the necessity of getting gas NOW! has trumped waiting for a more ideal location, especially since our max fuel range while towing is only 250 miles!)
in addition to the spacious, RV friendly gas stations, Pilot Flying J’s great service islands offer RV fueling lanes, dump stations, and propane refills. Many sites also offer overnight parking for RVers looking for an easy spot to pull in and get some shut eye before hitting the road again.
The next time you visit a Pilot or Flying J, pick up one of the RV Travel Guides, which details by state the locations of the gas stations and the services available at each site. Here’s an example of a page in the travel guide:
Pilot Flying J also has a handy app to make it simple for RVers to locate stations along their route, verify fuel prices, check what amenities are available at each location, earn rewards, and much more. Drivers with the preferred loyalty account are eligible to receive a three cent gas or auto diesel discount when using the myPilot app. We just downloaded the app to our phones so we’ll be ready to use it on our Texas adventure, and the app says they will be adding even more features for RV guests in the future.
Pilot Flying J also offers a special RV Plus charge card geared just for RVers. If you are a Good Sam Club member, when you use the RV Plus card, you receive additional discounts per gallon of fuel. Can’t beat saving money–especially with the amount of fuel RVers use. (One note: It doesn’t appear you can layer the Good Sam discount with the fuel discount from the myPilot rewards card. We’ll be testing this out shortly!)
With so many services available to RVers, Pilot Flying J is an ideal fueling stop. We’ll be posting daily from the road (as long as we have cell reception!), documenting our winter adventure to Texas and our experiences stopping at Pilot Flying J’s RV friendly gas stations, so be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so you can get the latest updates. (If you like hashtags, we will be using #thetouringcamper and #fueledbypilotflyingj on social media.) We invite you to come along with us as we explore the country while highlighting ways to make your next RVing experience the best yet as you embark on amazing adventures!
Texas, here we come!