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Old 08-06-2017, 01:28 PM   #1
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Overnight at Truck Stops

We frequently overnight at truck stops. When possible we park in the RV section, but many don't have one, so we park in the back with the semis.

So far we have not had issues with any of the drivers, but I have read a couple of times in forums that truckers don't like people pulling trailers parking in their truck stop spaces.

I can understand their point of view, if there are no spaces for them to park and they must take their 10 hour driving break.

Do you do anything to avoid issues with truckers? Have any of you had issues and what did you do?

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Old 08-06-2017, 01:36 PM   #2
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Just don't park there. It is the wrong thing to do. Look for a Walmart.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:42 PM   #3
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If that's the case....trucker could look for a Walmart...many do
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:00 PM   #4
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I think being a truck driver is crappy enough without the aggravation of RVs taking up space at a TRUCK stop.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:23 PM   #5
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During the day I will pull into the truck parking area but not overnight. I try find a spot they don't use. I prefer reststops to truckstops and there I'll overnight in the car section.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:17 PM   #6
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FWIW: Last time I "camped" at Walmart, everything else there were trucks.

+1 The truckers buy all the fuel, eat all the food, pay for the showers, etc. at truck stops. So taking some of their parking sounds like a bad idea.
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I'm confused as to what is a truck stop? I am aware of rest stops for trucks and cars and rv's and truck fuel centers where trucks and cars fill their tanks. Is there a third category out there?
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:29 PM   #8
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By truck stop, I was referring to businesses such as Pilot, Flying J, TA and Loves where there is normally a restaurant, car gas station, truck gas station and space for trucks to park for their mandatory rest time.
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I knew you were referring to those and they appreciate anyone's business.
There's never a sign saying no campers either...they know you're gonna fuel up and buy and maybe eat there.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:20 PM   #10
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We stopped at a Pilot/FlyingJ in Dothan (Al) on the way home from ScampCamp2015 in Sebring (Fl).

We were trying to avoid/out-run winter storm Octavia and there seemed to be no better choice for getting a few hours of much needed sleep.

There were 2-deep parking spots on the Denny's side of the building that were undoubtedly originally meant for 2 cars. They were much too small for an 18-wheeler, but an SUV and a 13 foot Scamp fit just fine. We parked at the 2-deep spot farthest from the door.

After getting a few hours of sleep, we ate an early breakfast at the Denny's, fueled up the SUV, and got back on the road. It felt like a safe spot, we tried not to inconvenience anybody, and I don't think anyone really minded. (At least, I hope not!)

Just my own experience. As always, YMMV.

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By truck stop, I was referring to businesses such as Pilot, Flying J, TA and Loves where there is normally a restaurant, car gas station, truck gas station and space for trucks to park for their mandatory rest time.
Okay, I understand your terminology. I have never overnight at one, they always seem too bright and noisy. I do stop at rest areas and do park in the truck area, taking a slot from a truck. Normally squeezed between two other trucks as most the rest areas designate rv's as trucks vs automobiles. If full I may end up in the auto area which seems more sparse. Since they are not well lighted and I'm there at night I keep my trailer lights on as those big rigs like to swing in and with my lights I want to be noticed. I installed an extra Hopkin's 7 pin receptacle and fused the 2 pins to allow my lights to be on and not pull from my tow.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:27 AM   #12
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Be VERY careful about parking next to a refrigerator truck. Sometimes their generator exhausts to the side and it will blow right into your open window in the Casita.

Try not to park near semi trucks if you can help it, although I do it sometimes myself.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:38 AM   #13
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I don't know how many, but several states do not allow overnight in rest areas, often posting a 2 hr limit. Virginia is one example but there are several others.

One other place I've overnighted at a few times is at Cracker Barrels.

Walt

I recently joined Passport America to give them a try. With their 50% discounts that may be a low cost alternative, though not free. I'd appreciate learning anyone else's experience with them.

And I'd happily pay a small fee for a quick overnight, even without hookups.
Next week I'm embarking on a 6 week trip from Virginia, to British Columbia
to LA and back to Virginia. I sure can't afford to pay $30-$40 per night all the way.

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Old 08-07-2017, 10:03 AM   #14
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We overnighted at a Home Depot. Empty lot and parked at the far end of the lot.
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