Did there used to be more truck stops

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by ronjeremyjr, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    That’s the main part. Most drivers today under 40 could care less about a sit down restaurant. Fast food is their staple. A square meal would probably cause traumatic issues to their digestive system.
    Not to mention the fact that they would rather converse on their phones than have a conversation face to face.
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    If you're reliant solely on truck stops to park, then yes you're right......but I'll sleep anywhere for real.
  4. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    Yes of course there were more.
    Truck stops that solely existed to service the industry and the drivers.
    A "truck stop" today is a very rare thing.
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  5. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

    Sep 16, 2016
    Yup, doesnt matter if only one in 50 do this. The problem is you dont remimber the 49 other polite truckers. You remimber the ####### who knocked over your gate, dumped his piss bottle onto your lot, left his #### filled walmart bag on the ground and threw his garbage ontop of it. Or you think of names like swift for example.

    Those are what come to mind for your average person. Not me or you. Throw the whaabulince chasers ontop of the mix putting up only JUST legally accurate commercials about how ####ty we are and massive multi million dollar payouts. Then mix that with a lot of O/Os especially from down south whos vehicles are just this side of a junkyard and who i have seen just dump their oil in parking lots or spray diesel everywhere....

    Well. ..we have a reputation now because as with 99% of things in life, the handful of idiots ####ed it up for the rest of us.
  6. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Trucks have changed tremendously, too, with AC, APU’s, fridges, cooking apparatus, wi-fi etc. Drivers don’t NEED truck stop services like diners. They are far more self contained.
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  7. EuropeanTrucker

    EuropeanTrucker Medium Load Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    What were sleeping rooms like?
  8. snowlauncher

    snowlauncher Heavy Load Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    Southeastern ID
    I've never seen them myself, but I would imagine they were just a small private room with only a bed.
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  9. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    There are videos of what trucking was like in the 1950s that show these places.
  10. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    If I could find a nice meal that isn't processed, I'll gladly take it. But I usually find a nice, quiet place and eat it in peace. Nothing to do with the current world climate. Just was never a fan of the usual bugging by the staff and the noise of a crowded restaurant. "gOt rOoM fOr deSsErT?"
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