Ideally perhaps. Maybe they could develop a system that uses your loyalty card. Swipe it going in, do your business (purchases are accumulated and tallied), swipe it going out , and it immediately displays appropriate parking charge if there is one. You can then [if necessary] pay with payment means assigned to loyalty card, or choose another payment option. It hopefully prints a receipt without any problems, and you’re on your way.
Of course you have to video every truck because you’re going to always have some irate trucker crash the gate.
Do you agree with reserved truck stop parking?
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But maybe parking charges can be added as an authorized card charge, the same way Cat scale charges are allowed on fuel cards. That would be helpful so drivers don’t have to wait for reimbursement.
Was at the Sacramento 49er today for a quick shower. They no longer have someone working the exit booth.
If you stay longer than the free 4 hours but have receipts for food or truck services you have to take them inside to the fuel desk to get a validated exit ticket before getting in line to exit. No cash is accepted at the exit kiosk. Credit cards only.
I can see this being a disaster quickly. Its bound to happen where you get a driver who's a couple minutes shy of his 4 hours get in line to leave and by the time he reaches the gate it's over 4 hours and he has no credit card to pay so now the line is backed up a mile long as he parks blocking the gate and goes inside to get the issue resolved. Lots of other scenarios that are bound to happen, you just know it's going to happen.
I had no idea when I first posted this thread there would be such a huge response from other drivers. Been out here for 38 years and I remember when you could pull into a truck stop in the middle of the night and you could still find a place to park. There are more and more trucks out there every day and they're screaming for more of us too.
Like I said before I have spent many years backing into a spot in a truck stop all across this country but I've been a car hauler and a daycab driver for a number of years and I sure am glad that I don't have to look for a spot to park anymore. I'm in a hotel. Today I Got Loaded in Belvidere which is by Rockford Illinois. But trying to get around Chicago and head out towards Indiana is crazy at 4 in the afternoon. I got started about 4 a.m. so I finally got to the hotel about 5 and I figure I can take off about 3 in the morning and not have to contend with all that traffic. If I had to rely on a truck stop there are absolutely no truck stops anywhere around here in Elgin Illinois.
I have to tell you guys I don't miss the truck stops or having to make appointments. A lot of times I do after hours delivery. I unload my vehicles, lock up the cars and I drop the keys in in a dropbox and down the road I go.
And yes the hotels are paid by the company. And these are not dive hotels either. Oh and did I mention that I gross average $2000- 2300 per week?
I get home sometime before noon or maybe as late as 2 in the afternoon on Friday and then I'm gone Sunday Morning by 5 a.m..
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1. Like STexan said I think it was it's a small percentage of truckers an even 4wheelers who do the healthy option.
2. Fresh veggies an the like go bad quick. Whether a pre-made salad, or sitting out. I doubt a truck stop wants to deal with the loss in money, even if it's small.
3. Quallity veggies an fruit don't come cheap if your not buying in bulk. One can hit a walmart, fruit stand, farm market etc to get all the good veggies an fruit they want.
4. Why is it "sad" the food in your truck is better then truck stop food? I know the stuff I buy an cook is always better then a truck stop. I like to indulge at times enjoy a good sit down meal. I know though if I ever want good quality food on a regular basis, I gotta make it myself, or get the wife to.
I would rather cook my own BBQ, or make my salad, or my own meal even the majority of the time. An yes...I'm pretty confident what I cook is far better then your Dennys, Subway, iron skillet whatever. Portable grills are great, same with skillets, crock pot, fryer(air or normal oil), etc.
Not to mention it's cheaper to fix my own meals most of the time.
You can make some awesome country ribs in a crock pot. Set that sucker for 8 hours on low, do your thing, an then eat like a king at the end of the day.
Good luck though, as I do agree they need more "quality" food at a stop. I just don't think "Fresh" would last very long or justify the loss when they have to trash most of it.
I tried to quote the next one but it wouldn't do to the way it was replied to...so forgive me
"Better than the brain dead, heroin, speed, ICE, prescription, and alcohol infused idiots of today's drivers" - Tripledigitbullhauler
You know that heroin,ICE(Meth/Crank) and speed are drugs right? An they were being abused in the 80s, 90s, an probably even now. That hasn't changed in the history of trucking. Just like any other industry just about you will find drug use. Stockbrokers to truckers. Meth has been used as a stay up drug forever, aka Crank. Blame the bikers they were the ones selling an transporting that #### all over the country. I will agree that prescription drugs are abused far more now then back then. Now a days you got idiots buying adderal from people with prescriptions for it. It's like meth/crank/speed. Will keep you up all night, and of course get you addicted like crazy. On the bright side though you won't look 90 when your 23 and on meth. Silver lining folks...always a silver lining.
I don't deny there are idiots out there behind the wheel. We all know that. I just don't agree with the blanket statements. Just like drugs, there will always be idiots out there.
An hey..I got no beef with hookers. Them ladies need to earn a living somehow. Not my cup of tea but eh...if your willing to pay for it, go you.(Not specific Yous here, general You's. This part is not directed to Tripledigitbullhauler.) Vegas and Amsterdam have both shown legal prostitution can be done.
With that said...Stay safe out there everyone. Pay for a spot if you want, or don't. The world will continue, babies will be born, stars(Space kind) will die, and life shall continue on.
Sirscrapntruckalot - I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong. - One of my favorite sayings. thank you internet.
It makes no sense that an OTR trucker would not go for the premium meal that cost more but has better health properties. Kwik Trips have real food made daily and whenever i stopped there i pretty much over spent and said thank you because i saw the large staff that was required to keep those foods prepped. Oil drowned vegetables at the petro/TA buffet tables will raise your blood pressure. You sleeper chefs should dedicate more time hauling than playing with pots and pans.
Oh, and please support your small truck stops that have real hot food for you! Don't be cheap!
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