Hotels that allow truck parking.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Lennythedriver, Jun 5, 2022.

  1. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    In my ongoing quest to perfect the availability of highly Entertaining truck parking, I was curious about hotels that allow truck parking. Now I’ve used a few over the years, and I know they exist and are pretty common. But how often do they check to make sure that the truck out in their parking lot, or off to the side of the hotel in the gravel lot etc. is actually a guest staying in the hotel? Now I know when you register, you fill out make and model of your car and all that. Rarely do hotels really check on that. Some do.

    My thoughts on this are the hotels are quite frequently located next to other activities, good restaurants, entertainment, etc. With so many Walmarts not allowing truck parking I was thinking to try this route. worst case scenario is I could get a knock on the door but I’m thinking it’s probably highly unlikely.

    Your thoughts? Experience? Anyone tried this?
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  3. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    San Antone
    I might have to tonight if I can't find somewhere else to park after getting unloaded.
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  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    I have parked in hotel lots and got away with it. Always had engine and lights off. Have also been told to leave. Some hotels you can offer to pay like $5 or $10 to the underpaid person at the front desk and get the ok to park.
  5. silverspur

    silverspur Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    If they own the lot (sometimes I wonder if they actually do own it), they have a right to charge us to park there.

    To park there and not pay is defrauding an innkeeper, but if there are no signs posted, how would we know, right? So many subtle unwritten rules to follow.

    It's a common misconception for drivers to think that since they are away from home, anything goes and the rules don't apply to them and that the townsfolk aren't paying attention as the big truck is slowly creeping along, surveying the scene late in the day. But someone is always watching, even when I'm out in the middle of the desert or high up on some mountain pass.

    The locals know that truck drivers run into things, they almost always leave something behind, or they want a special favor that they're not willing to pay for.

    I'm grateful for the new truck stops being built, but the skeletons remain of the ones that went out of business because they couldn't pay the bills . For awhile they did offer a FREE place for drivers to park on their off days, after they fueled up at their company terminal, and before they got into their car that they parked free of charge and drove to the Walmart to to stock up on supplies because these truck stops charge so much.
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  6. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    I used to use my Rand McNally 760 to locate potential motel truck parking. It had a feature that showed whether motels in the search radius offered such parking.

    It's been my experience that two or more motels in close proximity to one another, and are near an interstate, usually offer truck parking or there is a lot nearby used for that purpose.

    Any industrial area that has trucks loading/unloading usually has truck parking nearby.

    If you start your day before 0700, you can stealth park on a whole host of business properties without being rousted out. Particularly on lots where employees park or a public street adjacent to a business.
  7. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2020
    GOAT watching
    There's one down the street from the Stevens yard in mesquite. It allows it for guests. But it's like the plaid parking at a truck stop. Sheet of paper for the window. Lists check in/out info on it.
  8. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Peoples attitudes for trucks couldn't possibly be at a lower low than today, with every crash big news. Why, just the mention of a new Loves truck stop next town over, had the locals all up in arms. "NIMBY", they all cried, and Loves had to relocate. It would have brought in jobs( who cares) and helped the drivers, who have no other place to stop in central Colorado( again, who cares). Our Walmart still allows RVs and trucks, but I think, boots the trucks out once they open. They simply takeup too much space, and Walmart is probably sorry they ever let trucks in, in the 1st place. I wonder if that's even mentioned in drivers school, where to park when your truck says you can't move. Sounds like the tail wagging the dog if you ask me.
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  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    I don't see what it would hurt to park there. The worst that can happen is that they charge you or they ask you to leave. The way I see the issue of truck parking, or lack there of, is like this: if there is 63 ft available somewhere, that's where I'm going to park, whether it's a truck stop, rest area, Walmart, abandoned lot, entrance ramp, side street or staging area at certain warehouses. I've used warehouses to park, even if I don't have a delivery there. Sometimes you have to be a little unconventional out here. That way you minimize your issues.
  10. Trucker61016

    Trucker61016 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Linville, Va
    I've used target parking lots because they usually don't care if a truck parks and there's no signs against parking overnight....if not I park behind the store as if I have a delivery lol....
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    Target is a great place. It's never an abundance of trucks and it's always quiet. I like some of the Hobby Lobby lots too.
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