Permanent fixtures at truck stops

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by Lonewolf2000, Apr 14, 2019.

Do you have time to be a permanent fixture at a truck stop

Poll closed Apr 21, 2019.
  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. Texas Rebel

    Texas Rebel Light Load Member

    Apr 15, 2018
    Then you would griping about everybody needing to go to the bathroom at the same time.....oh wait, heck never mind.,,,,,you must be an absolute joy to be around.
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  3. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Well,I can say this- I GET IT what the OP is trying to say- I Do.
    First I'd like to point out the T&A in Dallas Pike,WV never has any free parking is the Gas an Oil contractors Purchase long term space to park their equipment in truck spots- I Know,Its not Right,But Money Dictates everything-Right or Wrong.

    Now.....Why are these truckstops Packed??

    Easy,Easy Answer- Explosion of equipment and Drivers in the last 15-20 years.....
    I started Driving in 1989....You Could Pull into the 76 at 10pm and Still get a spot or 2....
    Wasn't an Issue-

    WAY TOO MANY Trucks on the road- Yes,many are Not Needed, but there out here because a small percent of people just want to "try it" But aren't in it for the long haul(No pun intended)

    If you removed 10-1`5% of all Common Carriers- They Wouldn't be Missed- Why do you think most Brokerages have their way with so many of these guys?? Because they can- Even when trucks are tight.

    Anyway back to the OP"s concern over parking- Nothing Really can be done about it now- The Explosion of Idiots has occured- Everyone and their Sister wants to be in trucking.

    Look at Not just Packed truckstops....but Exit Ramps are an Eyesore littered with trucks....Accident percentages have Skyrocketed........Infrastructure is so poor..Many states can't keep up.

    Its an Overcrowded Business-- And an Overcrowded Country- In 20 years the USA will Be as Packed as China.
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  4. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    The TA in Dallas Pike should be all reserved parking since everyone walks over to the bar for supper.
  5. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017

    I am usually permently fixed somewhere thats blocking you.
  6. Michael H

    Michael H Medium Load Member

    Nov 3, 2015
    Stayinback hit the nail on the head. The infrastructure is overwhelmed. Yes, it's frustrating for us drivers, but there are ways to manage your expectations. I try to run during hours in which I know there will be parking available when I need to stop.

    It's not perfect, the past few weeks I've had a few close calls with the clock. That comes with unexpected events messing with my oh-so-perfect timing. (tongue-in-cheek. Geez, do I really have to explain that?)

    I don't mind seeing the lot full, I understand why it is. Lord knows, I've chosen to sit an extra day to get a better rate before, and will do it again.

    I think the OP would have gotten more mileage off requesting the truckstop managers get outside and move the guys outta the fuel lanes. Those stupid announcements are so overplayed, no one even registers them anymore. Get a real human being out there saying, "move your truck" would be more effective. If only there was some sort of way to prevent fast food sales to drivers parked in the fuel lane. "Sorry driver, you're blocking the fuel lane. Please park in a regular spot before I can complete your purchase." Well, enough dreaming. Back to reality.
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  7. gräkken

    gräkken Light Load Member

    Dec 13, 2020
    If this is a 24/7 problem what is this “get there early” thing about. What times are least busy?
  8. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    In that case they need to be parked at their yards instead of hogging up spaces needed by OTR drivers.
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  9. Lucky12

    Lucky12 Medium Load Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    I have seen parking enforcement people who have a piece of chalk on a stick and mark on the tirez of vehicles that may be overstaying their welcome. Then they come back around later and see who is. Chalk even comes in colors.
  10. Nukem

    Nukem Road Train Member

    May 11, 2014
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Maybe they are drivers who take the truck "home" instead of a yard that is in another state. I.E. McElroy out of Cuba Alabama. They don't require drivers to park there, do they? No... They find places to park for weekends and such... Moving forward with the thought process... drivers end up taking spots in truck stops and mom and pops for time off. Either find a spot, or move on, I guess is what I'm getting at...
  11. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    There’s several local guys that park at the Loves here all the time. They ask the manager and he’s totally fine with it. Most of them buy a lot of their fuel from that Loves and probably their lunch and breakfast there a lot of days. They learn to know most of the employees on a first name basis. They probably aren’t going anywhere to give their spot away to someone else.
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