Pilot in Sturbridge MA

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by Dave1837, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Heavy Load Member

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    I've been in this place many times in the past as I used to run Pittsburgh to NH weekly. What a dump it was. Trucks would be lined up out to the road waiting to fuel, and trucks that just wanted to park couldn't get past the fuel line. I stayed away from this place at all costs until I had to bite the bullet and fuel there last week. What a difference!! They totally redesigned the lot and put a whole new building up. Walking inside it's far different from any other Pilot I've been in, but it's very nice. They need to do this to all of their NE locations...
     
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  3. dunchues

    dunchues Medium Load Member

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    I've avoided that stinkhole for years, for the same reasons you did . Thanks for the heads up I'll look forward to giving it another chance.
     
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  4. bthomann

    bthomann Light Load Member

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    It used to be a cool place when it was the Sturbridge Isle truck stop. Though since it was always an "island" design, its very design caused
    problems from the start. I heard they tore down the big, beautiful restaurant and C-store building and now it's just the fuel island and little
    store there. So sad.
     
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  5. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Heavy Load Member

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    That's all it used to be, I always thought it looked like a re-used rest area building. That's the only thing that was there besides the fuel pumps. Showers and bathroom were up a stairwell behind the cash register. Extremely weird lol
     
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  6. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    I always wondered why they never utilized that gorgeous large building. Probably because it didn't fit their corporate image. They should have opened the building as a Denny's and made it a Flying J. Now it will be just another large pilot. Finally got to upload a new avatar of our Ram and 5th wheel that we enjoy for summer Rving.
     
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  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Back in the 90s, they had a decent restaurant, and also had a pizza place and an ice cream shop. Parking was easy in and out. It was a really nice place to stop. The TA back across the Conn line hadn't been built yet and the only other stop was at the next exit, US20, although that one had a bar next door that had good dinner specials.
     
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  8. bthomann

    bthomann Light Load Member

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    Pilot doesn't appreciate beautiful architecture, I guess. If you notice, all their buildings are built
    extremely bland and boxy-looking. Maybe if they used some cool designs and made each location
    unique, people would tolerate their presence more. Look at each TA. The fact that the locations are
    a hodgepodge of old Union 76's, Boron/Sohio, Burns Brothers, Travel Ports, and Rip Griffins in
    addition to TA's few self-built locations makes each location sort of special. Even the old Flying J's
    had some cool things about them. Not so with Pilot!
     
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  9. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    Is Massachusetts law still requiring that only one fuel tank be filled at one time and not simultaneously like NORMAL?
     
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  10. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Heavy Load Member

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    Not that I've noticed, I had both pumps rolling when I fueled up. I've heard people talk about that law though lol
     
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  11. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    I filled up once at that Pilot in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The pump was set up in such a way that the passenger side tank had to be filled first, and there was no torsion spring clip to hold open the locking lever. But I discovered that a windshield wiper fluid bottle cap fits in nicely to hold open that lever.
     
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