Truck Parking close to a Truck Stop

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  1. daveolson36

    daveolson36 Bobtail Member

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    Wanted to ask a quick question regarding parking. My father is has been an over the road trucker since I can remember (In his late 60's now) and my in-laws are also truckers but haul locally.

    Anyways, we own some land within about 2-3 miles of a truck stop and to no ones surprise it's full of trucks every night and so are the on and off ramps going eastbound and westbound. With this being 2-3 miles away, we'd offer a shuttle bus to and from the truck lot to the truck stop. The frequency is up in the air....would a shuttle bus every 30 minutes or 45 minutes work or would you feel it would need to be every 15 mins? We are undecided on the rate but it would be either a 12hr or 24hr option.

    It would be fully stabilized with asphalt millings or paved, well lit, fenced with privacy fencing, security cameras and gated with on site security. There would be bathrooms on site similar to what you'd see at a concert or fairgrounds.....one of those trailer bathrooms that have HVAC in each bathroom. So the bigger question is whether the shuttle bus idea is one that is worth pursuing?
     
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  3. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    get mobile mini trailers. dont charge for showers. just parking. have a hot food truck
     
  4. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    You're looking at a huge cash investment to prepare a parking lot for the weight of tractor trailers, and I don't think you'd make much of a return on your investment without a store and fuel to sell. I seriously doubt if many or any drivers would bother with the shuttle bus. They'd just stop at the truck stop for food first, then go to your lot to park and eat.

    Most company drivers can't afford much for parking, so unless you plan on letting trucks park overnight for $5.00 or less, I wouldn't count on many customers. They'd rather just park for free on an off ramp.

    You would probably be better off just making it a gravel parking lot that can be touched up as needed, and partner up with some local catering trucks to park on the property for food. Maybe some porta-potties and plenty of trash cans. Truckers will dump all kinds of trash out their doors even if there is a trash can 20 feet away, so plan on having employees to do a lot of nasty clean-up.
     
  5. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Medium Load Member

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    Keep it simple and just charge for parking on a dirt or gravel lot. All the other added things will only cost you revenue and bring headache.
     
  6. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

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    Other business would be a shop, or Mobil service, the big Truck stops are hours behind getting service. A gravel lot would be better than a lot of truck stops. What is the location.?
     
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  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    Any local zoning issues ?
    The adjacent neighbors will NOT be happy about what you’re planning .

    the noise, exhaust fumes , leaking fuel , dripping oil from engines , etc

    local zoning may require a detention pond .
    Most do for a large parking lot.
     
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  8. Team818

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    Why not just find out like roundhouse said? Check zoning, whats required. Maybe an RV park would be better? Sounds good though. Doesn't hurt to ask about the zoning first. Good Luck. Trucking needs more parking thats for certain.
     
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  9. N00bLaLoosh

    N00bLaLoosh Light Load Member

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    Is your land intended to be truck parking or did guys just decide to park on your land?
     
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  10. Team818

    Team818 Medium Load Member

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    You ask about the shuttle being the bigger issue. Have you checked into getting a vehicle, license like a cab/uber and what that all takes to go? Insurance in case of well, you know what, accident? I sure you are cofident that the driver will not wreck but others could hit you/them driving the cab/uber. Anyways, sounds like you need to some foot work here. You should go for it though. What else do you have to do with that land? Check it out. God Bless.
     
  11. daveolson36

    daveolson36 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the info! Location is within the Houston TX area. We've thought about mobile mechanics as those guys are a commodity for the local haulers that park each night. Wasn't sure if the demand would be as great for the over the road guys.
     
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