Why truck drivers are willing to pay for parking?

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by Ruy Teixeira, Aug 27, 2021.

  1. Ruy Teixeira

    Ruy Teixeira Bobtail Member

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    Hey all,

    I want to know the real reason why you all are willing to pay for parking instead of park illegally or for free on other sites.

    Thank you
     
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  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    You answered your own question. SMH
     
  4. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Medium Load Member

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    The real question we should be asking is why people are parking for free in the paid parking spots and the truck stop does nothing about it, even when the paid parking is full and prepaid reservations show up.
     
  5. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Heavy Load Member

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    I almost never pay for parking, but once in a while I will reserve a space at a Pilot/Flying J if I’m going somewhere that I don’t know very well or if I’m not going to reach a good stopping point for my next day’s delivery until later. I use points, so it doesn’t feel like I’m actually spending money, but I’d gladly pay if I had to. It’s totally worth avoiding the hassle!
     
  6. dngrous_dime

    dngrous_dime Road Train Member

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    $18 for a parking spot is better than a 3am wakeup and dealing with potentially being towed.
     
  7. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Actually the real question is, why do truck stops feel the need to charge for parking?
     
  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    People who HAVE to sleep at a truck stop will gladly pay for parking. On occasion I have used points to pay for parking at the Pilot my reasons are for trip planning purposes, as in I want to be minutes away if I am taking a 34 or I know my customer doesn't have overnight parking. For me, parking isn't an issue like it is for our more "diva drivers."
     
  9. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    We arent ALL willing to.

    Im willing to pay only in select areas where the rate essentially has that built in.

    Middle of nowhere iowa, 12$ parking in a crappy pothole filled lot, go f yourself.

    Nj/ct, might be worth 40$ for a spot

    No apps that ive seen make it reasonable to use the app

    most parking is overpriced, its curious (read: infuriatingly close to looking like price fixing) that each truckstop just magically settles on the exact same price regardless of quality of store/ameneties and other parking availability nearby (location)
     
  10. mstrchf117

    mstrchf117 Light Load Member

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    I'd rather not pay it given a choice, but sometimes there isn't one. If I have to get a certain distance and looks like I'll be stopping late in a certain area, I'll pay. Or unload/load goes late, and low on hrs.
     
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  11. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Medium Load Member

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    So people don't dump equipment there for endless periods of time which limits parking for drivers actually needing a place to park and sleep
     
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