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Truck Stops that are RV-teardrop friendly

Postby kayakrguy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:55 am

Hi folks,

We have friends who have just got a RoadTrek van to travel the world in. Tom has some health issues that make a teardrop impractical.

They were wondering which Truck stop chains might be RV-trailer friendly.
I had heard that some chains are designating some spaces for RV use.
I cannot, for the world of me remember what they are.

Do any board members know which truck stops are RV friendly?

I hope this finds everyone well...

Jim
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Postby DrCrash » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:34 pm

We have stayed at numerous " Loves, Flying J and Pilot truck stops"

We always go in and ask. All of them have been more than helpfull.
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Postby madjack » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:28 am

...most all, of your large, modern interstate truckstops are also set up to cater to the RV crowd as well as truckers...FlyingJ is probably out front on this...as are their prices!!!!!!!!!
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p.s. to all teardroppers, RVers, campers, a bit of advice...if you use a truckstop, don't take a space for a trucker...you will be HIGHLY resented and this can lead to???????????????.....MJ
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Postby humormeplease » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:32 am

We agree, there is usually plenty of room on the "Auto" side of the travel plaza. :thumbsup:
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Postby Oasis Maker » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:47 am

madjack wrote:...most all, of your large, modern interstate truckstops are also set up to cater to the RV crowd as well as truckers...FlyingJ is probably out front on this...as are their prices!!!!!!!!!
madjack 8)

p.s. to all teardroppers, RVers, campers, a bit of advice...if you use a truckstop, don't take a space for a trucker...you will be HIGHLY resented and this can lead to???????????????.....MJ


That's IF you wake up in the morning from breathing in all of the exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide poisoning from all of the trucks idling. :thumbdown:

A crowded truck stop is not recommended for a Roadtrek... and certainly not EVER recommended for the small cab of a teardrop with the windows open in the summer. (eeeyeah, did that.. ONCE)

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Postby Miriam C. » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:03 am

Don't forget that Cracker Barrel resturants also allow parking. Some of the larger sporting goods store do as well. Around here Loves, Flying J, Petro and a few other on the interstate welcome overnighters. :thumbsup:
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Postby Arne » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:13 am

I've used WalMart, flying j, cabelas, cracker barrel....

When I've decided I have wanted to park for free, I've never been unable to find a free place, along major highways.... And I carry an atlas, bought at walmart that shows all walmart locations.
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Postby del » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:12 am

madjack wrote:...most all, of your large, modern interstate truckstops are also set up to cater to the RV crowd as well as truckers...FlyingJ is probably out front on this...as are their prices!!!!!!!!!
madjack 8)

p.s. to all teardroppers, RVers, campers, a bit of advice...if you use a truckstop, don't take a space for a trucker...you will be HIGHLY resented and this can lead to???????????????.....MJ
I always ask first, have not been turned down yet. They will have suggestions where to park, 9 chances out of ten it is slightly away from the trucks and sometimes under a sign. A blinking neon sign will test how tired you are. As for idleing trucks, much more easy to deal with than the crazyies who hang out at walley world just after the bars close.

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Postby Ageless » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:41 am

Many cities have banned 'camping' or parking RVs outside of commercial campgrounds. Seems the owners of the campgounds were losing $$.

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Postby sdtripper2 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:00 pm

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On the subject of the Flying J and poison air:

As Jack mentioned parking by the Flying J trucks is NOT recommended ~
thus possible bad air, engine noise and experience as Scott and others have suggested.

Now the way Flying J should be looked at is two place settings. They do
provide separate fuel pumps so to do they provide separate locations for
overnighting. The RV section is usually closest to the restaurant with ample
expected parking for their road weary guests. These locations are much
quieter and usually are on the opposite sides of the station footprint. My
travels across the southwest have brought me to the J that flies when my
time to sleep was at hand. Find a place on the back row of the parking lot as
far away from the truck section as possible before the full darkness comes
and you will have ample selection. You too will have the best chance of a
quiet, pollution free rest. These well lit and traveled areas seem a safer
respite location from say a road side rest area parking, and you have the
chance of cleaner bathroom facilities. Hot coffee in the morning is another
plus in my book of travel, as well as the handy possibility of other
personal needs met by their extrusive product lines. Showers are also available.

As another intensive you might concider getting a Flying J Rewards club card
or one of their other fuel discount cards. While driving across the
vastness of the Southwest and especially Texas every time I fueled uP I
was asked for my discount card number at the pump. Not having the
discount card but an application in hand wasn't satisfying but now I have
filled out my application for my next trek across the lands where Flying J
services.

Don't forget Canada has Flying J's as well.

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Loves Country stores too have overnight parking at many locations.
Their merchandise, food, bathroom facilities may support your travels well.
With 129 Loves locations you do have a chance of getting cheaper gas here.

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Much along the same line Petro locations may be your choice because of
the Iron skillet restaurantsusually on the stations footprint.
The Iron Skillet is consistently voted ‘America's #1 Choice for Home-style
Cooking’ by professional drivers.

I personally have never stayed at the separate car parking from truck
parking at Petro so can't coment on the availability or comfort. I do
however suggest the Iron Skillet for a meal if your on the road for some
time and want home cooked type food.
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Many thanks...

Postby kayakrguy » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:29 pm

Hi folks,

I want to thank everyone that replied to my requests re: 'free camping at truck stops.

Jean and Tom have not been able to camp for several years because of health problems. The Roadtrek, which they pick up this coming week will allow them to do that. Years ago, they used a pop-up, which they gave to one of their children several years ago.

I have cut and pasted all of your posts and forwarded them to Jean and Tom. If plans work out, they will do their first major trip to Texas to see their daughter and her family, north of Galveston.

Best to all,

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