Parking A Truck In The Northeast

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Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Yeah i just dont get it. I mean im definitly not complaining because i like being by myself, it just makes me wonder. And its even listed in the truckstop book that its here. I went in to grab a pop and talked to the lady in there and she said its always like this here.

If it's listed as SMALL most truckers won't even attempt at stopping.

Dave

Errol V.'s Comment
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Great Answer!

Dave has his secrets:

There are a few spots I'll never disclose, NOT even to my own mother, if she were a truck driver.

So good truck stops are like good fishing holes?

I have found that you can skip any of the big 5 chain stops (Pilot/Flying J, TA/Petro, Loves)> They are nearly always full at night. Use an app (I have Trucker Path) and read app reviews of non-chain stops. I've found some great, easy access stops and some knockout diners that way.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There are a few spots I'll never disclose, NOT even to my own mother, if she were a truck driver.

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So good truck stops are like good fishing holes?

I have found that you can skip any of the big 5 chain stops (Pilot/Flying J, TA/Petro, Loves)> They are nearly always full at night. Use an app (I have Trucker Path) and read app reviews of non-chain stops. I've found some great, easy access stops and some knockout diners that way.

I had an idea years ago to build an app for unlisted parking locations exactly as you guys are talking about. There are thousands of places all over the country sitting nearly empty every night that would make for great parking - fast food places, smaller truck stops, abandoned factories, mom-n-pop diners, regular shippers with gigantic lots, etc. But none of them are listed anywhere. I live in a small town of about 3,000 people and I could give you about a dozen great places to park a truck overnight that aren't listed anywhere.

We could literally solve the entire truck parking problem if we could organize the unlisted locations. There's plenty of parking but nobody knows about it.

What do you guys think? Is this an idea we should explore? I think it would be immensely valuable.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Brett's been thinking

[Unlisted parking spots]: What do you guys think? Is this an idea we should explore? I think it would be immensely valuable.

The Truck Stop app I use, Trucker Path, has a few vacant lot listings . It's "user powered" but is mainly a list of the businesses.

As I drive along Interstates, I often see places with a few trucks parked, but I can't tell if a 10 hour break was possible there. A "fishing hole" app might be with looking into.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Wilson's Comment
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There are a few spots I'll never disclose, NOT even to my own mother, if she were a truck driver.

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So good truck stops are like good fishing holes?

I have found that you can skip any of the big 5 chain stops (Pilot/Flying J, TA/Petro, Loves)> They are nearly always full at night. Use an app (I have Trucker Path) and read app reviews of non-chain stops. I've found some great, easy access stops and some knockout diners that way.

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I had an idea years ago to build an app for unlisted parking locations exactly as you guys are talking about. There are thousands of places all over the country sitting nearly empty every night that would make for great parking - fast food places, smaller truck stops, abandoned factories, mom-n-pop diners, regular shippers with gigantic lots, etc. But none of them are listed anywhere. I live in a small town of about 3,000 people and I could give you about a dozen great places to park a truck overnight that aren't listed anywhere.

We could literally solve the entire truck parking problem if we could organize the unlisted locations. There's plenty of parking but nobody knows about it.

What do you guys think? Is this an idea we should explore? I think it would be immensely valuable.

I think that would be a marvelous tool to have at your fingertips. But I have my doubts about how you would collect the data needed. If there were such an app, I would use it for sure.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Wilson wonders:

I have my doubts about how you would collect the data needed.

Google Satellite is a start. Trace an interstate , look for trucks in lots near freeway exits. That may give you places to check on.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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East coast sucks..unless you get paid hourly. Traffic,parking,tight docks,and narrow streets=losing money. Walmart is your friend for parking...just get there early. I only go east,to get loads out west..and Im on a team truck..in and out! East coast sucks period!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I think that would be a marvelous tool to have at your fingertips. But I have my doubts about how you would collect the data needed. If there were such an app, I would use it for sure.

It would be user driven. People using the app would enter places as they come across them. I can get your position with high accuracy using GPS. So it would simply be a matter of hitting a button and maybe entering a quick description or uploading a photo maybe - something like that.

One thing we could do is have other drivers verify a location. So if someone enters a location it would be listed as "unverified" until another driver came along and verified that indeed it was a legitimate spot. I can also get on Google Maps and use the satellite view to verify places.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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East coast sucks..unless you get paid hourly. Traffic,parking,tight docks,and narrow streets=losing money. Walmart is your friend for parking...just get there early. I only go east,to get loads out west..and Im on a team truck..in and out! East coast sucks period!

Easy now. Looks like someone has forgotten about Biggie and Tupac and how that turned out.smile.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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Brett plans ahead:

One thing we could do is have other drivers verify a location. So if someone enters a location it would be listed as "unverified" until another driver came along and verified that indeed it was a legitimate spot. I can also get on Google Maps and use the satellite view to verify places.

This is similar to what Gas Buddy does for unlisted stations.

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