Truck Parking Situation In Phoenix, Arizona Area, Particularly I-10

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Gregory V.'s Comment
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I wonder if anyone can tell me what the truck parking situation is like in and around Phoenix, particularly on I-10? I've been doing some research and I found the recent US federal study in conjunction with Jason's Law identifies Arizona as No. 8 on the list of states with the highest ratio of truck parking spaces to miles of travel. But I also looked at the Trucker Path application and found that many of the Phoenix area truck stops listed were full most of this past weekend.

Are truck stops full most or perhaps nearly all the time in the Phoenix area?

JakeBreak's Comment
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I can tell you the last time I was down there, granted it was a couple months ago, that at 0600 the truck stops were all full. I ended up having to go out of route to park at our terminal down there. Normally you can always find a dozen or so spaces around that time because of everyone getting up to start thier days. Even in the northeast I don't have a problem finding spots in the morning but again that's not somewhere I travel regularly so it may have been an off day for parking or something


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Old School's Comment
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Gregory, as a general rule when going to a big city that I'm not real familiar with, I will plan my day so that I'm headed to park my truck in the early afternoon. I realize that doesn't always work out, but it is a sound strategy that has yet to fail for me.

You've done way more research than I would have even thought about for a parking spot, yet I could easily pull into that area and find a spot using my strategy, and have done so many times. Good timing is one of the key elements to success at this career.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Off the 10 is a loves and a Qt if you get there late and spots are all filled up there's a spot on the other side of the QT that looks like a shoulder on the interstate but its a road.. I park there


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Michael C.'s Comment
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So I got a newbie question. Let's say you had a late delivery and now you can't find any parking at a truck stop what do you do?

Pianoman's Comment
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So I got a newbie question. Let's say you had a late delivery and now you can't find any parking at a truck stop what do you do?

You park on those two yellow lines in the middle of the road. No one usually parks there, so you can always find a spot there. rofl-1.gif


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Phil C.'s Comment
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In the spirit of helping new drivers, the class clown always thinks its funny to answer a real question with a load of bull. If you cant park at a truck stop, there are other options. Rest stops, Walmart parking lots (get permission), side roads with large pull offs, and large parking lot will work as long as you get permission, even where you deliver to may let you. You can also use your CB to try and find parking nearby. There are more options these are just a few.


Pianoman's Comment
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In the spirit of helping new drivers, the class clown always thinks its funny to answer a real question with a load of bull.

In the spirit of helping new drivers, you bash another member of the forum? Ok..

My point was that sometimes you just have to make a spot where there isn't one. We all see it every day at truck stops and on ramps.

I had a delivery in southern CA that the customer wouldn't take in the middle of the night when I was scheduled to be there. The nearset truck stop was 30 miles away (and probably full anyways) and I only had 15 or so minutes on my clock. All the streets nearby said no truck parking but I didn't have a choice. So illegal parking spot it was. Now I avoid that altogether by typically taking a 10 hr reset before my delivery.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Late at night you will find that nearly every spot you can fit a truck will be taken. Parking lots become mazes with a single lane you can follow in the darkness. You might have to simply park somewhere that you do not block trucks from getting past.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Google earth can also be a help to scout out areas of possible parking near shippers that don't allow overnight parking. Make sure you've gotton your shower and have snacks amd drinks available before arriving though. Because we are contracted to Lowes we can also park behind their stores but its often a really tight fit getting back there near their docks.. google earth also helps me figure out the best way to get behind one. We don't often deliver to their stores but mostly their distribution centers. The owner of our company, I've been told, has gotten the ok for us to do this providing the store is closed when we arrive. They're nearly everywhere a walmart is too.. double bonus.


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.

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