Best Advice For Finding Good Truckstops

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David's Comment
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If your main concern is food at truck stops, just get your self a cooler (12v that plug in the truck work good) and if your truck has a power invertor, get a little grill or skillet and make food on the truck.. that'll save your pocket book quite a bit. I can bacon/eggs for breakfast, samwhiches for lunch and either a salad or chicken/salad for dinner.. Can do many more things in the truck too.

i mean think about it, avg single meal at an Iron Skillet (Petro Truck Stops) is 8.99 + 2.00 for drink, so 10.99 x 3 meals = 32.97 a day just in food... x 7 days a week = 230.79 /week.... i dunno bout you, but I can live off 100-125 of that a week by getting supplies from walmart... figured i'd through that out there...

I too us the TruckerPath app and find it to be a good tool. I try to avoid truck stops as I like a little quietness when im laying down.. I aim for rest areas more and use truck stops for showers...

miracleofmagick's Comment
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I wish. Though it can search out food places based on type of food, unfortunately when doing that it doesn't necessarily give you places with truck parking

But it is useful in that you can specify a 24 hour restaurant or fast food at truck stops.

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I like to use my rand McNally gps.I will search points of interest, travel centers and can filter it based on a lot of current criteria. Amount of trucking parking fast food, regular restaurants, showers, laundry, repairs and the like.

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Is "killer BBQ" a filter item?

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Jetguy's Comment
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I try to avoid truck stops as I like a little quietness when im laying down.. I aim for rest areas more and use truck stops for showers...

My trainer avoided rest areas- said law enforcement/DOT has absolute free reign there to inspect you. I've never heard this issue here at TT. Anyone heard this or see this as an issue?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime gave us a fuel book with all the truck stops and washout with have accounts with. I stay at TA petro and flying J that have more than 200 spaces.... if they are not near cities. Also... I go all the way to the back cause drivers are lazy and do t want to walk 300 spaces to get food or shower. North baltimore OH on 71 petro is huge ... rarely full and looks like a shopping mall inside... with leather chairs and book shelbed lol

I then highlight stops I like. I found out quickly that if you are near St louis or Milwaukie the stops starts filling at 1pm to avoid traffic. Most stops are pretty empty around that time. I drive from like 2am to noon or so just to get spaces. However when I do drive days... trucker path app is a must... and so are the TS apps. I avoid l9ve and pilot cause they are too small and hectic.

The reviews on TP will tell you the history. ... if it is normally empty at 9pm... then there's a good chance it will still be empty for me.

I'm starting to explore other places like BP and hess.... but still read the reviews

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jet-guy's trainer teaches him to be paranoid:

My trainer avoided rest areas- said law enforcement/DOT has absolute free reign there to inspect you. I've never heard this issue here at TT. Anyone heard this or see this as an issue?

DOT people can indeed inspect you there, or anywhere they feel like it. No, it's not low hanging fruit for lazy officers. I often stay at rest stops, even at a scale once! I haven't had the chance to say "good morning, officer"!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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