Trucker Path App And Truck Stop Reviews

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My CB Handle is Frank's Comment
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The reviews can be helpful for seeing what's within walking distance of the truck stop like grocery stores. Other than that, they're good for entertainment value. Lately I've noticed truckers trying to see how big of a funny lie they can get away with in there reviews. I went to one rest area where a trucker said he had a shower and a nice workout in the gym upstairs. The place didn't even have a second floor.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Trucker Path is an excellent tool. Locations and descriptions are accurate. The reviews are not a waste of time, either. Just a skip the extreme "Worst garbage restaurant, the waitresses are all hos" junk and you should recognize decent reviews, even if they're negative.

I "report" the truly bad notices in the review section.

A neat feature: the map stays open, your phone won't go to sleep. I use the map as a "big picture" view, along with my GPS.

Also, many people think the big five (Petro, Loves, etc.) are the only truck stops that exist. More then once I've been in a name brand stop that was full. Went literally across the street to park in a nearly empty local truck stop. (That store is usually ok, too.)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
MC1371's Comment
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Another nice feature is the view on map, satellite view. Gives a great idea of what you're getting into. Along with possible alt entrances.

And as others have said ypu can find some real gems out there if ypu look past the major stops. They're also pretty good on flagging pay for park spots.

About the only problem is with places that wont list with them. Some reservation stops, casinos aren't on there. (Not a gambler, but many have truck parking)

Renegade's Comment
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I love this app. A few drivers have stated that there are some stops that aren't as big as the majors but are just as good or better. I'm starting to see them on here and most have pretty good reviews. Most don't have as much parking but they are showing lots or some spots on a regular basis.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

LDRSHIP's Comment
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As an example of local and major chain. At the junction of IN-63 and I-74 there is a pilot. The thing is jam packed nearly 24hrs a day. Come evening the creative parking is absolutely ridiculous. Not 15 mins south on IN-63 there is a litttle locally owned truck stop called the Falcon Mart. It has a Burger King attached and a Dollar General next door. There is between 20-30 spots there (dependent on how tight people park). I have stopped there at about any hour and there is always a spot or two left at a minimum. It is one of my favorite spots to stop. Worse case scenario at it is full there is an old closed down restaurant that used to cater to truckers another 10 minutes down the road. The lot around the restaurant is huge. Granted it is a dirt lot. But you can fit a LOT of trucks around it. It ALWAYS has room to park a truck. People just kinda park wherever there. But if people actually parked in rows you could easily fit 50 trucks in there.

There are many locally owned gems out there and convenient hides holes. You just have to take a chance and try em.

Renegade's Comment
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As an example of local and major chain. At the junction of IN-63 and I-74 there is a pilot. The thing is jam packed nearly 24hrs a day. Come evening the creative parking is absolutely ridiculous. Not 15 mins south on IN-63 there is a litttle locally owned truck stop called the Falcon Mart. It has a Burger King attached and a Dollar General next door. There is between 20-30 spots there (dependent on how tight people park). I have stopped there at about any hour and there is always a spot or two left at a minimum. It is one of my favorite spots to stop. Worse case scenario at it is full there is an old closed down restaurant that used to cater to truckers another 10 minutes down the road. The lot around the restaurant is huge. Granted it is a dirt lot. But you can fit a LOT of trucks around it. It ALWAYS has room to park a truck. People just kinda park wherever there. But if people actually parked in rows you could easily fit 50 trucks in there.

There are many locally owned gems out there and convenient hides holes. You just have to take a chance and try em.

Yeah...I'm seeing that. I've also noticed that the stops inside the big cities seem to fill up faster and always stay full. Given the opportunity, I think I'd rather park somewhere 20-30 minutes down the road from the big cities.

Errol V.'s Comment
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About the only problem is with places that wont list with them. Some reservation stops, casinos aren't on there. (Not a gambler, but many have truck parking)

Those "Adult" stores often have plenty of 24 hour parking, too. If your trailer doesn't have your own name on the side, who's to know?

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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Just remember to support your local truck stops. My company only refuels at the major chains (for the most part) so I don't feel guilty parking for the night and not going in. But, I ALWAYS go in and buy something when I stay at the local truck stops. Doesn't matter what you buy, just purchase something. That way these little gems don't get pushed out the way of the dinosaur.

Renegade's Comment
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About the only problem is with places that wont list with them. Some reservation stops, casinos aren't on there. (Not a gambler, but many have truck parking)

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Those "Adult" stores often have plenty of 24 hour parking, too. If your trailer doesn't have your own name on the side, who's to know?

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Tell us more about those "Adult" stores Errol. LMAO

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
not4hire's Comment
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I did my best to avoid most truck stops; pop in for fuel, a shower and that's about it. I had food and storage and cooking available in my truck and I was often OS anyhow, so most truck stops were best to be avoided. Having said that, I used Trucker Path extensively.

However, there is another app, RoadBreakers, that is nothing but parking and has many, many more locations in it. It has the obvious ones as well as many non-obvious ones like hidey-holes, on-street, vacant lots, etc. It was extremely useful as, again, being OS I very often could not take my trailer off the permitted route. Plus, I could park by myself which I liked as it was generally quieter and I didn't have to worry so much about some dummy ripping off my hood.

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