Future Phoenix Oasis

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Buyvon's Comment
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Greetings, Thank you for viewing this. Let me start by saying I do not drive and have no CDL. I am collecting research for a real estate venture. I have a simple question to pose.

What are the top five amenities you would most likely be to see at a truck stop/Oasis in or around Phoenix?

I encourage you to use your imagination and share your valued experience. Skies the limit, hold nothing back. What would you value that would be important to you to decompress from the road or service you would like.

I thank you in advance for any comments you leave.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Plenty of parking that's not to tight. Nice clean showers and bathrooms. A good mom and pop restaurant, not fast food. And that restaurant should be open 24/7/365.

Tractor Man's Comment
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As Drivers, we get rewards points at the "Big 3".....Loves, TA/Petro, Pilot/FJ for all purchases including Fuel. Those add up quick when purchasing $300-$500 worth of fuel every other day or so. Drivers love their rewards points. Most of the larger Carriers have fuel contracts with the Big 3. Company Drivers do not have a choice of where to fuel, so you will need to find a way to entice them into your "Oasis".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Things we can't get OTR. Little America has roman tubs in their shower rooms and i stop every time! If the tubs had jacuzzi jets even better, or the rain overhead type of shower heads. many of these places have old fixtures with bad water pressure or water that is luke warm or the temps change. i would gladly pay extra for a great shower, so a rewards system for showers, food and restaurant would be excellent. im one of those spoiled chicks and get hotel rooms just to soak in a tub.

Might sound crazy, but something that would attract pet owners. Get with a local veternarian and have someone on call and available for emergencies. our trucks cant fit into a vet parking lot. You don't need the equipment but someone who could pick up the owner and pets and take them to the vets office.

A dog run area would be great. Many drivers have pets and our main choice for pet supplies is Walmart. Most walmarts do not offer the BEST kitty litter ever... Feline Fresh. No cat smell for the small space on the truck and no dust. i buy like 60 pounds at a time from pet stores, but that takes up room on the truck. I would.love to see this in every truck stop in america lol

a total seperation of trucks and cars. We usually cant stop at places like Olive Garden, Outback, hair salons, or shopping plazas cause they are too crowded with cars. a plaza with store variety that has car parking on one side for the locals with a huge truck parking lot in the back. shipping/recieving docks for the stores can be on our side, we are used to them. lol That way you arent relying on trucker money but at the same time attract truckers. even having a storefront for the public but a back entrance for the truckers

A big laundromat...and i mean front load washers with various sizes for comforters and blankets. Most truck stops have top load washers and now charge $3 per cycle. They usually dont have enough machines and sometimes the dryers take more than one cycle. Some pilot and flying j allow you to use rewards points for the laundry

Heck, if they had a fluff and fold service i could drop at the beginning of my 10 hour break and pick up at the end of the 10 hour break and roll i would be there lol

Have a quality hotel with truck parking. again, have access for the public but truck parking seperated to ensure we have space, but you are not relying on trucker money. truck stops usually have cheap dirty motels that look like 1970s hooker havens. i want La Quinta or Hampton Inn. figure out how to get the truckers discounts or rewards from the plaza shopping to use for the hotel.

theres a truck stop in Raphine Va that is so huge like 600 spaces and has a shuttle bus to take drivers from the parking lot to the shops.

have various restroom pavilions throughout the parking lot and lots of trash cans. the problem will be cleaning, and having drug use or sex in these. having restrooms may eliminate the lazy trucker from dumping urine in the lot. think about it...when we need to use the restroom we need to walk forever through the snow and cold in the middle of the night. it sucks and people just drove 600 miles in one shift and now have to hike to the bathroom.

Truck stops with truck washes attract drivers. have multiple wash bays and one or two dedicated for trailer washout only. Company drivers do t pay for washes, but owner ops would probably love a rewards system here too. "Buy x amount in our stores and get % off your truck wash"

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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I agree with all the above. Safe clean parking that's not too tight. Clean showers and good food that's not a chain. A CAT scale maybe. Grocery items that aren't outrageously priced, much like the Kwik star chain in the upper Midwest. Decent laundry facilities too.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Pull through 30 minute parking for breaks.

Old School's Comment
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I think you guys just put them out of business - bankrupt before they even got started! Some great ideas, but very expensive!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I think you guys just put them out of business - bankrupt before they even got started! Some great ideas, but very expensive!

hahah he said sky's the limit lol

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I think you guys just put them out of business - bankrupt before they even got started! Some great ideas, but very expensive!

Hey I just suggested pull through parking for those of us with a set on their breaks. confused.gif

Them OTR drivers are breaking the bank.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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I think you guys just put them out of business - bankrupt before they even got started! Some great ideas, but very expensive!

He asked, we answered. Unless this guy is related to Warren Buffet, his chance of success is about the same as the guy who posted earlier. No CDL , no experience, $25,000 in start up capital, wanting to get his own authority, truck and driver.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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