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PJ's Comment
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I hate going up there. For all the reasons mentioned. However, I was just asked to run up to Delaware. At least its over the weekend. I’ll be out somewhat sunday night. Philly isn’t all the way out, but better than nothing.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Wow, lots off negativity over the northeast!!! I dont mind it at all, well, as long as I can avoid I-95 anywhere from just before Quantico through Maine...lol. like others say, plan to park by 4-6pm at the latest if at all possible. Most northeast driving is alright though and yes the drivers are a little more impatient so sometimes you have to make lane changes happen (as safely as you can) or miss an exit etc. cause they dont like trucks in front of them and often keep coming by regardless of your turn signal being on.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Once I get there I’ll be able to o/n at the shipper. I made it out of Texas today. I survived Houston one more time. Thanks for all the tips ! I’m really looking forward to the aggressive drivers!

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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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Once I get there I’ll be able to o/n at the shipper. I made it out of Texas today. I survived Houston one more time. Thanks for all the tips ! I’m really looking forward to the aggressive drivers!

That’s great. Few that I have been to will let you stay overnight.

Market Basket was one, nice place.

I run from Buffalo to Maine at least once a week, I plan my trip to never have to stop in MA.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Wow, lots off negativity over the northeast!!! I dont mind it at all, well, as long as I can avoid I-95 anywhere from just before Quantico through Maine...lol. like others say, plan to park by 4-6pm at the latest if at all possible. Most northeast driving is alright though and yes the drivers are a little more impatient so sometimes you have to make lane changes happen (as safely as you can) or miss an exit etc. cause they dont like trucks in front of them and often keep coming by regardless of your turn signal being on.

I run northeast every day. It isn’t the northeast, it’s MA specifically

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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There is a pilot just over the state line on I-84 that is always packed. Even if you are just getting fuel it can take forever to get out of there. Whenever I'm in that area I always seem to have a fuel stop there. Here is a photo from google maps. It is usually worse than that at the fuel pumps in my experience.

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That is Sturbridge. Stayed once, never again. 7:30 PM, it was packed, and was a zoo. Paid parking is blind side backing, with the spots angled away from the direction you are backing from, while fuel pump exit traffic cuts behind you. You can’t see either side of your truck, and the last couple of spots have dumpsters in the way.

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Yes. Sturbridge. That's it, Grumpy! Entrance and exit are the same, and trucks in line for the pumps normally back up to the exit making it a cluster trying to get in or out.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Sturbridge.....yes a zoo is a great description. However parking up the hill is fine once you pass all the paid spots. Although all the creative parkers around the fuel pump corner and all the way to the street sometimes make leaving hard. Last time I was there I was at the second pump from the store, they guy in the first pump locked his keys in his truck. That caused quite an issue but yes I felt bad for the guy. I cannot lock mine in as I have a spare in my wallet and one zip tied to the frame.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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The Pilot in Sturbridge is a fair distance from Springfield, and it is small, and if you need to parke for the night, its usually packed by 3 or 4pm. The pride is literally on the outskirts of Springfield, less than 10 minutes of 91. if you are going southewest into CT, towards NY, I suggest going to the TA in Milldale, CT. Exit 28 off I84. There is a movie theater, Dunkin, and an Econolodge next door. That is where I parked every weekend while at home.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Hello, For parking, there is a Pride truck stop in Chickopee, MA that usually doesn't fill up early. its $10 to park, or free if you fill up with at least 100 gallons of diesel, and that will give you a shower too. And they have a '50s diner inside where the food is pretty good, and get the strawberry shortcake for desert. There is a McDonalds accross the street, as well as a bowling alley as well....

That was my regular stop on Sundays when I had a early delivery in CT.

I was able to get there a day early so I did go to pride. It was pretty late but there were a few spots left. The fifties diner was awesome. Grabbed a Swiss mushroom burger that night and a great omelet this morning. I delivered to a chemical company with a ton of rules but was gonna stay for the night. However my fm had other plans, so now I’m in New Hampshire one more new state. Guess I’ll miss Delaware and Rhode Island this time headed to Illinois in the morning.

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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