Favorite Truck Stop Chain?

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Instead of getting too off topic in a different thread I figured we could post here what our favorite truckstop chains are. Whether its rewards program, fuel cost, cleanliness, coffee or food options what is your favorite? It can be national or regional.

I love the kwik trip/star chain. They seem cheaper than the national chains for healthier options such as fresh fruit. Their hot sandwich selection also isnt bad and they're always willing to warm anything up 24/7 if it isnt out. They have a large selection of reasonably priced food to help you eat healthier in the truck.

Casey's general store is also pretty good, I LOVE the pizza but dang its greasy. Of course if you frequent these places to grab that unhealthy food you're going to have issues.

Regional:

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Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Kwik Trip without a doubt, best bagels around, they have a good selection of grocery items. Their facilities have all been well lit and have plenty of room at the ones I've been too.

I've emailed them to come to Chicago/ Indiana so far they haven't listened.

Plus they return lost wallets.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Among the Big 5, I prefer TA, even over Petro. The other end (👎) is Loves. Short staffed especially at the diesel desk.

I prefer local stands. Newborn (I-20 just east of the GA-AL line), and Grady's on I-16 west of Savannah GA come to mind.

Often good service, more room to park!

Jamie's Comment
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If you're ever in the Limestone,NY area, you have to stop by Sassys truck stop, they have a decent size dirt lot, which I believe they are planning to pave it but they have AMAZING food for a reasonable price.

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Also I absolutely love Bosselman Travel Plaza in Grand Island, NE. They have basically everything a truck driver might want. Things such as a massage therapist, chiropractor, vape shop, pool tables, tattoo shop, multiple food options, movie theater (played from DvDs) and the list goes on and a bonus is the huge parking lot, can basically find parking anytime of the day.

But big truck stop chains, pilot flying J is my go to over any others then it goes loves->TA-Peteo.

millionmiler24's Comment
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If you're ever in the Limestone,NY area, you have to stop by Sassys truck stop, they have a decent size dirt lot, which I believe they are planning to pave it but they have AMAZING food for a reasonable price.

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Also I absolutely love Bosselman Travel Plaza in Grand Island, NE. They have basically everything a truck driver might want. Things such as a massage therapist, chiropractor, vape shop, pool tables, tattoo shop, multiple food options, movie theater (played from DvDs) and the list goes on and a bonus is the huge parking lot, can basically find parking anytime of the day.

But big truck stop chains, pilot flying J is my go to over any others then it goes loves->TA-Peteo.

I agree about that one. They need an Apple and a T-Mobile store there and they will be complete.

Anyway my absolute favorite chain is Loves by far. I despise PFJ and TA/PETRO because of their bs reserved parking and their kiosk based loyalty card program. Loves really takes care of their customers and they have by far the nicest showers out there. I’ve been in some hotels that didn’t have showers as nice as loves. Also loves has hot food 24/7 unlike TA PETRO or PFJ.

I do also love Kwik Trip and Star also. Their food is legendary.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Its all about kwik trip for me. Obviously independent gems are found everywhere but for chains its kwik trip in spite of their limited locations. Well lit lots with wide parking clean restrooms, a ridiculous amount of staff who are always freindly. Clean showers, great cheap food options and tons of healthy stuff. Tons of non healthy stuff as well particularly their bakery. For the big guys i prefer love, point system is way better.

As far as one off kind of independent Quicklees in Avon NY is great. Huge lot thats usually empty and it has a dunkin inside (not that dunkin express garbage..... I can never get it right.) But the deli connected to it is amazing.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm all about the Kwik Trip in the rare case I get into the upper midwest near one.

I think Love's has hands down the best rewards program and the easiest parking overall but because they tend to be smaller and all parking is free, they tend to fill up the earliest.

Pilot/Flying J has awesome showers, more parking spaces than Love's but sometimes the parking is tighter than Love's and you can reserve parking ahead of time at most locations if you're running later.

TA/Petro has the worst rewards program, the tightest parking setup, but the largest truckstops with easily 100+ to 350 parking spaces. Restaurant quality is hit or miss depending on location. Some have up to 5 restaurants/choices of food and some have completely closed their restaurants. They have the highest number of reserved parking spaces. I only park at one if it's the only place I know I'll be able to find parking OR I need minor repairs to my truck or trailer on my 10 hour break, since my company has a national account with their repair shop. They're an authorized freightliner service point.

My favorite.. no rewards or perks for me because as a company driver I'll never be able to fuel at one, but generally inexpensive showers, great home cooked meals, and plenty of parking.

Don's Comment
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Well, considering our company only allows us to fuel at Pilot/Flying J, I guess I'll have to vote for Pilot or Flying J. 😂😂

Navypoppop's Comment
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I'll cast my vote for the independent Mom&Pop truck stops if available. Free parking, usually great customer service and food. Of the big name stops I prefer Petro for large parking lots, sit down restaurants, good showers and more room to relax. TA has large parking, usually a sit down restaurant but they are older and are closing a lot of restaurants and the paid parking is getting out of hand. Flying J's also offer good parking, sit down restaurants and nice showers. Pilot's are a no-no for me. Smaller parking, no restaurants, just big "gas stations". Loves are newer but also smaller with nicer showers, free parking and great rewards programs. Bottom line for me is sit down restaurant with good food, lots of parking, good customer service and nice showers. Hard to find most times. Oh well.

PackRat's Comment
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I'll cast my vote for the independent Mom&Pop truck stops if available. Free parking, usually great customer service and food. Of the big name stops I prefer Petro for large parking lots, sit down restaurants, good showers and more room to relax. TA has large parking, usually a sit down restaurant but they are older and are closing a lot of restaurants and the paid parking is getting out of hand. Flying J's also offer good parking, sit down restaurants and nice showers. Pilot's are a no-no for me. Smaller parking, no restaurants, just big "gas stations". Loves are newer but also smaller with nicer showers, free parking and great rewards programs. Bottom line for me is sit down restaurant with good food, lots of parking, good customer service and nice showers. Hard to find most times. Oh well.

I agree with you on every point!

Great minds think alike?

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