Truck Stops - I Hate Them Already 🤣

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Mikey B.'s Comment
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I love anyplace that has a spot that fits my rig when I need to stop. I have never parked on the side of the highway or on the giton or gitoff ramps either. I prefer truckstops over rest areas though just for the bathroom (better toilet paper then reat areas) lol. But prefer reat areas for a 30, easier on and off.

Yes. You always know who is trying to avoid starting their clock by the way they are creeping around the lot, whether it be a customer lot or a truck stop..

I dont know if this option is available to you but...

If I arrive at a customer where I can show up early and spend the night, instead of starting my clock to go get unloaded, I will use personal conveyance and choose the option "repositioning vehicle". That way I don't interrupt my reset. Unless I misheard the instructor in my ELD class, she said it is totally legal to do that.

Please let me know if you think it is not in fact legal. I don't want to be offering bad advice

I would say that if you needed to move because you were in their way it's good, if you was moving to the dock to load/unload its not... but we all (well many anyways) do it. If I'm on property I do it so I dont start my clock just to wait 6 hours to unload or load.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jared H.'s Comment
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Thank you!

I just read your other post about being hourly. Unloading while off duty is beneficial to conserving your clock but if they track your pay by the time on your 70 clock you'll get unloaded quicker but your paycheck may be lower. In your instance you may be better off making them wait a couple hours to finish your break, unless you're trying to make it home a little earlier.

Creeping and unloading while off duty is far more beneficial to somebody paid CPM.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I park in truck stops almost every night and shower in the morning.

Errol V.'s Comment
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There are some truck stops I'd really never want to visit:

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(The only truck stop in Corpus Christi, TX)

Other than that, Jared, what got you to wanting to skip truck stops altogether? The chain ones are very popular. Some "mom & pop" class ones are great. So what made up your mind for you?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I would err on the side of caution somewhat when it comes to parking overnight at weigh stations. Look to see if the parking area is past the scale itself and if it’s behind the scale, see if there’s a bypass lane to use in the morning when you leave. Granted, if you’re keeping up with truck maintenance, paperwork, logs and everything else you should be doing, an inspection won’t effect you but it will cost you time you may have been counting on when you leave in the morning. Parked trucks are an easy target for that early morning inspection and you may have been counting on that extra hour or so that you might lose by making yourself a convenient target.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Parked trucks are an easy target for that early morning inspection

Well at this Florida weigh station, the manager does not permit the taking of low hanging fruit. Officer Hegman encourages the overnight stop because that's safe driving.

Youtube: How Does A Florida Weigh Station Work?

Also the Trucking Truth thread: VIDEO: How Does A Weigh Station Work?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Parked trucks are an easy target for that early morning inspection

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Well at this Florida weigh station, the manager does not permit the taking of low hanging fruit. Officer Hegman encourages the overnight stop because that's safe driving.

Youtube: How Does A Florida Weigh Station Work?

Also the Trucking Truth thread: VIDEO: How Does A Weigh Station Work?

That’s honestly good to hear. Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and a few others should follow their lead.

Jared H.'s Comment
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I’m not saying I would skip them all together. Just to many people around for my taste. 😅

Though hot showers are nice!

There are some truck stops I'd really never want to visit:

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(The only truck stop in Corpus Christi, TX)

Other than that, Jared, what got you to wanting to skip truck stops altogether? The chain ones are very popular. Some "mom & pop" class ones are great. So what made up your mind for you?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I’m not saying I would skip them all together. Just to many people around for my taste. 😅

Though hot showers are nice!

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There are some truck stops I'd really never want to visit:

1460603096.8634.jpg

(The only truck stop in Corpus Christi, TX)

Other than that, Jared, what got you to wanting to skip truck stops altogether? The chain ones are very popular. Some "mom & pop" class ones are great. So what made up your mind for you?

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We have a VERY similar one to that photo in Perrysburg, Ohio (near Toledo.) It was the SWEETEST staff (all family) cleanest lot, and AWESOME food, and fuel fairly priced and not diced.

The 'one' shower (unisex) was cleaner than my kids' one at home. If I find the name, I'll repost. Tom's broke down right now.. can't ask, haha!

Some mom & pops rock.

ps: Kearsey has a video on that, me thinks. Truck Stops, via Kearsey

~ Anne ~

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