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Old 12-04-2019, 02:19 PM   #15
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one way to look at this.... how would you like to see truckers stopped to rest in an area marked RVs only?

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"how would you like to see truckers stopped to rest in an area marked RVs only?"

How would you like to see rest areas marked "RV only"? I am not sure where the idea that truckers were entitled to a free place to sleep came from. Part of it was safety regulations that required them to take a nap instead of a pill to stay awake. So unlike the rv traveler, who can continue to drive long after it is unsafe for them to be on the road, truck drivers can't. But the reality is the same for both, they should be stopped and that's one of the reasons we have rest stops. We are all paying for those stops and we all have right to use them.

Of course there is a set of RV'ers who basically live on the road and use rest stops the same way a lot of homeless people use public spaces. They aren't just stopping long enough to get on with their trip. But limiting stops to 12 or 24 hours would allow law enforcement to move those people along.
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The one's I am referring to were in the Carolinas. They are big like the truck and RV side of a standard rest area but with few if any services. I understand not taking a space from a trucker in need, but when I passed them they were empty. All I needed were 3 minutes to pull over and use the head.
There is one on I-95 in southern South Carolina between Yemassee and the state line that is "commercial truckers only" We have been at The Oaks at Point South for 3 weeks and been to Savannah 1/2 dozen times. Each time we have seen cars sitting in this area, with plenty of room left over, this place is huge.
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The one's I am referring to were in the Carolinas. They are big like the truck and RV side of a standard rest area but with few if any services. I understand not taking a space from a trucker in need, but when I passed them they were empty. All I needed were 3 minutes to pull over and use the head.
I just pull over and use the head
I would not think twice about using a closed weight station. Especially for that short of time..or even a off/on ramp.
No need to pull into rest stop or rest plaza unless it's close. I use the picture spots on highways. Or overlook spots. It's a quick stop and go.
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The one's I am referring to were in the Carolinas. They are big like the truck and RV side of a standard rest area but with few if any services. I understand not taking a space from a trucker in need, but when I passed them they were empty. All I needed were 3 minutes to pull over and use the head.
That hardly qualifies as a stop. As long as you are safely out of the way of traffic, I cant see anyone complaining. Most scales that are closed probably aren't opening in the next three minutes. If they were opened at the time, I DEFINETELY would not pull it there. For one thing, you might be waiting in line just to get in there.
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If it's just a "restroom" stop, If and a normal rest area is not avail I normally just take an off or on ramp that has room on the side to pull off past the fog line. I'll use the toilet, do a walk around and be on my way Same thing I did as a Truck driver for a safety check or driver swap but with th MH I now have a convenient Head I didn't have back then Taking a nap is a different thing!
Scales are truck only and if closed you risk the scalemaster coming in to work at any time and booting you. Many aren't sympathetic since you have no hours of service rules you HAVE to abide by and should / could have stopped earlier in a RV park or proper place. Do you feel lucky?
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I've always avoided scales and the like, but can't recall seeing "truckers only" marked in rest areas. Don't they usually say cars (with directional arrow) and trucks and vehicles with trailers (directional arrow)? My interpretation of the latter is "longer vehicles" and that would include campers. That's where I've always gone for naps, or as others have suggested, RV areas at Flying J or, Walmart, other truck stops, Cabela's, etc. There are many places to "nap". On occasion we've even pulled off at a rural exit that was large enough with a straight shot back on the interstate to nap.

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Virginia has a few rest stops that are "Trucks Only". Some are together with a weight station where they cross the scales and then enter the rest area. A couple of miles from these are a "Cars Only" or "No Trucks Allowed" rest area that has dedicated RV parking spots. If I'm not mistaken Virginia does not permit overnight parking in their rest areas.

Walmart stores are starting to restrict parking. My local Walmart posted "No Overnight Parking" signs in their parking lot within the past 2 weeks.
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Walmart stores are starting to restrict parking. My local Walmart posted "No Overnight Parking" signs in their parking lot within the past 2 weeks.
I am seeing more and more of this. With the increasing problems getting space in campgrounds, Walmarts have been our escape valve. But this is becoming increasingly problematic too.
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I am seeing more and more of this. With the increasing problems getting space in campgrounds, Walmarts have been our escape valve. But this is becoming increasingly problematic too.
The Walmart national policy has not changed- as far as I know- but the local manager has always had discretion with consideration for local ordinances, conditions, or concerns.
In the PNW we’ve encountered numerous locales where local authorities have banned parking lot overnights; in the northeast we’ve found many Walmarts et al who do not own their parking lots, and are subject to owner restrictions. It’s in the rural Midwest and south where we’ve found the most accommodating folks.
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one way to look at this.... how would you like to see truckers stopped to rest in an area marked RVs only?

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You mean like 4 wheelers taking ALL the RV parking spots at Cracker Barrel? Coming back from Tampa a couple of weeks ago we stopped at 3 different Cracker Barrels along I-75 and in all 3 the RV parking spaces were completely filled by cars, not a single RV parked there.
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my take is this. truckers are on the road by necessity..they're trying to make a living. and if the reports are true there is a critical shortage of short-term/overnight truck parking spots.
I've been saying this for 5 years or so. You see trucks parked off the side of virtually every on ramp, ESPECIALLY where there are truck stops. Trucker stops, finds the truck stop full, and heads to the on ramp and parks. The state has even widened and reinforced the "emergency lane" of the on ramps in many places near me, and police seem to ignore them.

If there is a place to park a truck, there will be one. Its crazy. You could make a fortune building truck stops and selling fuel and services.

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If it says "trucks only", why would there be a question?
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