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Old 08-21-2015, 01:04 PM   #1
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Parking with the Truckers

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that truck drivers are having trouble finding a place to pull over for the night ... and probably more trouble than we RVers are imagining.

According to a Federal Highway Administration study released Aug. 21, more than 75 percent of the truck drivers surveyed in the study reported they regularly had trouble finding safe parking when it was time to rest. 90 percent reported “struggling to find safe and available parking” at night.

Unofficial or illegal truck parking places have become so common that safety officials in 48 states reported they could identify the locations. Officials in 11 states could identify 11 or more places, according to the study. Nearly half the time those ad hoc locations are freeway ramps, a quarter of the time they are freeway shoulders and 20 percent of the time are parking lots.

A coalition of federal agencies, trucking and safety groups will work on solutions.

Here is the Highway Administration's press release: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1558.cfm

Here is a link to the report: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/...jasons_law.pdf

Here is a link to the WSJ article (subscription required): http://www.wsj.com/articles/study-fi...ern-1440129660
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I found that to be the case last year when I drove across the country from Orlando to Los Angeles in 4 days, (drove by myself in a big hurry to get back to work after spending too many days with my kids "lollygagging" at Disneyworld, Universal Orlando, and NewOrleans).

I needed a place to sleep for a few hours on two occasions. I was very fatigued, but did not have the time to find and stop at an RVPark or campground. So, I tried truck stops.

Pulling in at 2:00 a.m. every single truck stop was always completely full. I drove around to a few, and they were jam-packed. I finally found a Walmart using the GPS, and gave up on truck stops.

Those truckers are like retired RV'ers and find a spot at their designated truck stop by 2:00 p.m. If you show up any later, they are already full. The truckers find a spot, take a shower, eat a leisurely dinner, take care of any business, and then sleep.
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We never felt comfortable taking up spots at truck stops. There are plenty of other places better for RVers. The truckers need their rest and they don't have as many options for parking like RVers do.
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Driving South / North this past winter on I5, I was amazed at the number of ignorant auto drivers who will take a space in the truck/ RV section, when the auto section is practically empty in the highway rest stops !
Dont know if their thinking they will be 10 steps closer to the restroom, or what!
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We never felt comfortable taking up spots at truck stops. There are plenty of other places better for RVers. The truckers need their rest and they don't have as many options for parking like RVers do.
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When I drove truck they estimated that if EVERY truck on the road were to try to park all on the same night, about 20,000 of them would not be able to find ANYPLACE to park for their mandatory break, and this figure was from about 15 years ago. I could only imagine what that figure would be now, maybe as many as 40-50,000.
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The last couple times we have stayed at a Wal-Mart parking lot while traveling we were crowded with semi trucks a couple hours later. Ended up moving due to the noise of their iddling engine and refers. Looks like Wal-Mart might not be a good RV option in the future for this reason as well.
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I have observed while travelling.

There are truck only truck parking areas on some interstates. Those that I have seen are very small - usually around 10 trucks. Certainly not big enough. DOT provided and do not have facilities.

Truck plazas have not been full. If one is full the one across the road will have some room. Guess it has to do with which brand of fuel or food you prefer.

Trucks are parking at Walmart. Some will have just as many or more trucks as there are RV's.

Trucks and RV both park in rest areas even the ones that say no overnight parking.

Just my observations.
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When I drove truck they estimated that if EVERY truck on the road were to try to park all on the same night, about 20,000 of them would not be able to find ANYPLACE to park for their mandatory break, and this figure was from about 15 years ago. I could only imagine what that figure would be now, maybe as many as 40-50,000.
How true, How true, wasn't to long ago that I had to stop on a ramp with my 18 wheels, I was so tired, I couldn't climb into the sleeper, awoke still strapped in the drivers seat. Never thought of looking for a campground.
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We never use a truck stop. Being a truckers daughter, sister, aunt I respect their need to have a place to rest. We find that truck pull in next to us at a Wal Mart and leave early. Many don't idle much anymore and I don't hear them once I'm asleep. Please leave them their spots. They are delivering the things you need to in your life��
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I've never understood why so many truckers are driving during the day. Going up and down the 5 there are tons of trucks on the road during the day and few on the road at night. So not only do they make my drive even slower, then they fill up the rest stops at night. You can't convince me that 90% of all truckers need to drive all daylight long.

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I avoid stoping at Truck Stops to spend the nite. They have a job to perform and I feel have priority to the space. Beside I prefer not to hear trucks moving about and refer's running throughout the nite. When going between points A and B, I plan ahead to get off the road before the evening rush hour and use Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Bass Pro, Hwy Rest Stop, use an App that ID's free camping, or park in an open off road area.
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I've stopped in many Truck Stops- (Flying J's) and Rest Areas across the country. If you don't stop by 6 pm or so your out. Yes They need their rest but so do we. I pulled into a rest ares a couple of weeks ago and saw a 40 ft MH with all slides out - both sides and over the line and it just erked me to no end.
Be courteous to to their needs and that's sleep- as well as you and me. Remember we are spending and they are earning !!!
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When an OTR driver sleeps depends on when his delivery time is.
Many companies only take deliveries between 6AM and 6PM. When I drove OTR I delivered to a Walmart distribution center, you could only arrive at the gate 2 hours before your delivery time. Many places had no place for drivers to park overnight.
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