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Old 04-25-2016, 01:35 PM   #1
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Etiquette at truck stops?

I've noted a lot of Truck Stops welcome RVers - For example some Flying-Js advertise you can reserve an overnight parking spot (anyone ever done that?).

So in general what is the socially acceptable way to park overnight at a truck stop. Grab a spot then go in and pay for it?

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Old 04-25-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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At Pilot/ Flying J, I just pull in and park. Its my first choice when on the move.

Their web site welcomes RVs to overnight in their RV spots or anywhere in their parking lot.

Just 2 nights ago, 4 tractors were in the 7 RV spots. I hope this isn't going to be a common thing.

I don't use the tractor/trailer spots.
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There's no paying at a truck stop ,and no reserving. Take a Rv space if avail if not you can park with the trucks but it will be noisey
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There's no paying at a truck stop ,and no reserving. Take a Rv space if avail if not you can park with the trucks but it will be noisey
OP says some Flying J's (truck stops) advertise you can reserve an RV spot.
We never stop at them and prefer a nice safe, quiet Wal*Mart.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:09 PM   #5
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As a former truck driver I never had seen that. I looked at their web site and they have started reserving professional truck driver spots , not Rv for a fee ( that's a mess I wouldn't want to manage) ! The Rv page info says pull into one of their Rv reserved spots .. Just parking that is designated for rv,s normally written on the pavement and reqularly ignored as seen in the above post. Maybe they are starting something new but as a former driver I don't use truck stops .. Only as a last resort .. I've suffered enough ��
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I believe it's first come first served...not reservations:
Here's their website..."RV's Welcome"
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"...enough driving for one day? Pull in to one of our RV reserved parking spots or any other open parking space..."
We have used the Flying J and Pilot several times when on those "long-haul" trips where getting tired sets the stop points...and it's free

We always walk-in and buy something...stopping to ask the counter staff about RV over-night stays. 100% of the time they have said it's OK. One time, the cashier said "Oh, you don't have to ask."

The RV spots were usually always full by the time we arrived.

And, because our RV is very well insulated, even that "KW with a Reefer-on" was just a nice hum next door...maybe not so for everyone (so be prepared for noise, especially if needing to take Fifi on a potty walk)

Just as a warning...an empty lot WILL most surely fill-up, so beware that you could wake-up to wall-to-wall rigs. But, they will "usually" not block your egress like in this bird's eye view...so, I suggest parking is a way that makes it easy to see your rig.:
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So in general what is the socially acceptable way to park overnight at a truck stop. Grab a spot then go in and pay for it?
I fill up the diesel tank, find a spot, and fill in just like the trucks. This typically means a snug fit. Certainly no jacks, no slides, no awning. Generator is fine as most of the rigs are running or their refrigeration unit on their trailer is running.

If you get out of the coach (to go inside), keep your head on a swivel and stay out of the truckers way. I like to avoid giving them a reason to dislike me (and RV's in general).
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I was in Walton KY few weeks ago, RV had slides out and toad disconnect taking up the space next to it, then 3am 2 cars pull up next to me they were transferring steel or something metal, lots of it between cars.
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We have seen several truck stops mainly north that appear to have special amenity sites for truckers that I assume may have to be reserved and have a fee. We parked in one during the day for a bathroom break since all other sites were full and we were asked to move immediately. Looks like power and maybe heat were provided at these sites.
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There's no paying at a truck stop ,and no reserving. Take a Rv space if avail if not you can park with the trucks but it will be noisey
I believe that. The "myPilot" app has a feature which tells you the number of available spots and allows you to reserve one for the nominal fee of $15.00. I guess from what I am reading no body uses the feature of the app.
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My own opinion, worth less than you paid for it.

Truck drivers are required by law to take sleep or off duty breaks. Many drivers plan their entire trips based on where they can do so within the legal driving time limits. I will never take a space at a truck stop that a truck driver would need to park safely and get the rest he or she needs to be legal and safe. I can find somewhere else, they don't have it as easy as I do.

Again, just my opinion, wanted to put the idea out there about thinking of what they have to go through for their line of work. I'm not judging anyone, because I know some RVrs have huge rigs that cannot easily go where I can with my pickup truck and smallish trailer. Just think about why those truck stops have those huge lots and who really needs them before you consider taking up a space.
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I have seen the reserve feature on the Pilot/FJ app.

Never thought of using it, thinking it is for OTR trucks, not RVs.

Besides, with a toad, it's tough to get into the "back in" spots.
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The reserve-a-space feature is only for OTR drivers/professional drivers. It is NOT available to "civilians". PFJ has specific RV spaces on a first-come basis only.
I'm 100% with 1bigness on this subject too. If you doubt how crowded a truck stop gets when drivers run out of hours, just drive through a truck stop about 10PM or later. Use only the RV parking spaces if you're not driving a HDT.
Everyone has seen a HDT parked along an exit/entrance ramp road, that driver ran out of hours and had to stop-by law.
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