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Posted: 01/04/19 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

drsteve wrote:


On the rare occasions that we happen to pull in at night, I don't even unhooked. Setting up in the dark is a royal PITA, much easier and far more courteous to wait until morning when you can see what's going on and not bother everyone else.


Will you be my neighbor? I think exactly like you do.

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Posted: 02/14/19 10:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reason to let the truckers have the rest stop parking spots is curtesy. This is not the best place or time to assert your tax-payer's rights. We all live and work in the same world, and helping out our neighbor and fellow driver is by far the best thing to do.
Trucking is the backbone of the American economy.
I will use a rest area at times; they are not always full at night with big rigs, but I do hate the constant hum of big engines. I never use them if I would displace a trucker who would be forced to the next location. You see truckers parked along exit and entrance ramps all the time - off-camber, sloping and not the safest place to stop with vehicles wizzing by.
Sometimes you can get away with sleeping on the car side of a rest area, these are always empty at night as car drivers will stay in hotels - very few sleep in their cars over night.

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ajriding wrote:

Reason to let the truckers have the rest stop parking spots is curtesy. This is not the best place or time to assert your tax-payer's rights. We all live and work in the same world, and helping out our neighbor and fellow driver is by far the best thing to do.
Trucking is the backbone of the American economy.
I will use a rest area at times; they are not always full at night with big rigs, but I do hate the constant hum of big engines. I never use them if I would displace a trucker who would be forced to the next location. You see truckers parked along exit and entrance ramps all the time - off-camber, sloping and not the safest place to stop with vehicles wizzing by.
Sometimes you can get away with sleeping on the car side of a rest area, these are always empty at night as car drivers will stay in hotels - very few sleep in their cars over night.
I'm with you on this one, not my choice for a overnight. To many better choices for a quick stop. Since I'm retired no need for marathon driving. I'll look for a Passport America campground for a cheap overnight. If I need a short rest a box store or Cracker Barrel works well and you don't have the noise to contend with. Cracker barrel will even serve breakfast in the morning.

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The interstate system was built for truckers, not travelers.


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Posted: 02/14/19 11:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've worked the "Free Coffee" kiosk in the morning at a rest stop. There is a whole community of people who live in their cars and rotate rest stops to use as their homes. They know who each other are and watch out for each other. One woman told me that most of them have jobs but can't put together enough to get back into a place to live. Really sad.

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"...FREE Coffee Kiosk...." What rest stops. Never seen anything like that.

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wiskeyVI wrote:

The interstate system was built for truckers, not travelers.

Actually, the interstate system was built for the military, not truckers. Eisenhower built it for mobilization purposes in case of war after seeing the autobahn in Germany.

As a matter of fact, the original interstate plans called for a section to be straight and level for 1 mile every so often. That was so it could be used as an emergency landing strip in case of combat need.


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ajriding wrote:

Reason to let the truckers have the rest stop parking spots is curtesy. This is not the best place or time to assert your tax-payer's rights. We all live and work in the same world, and helping out our neighbor and fellow driver is by far the best thing to do.
Trucking is the backbone of the American economy.
I will use a rest area at times; they are not always full at night with big rigs, but I do hate the constant hum of big engines. I never use them if I would displace a trucker who would be forced to the next location. You see truckers parked along exit and entrance ramps all the time - off-camber, sloping and not the safest place to stop with vehicles wizzing by.
Sometimes you can get away with sleeping on the car side of a rest area, these are always empty at night as car drivers will stay in hotels - very few sleep in their cars over night.


If yer tired yer tired!!!

If it were JUST Trucks then it would say "Trucks Only". It will say something like "Trucks and auto's with trailers".

I personally like to travel at night, would you rather i get a campsite and pull in at 1am and disturb you???


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wiskeyVI wrote:

The interstate system was built for truckers, not travelers.


REALLY??? The rest areas will have two areas, one for trucks and RV's and autos with trailers and the other area for auto's.

We ALL pay taxes for these locations and we ALL can use them.

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maddog348 wrote:

"...FREE Coffee Kiosk...." What rest stops. Never seen anything like that.

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WA has them at most rest areas.

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