Would you pay $15/night for a site with electricity at a truck stop?


RV parks and many public campgrounds are getting more crowded all the time. It can be difficult to get a space without a reservation — days, weeks, even a year ahead. For some, an overnight stop in a Walmart works for grabbing a night of sleep. But what if a truck stop were to offer a dedicated site with an electric hookup for $15 a night? Would you stay?

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10 days ago

RVers are a strange bunch. People spend over $100K for a rig and then complain about $15 a night and would rather look for a free parking spot in Walmart and run their generator all night. They complain about noise at a truck stop and every generator I’ve heard is much louder than a semi truck idling.

I prefer truck stops and would pay $15 for a hookup any day. If you are anywhere south of the mason-dixon line you will need a/c and I don’t like sleeping with the generator on. I will do that only as a last resort. It’s not the noise but I don’t want to die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

1 month ago

Yes, if it’s a secure location and on my route (without too far of a detour.)

2 months ago

No, We would not stay for a fee, even if it’s FREE we only stay if nothing else is available.
Too noisy, Trucks running all night long and lots of traffic coming and going through Truck Stops. Also depending on your parking spot lots of light pollution from headlights and parking lot lighting.
Some Truckers with bad attitudes are sometimes a problem.

4 months ago

I spent the first night in my RV in a truck stop while driving it back home after picking it up. I awoke at 1am to the sound of my CO2 alarm going off due to the amount of fumes from surrounding trucks. So be cautious where you park.

7 months ago

It would have to designated spots wide enough to open slides and away from the truckers. As a retired trucking executive, drivers are not what they use to be, and I would not like to sleep with one eye open afraid someone would back into our rig.
Hit and run claims from truck stops was one of our biggest expense.
If this was the case, I would be the first to pull in for an overnight stop. Big truck stops are safe and the drivers are hard working honest folks.

7 months ago

I would only stay at a truck stop if I was desperate. Like, extremely bad weather, or extremely tired. On the other hand, I’m not sure I would be able to relax there and sleep. I, or my dog, would hear every little noise outside. So sleeping would be difficult.

8 months ago

Truck Stops to noisy for me. Use PassPort America, $15-25 night for FHU and quiet.

9 months ago

If some *** trucker wouldn’t wreck my RV, just because he figured I was in HIS SPACE.

Terry Monos
9 months ago

Too much traffic and noise.

10 months ago

Probably the noise would be a show stopper. But then again I have a generator which produces comparable or less noise and will run all night for around $5. So what do you think? $15 + noise or $5 + noise. Still. another resource. That is always welcomed.

9 months ago
Reply to  Friz

Yes i would love to be able to have electric i can get a/c in my van in florida for grandkids and me…i wish every truck stop and rest area allowed it to for min. 6 hrs. Id pay 15 bucks nightly when traveling.

Tom S
1 year ago

Truck Stops appreciate your business, but trucks keep them in business. Truck Stops cater to trucks because trucks can spend $1,000 or more to fill their tanks [300 gals at $3+ per gallon]. Only some Class A’s are in that league. Of course neither fills up every stop. Range is ~300 gals x 6-8 mpg. Unlike RVers, truckers hours of service are highly regulated by the clock. I have yet to see a semi that insists on extending a slide out.

1 year ago

My lady friend is a truck driver. I asked her if truck stops were safe and she said yes they are. The state police do patrol along with the local pd. She told me of an app called trucker path that gives us an idea of where truck stops are if we want to stop for the nite. I was told for 15 bucks you can take a shower but never heard of 15 to plug in. But would pay that over having to pay 2 x that amount for a campground. We plan to do Colorado next summer and want to just stop along the road and then continue on the next day. I remember doing that at rest stops to Florida years ago. I have the app on my phone and she did tell me that along I 80 is a truck museum. Not sure where but it is along that route. Something to think about when traveling the open road. Now that Michigan is entering colder temps I am looking towards June and warm camping weather. Happy camping folks.

Anthony Vinson
1 year ago

I’ll use my generator for $5 a night, but it’s a good idea though. We plan for Cabelas, truck stops are our last resort, due to noise and “lurkers”.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago

I would be happy to pay $10, but not $15. $10 for a legal place to park with electricity is reasonable, and I would put up with the noise for an inexpensive place to sleep for the night as I’m on my way to a destination. I can often find Passport America parks in the $16-$20 range with full hookups, so I’m not likely to spend $15 at a truck stop. It’s a novel idea, though!

Mike Sokol (@mike)
10 months ago
Reply to  Lee Ensminger

One thing to factor in is that if you’re using even 10,000 watts of electricity for your RV (a 50-amp RV outlet can supply up to 12,000 watts) and the price of electricity is $0.10 (10 cents) per kWh, that’s at least $1 per hour. So a 10-hour stay could cost the truck stop $10 in electricity to power your RV. And nobody wants to pay for metering, so there’s a lot of misuse and waste of electrical power.

1 year ago

The reason not to put slides out at Walmart is that it increases the probability that the store will close to RVers

Bill Bateman
1 year ago

We are very familiar with the Truck Stop in Wells … probably 20 nites over many trips between Gardnerville, NV and Butte. Would stop there again anytime! Sounds like a lot of people are giving up Rving for a motel on wheels! And yes, some WalMarts say ‘NO’ to slides extended.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

In my working years, the sound of a reefer next to me was like “white noise”.

Now that I’m retired – not so much, but I can still sleep with the noise, and wifey doesn’t mind it. We have a favorite spot at a truck stop in Wells, NV. Truck noise, and right next to the RR tracks. Ya can’t beat it – HA.

But, I’m not up for paying. We look for (and remember) the free spots.

1 year ago

I agree with a lot of the comments that the average truck stop is just too noisy. BUT, there are exceptions as we have one close to our home base that has plenty of room on the auto/rv side to install this type of system.
Now somebody should suggest this to Walmart and that would be a win-win!

1 year ago

We’ve spent many nights in truck stops. I would only be willing to pay if it was extremely hot and we needed to run air conditioner for cooling.

1 year ago

Too noisy