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

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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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Tom S

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.

jillie

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… Read more »

Anthony Vinson

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

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!

Michael

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

Bill Bateman

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

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.

Garth

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!

TIM

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.

TP

Too noisy

Tom

Yes if not by truck and noise. We usually leave the rest and truck stops for the trucks. We stayed at a rest stop in Nebraska between two trucks one night when the wind was blowing like crazy and had to get off the road.

bill Jergins

You must be joking! We stayed at a truck stop once and never will again. It was so noisy with trucks coming and going all night.

JR Thornton

Most of the larger truck stops are very noisy. The big rigs keep on rolling all night long. Not to mention the reefer drivers keeping their genny’s running to keep their cargoes cool. Not me. I would rather stay in a Walmart or other spot if only for a night.

James O'Briant

If it’s level and quiet, with a marked RV ONLY space wide enough that I can open my door to leave the rig, then yes. But too many Truck Stop “RV Spaces” aren’t level. too many are filled with autos and trucks, and some are so narrow that when 2 RVs are parked in adjacent spaces, there isn’t room to even open the door to exit the RV.

Paul woska

We has stayed several times on the Ohio Turnpike in their RV spots for $15 a night.

Kim Mays

Yes would be very helpful

Dennis Foley

Only if they had water and a dump station available

Roger V

We have a Class B motorhome and fit in a regular car parking spot. No slides. Stop over in truck stops all the time. Usually park at the outside of the restaurant parking lot at truck stops. Have only been a few times where it was hot enough to fire up the gennie. Would have been glad to pay the $15 those nights.

George C

I would definitely use this type of service if I needed power, rather than running the generator all night for air conditioning. When we are on longer direct runs (we did Hartford to Phoenix via Jacksonville after Thanksgiving a two years ago), we like a two day on, two nights off approach. Two 6-8 hour driving days with a boondock between, then two nights in a campground of some sort. When power is needed, this $15 option would be very welcome. If we couldn’t reserve in advance, we’d just plan to run the generator as that’s what it’s for. Over… Read more »

Tony

I can’t believe anyone would say yes to this. I mean with all the noise and many inconsiderate truck drivers, it is foolish to even consider it. I have traveled cross country trips and won’t consider anything else but Wal Marts, Cracker Barrel, Sam’s, Cabela’s, Bass, etc.

Wolfe

I’m happy using Walmarts, as long as they exist. I make sure to spend some $$ there as a thank you – either the night or the goods are effectively free.

Ray

for sure but must be away from the noisy trucks

BirdsGo2

The point of plugging in is to not have to run your generator. If I’d have to hear generators and smell diesel fumes all night, $20 is too steep, $10 maybe. If the RV area is far enough away from the trucks to avoid generators and fumes, then possibly.

BirdsGo2

Don’t know where I got $20. Better go refill my coffee cup.

Suka’s Mom

We prefer nice quiet campgrounds, but sometimes they are not available. We don’t mind staying in Walmart parking lots, but we can’t put out our slides, and it’s really cramped with them pulled in. We would gladly pay $15 for a level spot where we could extend our slides for a night.

PennyPA

There is no reason not to extend your slides for a one-night setup, even at Wal-Mart. Don’t put the grill or awning out though and make sure you don’t put your leveled down if it’s hot.

Wayne J

Yes they can be noisy but sure are convenient at times. While traveling in the west we stayed at Flying Js. Can get fuel propane food shower water. So yes I would pay to get power at times. But we dry camp 75 % of the time

Terry O'Keefe

I would stay,if it was a dedicated spot AWAY FROM TRUCKS.In my past life,I always said I had to smell burning diesel fuel to get a good night’s sleep.
Those days are gone! running trucks and reefers are not enjoyable at all any more.
I think any site that will let you hook up for the note is worth paying for

Ken S

Since we both use CPAP machines yes, I’d gladly pay $15 for overnight electric.

Glenn Fidler

would stay one night traveling between campgrounds.

Dick Zimmerer

Too noisy for me.

Dave

I found out that the OHIO Turnpike has some over night RV stops for $20 a night with electic, water and a dump station. They don’t take up much real estate on the property. Probably not a big money maker but the one I stopped at was full by morning. This might be the solution to the number of RV’s being sold versus the lack of places to stop overnight while in route.

Brenda W.

We overnight at truck stops only if we cannot find a Walmart we can get our 44’ into/out of or a nice, secure rest area. Truck stops are noisy and often really congested.

Judy G

I said probably but rarely: only if there was a dire emergency for me or my dog.

Jeff

MAYBE!!! But, the space would have to be big enough to at least put out the Bedroom Slide! Otherwise, NO WAY! Plus, you would have to have some kind of security, which MOST Truck stops Don’t have!

Fred

They exist on the turnpikes in Ohio & Pennsylvania. Some of the turnpike service areas have separate sections for rvers, away from the main truck parking areas, but the sites are too short for many rvs. They’re only about 35-40 ft deep, not deep enough for a truck towing a fifth wheel over 30 ft. & they cost $20/night for 20/30/50 amp hook-up. The ones we saw had very few rvs in them. Most rvers were staying in the truck parking areas for free.

Dr4Film ----- Richard

Absolutely NOT! Truck stops are setup for trucks with a lot of back-in spots plus they are the noisiest places to stop and get some sleep. I will only stop at one if there are no other choices within 50 miles or an hours drive. It has been years since last stopping at a truck stop to sleep.

Eric Ramey

If this comes to fruition 1-Allow the end users to reserve spaces on-line 2-Utlize a little bit of the start up $$ to advertise that these spots are for weary RV travelers (if we use it..they will build more)

JEAN

We just came cross country … CA to FL. We needed to get to FL in a hurry and spent nights in truck stops and rest areas. Can’t see paying $50 for a KOA or other campground when I’m only going to be there from 9 pm to 6 am. I wouldn’t mind paying $15 if I was guaranteed a spot. We can get fuel, grab a bite to eat, get a few hours of sleep and get moving early.

Mike A Schwab

How about $1 / hour? $1 / 40 minutes in cold or hot weather?

BuzzElectric

I always have reservations. But if I needed a spot to sleep $15. is cheap. Also it’s great for midnight munchies.

Rory Roberts

I would pay $15 a nite at a truck stop when all other options have been exhausted. Reason, most truck stops are noisy, some can be very noisy. I wouldn’t want to pay for a bad nite’s sleep unless it was my last option. BTW I avoid truck stops except for fueling up both my RV and my body….