Hi there, found this site and thought I would take a chance on some good feedback. Am moving from Tampa, Florida to Just outside of Nashville Tenn with my kids. I have never driven a big truck before and in this case am moving with a 16 footer and my car pulled behind. Needless to say am very concerned. Not so much about highways but am very concerned about stops. Looking for large truck friendly hotels/motels, gas stations and eaterys. I am very concerned about small spaces and need advice of how to find large truck friendly establishments that have plenty of room for a greenhorn like me to safely navigate and feel comfortable. Any advice would be so very appreciated. Thanks, Jan
when im pulling my 35ft trailer i use flying J truck stops exclusively.
you can plan a trip on their site and download the stops to your GPS. they also allow overnight parking/sleeping in the rv.
For fuel, truck stops are you best bet but a lot of gas stations near the freeway exits also have good pull throughs.
As to restaurants, most truck stops offer some kind of food, but those catering to travelers also have bus/RV parking. You have to walk a little further, but it's not that far. A lot of motels also have large vehicle parking, check the web sites for the motel chains and look at the locations near where you plan to stop for the night. The page for those particular locations should tell you if they have truck parking.
Janet, one other thing I would suggest as a quick rest fix, is downloading the WalMart file, as they allow boondocking overnight in many areas. Ask first to be sure though.
Try these websites: American Independent Truckers Association -- http://www.AITAonline.com/TS/Locations.html and
If you never drove a truck and car in tow you have to remember it will be a lot different than just a car. I have done it a few times and have seen people forget the distance it takes moving in and out of traffic. First time I did it I almost got clipped changing lanes.
Have a safe trip.
I'm sure you have a GPS, and it will have the phone numbers of motels. Just call ahead and ask them about pull through parking. When stopping at a McDonalds, I parked on the street, then drove around the block to return to the highway. Truck stops are good for fuel. But you can size up any gas station pretty well before turning into the driveway.
My wife and I have traveled extensively in a 38' Class A motorhome towing a Jeep Wrangler. When planning the day's itinerary, I always use Google Earth to "size up" potential layovers and fuel stops. Using Google Earth's "satellite" and "street view" options, it's easy to determine if I'll be able to get the rig in and out of a particular location without having to back up (impossible with the Jeep in tow) and whether there will be enough space to park the rig well before we get there.
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