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    A KOA isn't free, may as well stay at a hotel and get a real meal.
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    I've only been on the road a month but I can now say that every flying J I have been in has been a dive. Pilot is not far behind. The nicest truckstop i've seen is by far the Sta-Mart in Fargo, ND. Great store, great restaurant, AWSOME drivers lounge and very friendly staff. Didn't have a chance to shower there, but by the looks of the rest of the place...you probably could have eaten off the shower floors. Oh yeah...free coffee for drivers too, fuel or not. We've been mainly stopping at T/A's and I have no complaints with them yet. Worst one we've stopped at was in Bloomington,IL Best one was definately the Iowa 80 at Walcott,IA...Man that place is huge. T/A's have decent food as long as it doesn't come off the buffet. I refuse to eat off any buffet. Seen a couple drivers take a number 2 and walk right out of the bathroom without even glancing at the sink and soap and walk up to the buffet. You can't get much more disgusting than that!

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    Default worst truckstops

    I voted for Pilot as the worst. Where each one was built in Oregon, I was told a new and better restaurant would replace the one that used to be there. For instance, two were torn down at Biggs OR and what did we get to replace them? We got a McDonalds and at Brooks OR we got Taco Bell and Subway. I don't consider either better. Give us restaurants that have full menus and nice waitresses/waiters to take our orders and tables to sit at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadhog
    Sans Argonauts....I'm not sure if this is the same TS I use in Charlotte. It is a tiny rat hole, and fills up fast...(small). Called the Charlotte Travel Plaza on 77 exit 16B. Sounds like the same place.

    Jake's was at 16A, the other side of 77, but its been closed for years.

    I voted for the Pilot as being the worlds worst. You have no idea what you're paying for fuel until you get your reciept. Internet says one price, Interstate signs says another, sign out front of the building says something totally different and then ya get to the pump and its the 4th price you've seen for one truck stop.

    When I go to a truck stop, I'm in need of fuel or hungry, thats it. I don't go to a truck stop to sit and watch tv, I have a laptop and wireless internet for entertainment, but thanks anyway. The Flying J has the best fuel prices around hands down. Who else gives you cash price when using a debit card? Pilot or the TA, nope. Credit price baby! Not to mention the J gives you an xtra $0.01 off if you get their rewards card, which is free, plus you can earn up to $0.025 off by purchasing merchandise, smokes, drinks, or food. And the Pilot prices are ALWAYS higher than everyone else. Pilot doesn't care about the small trucking companys, they just jack the prices up so they make a profit off all of their national accounts that strictly fuel with them after they recieve their discounts. The small trucking companies that fuel with Pilot that don't get big discounts are just paying too much for the same fuel I'm getting sometimes $0.15 cheaper at the J. Thats just the way I see it, on to food.

    You're eating at truck stops, how good do you expect it to be? lol
    There is a TA in Dallas on 35 where I had a steak and I believe that was the best steak I've ever had, period. If you're wanting good food, do like I do, park it in a Wally World/Lowes parking lot and walk across the street to the Outback or Golden Corral :lol:

    And as far as working on a truck, the TA wins that one. They can change the oil and filter cheaper than I can buy the oil by itself. Ya just got to get there when there isn't a crowd or else you'll be in line for a while.
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    Default Re: Wrentham Mass Mikes Truck Stop

    Quote Originally Posted by FedExDude
    The Truck Stop your referring to in Wrentham is Called Mikes truck stop and by far it makes pilot and the hook look like class a resturant/truckstop, their parking lot is across a reasonably busy highway (Granted there is a traffic light), The parking lot has been dirt/potholes as long as I have been trucking (32 years), They are located next to a towing/salvage yard the food/service sucks chit, the fuel is high priced (when you can get it), If you don't have your own towel you can buy one from them for $10.00 (A very small one I might add) hhhhmmmm lets see what other nice things I can say about them..... well I guess thats about all I have on them
    was temted to check them out but wen't to one on exit 14 in plainsville, MA, that's one that didn't impress me at all. Probably my vote on a BEST truck stop is bosslemans in altoonia, Iowa. I did a 34 hour reset there, good food, good store, and exelent drivers facilities, oh and mucho parking

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    best truck stops? the ones with a strip club next to it :idea:

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    Default Worst of alltime!!

    There is a Truck Stop on US 41 in Carlisle Indiana....#1 Hands down Lot Lizards my God you'd think you were at a petting Zoo...Gas is at least 10 cents higher on the Gallon and the food is atrocious!

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    Sapp Bros. Denver,CO. Dirty and not much room for maneuvering. Bad combination!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockaholic
    Sapp Bros. Denver,CO. Dirty and not much room for maneuvering. Bad combination!
    With HORRIBLE food-a very disgusting place-I hate Flying J's but when in Denver it becomes the Exception

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadetree4u
    I-85 Pilot @ exit 129... always a wait at night and parking is always a problem. Trucks have taken it to themselves to make new parking in the grass. The scale is always packed too. Avoid in the late evening!!! Then there is the TA on exit 52 on I-285... If you like the lizards go there!



    the flying j up the road at the 160 is clean and has decent parking also, friendly people and the showers have plenty of hot water and water pressure!
    I just hope it stays that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximum Destruction
    best truck stops? the ones with a strip club next to it :idea:


    I miss the williams truckstops. pilot makes me feel very unwelcome, get your fuel and your fast food and get the hell out!

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    the 101 truckstop at exit 101 on I-40 in tn. probably even worse is one just down the street, didn't even bother checking the name but you could smell the urine from the interstate, ewwww

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    Default duh

    can not find a pull through any wh 8) ere

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    The Corpus Christi Truck Stop in Corpus Christi, TX. What a hole-in-the-wall dump! They had 1 shower, which is upstairs. you have to go outside and enter through this dirty, rusty stairway. The lock was tricky, it took about 3 minutes of shaking and jiggling the key, I finally got the door open. There are three abandoned rooms in there, the doors looked like they have been kicked in and they are filled with dusty-looking garbage. I would expect Freddy Krueger or homeless drug addicts to live up there. The bathroom is separate from the shower and it's just a toilet with a bare bulb overhead. They give you a hand towell to dry off with. No place to put your soap and shampoo while you're showering, so you either hane to just leave you bar of soap on the floor (which I will NOT do!) or hold it in one hand while you try and wash your hair with the other hand. At least the food was good and the waitress was hot.. she was a cougar! ROOOOWRRR... LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geeshock View Post
    the 101 truckstop at exit 101 on I-40 in tn. probably even worse is one just down the street, didn't even bother checking the name but you could smell the urine from the interstate, ewwww
    That place finally burned down! I was going to stop in there a few monnths ago and half the building had collapsed and burned! I always liked going there to check out all of their junk and trinkets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHCarriers View Post
    Jake's was at 16A, the other side of 77, but its been closed for years.

    I voted for the Pilot as being the worlds worst. You have no idea what you're paying for fuel until you get your reciept. Internet says one price, Interstate signs says another, sign out front of the building says something totally different and then ya get to the pump and its the 4th price you've seen for one truck stop.

    When I go to a truck stop, I'm in need of fuel or hungry, thats it. I don't go to a truck stop to sit and watch tv, I have a laptop and wireless internet for entertainment, but thanks anyway. The Flying J has the best fuel prices around hands down. Who else gives you cash price when using a debit card? Pilot or the TA, nope. Credit price baby! Not to mention the J gives you an xtra $0.01 off if you get their rewards card, which is free, plus you can earn up to $0.025 off by purchasing merchandise, smokes, drinks, or food. And the Pilot prices are ALWAYS higher than everyone else. Pilot doesn't care about the small trucking companys, they just jack the prices up so they make a profit off all of their national accounts that strictly fuel with them after they recieve their discounts. The small trucking companies that fuel with Pilot that don't get big discounts are just paying too much for the same fuel I'm getting sometimes $0.15 cheaper at the J. Thats just the way I see it, on to food.

    You're eating at truck stops, how good do you expect it to be? lol
    There is a TA in Dallas on 35 where I had a steak and I believe that was the best steak I've ever had, period. If you're wanting good food, do like I do, park it in a Wally World/Lowes parking lot and walk across the street to the Outback or Golden Corral :lol:

    And as far as working on a truck, the TA wins that one. They can change the oil and filter cheaper than I can buy the oil by itself. Ya just got to get there when there isn't a crowd or else you'll be in line for a while.
    Speaking of truck Stop Steaks... Perto's Western Ribeye is fantastic! I guess they have been getting requests (or complaints) about their steak quality. I stopped at the Petro in Laramie a few months ago and The Ribeye was excellent! Thick and juicy and well-prepared! Every payday I treat myself to a steak dinner and Petro is on my "Stop & Eat List" once again!

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    The Pilot in Jackson, MS. Everytime I go in there, the McDonalds is always filthy. The floors and tables look like they haven't been cleaned in over a week! The employees are always shirkin' instead or workin' and talking nasty to each other. And there always seems to be panhandlers hanging around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southron View Post
    ...They had 1 shower, which is upstairs. you have to go outside and enter through this dirty, rusty stairway. The lock was tricky, it took about 3 minutes of shaking and jiggling the key, I finally got the door open. There are three abandoned rooms in there, the doors looked like they have been kicked in and they are filled with dusty-looking garbage. I would expect Freddy Krueger or homeless drug addicts to live up there. The bathroom is separate from the shower and it's just a toilet with a bare bulb overhead. They give you a hand towell to dry off with. No place to put your soap and shampoo while you're showering,

    so you either have to just leave your bar of soap on the floor (which I will NOT do!)
    Glad to see you draw the line SOMEWHERE! :eek2::lol:

    Personally..... I can go one day without a shower. :roll::thumbsup:
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    Quote Originally Posted by golfhobo View Post
    Glad to see you draw the line SOMEWHERE! :eek2::lol:

    Personally..... I can go one day without a shower. :roll::thumbsup:
    Ordinarily I would, but that particular day I had delivered a 53ft trailer full of mattresses to 5 different stops in or around the San Antonio & Corpus Christi areas. All day long in the summer heat hand-unloading king-size mattresses from a hot, dusty trailer... ain't no way in Satan's Den am I going to bed w/o a shower after a day like that!!!

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    The only reason I voted for Pilot here is because Love's wasn't on the list. To me, a real truck stop includes a sit-down restaurant, not fast food only. Truck service doesn't hurt either.
    Despite all of that, I will give the FlyingPilot's one thing: They are actively installing DEF pumps at their locations. I wish T/A, Petro, and Wilco would do so at such a pace.
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