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Old 04-25-2014, 05:31 PM
 
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Truck stops more or less are shady places that I would NEVER sleep in my car overnight....
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:36 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Truck stops more or less are shady places that I would NEVER sleep in my car overnight....
You have several million pounds of trucks all around you at night, lighted parking lots, and locks on your vehicle right?? WHY would you be scared, unless you're female?
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:07 AM
 
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You have several million pounds of trucks all around you at night, lighted parking lots, and locks on your vehicle right?? WHY would you be scared, unless you're female?
Definitely not female and having been to tons of truck stops across the US you would really be surprised what goes on at them.. Most of them have the area where you park the trucks and then there are other public areas to park your car...

If you can think of any type of bad activity to do that is usually what you find at a truck stop.. ESPECIALLY overnight....

Have been to truck stops where people have been killed, beaten, set on fire, etc

So I would either not venture out if I had to stay in my car at a truck stop or pay for a motel...
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Venus
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A long time ago, we took a trip across country. It was in the middle of the summer and we had a car without A/C so we drove across the dessert at night. My husband (who did all the driving), grew tired at one point and we decided to pull into a truck stop to catch a few winks. Needless to say, neither one of us could fall asleep even though we were both tired. Between the lights of the parking lot, the noise, & just trying to get comfortable in the car, well it just didn't work. After trying for about 10-15 minutes, we decided to go inside, and get caffeinated up & hit the road again. Even though we didn't actually sleep, we did get some rest so we were able to go on.


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Old 04-26-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Definitely not female and having been to tons of truck stops across the US you would really be surprised what goes on at them.. Most of them have the area where you park the trucks and then there are other public areas to park your car...

If you can think of any type of bad activity to do that is usually what you find at a truck stop.. ESPECIALLY overnight....

Have been to truck stops where people have been killed, beaten, set on fire, etc

So I would either not venture out if I had to stay in my car at a truck stop or pay for a motel...
I'm not surprised as I've spent plenty of nights at them with no problems and no fear, I'm also legal to carry a weapon and a seasoned vet.
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I've pulled over at many truck stops for a catnap. Hard to get good sleep but 20 minutes to 2 hours off the road is good. Usually they have hot coffee too. Never used showers though.
Have also stayed in WalMart lots or other well lit spots. Mixed feelings on rest stops. Never had an issue but I don't stop if I'm the only car.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:40 PM
 
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I've pulled over at many truck stops for a catnap. Hard to get good sleep but 20 minutes to 2 hours off the road is good. Usually they have hot coffee too. Never used showers though.
Have also stayed in WalMart lots or other well lit spots. Mixed feelings on rest stops. Never had an issue but I don't stop if I'm the only car.

Walmart is OK, I guess. I prefer hospital parking lots as they are quiet, well patrolled, and the security knows that people sometimes sleep in their cars when family members are in the hospital.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:53 PM
 
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I know a guy who travels in an old, restored hearse. He says when tired, he'll just pull into the nearest graveyard for a nap. No one has bothered him yet.
Brilliant!
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:04 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Walmart is OK, I guess. I prefer hospital parking lots as they are quiet, well patrolled, and the security knows that people sometimes sleep in their cars when family members are in the hospital.
This is a great point, since I once had spent 2 days periodically in my truck at the hospital when a co-worker I knew well, was injured by a pressure valve bursting. Not once was I bothered when napping, but someone knew I was out there, because there was hot coffee and a meal left for me, in my buddy's room.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:44 PM
 
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One summer I was traveling cross country to visit some extended family and check out potential grad schools and I was having trouble finding a hotel room one place in Wyoming wanted over 350 dollars for one night or most were sold out. I kept driving through the night and got really tired so I finally pulled into one of those truck pull offs, not a truck stop but a highway pull off meant for trucks and parked my car blocked the windows and attempted to sleep in my car unsuccessfully. I was exhausted and then was stopping through the day taking naps and various rest stops. I don't think I will ever do that again. Might have been better if I had a mattress in the bed of my truck. Never again because you are tired the next day.
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