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Old 04-11-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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What has been your experience with spending the nights at truck stops rather than a hotel? Especially in small towns / freeway intersections?

With the price of hotel rooms having risen rapidly, I'm sure this option is chosen by at least some domestic road-trippers looking to economize, especially those traveling solo.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:28 PM
 
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If you do your homework then you can plan your overnight stops and book hotel/motel rooms online in advance at sometimes substantially reduced rates. Most truck stops are very noisy places 24/7 with trucks coming and going at all hours so in addition to sleeping in an uncomfortable car seat not designed for such purpose, you have to deal with the constant noise and I would never get any restful sleep under such conditions. You also increase your exposure to becoming a victim of criminal activity in less than desirable surroundings. You could probably find safe places to park and take a short nap to refresh yourself for the next leg of the trip, but I'd never sleep a full night in a car unless I had no other choice. How much is your life worth for being too frugal?
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:34 PM
 
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Many times I have pulled into a truck stop to take a nap. Most of the time it is only 20 minutes or so. Once in a while I might nap for a couple hours. I have never felt unsafe doing this. As to spending the entire night sleeping in my car, I have never done that. When I am ready to call it a day I prefer to sleep in a real bed.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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What has been your experience with spending the nights at truck stops rather than a hotel? Especially in small towns / freeway intersections?

With the price of hotel rooms having risen rapidly, I'm sure this option is chosen by at least some domestic road-trippers looking to economize, especially those traveling solo.
I've slept in my SUV at rest parks and truck stops several times. I've never slept all night but I've never intended to either.
Never felt too horribly unsafe (and I'm a woman) but I always travel with at least one of my dogs on long trips.
I've never done this as a cost saving measure but more as a time saving measure because I tend to drive straight through as much as possible rather than plan 10 hr days or whatever. I leave my key in the ignition so I could pull out in a hurry if needed and sleep in the drivers seat. I've actually found motel parking lots to be a lot quieter and I've never been hassled by management plus it just seems a little safer to me.

If you are a guy I wouldn't particularly worry at all.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:07 AM
 
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Sleeping at Truck Stops in a Car: What has been your experience?
Noisy, dangerous, and people constantly knocking on your window, you know those crazy women. Sometimes guys too.
I'd rather sleep in a Walmarts parking lot than a truck stop.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:23 AM
 
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I have never done it but I know a man who has and he has slept soundly without issue at truck stops in the Northeast.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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I've done it a number of times when inclement weather forced road closures here in the Rocky Mountain area ... in UT, CO, WY, and NE. All the motels in the areas were full and the only remaining places to park were in the truck stops. Uncomfortable and noisy, but no other problems except for the boredom waiting for the roads to be reopened.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I usually do it when I stop to take a quick nap. Never had anyone bother me.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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What has been your experience with spending the nights at truck stops rather than a hotel? Especially in small towns / freeway intersections?

With the price of hotel rooms having risen rapidly, I'm sure this option is chosen by at least some domestic road-trippers looking to economize, especially those traveling solo.
What small town hotel prices have risen rapidly?
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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What has been your experience with spending the nights at truck stops rather than a hotel? Especially in small towns / freeway intersections?

With the price of hotel rooms having risen rapidly, I'm sure this option is chosen by at least some domestic road-trippers looking to economize, especially those traveling solo.
Kind of loud but otherwise fine.

As far as safety -- pulling over and getting some sleep is a WHOLE lot safer than driving when tired.
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