Tom: Can't remember the source of the show, but I saw something on TV about the world's best truck stops. I had the good fortune to boondock in a truck stop (which is what I do on the road) that had a separate little section for RVs. It even had a sign posted that any trucks found in the area would be towed.
BTW, truck stops are NOISY places. A lot of it comes from trucks braking as they exit the nearby highway. I always carry a portable, battery operated white noise machine. The good point is that it can block out the intermittent noises. The bad side is that there may be a tiny bit of risk that somebody breaking in or doing something to the tow car would be less likely to be heard. I have felt the good outweighs the bad.
I would argue that South of the Border would not rate being included on a top ten list. We pass it on every trip on I 95 and though they occupy several acres, the facility has become run down over the years and is a lot less popular than it was twenty five years ago.
The RV park at South of the Border is nice with decent size sites and good hook ups, but one would hardly spend more than one night there because of its remote location. The truck stop and fuel facility is extremely run down and the price of fuel is more expensive than the neighboring Flying J.
Some of the newer TA truck stops offer services equal to and possibly surpass Flying J, some of which are also becoming run down.
What are some newer truck stops that offer amenities and keep up their appearances from becoming run down?
Are Love's Truckstops becoming a worthy competitor?
Somebody just reminded me of the stop I made where there was a nice little section set aside for RVs. It was in Corning CA, and somebody said there's an Olive Pit there. I don't remember much about it, but there was a sign that the section was for RVs only and trucks would be towed.
I think the worst place I've stopped was along US2. It was a casino parking lot right next to a very busy railroad switch yard. This was somewhere between Spokane and Glacier NP. I was exhausted, but I left immediately.
Well, there was a truck stop in Cheyenne where the engineers in the switchyard across from the truck stop blew the engine horns all night. A waitress told me they resnet the competition from the truckers and try to prevent them from sleeping. Real clever arent they, in case you're driving your grandchildren around there someday and wonder why a trucker fell asleep in your lane.
There are plenty of crossings around that truck stop. The lads interpret "long" as being, well, long. What occurred to me was that it had to get on the engineers' nerves too. I have never heard anything so noisy all night long. Conoco station, if I remember right, a block or so off the interstate, Cheyenne. I just figured the waitress, being a local, must have some fact behind her statement. It could have been handled by a white noise machine set loud, I think, but I didn't have one at the time.
Been to the I-80 Truck Stop in Iowa? I'd like to see them put in a little RV area, if they haven't by now.
You got to remmember folks that do stupid things like crossing tracks when the signals are flashing no longer have to take responsibility for their stupid actions. Thus in the courts eyes it is likely they will see it as the engineers fault mr stupid swerved around the gate and gets hit by the train. So the engineers tend to blow the horns as required by regulations and maybe a little extra to make sure.
Just the other evening I witnessed a Mr Stupid swerving around the crossing gate close by where we are parked here in Yuma. Just picture this, dark enough car headlights are on, I am driving toward the crossing about two blocks or so away, crossing lights flashing, train horns blowing as train is less than a block away from crossing, and stupid coming coming from other way swerving to get around the lowered gates. Thought for a minute there was going to be a big noise but stupid was lucking this time.