More parking now, please; alternatives to ‘sailboat fuel’

| January 11, 2013

I came across the September 2012 issue and the “Voices” column piece on parking. From my own experience, neither coast has enough, or well-placed, parking for trucks. [Overdrive reader] Randy Martindale called it right. If you’re not in a spot by 3 p.m., well, you’re out of luck most of the time. All I ever looked for is a safe place to park, with hot food and facilities that are clean. I am thankful that the Midwest has a nice variety of places. It was a sad day for drivers when the Flying J disassembled itself. That took a lot of options off the table, forever — never to return. To see new truck stops/plazas, the government is going to have to get fuel prices under control, and offer low-interest loans to those still willing to build.
Michael Payne, via Overdrive’s Facebook page

PS: Truck stops/plazas are like cellphone towers: “Not in my neighborhood!” However, members of the general public sure like their cellphones, food and goodies, don’t they.

Alternatives to ‘sailboat fuel’
Overdrive readers, on our Facebook page, offered a bevy of alternatives to the old slang in response to a post about our George & Wendy Show blogger Wendy Parker’s Sunday, Jan. 7, story, which capitalized on the phrase for a little humor. Find the original story here.

Robert McConnell: I prefer “post holes” myself.

Mike Hatcher: When I pull my empty tanker, I’m hauling dispatcher brains, not wind or air.

Blake Small: Motorcycle doors.

Rodney Peterburs: Blinker fluid.

David Ooten: Back several years ago it was VW radiators.

Jeff Mercer: I hauled a load of muffler bearings once.

Ralph Burket: I used to haul fresh air to Jersey. They needed it.

If you’re reading on a desktop, scan the QR with your phone or tablet to weigh in on Facebook with your own preferred slang for an empty box or trailer — or visit this link direct.

  • jescott418

    Sad a lot of Mom and Pop truckstops have closed their doors. The chains like Pilots seem to open more fuel stops but many have limited parking. To them its more about fuel and food and not parking. I agree, if your not parked by 4 or 5 PM you are going to struggle to fit in somewhere to rest. I also have to complain about some truck stops and their parking setups. Many are just not setup to work with the length of trucks and trailers out there. Some are almost a accident waiting to happen. Not to mention others who are now trying reserve pay parking and the Idle Aire reserve parking.

  • David S. McQueen

    When I was driving big trucks in the 1990s and 00s, parking was a major problem, especially late at night and in the northeast. Many times, I parked in retail store parking lots because the environmentalist lobby effectively prevented construction of new truck stops. In the west, and the south, there was a noticeable difference in the number of truck stops. Rule of Thumb: liberal (sic) states don’t want trucks and don’t allow construction of new truck stops.

  • guest

    You really have to be thinking about Where you park too….so many New new guys replacing skilled drivers….if you park where its Tough to get in the spot…you will LIKELY wake up to the sound of your front end being Crunched asan Imbicile Attempts to get into spot next to you. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.