Delta Truck Parking in Otay Mesa, Calif., a base location for many warehouses and trucking outfits near San Diego, offers 110 spaces for truck and trailer parking for $10 per space per day just a mile from the Mexican border. Manager Miguel Vilchis estimates 80 percent of its customers are long-haul and local owner-operators.
Carriers hauling specialized equipment for trade shows or machinery for a construction project might stay for two weeks or more. Others are contractors who haul to Los Angeles and destinations north. Still others are Mexican operators who pick up or deliver at Tijuana or who leave their vehicles to take a vacation.
“It’s a safe place to leave a loaded trailer,” Vilchis says. “Truckers from Mexico come and leave their equipment because they don’t trust truck stops.”
The facility commonly attracts more local operators not only because of its proximity to the border but also its location between two truck stops that have free parking. Vilchis says his facility has portable toilets but no other amenities.
The facility, often 70 percent full in the morning, gets increasingly congested as the day goes on and might fill up by night. “Many owner-operators don’t like to pay for parking,” he says. “They park outside our lot, maybe because they feel they will be more protected parking next to us.”
Vilchis says the area is extremely safe because state patrol, border police and immigration control officers are constantly driving around.