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Report details cold weather break downs, operators hung up at packed Iowa 80 Truckstop

| January 23, 2014

The extreme cold temperatures in the Midwest and East in recent weeks have taken a toll on uptime and operations, as you may well have experienced, and a report from a TV station in Moline, Ill. — 20 miles from the Iowa 80 Truckstop — has detailed a report of truck owners and operators stuck at the World’s Largest Truckstop due to the weather and waiting on truck repairs.


Updated: Views from the center of the ‘polar vortex’

Pictures and more from drivers caught in the extremely cold temps across the nation's midsection.

The cold has caused more trucks to be forced into bays than normally would have been, said Iowa 80’s General Manager Mike Hutchison, and trucks are lining up at the truck stop’s service bays waiting on work to be done. 

One driver, David Hill, says in the video the downtime has cost him $1,400 — and that doesn’t include the $900 he has to spend to get his truck fixed. He also has lost home time due to the weather-related downtime.

OD readers submitted photos of their snow-covered trucks or trucks they saw during the “polar vortex” earlier this month. Click here to see them.


  • Ken Nilsen

    Welcome to Winter!!! The problems avoided in the warmer months seem to accentuate themselves when the mercury drops. There are so many things that do not show till it gets really really cold. There are some that can be prevented other times not so much. But suck it up buttercup, this is real world truck driving, there will be expenses, it is just a matter of time.

    Many of the issues I have run across are just a failure to address basic maintenance issues. Not getting your air drier serviced and the filter changed, not purging air tanks daily of moisture, not keeping your fuel treated when the temps drop, not maintaining batteries and keeping connections clean. These are a lot of more common issues that can keep you running strong in the winter. Poor electrical connections, wires that have just been taped and not properly sealed also can lead to problems when they get wet and then it freezes. ice causes wires to separate and then short out or not connect at all. Keep your fuel tanks as full as possible to prevent condensation from building. Make sure you are using the right additives at the right time.

  • guest

    Mechanics charge as much as Doctors today….near impossible to earn a Profit with all these SHARKS ripping the Trucker off every chance they get.

  • guest

    Definitely some Good Ideas… is way too late when the Snow is falling to tend to those issues. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.