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Old 07-17-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Unhappy Flying J and Pilot merging

Just thought I'd pass this along.....

Think this will leed to Flying J closings, as both maintain locations in close proximity. I've never found Pilot truck stops to be very RV friendly, no dump stations or smaller necked diesel fuel pumps.



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Old 07-17-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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My advice to anyone traveling, especialy at night.

Avoid Truck stops, Keep an I on your stuff, and above all family (daughters/wives)

I have wittnessed alot of criminal activity there. Infact 1 time I called the State law for something I wasnt sure what I was seeing, it turned out to be an abducted girl from a few states away. The trucker let her out to use restroom ect... stayed with her, then roughly put her back into the truck, into the sleeper. I could see horror on her face.

I was an over the road driver, have been a local driver for 20+ years. I was the guy sleeping on the on ramps. I never ate there or slept at truck stops. They are not safe.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:50 AM   #3
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I don't make a frequent practice of it, but I've slept in truck stops and also road side parks. I've never had a problem, but I was prepared for one, if you know what I mean.

I believe everywhere you sleep, you are just as safe as you make it.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:18 AM   #4
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My advice to anyone traveling, especialy at night.

Avoid Truck stops, Keep an I on your stuff, and above all family (daughters/wives)

I have wittnessed alot of criminal activity there. Infact 1 time I called the State law for something I wasnt sure what I was seeing, it turned out to be an abducted girl from a few states away. The trucker let her out to use restroom ect... stayed with her, then roughly put her back into the truck, into the sleeper. I could see horror on her face.

I was an over the road driver, have been a local driver for 20+ years. I was the guy sleeping on the on ramps. I never ate there or slept at truck stops. They are not safe.
Not arguing with you, but just wanted to mention that we have slept overnight at "Flying J's" when en route to warmer weather each winter for the last 10 years or so since someone first introduced us to this option.

The first couple of nights we were a bit nervous about it, never having tried before, but so far - touch wood - never the slightest problem and only encountered friendly folks.

We always fuel up and eat there when we stop, their fuel prices are usually very competitive too, and the pumps usually easy to negotiate with trailer in tow.

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Old 07-17-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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Let's try to stay on target here, folks.

The member starting this thread was commenting on the merger of two major truck stop companies. This is interesting information, and some members may have additional details to share.

If some members would like to have a truck stop safety thread, please start one.

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Not arguing with you, but just wanted to mention that we have slept overnight at "Flying J's" when en route to warmer weather each winter for the last 10 years or so since someone first introduced us to this option.

The first couple of nights we were a bit nervous about it, never having tried before, but so far - touch wood - never the slightest problem and only encountered friendly folks.

We always fuel up and eat there when we stop, their fuel prices are usually very competitive too, and the pumps usually easy to negotiate with trailer in tow.

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I agree with fueling, maybe not food. It takes one horrible event to change lives.

I can tell of another bad time, when my buddy and his wife were travling from colorado (chisolm) to Ohio, (lodi) his wife went in to use the rest room, he was fueling. noticed his wife was gone a long time. So he went in figuring she was shopping, couldnt find her. went to the ladies rest room and noticed it was out of order. he asked about another rest room for the ladies, there wasnt one, and that one wasnt out of order, the lady went to to check inside and confirmed all was OK. Don paniced. one worker mentioned about a lady being carried by her husband to the car, must have got some bad food. He ran out the door and saw them putting her in the back seat. When the law got there the guy was unconsiouse across his hood, Don was hold Paulette, crying. The law came arested the couple, she was OK went to the hospital found cloroform?? it what they used to make her grogy. Don is a big man, nick named the kergan. raised in upper minnisota.

I have offered 2 real incedents, and can just say becarefull, and safety in numbers. When my daughter or wife have ever used restrooms, in places like that. I waite near by.
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If that's the case, I'll sure miss those Flying J's. I've never had a bad experience at any of them.
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I've always preferred the Flying J's to Pilot Travel Centers, so hope Pilot keeps the Flying J's pretty much like they are and does not make them all into Travel Centers.
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My hope is that Flying J is run as a separate company from Pilot and is able to keep those things that have made it different, much as TA has done with Petro.

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I have one of those Flying J cards where I can save a couple of cents / gallon. Hope Pilot will continue the discount card.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:40 PM   #11
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I love flying J. I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Where else can you get heavily discounted caffein power drinks, legal speed, CB whips, and pretzel wrapped foot longs on a stick at 3 am? no seriously, I like Flying J. I do not stay there over night and I keep a fairly close eye on my kids and wife.
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We use flying J all the time, both with the motorhome and the trailer. there always seems to be a pilot near most of them. It makes sense that flying Js will close, I just hope they keep some of them open, I like them better than the pilots. Since flying J went through bankruptcy and then "merge", hang on to those flying J cards, they'll be collectors items!
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who's saying Flying J will close?

Maybe a new truck stop will open called Flying Pilot or J Pilot. Or maybe the pilots will close and become all Flying J.
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I vote for "PJ" !!!

I think they will keep most if not all locations of both brands open. When Pilot bought out Williams a few years ago they simply converted them into Pilots, even if there was already a Pilot across the street. That is the case near here on I-64 and US 41, two Pilots (one formerly a Williams) and a Flying J at one intersection.

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