In May of 2021, Love’s Travel Stops introduced Love’s RV Hookups. But what exactly does this mean and what are the pros and cons of using them?
In this post, we’ll sort through the details and give you the scoop from our perspective as well as those of other RVers.
Let’s jump right in!
- 1) Can RVers Park Overnight at Most Truck Stops?
- 2) About Love’s RV Hookups
- 3) Do All Love’s Travel Stops Locations Offer RV Hookups?
- 4) What Are the Disadvantages of Love’s RV Hookups?
- 5) How Do I Reserve an RV Hookup at a Love’s Travel Stop?
- 6) Have You Used One of Loves RV Hookups?
- 7) Free RVing Tips, Tricks, Reviews, Giveaways & More
Can RVers Park Overnight at Most Truck Stops?
RV travelers have long been able to spend the night at many truckstops across the country. But that usually means parking among the tractor-trailers, especially if you’ve got a big RV like ours.
Have we done it? Yes, we have, but very rarely. On long road trips, we appreciate the ability to pull off the highway and catch some shut-eye before hitting the road again in the morning.
So why “rarely?” Why aren’t truckstops a preferred place to stop for the night?
For one thing, parking overnight at a truck stop is usually noisy. Many trucks (especially refrigerated ones) have to keep their cooling units running all night to prevent food from spoiling.
More importantly, though, we really don’t relish potentially taking a space from a professional trucker who needs the space. They’re working for a living and may be tired, or legally required by Hours of Service Regulations to take a break.
Long-haul truckers work hard, and they legally have to pull off the highway.
So, yes… RVers can park overnight at most truck stops. But we wouldn’t mind paying a few bucks to have a spot to park our rig overnight in an area we’re sure wouldn’t interfere with truckers.
In exchange for doing that, we’d probably also get a better night’s rest.
So, let’s see what Love’s RV Hookups are all about!
About Love’s RV Hookups
In 2021, Love’s Travel Stops began the process of expanding its offerings by adding dedicated RV hookups at some of its travel stops.
Love’s RV Hookups and RV Stops offer RVers an opportunity to do more than fuel up, stretch their legs, or grab a snack.
Love’s Travel Stops now offer more dedicated RV parking spots nationwide than any other truckstop.
In our post on diesel fuel discount programs, we mentioned Love’s gasoline and diesel fueling stations. But, RVers can take advantage of many amenities at Love’s Travel Stops:
Running low on propane? You can get a refill at Love’s en route to or from your next camping destination.
If you’ve just completed a boondocking stint or you’ve been on the road for a long time and your tanks are getting full, Love’s offers dump stations so you can empty those tanks and stop carrying all that 💩 down the highway.
Private Shower Facilities
Love’s private shower facilities are great for RVers whose rigs either have wet baths, outside showers only… or no shower at all.
Traveling with the family and spending the night at a Love’s? You can take the opportunity to do some loads of laundry while you’re there.
New Love’s Travel Stops are being built with dog parks, and Love’s is adding a dog park to some of their older locations as well.
There are currently 350 Love’s dog parks nationwide.
Food, Beverages, and Other Conveniences
All Love’s Travel Stops offer snacks and a variety of food and beverages for sale.
They also offer many convenience items as well as some electronics, apparel, and Love’s merchandise.
And yes, some Love’s Travel Stops now offer RV hookups right there at the travel stop.
In addition to these, Love’s also offers amenities found in the following graphic:
In addition, Love’s has partnered with KOA to add full-sized RV parks at some locations. (Yes, we’re talking full-on RV parks right at the location of the travel stop.)
Do All Love’s Travel Stops Locations Offer RV Hookups?
No. As of this writing, Love’s offers RV hookups at 25 locations.
Other Love’s locations continue to offer lots of amenities and conveniences for all travelers. That includes some that are specifically for RVers, even at the Love’s that don’t have hookups.
What Are the Disadvantages of Love’s RV Hookups?
We don’t really see any disadvantages to the hookups themselves. They’re a great addition for all the reasons we’ve noted above, especially because they offer convenience for RVers without taking space from truckers.
However, we try to share both pros and cons of things. We’ve heard a few grumblings here and there on a couple of issues.
Some travelers seem to feel that what they’ve been using for free will now cost them. But until now, there’s been no option for hookups.
Our take is that we prefer to avoid staying overnight in areas meant for truckers, particularly in busy travel stops, if we’ve got other options.
This can be more than an annoyance to truckers. If several big rig spaces are taken by RVers and a long-haul trucker can’t park for the night, that can be a safety problem for them, and other drivers on the road.
And it may be a problem that Love’s is trying to solve by giving RVers their own spaces. We see that as a good thing. More options, please!
Some see it as a way for Love’s to make more money. But, really, RVers have to pay for hookups pretty much anywhere we go. If you’d rather boondock, then just don’t reserve a Love’s RV Hookup.
However, if you arrive at a Love’s on a hot summer night and you want to run your air conditioner so you can get a good night’s sleep, now you’ve got the option to hook up your rig and relax.
Number of Available Spaces
Some RVers appreciate the opportunity to hook up the rig at a Love’s Travel Stop, but note that most only have 5 or so hookups available.
Love’s is starting a new program and we think they’re probably testing the waters and they’ll expand as their marketing data suggests they should.
However, some Love’s have many more RV hookups than others. For example, Love’s RV Hookup in Winona, Texas, has 25 full hook-up campsites. Two of those are ADA accessible.
We’ve read comments about Love’s RV hookups not being big rig friendly, especially for those of us with a toad.
We’ve read that at least some Love’s RV Hookups sites are only 30′ long, which means that big rigs might be excluded from those locations.
Some RVers also note that the spaces are so close together that slide-outs can’t be used.
Others have said that the lots are too open to the sun, too brightly lit at night, and too noisy due to trucks and interstate traffic.
Staying at a Love’s RV Hookups location isn’t your traditional camping experience, nor should we expect it to be.
For a more traditional camping experience near a Love’s location, their RV parks designed in conjunction with KOA might fit the bill, depending on your travel route.
How Do I Reserve an RV Hookup at a Love’s Travel Stop?
To use one of Love’s RV hookups (or one of their campgrounds), you’ll need to either book a space using Love’s website or by using an app like Campendium.
You can also just drive right up to a Love’s RV Hookups kiosk, and claim and pay for your space right onsite.
For a look at free overnight options for RVers, check out our posts on free overnight RV parking, as well as our posts ” 7 Best Free Camping Apps for the Avid Boondocker” and “Can You Camp in a Walmart Parking Lot?”
Have You Used One of Loves RV Hookups?
If you’ve been a patron at a Loves RV Hookups site, we’d love to hear about your experience. Leave a comment below!
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Tuesday 7th of March 2023
I have the Loves app and I don't see any of the RV hook ups. I even checked my app against the one I know in Cordell GA. Is there an update I haven't been made aware of? NOT seeing any RV hook ups at any of the known hook up sites.
Sunday 19th of March 2023
Hi Dan... don't know if there's been an update or not, but when we look at our Love's app, you click on a location on the map and it shows a small card with some details for that location on the bottom of the screen... swipe up to expand that card and you should see the details listed as icons under the Amenities section (again, you may need to click "See All" to view the complete list available at that location).
A truck driver
Tuesday 7th of March 2023
Why do RVers, when they are on vacation, feel the need to spend the night for free at a truck stop or even rest area. If you plan accordingly, and can rent sites like your supposed to. I say this because we are working, run on a mandated computer, already don't have enough spots to sleep and do a 10 hr break, then here you guys come, on vacation, and want to park free. Truck drivers are not catching a break here. The other day I pull in a rest area, and see an RV who stayed all night, and took up 2 spots because he expanded the vehicle. Just ridiculous and no respect for us.
Tuesday 7th of March 2023
As a retired professional driver myself, I understand and appreciate exactly what you're describing. That's why we almost never stay in truckstops (could count on the fingers of one hand the number we've stayed in during 20 years of full-time RVing... and they were only when there was very little activity, and plenty of available spaces when we arrived late). Rest areas are also low on our list of places to stay. But we, like most RVers, sometimes have long driving days en route to our destinations, which is the only time we stay in places other than camping destinations. We specifically mentioned the importance of respecting truckers early in the article to make sure as many people as we can reach are aware that truckstops are not campgrounds, and professional drivers need their rest while working, and are also required by law to stop. We choose Wal-Marts, Cabela's and other open parking lots over truck stops, and even rest areas, 99% of the time. And the rare times we end up in one of them, we would NEVER take extend our slides or take more than one spot. That guy was a complete ass for doing that. Thanks for the work you do to keep us all fed... and all the other goods you deliver.
Thursday 2nd of March 2023
I answered my own question: yes, the app contains RV hookup locations. I confirmed this via Travel Stop 842 in MN. Thanks again.
Saturday 4th of March 2023
That's great, thanks for confirming that for us Ella!
Thursday 2nd of March 2023
Thanks for this great news! Does anyone know if the locations with RV sites can be identified on the Love's app, vs going to their website to find them? Thanks!
Wednesday 1st of March 2023
I stayed in a Loves Rv site just after they opened in southern Indiana last fall. The spaces were huge. I can't imagine the rig that couldn't fit. They were all FHU, meaning dump at every site included in the price, which I think was $40. RV spaces were all out front along the offramp road that didn't seem to have any traffic except for the Loves. Trucks all parked behind the facilities and far enough away that there wasn't any overnight noise. My RV site -- right next to the entrance/exit -- was very noisy from about 6 to 9 while trucks were pulling in for the night. But then it was more quiet than a lot of fancy resort parks I have stayed in. This facility had about a dozen spaces. Mine was a pull-in. No pull-throughs. Spaces were close, but with grassy strips between. I did see several RVs with slides out, no problem. As has been said before, it's not camping. It's an overnight option as you are on the way somewhere else. I for one am glad to have them and will definitely use them again.