Ample Angled Parking
Very Clean Showers
Lots of Amenities
No Coffee In The Main
Store on Truck Side
A great place to stay, overall. I'd even plan to do my restart here if I could. Plenty of amenities, decent food, ample parking and it's clean, clean, clean. Highly recommended!
Petro Stopping Center in Rochelle, IL Truck Stop Review
In the past year or so, I’ve become rather fond of several Petro locations across the country. They just seem to have a lot to offer and the Petro Stopping Center in Rochelle, Illinois is no exception.
This truck stop is located a couple miles north of US-20 on Interstate 39 at exit 99. It’s easy enough to get in & out and offers a lot of ways to spend your time out of the truck, as well as services for your truck.
There’s a full service, 5-bay shop and also a 3-bay Blue Beacon truck wash on site. A Holiday Inn Express is next door & there are several other places to eat within a block, too.
Petro & TA have done it right with angled parking. Other truck stops may be able to fit a few more trucks into a tight space with straight-in parking stalls but that ultimately causes problems and costs trucks owners & companies lots of money.
I say that because, as we all know, some folks have more of a hard time backing to begin with, but after a long day of driving, parking in a really tight, straight-in spot after dark is always more tricky. Pulling out early in the morning can get equally tricky in some of those places with straight stalls if one or two trucks haven’t parked right. Yeah, some folks are like that. Trailer-swing incidents are always higher in parking lots with straight-in back spaces.
Long story short: I much prefer angled parking. I don’t stress as much about who’s going to “redecorate” the front of my truck with their trailer’s DOT bumper while I’m showering.
This location offers 400 parking spaces and being clean & well-lit, doesn’t have that “nasty truck stop” feel.
Plenty of room for semis to fuel here with 10 diesel fuel islands equipped with DEF pumps. It appears that the fuel area is well-maintained and was clean, with clean water & decent squeegees.
The restrooms in both the fuel building and the main building were cleaner than most I’ve seen recently. I didn’t have to take a number or search for a clean place to take care of business. Some folks might not think that’s such a big deal, but most professional drivers will relate.
I was impressed by the Rochelle Petro’s showers. There are 15 shower rooms and though they don’t appear to have been renovated recently, they were maintained well. I really appreciated the fresh, clean towels and clean, dry room. Thumbs up to these folks.
Iron Skillet is a Petro restaurant and in my opinion, better than the typical Country Pride or Denny’s. I also saw plenty of food in the main store, as well as hot stuff & coffee in the fuel store building.
Something else I noticed which needs to be improved: There is no coffee available in the main store on the half near truck parking. You either have to go all the way through to the other side of the store (front area) or out to the fuel store building to refill your coffee.
This location has plenty of extra services available: a barber, Verizon store, computer repair shop, game room, driver’s lounge, laundry, walking trail, complete travel store and even a mobile chapel!
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