GATS will include shower trailer in truck parking area

This year at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas on Aug. 27-29, drivers who bring their trucks will be able to park for free and will also have access to a shower trailer.

Free truck parking will be available in the GATS Community Tailgate at the Cotton Bowl’s Fair Park, which is less than four miles from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center where GATS will take place.

There will be regular free shuttles to the convention center from the truck parking lot throughout each day of the show. The parking area will include food vendors, showers, portable restrooms, a weekend concert and a Sunday morning worship service.

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The shower trailer is sponsored by TA and Petro. The shower will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. TA will provide two free souvenir towels and soap with each shower appointment.

Showers will be free for Platinum UltraONE members, $3 for Standard UltraONE members, and $8 for non-members. The last showers of each day will be schedule for 30 minutes before closing time.

The Aug. 27-29 event will host the Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Championship and have seminars on managing a one-truck operation profitably, in addition to the hundreds of trucking exhibits.

The show will also have seminars on managing the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, dealing with hours-of-service regulations, owner-operator taxes and other topics, along with a driver recruiting pavilion, a Fit for the Road health and wellness pavilion and hundreds of exhibits from truck makers and industry suppliers.

GATS also features a crowning ceremony for the winner of Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest and the finale of Overdrive’s and Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search contest.