Catch The Spirit in Portland, Ore., at Jubitz Travel Center

June 17, 2019

Chuck Robinson

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The next stop for OOIDA’s tour trailer is at a highly rated, well-regarded truck stop in Portland, Ore.

On June 17-20, the Spirit of the American Trucker is scheduled to be at the Jubitz Travel Center and Truck Stop in Portland. It is at Exit 307 from Interstate 5. Jubitz is in north Portland off of I-5 just after you cross the bridge over the Columbia River from the state of Washington. The Spirit was last here two years ago.

The I-5 runs alongside the Columbia River for a stretch south of Longview, Wash., and north of Portland.

Among the accolades lavished on the Jubitz Truck Stop is it being declared the second-best truck stop in the nation by CarRentals.com. The Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott, Iowa, took top honors.

Jubitz is close to downtown Portland.

Its founder was Moe Jubitz, who had worked for a local trucking company and then opened a truck leasing business, Fleet Leasing, in 1952. That led to opening the Jubitz Truck Stop shortly thereafter. It was a family affair, with everyone in the family working a shift in the early years. Moe’s sons Al Jubitz and Fred Jubitz worked the first 24-hour shifts in 1960,according to company lore.

Fred Jubitz is now president and CEO of the operation. Jubitz remains a family-owned, single-location business.

Jubitz Travel Center and Truck Stop covers 27 acres.  The truck stop has 300 truck parking spaces and driver necessitites.

Highlights of the amenities:

  • Cascade Grill Restaurant provides 24-hour full-service diner fare.
  • Ponderosa Lounge Country Western Bar presents live music every weekend.
  • The Jubitz Cinema presents recently release movies. Tickets are $6. Showing now “Captain Marvel” and “BrightBurn.”
  • There are two delis and two 24-hour convenience stores.
  • The Portlander Inn hotel has two wings The Portlander Inn east wing has economy rooms close to the truck parking area.

In addition to diesel fuel and truck service, there are available onsite shoe and boot repair, postal service, barbershop, outpatient medical care, and chiropractor services.

Jubitz founded load board service DAT Solutions as a separate unit in 1978. Then it was known as Dial-a-Truck. It grew out of drivers at the truck stop looking for loads. Then Jubitz began posting loads on a monitor at the truck stop and charged drivers a fee for the phone number of the company wanting to move freight. Dial-a-Truck later became DAT Services and now is known at DAT Solutions.

Jubitz sold DAT in 2001. It is owned by Roper Technologies, Sarasota, Fla. DAT’s headquarters are in Beaverton, Ore. OOIDA’s load board service, MembersEdge, is powered by DAT.

Whenever you see The Spirit tour truck, go say hello to Jon. He enjoys visiting about the Association’s activities and current issues. You also can join or renew your OOIDA membership for $10 off the regular price there. Also, you can get vouchers for flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines from Jon at The Spirit.

Chuck Robinson

Chuck Robinson formerly was senior copy editor for a weekly trade publication serving the fresh produce industry. He has served trade publications, horticultural journals and community newspapers for 25 years.

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