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Old 02-27-2016, 01:45 AM   #41
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Hospital parking lots. They assume you have a sick person there. I've never been bothered in one, but the worst that can happen is someone asks you to leave. A lot of them are right off freeways.

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Old 02-27-2016, 05:30 AM   #42
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Casinos- some even give a free hook-up. We stayed at 4 casino early in Feb and 3 had a choice of 110v/30A/or 50A power. 1 had water, 1 had electric/water/sewer. all free. I had to go in an register for 1- (still free). Also picked some smaller gas stations/truck stops- less noisy trucks, stayed in 2 church lots, 1 town hall lot, couple of areas behind cell sites, 1 RV dealer, national forests are a given, 1 police station lot (permission obtained), 1 sports field parking lot, 2 weigh station parking lots. Even found an abandoned RV park along Route 66 (hook ups did not work thou LoL)


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Old 02-27-2016, 06:24 AM   #43
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Call me cheap or smart, but before heading out on a 3-week trip to Florida last summer I purchased membership at and saved about $300.00 on accommodations. Basically it provides half-price lodging in some pretty nice RV parks. There are limitations, but sometimes the campground owners will work with you on what days/nights can be used or how many days you can get the discount.

We've used it a couple of other times "in transit" to our ultimate destination and lets you have full hookups at an RV park for as low as $12 to $15 per night rather than a truck stop or WalMart parking lot.

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Old 02-27-2016, 06:57 AM   #44
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Our experience with Flying J's is that we try and stay at ones that advertise "RV Islands". If you need to stay at one that doesn't have RV parking I would suggest staying out of the truck parking area. Those guys don't appreciate an RV taking a space when they are required to rest and can't get in. (Spoken from experience!). Anytime we stay at other than campgrounds we try not to look like we're camping, no awning no unnecessary slides out and definitely no grill going. And always always ask, no matter where! Please don't ruin it for the rest of us Cheap asses! LOL
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:44 AM   #45
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I do not mean to start a fight on here but when we travel we will spend 99% of nite stops dry camping , not just the normal Wal-Marts , Fly Js and such . I mean churches , closed for the nite fruitstands , auto repair facilities with big parking lots . Probably 100 nites per year and only once have I been asked to move !
Tonite we are parked in the volusia county Florida parking lot in New Smyrna running my honda 3,000., Last nite in a furniture store parking lot in DeLand . It ain;t rocket science , if they ask ya to leave, just leave . Any one else do dat
Been doing same for 30 years. Just be up and gone prior to business opening in the morning.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:00 AM   #46
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Get the Flying J app. It will tell you closest one price of fuel, rv lanes, etc you have to park in with semi's . We have stayed in several you get to be seranaded by diesel engines. The rv lanes gas,water and dump station.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:49 AM   #47
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Pilot Flying J Parking

I plan my travel to and from my destinations with free overnighting at Flying J or Walmart. In my mind, it makes sense. I always get a coffee or snack in the morning wherever I may be. I enjoy the adventure aspect of it. Most of the time I'm by myself. Who cares what someone else thinks. Let them spend their money to sleep at a campground. I bought a self contained motorhome for this purpose.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:28 AM   #48
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They just came out with the new 2016 Flying J /Pilot facilities guide by state. Here's a link to download a copy of the pdf.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:39 AM   #49
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Also Pilots and Flying Js have a free RV brochure showing all amenities at each location. Got mine the other day. Later RJD
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:49 PM   #50
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My parents used to travel all over the country in their motor home and often stopped at vacant lots. One dark night they found a big vacant lot and parked. They never saw the RR tracks along side. About 2 am in the morning- well you get the picture.

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