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Old 02-25-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Flying J Rest Areas

Flying-J advertises RV rest areas at some of their locations. I'm planning on a trip out West in the not too distant future and wanted to know if others have used them and what are they like. Is there electricity I can connect to? How long am I permitted to stay(2hrs, 6hrs, ??). Am I required to purchase anything?(probably will get fuel anyway). Trying to find a stop or two along the way that I don't have to pay for to save a little money.
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:26 PM   #2
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Flying J Rest Areas

Won't have electric. It will be like any other truck stop. Download RV parky app and it will give you locations on your route.

Some have separate places for RVs and some don't. Some have dump stations for a fee and some don't. No hookups you will be boondocking.
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> I'm planning on a trip out West in the not too distant future and wanted to know if others have used them and what are they like.

I think I've only used a Flying J once but stay at Walmarts here and there. Basically, it's a parking lot. Some have separate RV parking areas.

> Is there electricity I can connect to?

Usually not. Very rarely you'll find truck spots with a pay-per-use electrical box. I can count on one hand the number of these that I've seen, though.

> How long am I permitted to stay(2hrs, 6hrs, ??).

We stay 8-10 hours. Usually arriving after midnight and out by 10am the next day.

> Am I required to purchase anything?(probably will get fuel anyway).

No requirement, BUT it's common courtesy to do so. Fuel is good if you're at a truck stop.

> Trying to find a stop or two along the way that I don't have to pay for to save a little money.

Be prepared for people to call you a cheap-ass for this mindset. Not me, though.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:06 PM   #4
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We've stayed at a few Flying J's. As stated above they're pretty much parking lots. Some of them you'll be separated from the trucks and some you won't. I've been in one that had pay-per-use electric, and it wasn't 30 amp, all the rest are no electric.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #5
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Be prepared for people to call you a cheap-ass for this mindset. Not me, though.


I agree. I’ve used them twice now when a campground wasn’t a good option for an overnight. I do shop at Walmart and consider it a “thank you” from them for all the business I’ve given to them over the years.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:31 PM   #6
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RV Parking at Cracker Barrel

We stop at Cracker Barrel restaurants for a quick overnight stay. They have parking for RVs and Buses. Allow room for slideouts if used. No hook ups but there is always a place for morning breakfast. They have a map in the restaurant with a listing of all the places that have RV parking.
Also much quieter than a truck stop. Do use Pilot/Flying J for the discounts on fuel.
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Cheap-a** mindset or not! Everyone may not have all the LONG DOLLARS as much as others. But we still love RVing, traveling and seeing some of this Great Country!
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:35 PM   #8
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Cracker Barrel , that reminds me of what I saw at the Cracker Barrel on 95 at St. Augustine . Small motorhome taking two places , BBQ grill going , awning out , 4 people sitting in chairs having a fine time , watchin big TV !
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:45 PM   #9
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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
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I hear what you're saying, but I'm totally retired and self sufficient. I really don't care what someone else thinks about how I save (or spend) money. Someone tells me that I would say "yep" and turn around and walk off. We also price shop, use coupons, and bargain with vendors...


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