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Old 07-29-2016, 02:45 PM   #21
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We travel wherever the wind blows us, at whatever hours are to our liking. We try to locate National, COE or State parks along the route whenever possible, on the principal that we have to use them to keep them. (Note that Texas has privatized some of their state campgrounds!!!) That said, we are often, when traveling, without a convenient campground. In those cases we use "rest areas" and Walmarts, where permitted, and Truck stops, in about that order and as is most convenient to us. It's not so much about the money (generator time costs about as much as a campsite) as it is about convenience.

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Old 07-29-2016, 03:28 PM   #22
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Never Walmart but rest areas if needed. Will usually stay at a CG if they have a pull through available. Rarely a truck stop.

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Old 07-29-2016, 03:32 PM   #23
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I have stayed at the Rv sites on the Ohio turnpike and they are nice. $20.00 for electric and they have a dump and water. Every other rest area will have the Rv sites.

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Old 07-29-2016, 03:37 PM   #24
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My wife will like this post she loves some Cracker Barrel
If I show my wife this thread we will never stay in a campground again! Cracker Barrel, wherever it may be, will be out next destination. Lol
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:19 PM   #25
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If it does not cost any money, who would not love that, but that is not the main reason is to save money, but the easy of "park-rest-then go", not have to go through all campground check-in process, schedule to make sure you get there at a certain time for check-in at the campground, etc. When you are in transit between locations, it just makes thing simpler by stopping at state rest area, Walmart, etc. for a quick re-charge then go.

ChrisBailey mentioned about GoodSam in his post, this makes me wonder... GoodSam, and Pilot/Flying J are affiliated, so if you are a GoodSam member, wouldn't park at the truck stop like Pilot/Flying J is simply a member benefit?

I know it is not an automatic recognition, but at least if I am a GoodSam member, I would feel more comfortable to stay at Pilot/Flying J and wouldn't feel like an intrusion or sneaky to place like Walmart and hope that no one or city ordinance chase me out!
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #26
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I think it would help if you could remark at the end of your post something like...

"I was on my way to [xxxyyyzz], and stay at [xxxx] on hwy I-[xxx] in the state of [xxxx] during transit and the experience was [great/bad] and it cost me [$$$$]."... or something similar...

I bet that it would open up more option to benefit many other folks that may happen to drive on that same road that you have been through.

Thank in advance for the sharing!
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #27
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If you haven't , get this app.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:37 PM   #28
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I have stopped at Pilot/Flying J's for a nap and SOME even have parking for RV's usually the ones with RV Lanes also have a few spaces that are not in the Truck area, but out near the front side of the store I have seen folks parked there for what looked like overnight.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:55 PM   #29
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Many times Walmarts, but Sam isn't there anymore so management is getting less friendly to RVers. Went to a store located in southeast Cleveland a couple of weeks ago and they said do not stay here overnight. Truck stops are very noisy. Some interstate rest areas allow overnight parking. Walmart in Muskogee allowed it recently but the pavement cleaning guy circled our RV several times with his loud equipment although the other side of the lot was vacant and hadn't been cleaned - 5:30 am. I still like Walmart and spend many $$$ there every time we stop. Can't see giving a CG $30-40 for 8 hours usage, no sewer dump and no water use.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:00 PM   #30
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Helpful Apps for convenient over night stops

Hello again,

When we travel we use several apps as well as the "Next Exit" book for information. WE have found these apps very helpful and wanted to pass them on. Allstays Camp and RV app. This app not only lets you know which Walmart you can park at as well as a review. It also list Cracker Barrell's, State Parks, Pilot/Flying J, ONP at Casinos We also use Allstays Walmart ONP. This app keeps a more up to date listing. We are well satisfied with both apps.

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