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Old 07-29-2016, 06:13 PM   #31
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I will be transiting the Ohio Turnpike in late October enroute to returning my rig to the factory for some repairs. Has anyone stayed in the RV parking areas at their service plazas? I see they offer that service... wondering how they are.

As for being "cheap" - I tried booking a night at a campground but everything in the area closes for the season on 10/15 and I'll be passing through a couple weeks after that.
Whenever we start a trip, we stay the first night at one of the Ohio Turnpike rest areas. They have a special section for RV overnight parking with back-in spots with 30A electrical hookups. There's a $20 fee for overnight stay with electrical hookup and they have an automated, cash only, parking sticker dispenser. If there's another RV already there, ask them if the dispenser is working. Non-working dispensers take your $20 bill but don't issue the ticket. I've never checked to determine if you can use the parking spots, not hook up to shore power, and not have to pay.

There's also a dump and a potable water hydrant at each of the areas with the RV parking spots.

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Old 07-29-2016, 06:26 PM   #32
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Always stay at campground.. We have neighbors with scary stories... Not going to take the chance...plus most of the campgrounds off thruways are priced reasonably, have met some of the nicest people and we get a good nite sleep not worrying about being somewhere maybe we shouldn't be...
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:02 PM   #33
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Always stay at campground.. We have neighbors with scary stories... Not going to take the chance...plus most of the campgrounds off thruways are priced reasonably, have met some of the nicest people and we get a good nite sleep not worrying about being somewhere maybe we shouldn't be...
While I do appreciate your comment, but sometimes one bad experience may spoil all of the other 99 good one.

That said, we have been travel almost 200,000 miles in the last 6 years and had countless nights that we rest at Walmart, truck stops, and rest areas. Some rest area that we stayed at was kinda deserted but mostly quite safe. I don't carry guns because I do not believe in the gun, as well as do not have the nerve to shoot any other human being, but I do carry "pepper-spray" and extremely bright flashlight which could temporarily blind someone for few minutes, but never have to use it. Really, I do not feel any risk involved. I always travel with my DW, and the last thing I would want to do is put her in any risk.

That said, I would love to stay at the campground too, but like SalWolf said "It does not make sense to pay $30-$40 for few hours of sleep with no hookup" on top of that it does not make sense for the inconvenience of just a "REST & GO". But that is my own choice.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:05 PM   #34
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All the Cabela's stores have RV spaces and encourage overnighting.

AllStays app (free) can show you the good Walmarts and the bad ones...i.e. no parking.

Pilot / Flying J welcome RV at all stops...but look for the travel centers for specific RV parking away fro the trucks. Here's their guide:https://www.pilotflyingj.com/media/3...l-guide-16.pdf

Good Sam gets you 3 cents off their gas...but any RV can stay.

Some of the Cracker Barrels are tight and don't have RV size spaces marked. Check the address in google maps and zoom way in in satellite view and you can check in advance if they have the spaces.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:14 PM   #35
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I have a trip planning app that flags Bass Pro Shops as a stop over. I have not stayed at one so I am not sure. Does anyone else have exp. with BPS as a stop over.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:51 PM   #36
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We've overnight dc at Walmartss in VA, PA and TN., Ctacker Barrels k. Several states and one time at a Flying J a ear Knoxville, TN. It was convinent blur very bright and noisy. Cracker Barrels have been the best. We always check with the manager first.
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Any Cracker Barrel restaurant that has the facilities [large parking lot] will allow you to park. We stay there and eat the last and first meals of the day. Never been told no.
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You can subscribe to www.overnightrvparking.com We've used it several times and have found sites that the free apps don't have.
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I frequently travel from the Los Angeles area heading north on HWY 395 thru the eastern sierra up to Reno NV. The west Los Angeles area has extremely limited options. ( You DON'T want to stay in east or south LA, very dangerous neighborhoods.) There are no Walmarts, Flying J , Cracker Barrels or rest stops. The Malibu State Parks are the best option. Heading north I like the Lancaster fairgrounds in the Antelope Valley. It's next to the freeway, easy to find at night, 24 hr. Self-check-in, clean, safe & $20. for full hook-ups. Further north, after passing thru Mohave Desert there are numerous good rest areas that I will stop at if I get too tired. Just north of Mohave in Piersonville is a Gas station/ truck stop/Subway which is a good place to stop if the winds are really strong( frequently) in the desert. The K-mart in Bishop is a good place; numerous campers there nightly. On the CA-NV stateline at Topaz Lake is the casino RV park; 24 hr. check-in inside the Chevron station, full hook ups, approx. $22. Continuing north into NV. are numerous casinos in Carson Valley and Carson City with free or inexpensive rates. The Walmarts in Carson Valley(best) and S. Carson City allow overnighters. Reno is 1/2 hour north of here and the city doesn't allow overnighters at Walmarts. They want people to stay at the casinos.
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I frequently travel from the Los Angeles area heading north on HWY 395 thru the eastern sierra up to Reno NV. The west Los Angeles area has extremely limited options. ( You DON'T want to stay in east or south LA, very dangerous neighborhoods.) There are no Walmarts, Flying J , Cracker Barrels or rest stops. The Malibu State Parks are the best option. Heading north I like the Lancaster fairgrounds in the Antelope Valley. It's next to the freeway, easy to find at night, 24 hr. Self-check-in, clean, safe & $20. for full hook-ups. Further north, after passing thru Mohave Desert there are numerous good rest areas that I will stop at if I get too tired. Just north of Mohave in Piersonville is a Gas station/ truck stop/Subway which is a good place to stop if the winds are really strong( frequently) in the desert. The K-mart in Bishop is a good place; numerous campers there nightly. On the CA-NV stateline at Topaz Lake is the casino RV park; 24 hr. check-in inside the Chevron station, full hook ups, approx. $22. Continuing north into NV. are numerous casinos in Carson Valley and Carson City with free or inexpensive rates. The Walmarts in Carson Valley(best) and S. Carson City allow overnighters. Reno is 1/2 hour north of here and the city doesn't allow overnighters at Walmarts. They want people to stay at the casinos.
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This is a great post, good information for sharing. Hope that we will have more of this type of very helpfull post.
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