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Old 07-29-2016, 11:49 PM   #41
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we stayed at one of the rest areas along the Ohio turnpike just last week. I think it was mile 191 or 197 thereabouts. There were 8 sites and 2 were taken cost was $20.00. 20 amp electric only.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:42 AM   #42
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we stayed at one of the rest areas along the Ohio turnpike just last week. I think it was mile 191 or 197 thereabouts. There were 8 sites and 2 were taken cost was $20.00. 20 amp electric only.
Thanks to Dee and Chuck.

Great information.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:47 AM   #43
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We have only been traveling in MH for a year. Put about 4000 miles on so far. I am not comfortable with the idea of staying overnight in parking lot. I know many of you do it. Do you ever have issues with theft or idiots screwing with your stuff ? It sure would be less expensive . We are going to Goshen rally and booked campgrounds out and back. Sure would save some $ , but just haven't done it yet. It would be good to hear about experience with Wal-Mart's ,Cracker Barrel or wherever , good and bad.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:02 PM   #44
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We have only been traveling in MH for a year. Put about 4000 miles on so far. I am not comfortable with the idea of staying overnight in parking lot. I know many of you do it. Do you ever have issues with theft or idiots screwing with your stuff ? It sure would be less expensive . We are going to Goshen rally and booked campgrounds out and back. Sure would save some $ , but just haven't done it yet. It would be good to hear about experience with Wal-Mart's ,Cracker Barrel or wherever , good and bad.
I don't do Walmart but road side rests, truck stops, and other well lit areas. Never a problem. Never even had our very vigilant dog get anxious.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:23 PM   #45
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Cracker Barrel map

We like Cracker Barrel for overnight and dinner and breakfast. Ask for the map of all sites and there is an asterisk next to the sites that have RV slots. Yes, some are better than others, but we marked the ones we have used for further reference.
We do like to stay at a campground overnight for the electric hookup during hot summer nights to use our AC. Other times we can use our battery power to operate a couple DC fans with the windows open.
Also ask the Pilot/Flying J for the latest booklet with all the sites listed by state. We use it to plan our refueling stops to get the Good Sam discounts and to determine which ones have RV parking.
Wish Good Sam would list in their directory what RV sites have special overnight rates. Fot example, one does not need all the amenities that are at a KOA to just spend the night.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:40 PM   #46
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I can't imagine staying in a Walmart parking lot and actually sleeping! Maybe if I had a hood mounted bazooka and we took 2 hour shifts manning it all night. My Walmart (I was just there) is #5....(remember when we had to write that on the checks?)......been here a while. Maybe some are much nicer, bigger, cleaner, safer........I will have my eye out for that from now on.

And......for reasons I won't go into here, we have sworn off all Cracker Barrels, so long as this earth shall stand!

I don't know the answer to this problem/issue.......being a newbie.....and I may eat crow one day. I just can't be sure. But I will do what I can to stay in an actual campground, with a reservation..........though, jeebers, it surely does sound awesome to just head out, no cares, no destination, nothing. Wow.
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Ive traveled all lower 48 in an RV. Only reservations we make are if we plan an extended stay. Maybe if we want a certain spot. Or a Holliday weekend at some state park. We will call ahead if we plan to be there after 4pm.

For any trip we go on we will utilize Walmart , flying j and Cracker Barrel . Walmart being our first choice. Have issues with there being enough room at Cracker Barrel. Have stayed in Church parking lots a few times also. Lots of restaurants will allow overnight parking.

Ran into something new a couple weeks ago. Was traveling with some family members with us. Called ahead to a campground as we would be 8 pm before arriving. (Nice one) They told us to take lot 54 & see them in the morning.

Went in next morning --they only take cash or checks. No credit cards?? I think I like their style.

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Old 07-30-2016, 04:16 PM   #48
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It'd hard enough to find spots to rest for truckers. Don't use there spots in truck stops.( 43yrs. Driving now retired.)
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We've never had a problem staying at Walmart or Cracker Barrel. We don't get too far off the interstate and all have been newer ones in suburban areas. We always check with the mgrs first, park next to a median and under lights. Never had any problem.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:38 PM   #50
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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.
The parking areas are for trucks and RV's. They are mostly pull through spots with some parallel parking along the curb. The rest room facilities are modern and clean. It'll be the luck of the draw whether the vehicles on either side of you are quiet or not.
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