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Old 07-30-2016, 10:11 PM   #61
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After reading some of the posts here, I realized that it is very important and I totally support the idea that we should priority the parking space for the truckers since they have to follow the rule of the number of hours driving then have to rest to recharge so it would be safer for everyone on the road. Taking space that could be used for one extra truck could result in something beyond our imagination... and we may not even know it.

As for us the RVers, we do need to recharge too, but I think that we have more choices than the truckers would.

I did some look up to plan for my trip in the next couple months. I did look at the Passport America, and found around over 1600 RV campground that we could use at 50% discount. I planned my route and if I schedule myself driving between 6 to 8 hours, I could find some reasonable RV campground right on the interstate that cost around $10 to $15 bucks. My DW like the idea that we could stop early in the afternoon, hookup (doesn't take long), open the slide, have dinner and a good night sleep. When the morning comes, have breakfast then continue on. This would be more relax and enjoy than have to drive too many hours into the night and stop for a rest.

Don't give me wrong, I did a lot of Walmart and truck stop as well as rest area in the past, but that was with the SUV or a VAN, and that is not as significant as the big 37 foot RV. Thanks to some of the poster here, I think that I have to change my RV driving strategies.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:19 PM   #62
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Well heck. If you would of said that up front we could of saved you a lot of reading. Lol

No doubt if you have the time an RV park at 3 pm is the ideal program.

If I'm going to set location and have traveled that way before I just prefer to travel longer than a 3 pm stop. Thus leading to most parks having gone home by 5 pm. Then putting into motion other options.

Anything works. Enjoy your travels.

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Old 07-30-2016, 10:23 PM   #63
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Well heck. If you would of said that up front we could of saved you a lot of reading. Lol

No doubt if you have the time an RV park at 3 pm is the ideal program.

If I'm going to set location and have traveled that way before I just prefer to travel longer than a 3 pm stop. Thus leading to most parks having gone home by 5 pm. Then putting into motion other options.

Anything works. Enjoy your travels.

Russell
Well Russell, that is what I called "live and learn". I didn't know it better, and since you guy gave me good advices, I just simply took it!

Thanks a whole bunch...
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:06 PM   #64
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I always stay overnight in nice RV parks that are located far enough off the highway that I don't have to listen to the roar of road noise all night. And I prefer RV parks with roomy sites that are also pull thru. I will pay a few dollars more for quality, comfort, level sites and pleasant scenery. Overnight camping in a concrete parking lot of a truck stop or WallMart , etc. I much prefer a quiet peaceful park like setting where we can walk our dogs and visit with other similar folks. But whatever works for other folks is fine too.
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I always stay overnight in nice RV parks that are located far enough off the highway that I don't have to listen to the roar of road noise all night. And I prefer RV parks with roomy sites that are also pull thru. I will pay a few dollars more for quality, comfort, level sites and pleasant scenery. Overnight camping in a concrete parking lot of a truck stop or WallMart , etc. I much prefer a quiet peaceful park like setting where we can walk our dogs and visit with other similar folks. But whatever works for other folks is fine too.
Agree 100%. We average over 150 nights every year and since 1974 have stayed outside a CG about 10 -12 times over half were due to bad weather. Once just along side the road in Nowhere Kansas as the rain came so hard I could not see the hood. Most of the others were in a road side rest, never a Walmart.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:37 PM   #66
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Our preferred over night stop has been WalMart BUT Walmart is slowly banning RV/18 wheelers. We were in Mississippi a few weeks go and asked security after seeing the "no overnight parking" signs. We stayed there 3 years ago. He said they got a notice from Corporate last week (first week of June) telling them to post the signs.
We have an app (RV Parky) that's pretty good, it told us the MS visitor center allowed over night parking. We asked and they said "no slides, no jacks, generator is OK enjoy yourself and welcome to Mississippi".

Last week we were in Colorado, evidently they haven't got the Walmart letter YET.

Our #2 spot is a truck stop, NOBODY cares, although you might need to stop before 5 pm. Just be aware that you will hear the trucks running.

You'll probably get some comments telling you "if you can afford a MH then you can afford a few 1 niters... I told the couples in a Newmar, and Prevost they most be cheap, they just laughed and said..
Exit Interstate, pull into Walmart, push 1 button, watch tv, sleep
get up. push 1 button and get back on Interstate, sounds like we just saved an hour times 4 nights on this trip.
I was in Plattsburgh and they had the same signs. I asked inside and they said the city put them up.

Unfortunately for local officials, the would need to contact the Walmart owner to remove someone from a private parking lot, which would never happen. We were welcome to stay.

Plenty of other RVs there by the time we finished shopping.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:04 PM   #67
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Sometimes small towns will have free or low cost parking. I have found gas station attendant can direct you.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:37 PM   #68
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Almost all Elks Lodges have RV camping. Most have water and power. Some have sewer. Usually around $15/night. Requires an Elks membership.


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Allot of the Eagles have camp sites as well if you
are a member I believe it's also $15. some not all
have water and power
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:57 PM   #69
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Some of you have I realized in a truck stop they the
truck an driver should have priority parking since they
have to follow the rule of the number of hours driving
then have to rest to recharge so it would be safer for
everyone on the road. Taking space that could be
used for one extra truck could result in something
beyond your wildest imagination...

Think about this, 75000pds going down the road with
a sleepy driver at 65mph behind you, you have to
make a quick stop. Even thought he may 1 or even
2 truck lengths behind you can he react in time to
not run over you.

RV's have tons of place's to sleep trucks have limited
place's to sleep and they are getting fewer and fewer
every day. There have been a few states closing rest
area because of funding, other states as one person
stated only let you stay at a rest area 8 hours.

Truck drivers have to take 11 hour break after 14
hours and after 70hours have to wait 34hours before
before they can re-start their logs again and work
another 70hours. Also once a truck driver starts his
day he or she has 14 hours to do what ever it takes,
this means he or she has to do what ever in that 14
hours.

So if a shipper or receiver keeps them at a dock
loading for say 5 or 6 hours that counts against
his or her 14 hours, no going off the clock for
sleeper berth or top line on the log for off duty.
So if they unload and it takes 6 hour and then
drives 2 hours to get loaded that gives them 6
hours to get on the road toward their next
delivery or rest. If a driver stops for a break it
still counts against his or her 14 hours the clock
dozen't stop.

So you can see why some drivers get pretty
upset when they pull thought a truck stop and
find Rv's parked in spots they could be parked
in. The other gentleman complaining about
about refrigerated trailer (refers) part next to
them I hope was just kidding. You have to
remember that if the refer is not running then
what ever they have inside that trailer is getting
spoiled and may cost someone thousands of
dollars.

As a refer driver for many years I can tell you
if I could not here that refer cycle even if I am
dead asleep I would wake up. I use to hate dry
loads since the refer was not running I could
not sleep. I have even ran the refer on dry
loads so I could sleep

Now that I am retired I seek out camp grounds
or Cracker barrels to sleep at, I fuel at Fly J
mostly but loves as well and Pilots, I respect
my fellow campers and truck drivers when
fueling, I MOVE MY VEHICLE AFTER FUELING
AN NEVER EVER LEAVE IT AT THE PUMP
AFTER DO SUCH ! ! !

There is nothing that will make me or a fellow
truck driver mad sitting in line at a fuel pump
with a large or even small RV sitting at a fuel
Island waiting on some idiot in the store
shopping or even eating while the fuel desk
repeatedly yells over the PA to move their rig.
Don't get me wrong there are truck drivers
who do the same Remember what I said
about the 14 hour rule, the clock will not
stop for fueling so more you sit the less
time you have.......

Sorry to be so long but people need to
understand why driver get made at RV's
parked where a truck could park in
some truck stops. I'm not saying not do
it because there are spots for RV's and
yes I have seen truck parked in them
so don't even go there LOL
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:39 AM   #70
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I have found some cities and towns have nice inexpensive county parks for camping. I came across a couple of these that were really nice finds while in Oregon last year. Also, some counties have fairgrounds with available camping.
I always carry ear plugs with me. If I happen to get really tired or encounter poor weather conditions and end up staying at a rest area, truck stop or noisy Walmart, I can block the noise out.
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