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Old 07-29-2016, 08:16 AM   #1
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Where do you stay overnight between transit from on destination to another?

In the last 5 years, my DW and I travel all over the US for photography. We put in over 150,000 miles on my Jeep Grand Cherokee and more than 40,000 miles on my full-size custom van. We have done many and many tent camping until now, we bought our dream home away from home and was planning to travel extensively on this baby.

That said, during transit between one destination to another, we often stay or should I say "rest" at the state's rest area without any issue. Now I have the RV, and I thought that I could do the same, but... it is a big "BUT", NOT ALL REST AREA ALLOWS OVERNIGHT RVs. Some may allow you to stay, but no more than 6 to 8 hours. Besides the rest area, there are also Walmart, and truck stops. I know that most (not all) Walmarts are welcome RVers if the city ordinance allows them to welcome RVers. But for the truck stops, would they welcome RVers too? if they do, most if not all of their space would be taken by the 18 wheelers already. If you squeeze in (assume that there is space for you), would that piss off the next trucker who will arrive later if you took their last space?

I know there are many of this discussion somewhere in this forum or elsewhere too, but none of them share much of what they did and where. So please don't hate comment me because I am doing this.

I would like to start the thread for everyone to share their experience with Walmart, Truck Stops, and Rest Area and any place that you would think that they welcome the RVers for resting along their transit between one destination to another, not for camping.

With your "hand-on" experience, I hope that I could organize and document the information that I could share with all RVers so that we could use as a baseline guide for the overnight stay. With that, I need the information of your experience such as the state or city that you travel through with good or bad experience of your overnight stay/rest.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:35 AM   #2
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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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Old 07-29-2016, 10:41 AM   #3
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I always overnight at a campground overnight.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:42 AM   #4
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:55 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:57 AM   #6
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Always a campground. Usually right off the highway. Just works for us.
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:24 AM   #7
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Depends on where we're going and are we on a schedule or not.

If I'm on a tight schedule, we'll drive 12-14 hours and overnight a trest stops or Walmart, or a casino, etc.

If we're not in to big of a hurry, we'll generally only drive 8 - 10 hours and then find a campground or RV park to overnight.

NOTE - I must have a big sign on the sides and back of the MH that says; "If your driving a Refer truck that the Unit cycles every 3-4 minutes, then This spot is reserved for you."

I sleep very, very lightly and it seems like whenever we attempt to overnight at rest stop or walmart, we end up with refer trucks on both sides with noisy units that cycle all night.
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:27 AM   #8
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I try to plan my trips out and get a campground right off the highway. it just works best for me. I have only had one issue were I arrived late and couldn't check in....but they had parking outside the gate.

I have had good luck using the Goodsam trip planner and mapping out gas(Pilot/Flying J) and campgrounds on the route.
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We used to use truck stops but now have exclusively used Cracker Barrels. They have very large lots and almost all have RV parking and welcome RVs to stay overnight. Be nice...buy dinner or breakfast from them. There are a lot more Cracker Barrels than Walmarts and they are always right at the intersection of interstates, unlike Walmarts who don't really cater to transients.
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We used to use truck stops but now have exclusively used Cracker Barrels. They have very large lots and almost all have RV parking and welcome RVs to stay overnight. Be nice...buy dinner or breakfast from them. There are a lot more Cracker Barrels than Walmarts and they are always right at the intersection of interstates, unlike Walmarts who don't really cater to transients.
My wife will like this post she loves some Cracker Barrel
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