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Old 04-10-2015, 07:26 PM   #1
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Lay over at truck stops / service plazas

OK, I am new to this 5th wheel experience. I am looking for advice for when I travel across country. I am told that I can park at Flying J or Pilot without much difficulty. I need to know a few things.

1) Can I leave the trailer connected to my truck to use it with the slides or at least the bedroom slide deployed?

2) Should I assume it is best to unplug the trailer from the truck so as not to discharge the truck battery?

3) should I deploy the stabilizing jacks just to support the load, not necessarily lifting it from the truck?

I am doing this so as I can get as much driving in until my first lengthy stay in SD from the east coast.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:38 PM   #2
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1) Yes, I have done this in Rest areas, just be sure that it is out of the way for traffic moving thru.

2) Correct, nothing will ruin a morning like a dead TV battery.

3) If you wish to, I just use the rear sab jacks.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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1) I'm much more cautious about deploying my slides in truck stops. I find truck stop parking spaces usually aren't big enough to fully deploy a slide. I'll often look for a spot where I can park so that my slides deploy over grass or something other than another parking spot. I would never take up 2 spots in a truck stop. For lunch and dinner stops, I've been known to put a traffic cone out to try and help someone coming around the corner and not being prepared for my slide.

2) Yep.

3) We have a fifth wheel and will deploy the front landing gear to take some bounce out of the setup.

I actually prefer a Walmart parking lot over a Flying J. For those, I call ahead to make sure I'm allowed and ask where they'd prefer that I park. There I'll park across a dozen spots and generally don't have to worry about slides.

Try to gauge the busy-ness of the truck stop. Truckers MUST get off of the road at night for mandated rest time. I'd hate to take up one of their spots (yes, we all have a right to use them- but this is my personal take on it).
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:59 PM   #4
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Generally, RVs have a battery isolator between the TV and the unit that will not allow you to run the TVs batts down, or at least every truck I've owned had one. Power only goes one way, front to back.
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:49 PM   #5
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flying J VS Walmart

I have found a lot of the trucks run their refers at night (about every 15 to 30 minutes). Makes Walmart look pretty good.
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I have found a lot of the trucks run their refers at night (about every 15 to 30 minutes). Makes Walmart look pretty good.
The best of both worlds is to go to a campground.
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Old 04-11-2015, 02:02 PM   #7
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I agree with staying in campgrounds as I have not stayed at Walmart or flying J but twice in 10 years camping. But that is not what he ask.
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There is a Pilot off exit 95 I-84 in Mountain Home that has a smaller lot where RV's can park away from the big truck refers.
It is on the left side just before the gas pumps as you drive in.
It is not paved so if it rains stay out, there is a Walmart on the south side of the freeway.

Exit 141 I-84 in Bliss there is an closed truck stop with a very large gravel parking lot across from a 66 store called Ziggy's.

Very few trucks stop there unless the weather is bad.

Stinker station just up the street has some parking as well.
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My husband has an app on his phone for Walmart and it tells whether or not they welcome overnight RV parking. We've only found 2 in 5 years that didn't allow it.
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Don't expect to get much sleep trucks run there trucks all night plus other equiptment I have never opened slides but if you want to run a Onan generator go ahead you will be the quietest in the lot I have done it several times but was out of other options
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