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Old 04-19-2019, 06:04 PM   #1
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Overnighting Along The Way

So we are heading out next weekend for the 2,000 mile round trip to Moab and back. We plan to take our time getting there by taking 2 1/2 days. This is our first real adventure in the toy hauler and I'm not sure what is the typical midpoint overnighter etiquette. Do RV travelers stay the night in Rest Stop parking lots, Walmart's, truck stops, wide spots in the road? We haven't looked for actual camp sites since we figure we'll arrive late and leave early. What do you all do?
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:14 PM   #2
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Walmart parking lots will be your best bet.

Just park way out away from the building and out of the prime customer parking spots.

The poe-poe will chase you out of rest areas if they've seen your rig in there for more than two hours in most places.

Also, many Cracker Barrel restaurants allow overnighting with RV's.

We just finally tried 'Walmarting' (that's what I call it) last month...

It was pretty fun, actually!
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The poe-poe will chase you out of rest areas if they've seen your rig in there for more than two hours in most places.
I have never ever been approached by anyone while staying overnight (5 to 7 hours usually) in a rest area ( at least not east of the Mississippi). Biggest problem is listening to big rigs idle next to you, but that noise eventually seems to numb/relax me almost like "white" noise. I have actually found a couple of rest areas with a separate RV ONLY parking area for over-nighting in a couple of rest areas. Most notable is the Rest Area #22 on south-bound I-75 just north of the I-475/ I-75 split off to Macon, GA.

Actually many places on the road can be used for a few hours rest while on the road... use your imagination... have used big box stores like HomeDepot and Lowes on occasion. They are not as busy as Wal-marts over night. Just don't act like you are camping! Slides IN, and no campfires!
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I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, and while this may sound like sarcasm, it's not intended to be. A lot of people use campgrounds.

We just got back from a week in KY and saw a lot of people arrive between 4 and 6 pm and depart again between 7 and 10 am. Seems like a nice way to spend an evening to me if you're driving ~400 miles / day. Only if I were planning on driving until 10 or 11 pm would find a Walmart.
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We find that staying in campgrounds to be much more relaxing and worth the added cost in most cases.
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We find that staying in campgrounds to be much more relaxing and worth the added cost in most cases.
After you full time for awhile and find out just how much money you will spend on campgrounds...

A freebie in a Walmart parking lot once in a while will pay for a few steaks instead of an overpriced field next to the highway...

Road in this photo is the original Route 66...

I regret not Walmarting while I was still full timing...
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We plan on making it to Boise area Thursday night, Salt Lake Friday night and Moab Saturday late morning. We have a family member's driveway for Friday night, but will be looking for a place to overnight near Boise on Thursday.

We've read that some local ordinances don't allow for overnighting in Walmart's parking lot.
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After you full time for awhile and find out just how much money you will spend on campgrounds...

A freebie in a Walmart parking lot once in a while will pay for a few steaks instead of an overpriced field next to the highway.....
To each his own...
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The DW is a master at finding Good Sam places while we travel.

Asks for 30 amp. Often just get 50 for free. Doesnt matter at night.

Often we say we will be late. They often say park anywhere. See me in the am.

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We always find a campground for the night
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