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Old 04-20-2016, 01:50 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Big Red and 30WR View Post
I have stayed @ Wal-Marts. I don`t leave home without a firearm . So places like that don`t bother me.


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Old 04-20-2016, 01:52 PM   #42
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A few months ago we pulled into a rest stop. I have two TT's, one with a shallow slide, one with no slide. I'll run the slide out to get access to the bed, but don't mess with stabilizers or anything else. I'm there to rest, not camp. However, at this particular rest stop was a fiver in the first truck pull through slot, with all slides out, stabilizers down, and slinky run to a storm drain.
Apparently people have different ideas of what constitutes "rest"!

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Old 04-20-2016, 03:30 PM   #43
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Worst night of sleep I got was spent in truck stop camp site. Trucks in and out all night.
Find a cg near Interstate, ask for level site, plug in drop sewer line do not unhook, run jack down a bit, have good diner and quick breakfast and shower, on the road clean empty holding tanks, and MY coffee the next morning. A few bucks for an occasional safe stop and good nights sleep is well worth it
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:04 PM   #44
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We also make overnight stops. Being from northern NJ, in the metro NYC area, heading south down 95 can be tricky. A few years back, we tried a new approach to the DC area traffic - We leave home after dinner and after the evening rush dies down, like 8:00pm. We head south and pass through DC around midnight, continue on to into VA... Arrive 3:00am and sleep till 8:30... grab some breakfast and hit the road right after the morning rush...

We overnight almost exclusively at Elks of the benefits of being a member. Many lodges allow overnight stays and most have hookups... not a big deal to roll in after midnight. Sometimes even make last call...

I have planned overnight locations about 5-6 hours in each direction from home... Lets us get the jump on our travels the night before. Especially helpful for holiday weekends like July 4th this year. We are headed south to the Jersey Shore, will leave Thursday night to beat traffic on Friday - overnight 20 minutes from our final destination.

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Old 04-20-2016, 05:39 PM   #45
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I've never done it, but I'm not against it. With a TT, for me it would depend on the weather (heat). But if I needed a place to sleep late at night for a few hours I would consider a WalMart / Cracker Barrel / etc.

I have seen at my local Wal-Mart RVs being parked there at 3 pm, and still there the next day at 9am with slides out, and stabilizers down. There is always those who try to take advantage of a nice offering !
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:44 PM   #46
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We always stay in campgrounds. We do not stay in rest areas, gas stations, Walmarts or Cracker Barrels.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:04 PM   #47
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There is an app that tells which Wal-Marts usually allow overnight stays. It is good business for them because you will probably do a little shopping while you are parked, right?
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:14 PM   #48
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We always stay in campgrounds. We do not stay in rest areas, gas stations, Walmarts or Cracker Barrels.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:41 PM   #49
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We have not traveled out of state yet, but in Texas they have picnic areas everywhere. It is legal to pull in and stay the night. I have heard you can stay as long as you like, but I could see my TT growing legs and walking off while gallivanting around the area. This is where we stayed to and from Big Bend. I was only nervous when we stopped just north of Laredo. No problems. Of course my husband and Doberman was with me. When I do travel by myself, I will pull in to a rest stop and sleep. Then I am armed with a Doberman. My dogs always kept people away if they got to close to vehicle. It drives my family crazy when I do this, but call me cheap.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:06 PM   #50
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We have stayed at Wallmarts. Cracker Barrel and a Flying J, TN. No problems. We always check with the store managers first. The Flying J was noisy and very bright so probably won't do that again.

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