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Old 07-20-2018, 01:28 PM   #1
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Overnight parking at Rest Areas

Has anyone overnighted at a rest area on I-10 in Florida I see a sign with overnight security and no sign stating no overnight stays.
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:34 PM   #2
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According the Florida DOT website, you are only allowed to park at rest areas for up to 3 hours.


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Old 07-20-2018, 02:15 PM   #3
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the signs say "no" but have never heard of anyone being forced to leave a rest stop by authorities, ... years ago at a rest stop in California, I saw a sheriffs car and asked him about this, "we would rather have a tired, sleepy driver sitting here than driving on the road, endangering the lives of everyone out there", ... a couple of years ago, we pulled into a rest stop with our trailer, it was so crowded, the only spot left was right in front of the "no over night parking" sign, we blocked that sign that night, ... we like and use rest stops/welcome centers, ... using them we don't lose travel time, can drive as late as we want, then stop(we don't have to stop travel early, leave the freeway and find a cg before it closes for the night), ...
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I have used them for a few hours, but, my wife is very frightened of strangers and she won't even consider spending a whole night there.
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:55 PM   #5
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Has anyone overnighted at a rest area on I-10 in Florida I see a sign with overnight security and no sign stating no overnight stays.
Overnight security is usually for rest areas where travelers have had trouble with crime. Florida doesn't like people preying on their tourists.

Personally, I'd find another area to stop.
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I have used them for a few hours, but, my wife is very frightened of strangers and she won't even consider spending a whole night there.
Nor will I.

Several in Arkansas (and many other places) were permanently closed years ago because of homicides there.
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I can’t speak to Florida, but last year in July we stopped at one somewhere between Tucson and San Diego. The sound of the big rigs idling and/or refers made for very restless sleep. We were gone within 3 hours, as soon as DH was able to start up again. Now we would prefer the RV parking area at a Pilot over a rest area.
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I have stayed overnight on I-10 in FL, but I was sleeping in my pickup, not camper. No problems.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:45 PM   #10
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It's been a few years, but on that part of I-10, the rest areas fill-up early! I past three that were full by 10 PM. When I finally got to sleep it wasn't long before the idling big-rig that parked next to me, sent me on my way....

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