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Old 04-01-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Pilot flying j travel centers overnight

How many of you fellow travelers have stayed in a pilot flying j travel centers overnight. Do you feel safe staying there?(East Coast) Is there ample RV parking? I use these travel centers as often as I can traveling from MA to SC to fuel up but have never stayed in one. I know a lot of people that use the Walmart's, what's the consensus on the travel centers.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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Have never stayed over night, but your post made me want to research to possibilities. The above link is to their RV amenities.
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:37 PM   #3
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I've not stayed over at one, but would without any hesitation. I actually didn't know they had "RV spots" marked, that's nice.

On a recent trip from Central IL to the western panhandle of Florida (I-57 to I-24 to I-65) I kept an eye out specifically for Pilot \ Flying J. What I found is the Flying J stores are RV friendly with the RV fuel lanes (with water, dump stations, air and long handled window washers or ladders) and the Pilots did not have any of these amenities. Having a 36' gas RV towing a car this makes a huge difference getting in and out of a pump at a busy station.

There's a smartphone app called "MyPilot" that will list out the nearby Pilot\Flying J stores based on your location so you can see what each has before you stop. If you are a Good Sam member you can use their Trip Planner online which will show you the Pilot\Flying J stores along your route so you could actually set those as stops (which I am going to do next time). And of course as a Good Sam member you save 5 cents\gallon on fuel!

Most of these stores have huge truck parking areas that appear well lit and well marked. They are RV friendly stores and I think would welcome your overnight stop.

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Old 04-01-2015, 02:11 PM   #4
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We have stayed a few times. Works in a pinch. Didn't have any issues. Just a noisy parking lot with no frills.


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We've stayed overnight at a Flying J a few times.

One was at Fargo ND where they had no dedicated RV parking so I was parked among the trucks so it was a bit noisy. I did manage to find a spot in the corner away from any running reefers.

The others had RV parking and were parked among mostly RV transporters that were parked for the night so there wasn't trucks coming and going all night long.

We took advantage of using the showers too which you won't find at Walmart. (obviously)
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If you have a GPS that allows you to import POI (point-of-interest) files, I think you can get one on poi-factory.com that includes all travel centers combined.

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We've stayed overnight at a Flying J a few times.

One was at Fargo ND where they had no dedicated RV parking so I was parked among the trucks so it was a bit noisy. I did manage to find a spot in the corner away from any running reefers.

The others had RV parking and were parked among mostly RV transporters that were parked for the night so there wasn't trucks coming and going all night long.

We took advantage of using the showers too which you won't find at Walmart. (obviously)
Or 'Jimmies' hauling hogs.
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Or 'Jimmies' hauling hogs.
AKA Double Breasted Yamaha's
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I've stayed in a number of truck stops when I was going from one place to another, not sightseeing along the way. They're well lit, fair number of people around so I didn't feel isolated. I've also done the same with Wal-Mart lots, parking under the lights. Once also in a Cracker Barrel. As long as you don't need amenities and can stand the drone of the engines they're fine.
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I have stay at them from nj to tx and back. Only problem I had was hoping not to park next to a loud diesel running all night. Walmart is much quiet BUT watch some of them at NOT allowed to park overnight
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