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Old 03-10-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Waysides and rest stops

First time with my TT. I figure I could pull into a wayside or rest stop along the freeway and sleep in my TT until it's time to take off again. It seems easy to do. Naturally my wife worries about axe murderers that frequent these places. Suggestions or concerns?
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:14 PM   #2
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Carry a bigger axe.

And know the laws relating to sleeping at rest areas.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Truck stops are a better option?
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:30 PM   #4
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They all have pitfalls. Truck stops are going to be noisier with the big Diesel engines rumbling. Rest areas may or may not be patrolled.

A lot of folks prefer Walmarts. Many let people park overnight - there is a Yahoo group that keeps a detailed list of which do and which do not. Walmarts, IMO, are going to be quieter and possibly as patrolled as rest areas if not more often.
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Virginia rest stops do not allow this.
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Some truck stops are quite good with a reserved zone for RV's which is away from the trucks and cars. Only drawback is that they're not always policed to keep them free for RV's. DW and I have used all sorts of spots over the years, and despite DW's concerns, nothing bad has ever happened.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:11 AM   #8
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I heard that cracker barrel will allow you to park in their lot overnight
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:14 AM   #9
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I heard that cracker barrel will allow you to park in their lot overnight
Many will- they'll usually want you up and gone in the morning (after you eat breakfast inside of course ). The key to any overnight parking is asking first - even if there are already folks parked there.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:30 AM   #10
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We've used Walmart as an occasional overnighter in both Canada and the U.S. Never had any issues other than noise. We always ask first, as they often have a preference as to which part of the lot you park in. One morning, in Michigan IIRC, we woke up and there were >30 RVs in the lot, there was even a tent setup on the asphalt next to our trailer!

Unlike some who I'm sure do not frequent this site, just make sure to keep the area clean and respect that Walmart just hosted you for free. I've seen some campers putting garbage bags beside Walmart garbage cans. I'm sure Walmart staff just LOVE to see RV garbage piled up by their front door!
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