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Old 08-29-2013, 11:41 PM   #15
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As for overnights are rest areas/welcome center lots or even truck stops that are along the interstate off limits to motor homes? I always see 18 wheelers parked there but rarely, if ever do I see motor homes... Regards, OWV
OWV, Welcome! You've reached the right place for questions.

As to that:
public rest areas- are generally just as open to motorhomes as they are to trucks, perhaps subject to local interpretation. Some local jurisdictions prohibit overnight "camping" on public property, and sometimes consider truckers to be resting but motorhomes camping-- particularly if you have a slide out and/or legs down. Also, depending on your own preferences, you may consider security to be a concern at a remote rest area with no activity around.

Welcome centers sometimes allow overnighting, sometimes not, but they will usually be posted, or you can ask.

Larger truck stops often allow motorhome overnights, and sometimes have a designated area for RVs- for safety and other reasons. If you search the forum, you'll find a lot of discussion on this. Most of what I've read in threads seems to show that most folks find the truck stops a hard place to get any good sleep.

Personally, we've never overnighted at a rest area, and only once at a truck stop. Our usual quick overnight has been at a Walmart, and we've found it to be easy, safe, and convenient. We would arrive about 5 or so, do a little shopping, look up the manager to say thanks, and have a nice evening. We've probably done 8 or 10 WM overnights in the last year, and we're often accompanied by several other RVs and sometimes 4-5 trucks. Note, though, that you should look on WM as a convenience, but not necessarily free. If for any reason you need to keep your generator running for several hours or overnight, that cost will approximate a lot of campgrounds.
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How do you know where to put in for the night if your not sure where you will be?
jettyjock ... one web site we have used is We Camp Here. As we are traveling and kind of zero in on how far we want to go that day, DW uses this to locate some campgrounds in that general area and then she checks on-line reviews. Once we pick a place we usually call and make a reservation. So far this method has always worked.

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I have a GPS that tells you the locations of campgrounds in your area on road and miles and direction to them.
What GPS do you have?

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OWV, Welcome! You've reached the right place for questions.

As to that:
public rest areas- are generally just as open to motorhomes as they are to trucks, perhaps subject to local interpretation. Some local jurisdictions prohibit overnight "camping" on public property, and sometimes consider truckers to be resting but motorhomes camping-- particularly if you have a slide out and/or legs down. Also, depending on your own preferences, you may consider security to be a concern at a remote rest area with no activity around.

Welcome centers sometimes allow overnighting, sometimes not, but they will usually be posted, or you can ask.

Larger truck stops often allow motorhome overnights, and sometimes have a designated area for RVs- for safety and other reasons. If you search the forum, you'll find a lot of discussion on this. Most of what I've read in threads seems to show that most folks find the truck stops a hard place to get any good sleep.

Personally, we've never overnighted at a rest area, and only once at a truck stop. Our usual quick overnight has been at a Walmart, and we've found it to be easy, safe, and convenient. We would arrive about 5 or so, do a little shopping, look up the manager to say thanks, and have a nice evening. We've probably done 8 or 10 WM overnights in the last year, and we're often accompanied by several other RVs and sometimes 4-5 trucks. Note, though, that you should look on WM as a convenience, but not necessarily free. If for any reason you need to keep your generator running for several hours or overnight, that cost will approximate a lot of campgrounds.
Thank you. Good information. I appreciate you taking the time to write. We are in the initial stages of choosing a Motor Home - we have made some decisions, but a lot of due diligence to still to go. Our neighbor suggested iRV2 as a go to site for information and so far we have been very pleased. Since we plan to be full-timers, the biggest issue for us now is length, which for us means creature comforts, vs access to state and national parks, which we would like to use as much as possible as we crisscross the US and hopefully Canada as well.

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What GPS do you have?

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Nuvi-50, I think most new Garmin's have Campgrounds listed on them that will appear as your traveling, you see one you may like touch screen and will proceed to take you there.
It sits in front of me on dash where this old one did..

Over night stays we found that Cracker Barrel Restaurants were a plus, plenty of parking and well lighted and you may have company of other RVer's with you.
Plus you stop for dinner and have breakfast in morning before you leave.
We did that one Jan on way to FL. and back to home no campgrounds traveling.

As to length of coach, you may want a DP, but we always had a gas coach, was easy maintenance and the present coach is a bath & 1/2- 37' and two slides plenty of storage and have had guest's while traveling.
There are plenty of good used Newmars on the market.
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