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Old 07-26-2013, 07:14 PM   #57
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This good neighbor parking policy letter has been a widely-accepted guide for the RV industry for many years. It does not address slide-out use.<snip>
The guide was written by folks that want to control what other folks do with their property. If you make a deal with WM to park in their lot, that is between you and WM and no one else.

Just using common sense will get you far in the world of parking lot and rest stop overnighting.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #58
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Some have said they have to put out slide to use the bathroom. I drink lots of water and when traveling have to use the bathroom frequently. Like to use a turn out if available if not a shopping center, etc. to use the bathroom. Would hate to have to extend the slide to take care of my needs. I have been a full timer for a little over 16 years and owned several MH. Have found units that work for me.
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The guide was written by folks that want to control what other folks do with their property. If you make a deal with WM to park in their lot, that is between you and WM and no one else.

Just using common sense will get you far in the world of parking lot and rest stop overnighting.

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I guess it's time to mention again keep it on topic and stop the petty bickering. Consider yourselves on notice time outs are just around the corner for a few.
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Have noticed of late that several states have started to accommodate RVrs.

Kansas has built an RV loop away from the truckers area for RVs, and while they don't always look real level, there is room for about 8-10 and for slides out. Lady at desk said max stay is 24 hours (on I80 West of Salina and on I35).

Iowa (I80) and Illinois (I80) has some rest areas with a separate lane for parallel parking by Rvs. Drivers side slides are OK with the median on that side. Passenger side, not so trusting. Don't know what the rules are and they are a little noisier from what I've seen.

It would be useful to see what other states are adding these conveniences from folks.
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Have noticed of late that several states have started to accommodate RVrs.

Kansas has built an RV loop away from the truckers area for RVs, and while they don't always look real level, there is room for about 8-10 and for slides out. Lady at desk said max stay is 24 hours (on I80 West of Salina and on I35).

Iowa (I80) and Illinois (I80) has some rest areas with a separate lane for parallel parking by Rvs. Drivers side slides are OK with the median on that side. Passenger side, not so trusting. Don't know what the rules are and they are a little noisier from what I've seen.

It would be useful to see what other states are adding these conveniences from folks.
Ohio has some inexpensive overnight RV parking at some their I-80 turnpike rest areas, with electric hookups. Last time we went through I think it was $12. I think they have water available also, just not at the individual sites.
EDIT: Just checked, it's up to $20 now.
http://www.ohioturnpike.org/travelers/service-plazas/
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http://www.ohioturnpike.org/wp-conte...eneralinfo.pdf
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We stay in Walmart often. Always call ahead to ask permission (there is an app for that! :-). ). There are usually a few others in the lot - helps with the sense if security. Never have had a problem with security. Usually put out the drivers side slides at least (access and need to deploy the couch bed for the 6-foot son). This thread does have me wondering about the risk of damaging the asphalt though - I will need to keep an eye on that. Pilot/flying J is appealing - but with the tow on a dolly I can't back up, and I REALLY do not like the idea of unhooking and re-hooking in a busy truck stop :-( (hence the wall mart). I always buy at least something - usually groceries) to help pay my way)
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Consider carrying some 12x12 inch 5/8 or 3/4 plywood squares to put under the jacks when deploying them on asphalt or soft ground. Takes the guess work out of whether the jacks will imprint the ground or not.

As for not backing up, you could be pulled into a side area of WM and some jerk will pull in front of you when you are sleeping, either in an RV, truck, car, or whatever and you will have to wait until the get back to their vehicle or unhook. I know that it is also possible to find some spots where you have just enough maneuverability to pull up and no one can get in front, but beware. It has happened more than once.
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... but beware. It has happened more than once.
I'm in the same "been there" club.

Last time I pulled up in a nearly vacant area of the parking lot, a pickup truck zips across my bow and parks. I'm still in the drivers chair with engine running. The guy looked shocked when I told him that I had no easy way to back up. He moved. No bad words were exchanged.
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I'm in the same "been there" club.

Last time I pulled up in a nearly vacant area of the parking lot, a pickup truck zips across my bow and parks. I'm still in the drivers chair with engine running. The guy looked shocked when I told him that I had no easy way to back up. He moved. No bad words were exchanged.
Do any of you folks with slides set out little orange traffic cones at the slide corners? I don't have slides, but carry a pair of medium sized traffic cones.
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