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Old 06-02-2010, 09:24 AM   #1
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Free Over Night RVing Colorado to NY?

Is there a recommended web site (preferrably free) that could help me line up free one-nite rest stops between Colorado and NY State? We're heading out in mid July to watch our son compete in an Ironman Triatlon for ALS disease then heading back within a few days. We'll be driving our 23ft Jamboree Class C and just need safe places to sleep. Maybe Walmart is the best option... but call ahead? Thanks,
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:13 AM   #2
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Wal-Mart is always my first choice. We buy the Rand McNally map at Wal-Mart and that lists the stores along the way. The ones listed with an exit # are within 1 mile (1/2 mile?) of the exit. Flying J is another option but the parking choices are not always as good.
I will likely catch some flack for this, but I have never (in over 10 years of doing this) asked permission from any manager of any store. Since I arrive late and leave early it's pretty clear by the time we arrive whether RV's are welcome or not as we are never the first. More and more have security driving around and we do speak with them any time we stop. Park as far out of the way as possible (or where the other RV's are parked) and don't put your jacks down or cook in their parking lot and you will have a safe and uneventful trip.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:55 AM   #3
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We prefer Flying J. They are easy on / off the major highways with fuel, food and RV specific parking areas, usually away from the truckers. Avoid the one at Gary Indiana, pretty tuff area especially after dark.

Here's their link to assist in planning your trip. Flying J
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Here's another suggestion.
Free Campgrounds for RVs
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On the current WalMart thread, someone provided a link to this very cool site with all the WalMart locations and comments on whether they allow overnight parking:

Walmart Store Locations Map - Wal-Mart Guide


We also use a book called The Next Exit that tells you what to expect at each interstate exit. You can buy the book on line or at any truck stop.
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Probably late for your trip, but I recommend the Free Campground Guides-East and West editions. Got mine on Amazon.com. They have a good listing of free and low cost (under $12) places like small town parks and local recreation areas. Don't expect much in amenities, but we have found some delightful surprises. Some of the places have a drop box for a nominal contribution. We have found nicely kept parks with free electricity and dump stations in some midwest towns. Others are not so nice, but still a place to park. Another trick that has worked on occasion is to hunt up the local police and ask where a good place to park is. We have been invited to the city parking lot (Plymouth, MA) and the police parking lot (somewhere in NE). If you are not welcome, they will let you know (e.g., Flagstaff, AZ). Wal Mart and the like are usually too busy and bright for our tastes unless the last "resort".
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How about Casinos? Look at Casinocamper.com, think that's the website, it lists casinos across the US that allow overnight parking. Also, FreeCampgrounds.com
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Thanks to everyone for the information!

I'm fairly new to this site yet it's become my absolute favorite for many reasons... thanks to all for your help with our vacation planning.
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