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Old 05-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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Do the Flying J's of the world charge to stay overnight?
No charge to overnight at FlyJ countrywide. Though it is $10 to dump, $5 with a FlyJ card.

And why not overnight at a WalMart? Usually quieter, access to meals/restocking, often 24hour security, and Redbox.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:57 PM   #16
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Many of the rest areas I have stayed in have overnight security, but given a choice I would stay at a Walmart of a Flying J. A plus with the Flying J is you can buy a shower if you want one before you turn in, saving your onboard water supply. Both Walmart and Flying J have food and supplies you might need and most Walmarts are open 24/7.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:00 PM   #17
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:08 AM   #18
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I presume most members use electronic devices to plan and execute thier travel. I have an App for my Android phones and tablets that show most RV related parking, camping etc sites with info for that site. Including Flying J/Pilot, Walmart propane, dumps etc locations. Called "Allstays RV and Camp) Have been using it for some time and I can also just select directions to the site and my Nav App on the same device and it takes over and provides turn-by-turn directions to the area if I select that option. If I want to call the particular site my first choice is for my real live navigator to take care of this plus researching places etc on the android device if it has to be done while on the go . I would rather have full participation from the shotgun seat so I can focus on the road anyway. Besides this provides the passenger with a real task and makes that person more than just talking baggage. (Won't let my wife hear of my reference to talking baggage - not certain she would appreciate the humor to that inference.)

I also have all the data from a "free parking database" for every State and Canadian Province locations. Still carry hard copy books for times when no off air data (cel or WiFi) is not available but I use them less and less since I started using electronic mediums for this function.

Casinos often provide free RV parking. In the past 15 years I have used gravel pits, the open desert and other wayside stops and any other place where the security risk is low. There is more safety in numbers so if one can get a gaggle of RV,s to stop almost anywhere it improves the security profile.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:35 AM   #19
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We've used Wal*Mart, rest stops, FJ's and Casino lots and a few other lots. Only problem I've had was in Wyoming at a rest stop. Never been run out of any by security although I ask first.
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If my goal is to put as many miles behind as I can I prefer the rest areas. Quick in and out. I drive until tired then pull in sleep and right back on the road. When traveling alone, I typically run 10 to 14 hours hist the rest are sleep for 6 hrs then back at it.

Never had an issue at a rest area. The noise doesn't bother me. I slept on an aircraft carrier which is basically a steel box with planes taking off. If you can sleep through that you can sleep through and truckers diesel.

This doesn't work if the DW is with me, she likes a CG every night and to be off the road by 5:00 PM.
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Stayed in many rest areas and never a problem. We never worry about security since we both pack

However, we now do P/FJ pretty much exclusively and the discount doen't hurt. Fill up coming in or going out. Water, dump and propane avalible if needed. Always a restuarant and convienence store.

I've always considered a truck stop the safest place for an overnight stay.
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We sometimes pull into a rest area off the interstate right between the trucks. The noise doesn't bother us. We are usually tired.
We have stayed at a very few Wal-Marts. But, they are not our preference. I remember once we got lost and decided to finish the night at Wal-Mart.
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I only use Rest Areas if I have to,,,I look for a Cracker Barrel to pull into overnight. I never sleep well in a rest area because 1. the trucks 2. I don't trust them.
Stopping at a Cracker Barrel I get a good meal before retiring and a good breakfast before leaving. I have always felt pretty safe in staying there as well.
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There is safety in numbers. Truck stops for me. We leave the slide in and sleep for free. Outside of Detroit they closed a rest area due to the antics going on.
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There is safety in numbers. Truck stops for me. We leave the slide in and sleep for free. Outside of Detroit they closed a rest area due to the antics going on.
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When staying at an interstate rest area I do prefer those with security present.

Rest areas are like any place you stay some are in bad areas and some are in good areas. Awareness of your surroundings is the key.

Probably as many or more drug and prostitution arrests in truck stops as rest areas.
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We even staying at a Walmart in Wisconsin once that had about 8 electric sites. Awesome.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:44 AM   #28
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When staying at an interstate rest area I do prefer those with security present.

Rest areas are like any place you stay some are in bad areas and some are in good areas. Awareness of your surroundings is the key.

Probably as many or more drug and prostitution arrests in truck stops as rest areas.
You're absolutely right Dennis. It's better now than it was years ago but it still goes on. The stories I could tell!

Being aware of what is going on in a particular rest area before settling in for the night is definitely the key.
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