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Old 05-07-2012, 11:04 AM   #43
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Most states will allow parking in highway rest areas up to 10 hrs. Mostly to allow commercial drivers the ability to 'reset' there log books and any one else needing rest to safely complete there trip.


I drove truck for some time and just for the record I don't hate RV's, I'm one my self. Many people who drive commercial equipment are under 'HUGE' pressure to make schedules and still stay within legal limits, which when combined is nearly impossible. Not that this is an excuse for reckless behavior by any means! I had my mirror ripped off my semi, while driving down the highway, by another semi in New York so I can relate.

Love a commercial driver today! I can assure you it'v a very thankless job and you wouldn't want to do it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:16 AM   #44
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Love a commercial driver today! I can assure you it'v a very thankless job and you wouldn't want to do it.

Whenever a commercial driver goes out of his/her way to be courteous I make it a point to call the number on the back of the truck asking for comments and let the company know.
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Instead of noisy truck stops I like to stop in small towns along the interstate. There is usually a local museum or parking lot of a building for lease. Instead of Walmart in larger cities, I look for other businesses with large lots. Goggle Earth really helps spot them. The best choice for suburban areas are new shopping centers where the parking lots are built, but the spaces are not yet leased.

Being a single woman RVer I was originally concerned about my safety. I have 2 rules -- NEVER unlock any door after dark (Lily uses pee pads) and keep the key in the ignition. If something should ever spook me I can be gone in 30 seconds.
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I overnighted at rest areas in Texas, and New Mexico this past weekend on my drive to CA.

I found several rest areas in TX with dump station and at least one with potable water.

I did pay more attention to where I parked after reading about the man that was killed when a truck came in to the rest area to fast and struck his MH.

I will continue to use rest areas along the way when in a hurry to get where I'm going and driving long day, 500 miles or more. On short days I choose to stay at CGs.
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When staying at Wal-Mart and Flying J - Do you need to let them know you will be there or just pull in and park?
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When staying at Wal-Mart and Flying J - Do you need to let them know you will be there or just pull in and park?
When there are spots up front in the RV section at the Flying J's you just pick the one that suits you best. No need to let anyone inside know that you are staying the night. At Walmart I always go to the Service Desk first to ask permission. Some areas have restrictions, mostly city or township rules that disallow overnite stays. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for all of the good info!!!
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Rest areas in Kansas on I70 had free dump stations and some rest areas across I70 & I80 hvae free dump and potable water,maybe others can advise other states that have.
We traveled NJ to Colorado last year and are going to do it again the beging of July and plan to stay at a few rest areas,we try to find not to busy ones and stay away from trucks too noisy.
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I will be out there, for the first time, at that time as well. What is your experience?
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The travel centers/ visitors bureaus on major interstates usually have nice spots for all types of travelers. Plus some good coffee.
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Rest areas in Kansas on I70 had free dump stations and some rest areas across I70 & I80 hvae free dump and potable water,maybe others can advise other states that have.
We traveled NJ to Colorado last year and are going to do it again the beging of July and plan to stay at a few rest areas,we try to find not to busy ones and stay away from trucks too noisy.
Many rest areas in South Dakota and a few in Indiana have dumps. I don't rember if they have potable water.
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Mississippi Rest stops have free dump stations
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Ohio has great RV overnight RV parking spots conplete with Electric, water and Dump station on I80/90. $20 fee
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The Ohio Turnpike has four eastbound and four westbound rest areas with the elec hookups. I drove through one just a take a look a few months ago. They were pull-through spots away from the truck parking area. There is information on the Ohio Tunrpike web site.
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