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Old 07-15-2016, 05:11 PM   #1
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What was I thinking - help for one night on the jersey turnpike

We are still new to this rv camping thing - love it! last year we stayed close to home and camped in Massachusetts - for our first year. This year we have ventured to different New England campgrounds, and I thought I would plan a family vacation in Williamsburg Virginia. My 9 year old is thrilled learning about the revolutionary war and suggested we see where the last battle was fought. Great idea! So I booked the KOA in Williamsburg (obviously without thinking). As we are getting closer to our trip I started thinking about the distance from Boston to Williamsburg (not to mention the heat in Virginia in August - GROSS - Thank god for air conditioned camper I am having second thoughts! What was I thinking!!!!! How are we ever going to tow our camper 10-12 hours with two children? VALIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! We do not have enough time to add any extra nights to break up the ride. So, I thought we would leave the night before our scheduled departure day, after work, hoping to be on the road by 7:00pm. I have heard people talking about Walmarts, so I started researching the different ones close to the Jersey turnpike (about 4.5 hours from home - Hamilton and Freehold New Jersey). But with all the crazy people out there these days, I am scared. I thought about the jersey turnpike rest stops, thinking that they may be safer, as they are so busy, but I cant find anywhere that says they even allow that. And Campgrounds seem to be too far off route. I just want a place that my husband can pull off the road and shut his eyes for a few hours. I will probably be too scared to sleep anywhere Has anyone done this trip, or live near a safe box store that allows overnights near the turnpike and have suggestions? I look forward to any suggestions. Thanks!
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I've stayed in the Gas stops on the TP many times and have never had an issue . Lock the doors and never open them if someone knocks without looking out of the window first, Run the Generator and you'll be fine.
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Check out Flying J, Pilot, truck stops. They allow overnights and there are two in Jersey just before Deleware.

We have stayed in them dozens of times. Look for the ones that offer RV parking, keeps you away from the trucks.

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There is a Flying J that is really close to the bridge into Delaware.
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We stayed in the truck lot at the welcome center just as you enter Delaware. We too were heading South from Cherry Hill CG in MA. The facility was very clean. We felt safe. Plus...they have a Starbucks!
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You can stay for many hours at the Turnpike service centers. Get some sleep, grab a bite to eat, as well as use the restrooms.
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Old 07-16-2016, 04:27 PM   #7
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It is scary the first time you do it but once you try it, you will be fine. Just keep in the slides if you stay in a truck stop. Just lock yourself in once in your RV and do not go out until the daylight hours. If you stay at a truck stop, you can go in and eat breakfast before departing. Not sure if you have a generator, but your ceiling fans may keep you cool enough overnight. You will love that area but be prepared for lots of traffic and if you get a chance there are things in Va Beach to see too. There are civil war entrenchment sin the Newport News City Park.
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Thank you!

Yes, as a mother I will always be concerned about safety. I appreciate all your feedback and you have certainly eased my anxiety

Thank you all very much! I will look into all of these suggestions! Have I mentioned how much I love this forum?

I wish you a summer of happy and safe travels in which you make many happy memories!
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We are still new to this rv camping thing - love it! last year we stayed close to home and camped in Massachusetts - for our first year. This year we have ventured to different New England campgrounds, and I thought I would plan a family vacation in Williamsburg Virginia. My 9 year old is thrilled learning about the revolutionary war and suggested we see where the last battle was fought. Great idea! So I booked the KOA in Williamsburg (obviously without thinking). As we are getting closer to our trip I started thinking about the distance from Boston to Williamsburg (not to mention the heat in Virginia in August - GROSS - Thank god for air conditioned camper I am having second thoughts! What was I thinking!!!!! How are we ever going to tow our camper 10-12 hours with two children? VALIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! We do not have enough time to add any extra nights to break up the ride. So, I thought we would leave the night before our scheduled departure day, after work, hoping to be on the road by 7:00pm. I have heard people talking about Walmarts, so I started researching the different ones close to the Jersey turnpike (about 4.5 hours from home - Hamilton and Freehold New Jersey). But with all the crazy people out there these days, I am scared. I thought about the jersey turnpike rest stops, thinking that they may be safer, as they are so busy, but I cant find anywhere that says they even allow that. And Campgrounds seem to be too far off route. I just want a place that my husband can pull off the road and shut his eyes for a few hours. I will probably be too scared to sleep anywhere Has anyone done this trip, or live near a safe box store that allows overnights near the turnpike and have suggestions? I look forward to any suggestions. Thanks!
I live in Marlboro, about 10 minutes away from the Freehold Walmart. No crazies around, pretty quiet, police patrol nightly. Of the 2 that's the one I'd pick.
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There's a casino in Delaware where you can overnight.
Most casinos let you stay in their lot.
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At the bottom of the turnpike In Carney Point (intersection of I-295 and Hwy 40) is a Pilot truck stop you can pull into. It's easy in and out.

It is also quick to get back onto I-95 and Del Memorial Bridge.
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For the most part, Wally Docking has much less noise than parking next to a truck at a truck stop, rest area. The only exception is where there is a extra large passenger car parking on the turnpike and you can park in a corner to catch some shut eye.

In Ohio we have real large turnpike lots. When I was researching my cross country trip from OH to MT I found all the freeway parking lots were tiny. So we stayed at 3 Walmarts and one Cabela's.

On trips over 500 mile we'll leave at after dinner and drive till 1am or 2am
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At exit 5 of the NJ Tpk is a Cracker Barrel which has a separate large RV lot. Sounds like your're pulling a TT. Its safe and literally 100 yds off of the tpk and no trucks. Cracker Barrel company policy is to allow rv's overnight. Have stayed in many of them during trips plus they have great breakfasts. A half mile to the west is access to Int. 295 which is free and parallels the tpk all the way to the Delaware Mem. Bridge. and as mentioned Flying J and Pilot rest areas down at Carneys Pt. Also off Int. 295 at Center Square Rd. in Logan Township is a Camping World which has a big lot also. Have fun. My GF and I overnight a lot in Walmarts, Cracker Barrel, Home Depot, Rest Areas, etc. and love them. As stated keep the doors locked and don't open for anyone you don't know or can't see from a window.
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BTW not sure what route you are taking but if going int 95 thru Baltimore you will have to turn off your propane if going through the tunnel. If you want to leave it on follow the signs for 695-Francis Scott Key Bridge (Key Bridge) and you will be ok. It reconnects back with 95 if that's the route you're using. If not going thru Baltimore, never mind.
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