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Old 12-15-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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I have heard that you can stay overnight at Cracker Barrels. Does anyone have definitive info about that? Going south on Rt 95 NJ to Fla in Jan 2012
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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my dw and i have made the trip from mass to fla several times using cracker barrel to sleep over night w no problems.i have yet to find one with anything close to level surface. as a side note i do not use 95 all the way to many tolls plus not susposed to have portable propane in baltimore tunnel. i use i84to81to77to26to95 in sc. it avoids all of the tolls and is much less congested lee
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:48 AM   #3
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I love Cracker Barrel and most let you stay there overnight, but people with cars just fill up the RV parking. I don't even try to eat there when we are in the MH for fear of getting blocked in.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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Most Cracker Barrel restaurant/stores have RV/Bus parking slots, usually in the rear (or in the lest "Favorite" part of the lot, and all too often filled with cars despite many open spaces out front. (Some people resemble the rear end of a north bound horse)

Be aware however that like with Wal-mart.. SOME may be in cities, counties or states that DO NOT ALLOW overnight RV parking outside of a campground. Alas, it's not their fault. it's the money grubbing politicos who passed a law.

I have spend a night or two at CB.. One time the young lady who served us dinner also served us breakfast.. (To be honest, at their prices, it's worth it)
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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We stay at them all the time. The only problem is the cars parking in the RV / Buss spots mentioned above. If that happens we just find a place along the curb in back out of the way.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:09 PM   #6
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I pass the Cracker Barrel here in Lafayette LA and now and then there is an RV parked there over night.
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I've seen overnight parking at several of their stores. I eat at Cracker Barrel on the road, love their bacon, and twice when in late in the day the manager has reminded me they allow overnight parking. I haven't taken them up on it as yet, like FHUs for laundry etc..
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:24 PM   #8
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I have stayed in Cracker Barrel parking lots ... one manager told me if anyone says anything to you tell them "you are waiting for CB to open for breakfast" ...

No one said anything to us ...
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:52 PM   #9
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+! on it being hard to find a level spot. We usually take ice stored in the freezer section of our fridge and move it to the fresh food section overnight.

You may also need good "Sea Legs".

Having had some "Interesting" experiences getting into CBs with our 38 footer, I usually use Google satellite view to pre-check the layout of the roads into the lot. If needed, I will unhook the toad at the last rest stop on the highway before the CBs exit. Makes it easier to navigate, and gives the transmission fluid a chance to circulate.


We often buy a meal or two to go, and put it in the fridge for later. Saves the need to go off the interstate for our next meal.
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My wife and I stay at CB's all the time on long haul trips when we can't find an RV park for the night. They're great and we've never been turned away.
We get a good meal at night and a great breakfast in the morning.
Always ask the manager for permission and they have always been accomodating.
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We overnighted at a CB in Florida just South of Daytona Beach in 2000 with no problem. The only thing was that there were a few young people just hanging out in the parking lot for a couple of hours after we stopped. That made me a little uneasy, but nothing happened.
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I have heard that you can stay overnight at Cracker Barrels. Does anyone have definitive info about that? Going south on Rt 95 NJ to Fla in Jan 2012
Thanks in advance
Tooltrdr, Not sure where you are starting from but we too prefer 95 regardless of what others say. However we do use Tapan Zee bridge rather than GW so 84-684 to 287 to NJ Turnpike.
We have stayed at the CB in Dumfries VA several times. As others have already said you may want to forgo the RV spots and pull around back. If you can, go all the way around and pull up on the side of the restaraunt. That way your door will be opposite the traffic, bordered by some shrubbery and be lined up to pull out in the AM.
The CB just north of Richmond is also a great spot. Same thing, pull around back and you will be be bordered by some woods. Traffic noise is a little loud but for a one nighter you should be able to put up with it.

Good like-Safe travels.
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In 2010 took trip to Indiana than down to Florida and return trip back to IN. & home.
This was during months of JAN & FEB.
Was able to stay in 4 down and back different ones, had no problem finding ample parking space and in well lighted and secure location and did notice police did patrol some of them.
Would stop for supper and than have breakfast in morning before heading out.
Did ask management and all I hit said no problem and welcomed us to stay.
Just make sure you have good batteries and plenty of LP for cold nights during winter months.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:30 AM   #14
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I love CB's, like their food and just the warm feeling when you go in side, like going to grandma' s house but didn't know you could park overnight. Sure wish we had them in Calif.
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