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Old 09-14-2015, 08:37 AM   #15
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Wisconsin has closed all of it's rest area dump stations.
(Thanks for the "budget cut" governor Scott Walker).
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:41 AM   #16
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Out here on the east coast most rest areas on interstates are posted "no overnight parking". I believe that is not strictly enforced as I see many trucks that appear to be parked for the night when driving late at night.

I have what may be a related question; We are considering traveling west across the country in the rv, but wonder if there are any rest areas that have dump stations anymore? Years back I can recall rest areas in several states here on the east coast that had dump stations, not sure they exist any more.

Lots of them out west do.

For example: WSDOT - RV Dump Stations


Also - from this site you can get the scoop and plan as they link to the "what stops have what features" info for states. (Like the WA link, above)
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This question has probably been asked and answered many times before, but I'll ask it again.......

When driving cross country how do you all schedule the stops? We want to drive 8 hours or so in a day, and then stop at rest areas. Since each interstate rest area has caveats to only stop for 8 hours before moving on how does everyone handle this? We're starting to plan for a trip from Washington to Yellowstone next year and really don't want any surprises.....
Seems like with a lot more interstate trucks on the road now a days rest area parking spaces are full or fill up early. Not wanting to start a debate but there are Walmarts along the way that do allow overnight parking. I spend most of the time on the west coast but have kids and grandkids in Maine and in Florida so we cross country every couple of years. I have a large rand McNally map and plot a course across the country and try to alter the route for each trip. I do circle towns at about a 300 mile stretch to start the trip planning.
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I realize your questions is more general practice but your drive to Yellowstone is only about 12 hours per Google Map. So, pushing an 8 hour drive is not really necessary. We usually make our first stop in Spokane. We like the KOA there but there is a Cabellas right on the border. By the time you reach 8 hours you would be in the mountains of Montana. You won't find a Walmart in that stretch but there are rest stops and Forest Service camp grounds.

Our general approach is shorter driving distances, lots of stops and overnight stays where we have at least partial hookups.
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I sent the OP some information, but since it came up again about the dearth of stopping places off 90 as you head into Montana..............

There is a place off Exit 16 when entering Montana on I90. Has a (really cool) gift shop, restaurant, easy in/easy out gas, lots and lots of paved parking.........

and.............

FREE RV parking behind the buildings. They also have FREE electric back there, although I have never used it. But, I have been stopping there for many years. It's quiet, not 100 yard off the main parking (so you aren't back in boonies or something), and has been generally populated by other RVers.

I90, Exit 16, just down the grade from the pass (lookout pass)

I took this picture looking back at the coach as we walked to the restaurant, around late June 2014. You can see the trailer behind me is at one of the poles, so he is plugged in to their free electric.
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One thing with Wal-Marts -- definitely use information to determine if the parking lot will work for you. While many are friendly AND easy, I can think of at least one (in Bend, OR) where the parking lot is very tight with islands and not friendly to longer wheelbases. Settled in it was a fine place to overnight but I lightly bumped my drive wheels a couple of times which I hate to do.

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The Wal-Mart in Flagstaff would be a near impossibility what with the islands and shade covers.
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I've been to the Bend Wal-Mart. Definitely tight. When southbound on 97, we park at the casino a little ways down the road. They have RV area within longer parking in their lot, and roving security, too.

I forget the name of the place just now, darn CRS affliction is rearing up again.
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Folks, this thread is about highway rest stops. Please take WalMart discussion to another thread.

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Any of the rest areas we've used, I haven't seen any such caveats. We've stopped as early as 5PM & as late as 2AM, rarely leaving before 9AM, & have never been approached by any authority saying we've overstayed an 8 hour time limit.

Where have you seen an 8 hour limit?

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WA limits stays in state rest areas to 8 hours or less. They only seem to enforce it if they see something illicit going on though. We had some "lot lizards" living at one and they ran them out.
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Wisconsin has closed all of it's rest area dump stations.
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Oregon closed all theirs, Washington still has theirs open, or at least the ones we're close to do.
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Wisconsin has closed all of it's rest area dump stations.
(Thanks for the "budget cut" governor Scott Walker).
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Those were closed when Mr Walker was still in grammar school. I suspect it had as much to do with inconsiderate RVrs as it did with budget issues. We tried to use the one at the rest stop at the Wisconsin river a couple of times and couldn't, or I wouldn't. Looked like someone had pulled up, opened the black tank valve, without benefit of a sewer hose, then moved on with no attempt to clean it up.
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I'm not one for over federal regulation but I would be in favor of a federal regulation requiring all rest stops on the federal highways to allow one to stay a minimum of 10 hours. They could allow more but not less. Off the federal highway system the state would have control.
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Never saw a timer at a rest stop- stop and go as I please.
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