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Old 07-22-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Hey all. Im looking for places to stop along the way from Chicago to Florida.Or does anyone know if the rest areas a decent place to stay for the night? Havent made this trip before and was looking for input.
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What I usually do........and I can't speak for any particular places to stop at, but have found that I'm best with about 350-450 miles in a days travel. This means 7-8 hours of driving, which gives you time to set up camp for the night, and not have to leave before the sun comes up....though you might like to do that too?

When I know how far I'm gonna get in a day, I start looking on the maps....then check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com to see what is in that area for campgrounds. Not a bad idea to have AAA, and take a look at their Tour Books, to see what attractions you can squeeze into the trip.

Depending on your interests, and those of your family, you'll find quite the variety of things along the way.

Personally, I find that planning the trip is almost (yes, I said, ALMOST) as much fun as the trip itself.

Happy Camping.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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Be like the rest of us and be a walmart camper.just make sure u are out of the way when u park for the night.My DW thought i was a little crazy too for wanting to stay overnight at a WalMart.Hey if u need something its right there,and just keep your area clean and they wont say a thing.Besides the have security that drives around all night.
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Good rest area with dump and sites restricted to RVs only just north of Macon by-pass on I-75 (just south of Forsyth)
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Hey all. Im looking for places to stop along the way from Chicago to Florida.Or does anyone know if the rest areas a decent place to stay for the night? Havent made this trip before and was looking for input.
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for walmart locations that allow rv overnight parking (and some that don't).
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:18 AM   #6
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Question Overnight Stop

Hi all,

Hey Shawn,

Another good overnight stop if you are just looking to get off the road for a few hours of sleep are Cracker Barrel's! And when you wake up you can have a good breakfast !! Before I retired I would do this often on the way from NJ to GA & Fla! Now I do the 2+2+2 travel method, which is drive 200 miles, be off the road by 2PM, and stay over a min. of 2 nights! Hope this helps some and have a great trip!!
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Without knowing your route, perhaps http://www.freecampgrounds.com/
will help with planning. I use I65 most of the way, this avoids the mountainous, and usually quite busy, I75. It's also only 80-90 miles longer for me.
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Hi all,

Hey Shawn,

Another good overnight stop if you are just looking to get off the road for a few hours of sleep are Cracker Barrel's! And when you wake up you can have a good breakfast !! Before I retired I would do this often on the way from NJ to GA & Fla! Now I do the 2+2+2 travel method, which is drive 200 miles, be off the road by 2PM, and stay over a min. of 2 nights! Hope this helps some and have a great trip!!
last time I checked Cracker Barrel doesn't encourage overnight parking.
In fact they discourage it.
Flying J is the way to go; I've been doing it for years; you just got to love trucks.
overnight for campers is seperate from the truck parking.
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Also pick up the book 'The Next Exit' at any truck stop. Will tell you what businesses and gas stations and Wal Marts are at every interstate exit.

Beware that some Wal Marts are NOT right by the off ramp and you may find yourself in a questionable part of town very late at night.
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