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Old 08-24-2008, 09:05 AM   #1
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According to the Ohio Turnpike Comm. web site they have "RV Overnight Parking Areas with drinking water station and holding tank disposal stations."

They are at MM 76, 139 and 197. Anyone here ever use them? How many spaces? What's the cost? Do they fill up early?

I may have been left out of this secret - I had never heard of this before.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:05 AM   #2
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According to the Ohio Turnpike Comm. web site they have "RV Overnight Parking Areas with drinking water station and holding tank disposal stations."

They are at MM 76, 139 and 197. Anyone here ever use them? How many spaces? What's the cost? Do they fill up early?

I may have been left out of this secret - I had never heard of this before.
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The one closest to Indiana, sorry don't know the number, has electric also. I think it was $15 but not sure. It also was a pull-thru and we were there with just two other rigs. It's off by itself so you don't have the truck noise.

I think the others also have electric but aren't pull-thru spaces. I have never seen them full.
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Check the length of the sites too.

When I passed through the Ohio TP in July, I saw the RV area but the sites looked too short for a full sized and and a tow.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RVThere:
Check the length of the sites too.

When I passed through the Ohio TP in July, I saw the RV area but the sites looked too short for a full sized and and a tow. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That was my experience as well, even for smaller to mid-size coaches with toads.
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Use the one @ MM139 westbound a couple times a year..

They are limited to 40' max length. Cost is $15 per night.

Never seen more than three units at a time there.


Don't remember any fresh water tho.
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The sites are $15.00 which you insert into a machine and place the coupon it dispenses in your windshield. The sites have electric. There is a water station and a dump station. The sites are small back-ins. You will have to disconnect your towed vehicle. Each probably has about 15 spaces. The times we stayed there they were about 1/2 full. When traveling and just wanting to stop for sleep it's great.
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Thanks for the replies and info. A full-size pull thru would be nice but I don't mind unhooking the toad if I must.

When heading west we've always used I-76, 70, 74 then 80, mainly to avoid the hassle of Chi-town area construction traffic. Heavy traffic doesn't really bother me - we have driven down the 405 thru Los Angeles - just don't like stopped traffic. In three weeks we're heading to Bemidji, MN so I think I'll give I-80, 294 and 290 a try to Rockford, IL.
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I've recently stayed at the west bound MM77 one. The spaces are pull through, wide and plenty long but sloped. There were several there the night I was there. Some even opened awnings and set out chairs for the evening. Each site was plenty wide to do that. You need $15 cash if you want to use the elec (50 amp)which you insert into a self serve pedestal. You are allowed 24 hours from the time stamped on the ticket. I stopped to look at the area at the WB139 on the same trip. It was more level but back in spaces. The one at the 77 probably had about 20 spots with elec.
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I've stayed at the Portage stop (197 Westbound) twice. We arrived both times at around 10pm and there were only 1 or 2 other people there. Each time I tried to put money in the box to pay and it was out of service with no one inside to give the money to. The spots, all back in, only had 20 amp service so no A/C but it wasn't bad. All are very wide and plenty deep.
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I was just at the Portage (MP197) westbound on 9/5. Actually they have 30 amp service also, just look for the larger electrical box.
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On our recent trip west we stayed at the Portage rest stop. No one else and it was just what we needed. Wide sites with room for the 42' mh and tow next to it. $15 for water and electric. Lots of trucks entering close by, but we slept well. There are about 12 sites.
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Some of the sites have 50Amp. We stay there about 4 times a year. Never full. 15.00 bucks is ok for electric and a nice place to stop over. I think it is cheeper then Wal mart. No place to shop...
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