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Old 05-02-2016, 07:36 AM   #1
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Overnight parking

I will be traveling the NY Thruway - interstate 90 - and was wondering if anyone has parked overnight at one of the service plazas. Just looking for a 6-7 hour stop over on our way to Michigan and really dont want to go out of my way to find a campground.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:32 AM   #2
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Not sure if you intend to stay on 80/90 but this may help if you do.


From Indiana to Pennsylvania:

Tiffin River (MP 20.8)*
Wyandot (MP 76.9)*
Commodore Perry (MP 100.0)
Vermilion Valley (MP 139.5)*
Towpath (MP 170.1)
Brady’s Leap (MP 197.0)*
Glacier Hills (MP 237.2) Westbound Service Plazas
From Pennsylvania to Indiana:

Mahoning Valley (MP 237.2)
Portage (MP 197.0)*
Great Lakes (MP 170.1)
Middle Ridge (MP 139.5)*
Erie Islands (MP 100.0)
Blue Heron (MP 76.9)*
Indian Meadow (MP 20.8)*

Sorry, I have no personal experience staying at any of the above.
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Any input as far as "resting spots" going further west (I-80) west of Chicago. From Ohio I-80 to I-29 to I-90. Looking for spots (rest areas / Wally-docking) on our way to Alaska later this month.

Was also thinking about heading further North after Chicago staying on I-90 till we get to Sweetgrass MT. (I-15) to enter Canada.

I know one thing is, we will travel on the weekend to get past all the truck traffic in and around Chicago. `
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Guess I should have mentioned I will be starting my trip from the Boston area to Michigan . Only will be traveling The Thruway from Albany NY to the Buffalo NY area.
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Guess I should have mentioned I will be starting my trip from the Boston area to Michigan . Only will be traveling The Thruway from Albany NY to the Buffalo NY area.
The Thruway rest areas have ample parking for a RV.
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I run that route from central NH - you should be able to make Buffalo area in a day. There's a Flying J truckstop at Exit 48A, I-90 in Pembroke, NY with RV lanes - they are RV friendly - good place to stop. ST
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Any input as far as "resting spots" going further west (I-80) west of Chicago. From Ohio I-80 to I-29 to I-90. Looking for spots (rest areas / Wally-docking) on our way to Alaska later this month.

Was also thinking about heading further North after Chicago staying on I-90 till we get to Sweetgrass MT. (I-15) to enter Canada.

I know one thing is, we will travel on the weekend to get past all the truck traffic in and around Chicago. `

The only way to miss the traffic (truck & other) is to not go thru Chicago. Been thru there at all hours and different days. Always a mess.

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For camping along the interstates, here's a good site:

RV Parks along I-90 - Roadnow

Also, city parks in North Dakota and South Dakota and many other states have nice facilities.

https://freecampsites.net/#!South+Dakota&query=region
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All of the Thruway travel plazas have RV parking but the link to their site says for no more than 4 hours. These are the areas that have food/fuel/services and can be quite busy.


http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/...zas/index.html


There are additional rest areas that offer up to 24 hour parking.


http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/...restareas.html
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I know one thing is, we will travel on the weekend to get past all the truck traffic in and around Chicago. `

No need for special precautions going by Chicago. Don't even try to go up through Chicago proper. Just stay on I-80 westbound. Unless you hit it right at rush hour you may find a little thick traffic going from Gary to Joliet, but nothing horrendous. Last few times all I've had to do was slow to about 40.

Once you're past metro Chicago you have several options for cutting north to I-90, all of them good road with little traffic, and some will give you a good taste of farm country: LaSalle / I-39 to Rockford; Iowa City/ I-380 & US218 to Austin MN; DesMoines/. I-35 to Albert Lea; Omaha/. I-29 to Sioux Falls.


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I intend to do exactly what JFXG suggests regarding I-80.
But I wonder how many toll booth stops are required and if I should purchase an EZ Pass (or equivalent) to reduce the stress involved.
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I intend to do exactly what JFXG suggests regarding I-80.
But I wonder how many toll booth stops are required and if I should purchase an EZ Pass (or equivalent) to reduce the stress involved.
For the NY section you will hit a barrier either side of Buffalo plus the one where you get on and the PA state line. The section around Buffalo is free.

You also want to check the Thruway web site and let them know your transponder is on an RV, not a truck. The rate is significantly cheaper.
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The only way to miss the traffic (truck & other) is to not go thru Chicago. Been thru there at all hours and different days. Always a mess.

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Once you're past metro Chicago you have several options for cutting north to I-90, all of them good road with little traffic, and some will give you a good taste of farm country: LaSalle / I-39 to Rockford; Iowa City/ I-380 & US218 to Austin MN; DesMoines/. I-35 to Albert Lea; Omaha/. I-29 to Sioux Falls.
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If the number of hills make any difference to travelers ... there are lots of hills on I-80 from Grinnell to Council Bluffs ... not steep hills but large hills to go up and down ... {the drainage valleys in that part of Iowa are north/south and the road is east/west} ... and there are lots of trucks on I-80 from Chicago to Omaha.

A less hilly route is north on I-380 ... west on US 20 ... north on I-35 and west on I-90 .... this is all four lane divided highway ... this will also be much easier driving because of significantly less traffic (particularly trucks)
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