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Old 01-13-2016, 12:09 PM   #15
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Hi Mopar1973Man,
I agree the idea is to get away from everything...but I'm going from Valley Forge, PA to the Grand Canyon, and don't want to hit a campground every night. Just grabbing a pullout spot like that with the whole family and no power isn't something I can hang with yet as a noob. Not a knock on your method, I'm just not as advanced yet. I'm still on the fence whether I should buy a generator or not for the truck bed.

BTW-If anyone has any tips for a first time long trip like this, call them out. Not too proud to take experienced advice!

Thanks for the replies,
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:41 PM   #16
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There is no problem with you using WalMart. Call ahead and ask permission and for directions on where tp park your rig. We did it all the time in our 5th wheel.
Make some meals and prefreeze, that way those non campground stops are just a heat up on top of the stove
If you have enough battery power you shouldn't need your generator. Pony those kids up to the table and play a game. Enjoy not using the TV.
If you put a generator in the back of your truck then you need to chain it down with a very heavy non cut able cable and make it invisible. We actually carried ours in the bed toolbox. Never used it at a WalMart. Look for a 12v or battery operated fan if you need to be in hot weather. Running your Genny all night to run your A\C for cooling is going to tick some one off
Lock your door, if you sense and issue use your truck alarm on your key fob and if needed dial 911. Do not go outside in this situation

Use your instinct. If you pull in and don't feel 100% comfortable then move on.
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:13 PM   #17
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My avatar is my alarm. His name is Cannon, and I have one of those with me also. I would rather spend 30$ for a spot than deal with Wallmart. The problem with most TT's is that you can't see the TV because there is no front window in the TT. In my area there are some parking lots that are OK and others that are no way.
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Old 01-14-2016, 05:32 AM   #18
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My avatar is my alarm. His name is Cannon, and I have one of those with me also. I would rather spend 30$ for a spot than deal with Wallmart. The problem with most TT's is that you can't see the TV because there is no front window in the TT. In my area there are some parking lots that are OK and others that are no way.
You may be correct. .
my Coachmen 29FKCS has front kitchen.. and a large FRONT window.. so truck is always in sight.
and Key reason I purchased this one..
Wife can look out.. and do dishes or cook... people walking by.. cars passing.. kids playing.

in fact this trailer has many windows.. so viewing is almost 360 degrees...
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:17 AM   #19
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Don't rule out casinos. We have used them several times for overnight stays. They usually have overnight parking for RVs. Some casinos have campgrounds on or near the casino at a discounted rate. They want you to lose your money inside. On the plus side also most have restaurants or buffet so cooking can be at a minimum. I use the following sites.

Casino Camper - Home

Casino Campgrounds.com Home Page

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I'm nevered worried. Have my Rottie in tow. My lab just licks strangers 😁
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:37 PM   #21
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I like Cracker Barrel ... they have a map showing all locations.... I try to plan accordingly


park in rear of lot.. place closes at 10 pm... opens at 6...
little noise.. lighted lot.


Wal-Mart if needed. Plan "B".


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+1 on Cracker Barrel. I wouldn't feel comfortable dragging the generator out in their parking lot but dry camping worked fine. Plus.. breakfast is THERE.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:22 PM   #22
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I like Cracker Barrel ... they have a map showing all locations.... I try to plan accordingly
park in rear of lot.. place closes at 10 pm... opens at 6...
little noise.. lighted lot.
Wal-Mart if needed. Plan "B".
all RV's are welcome...
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Cracker Barrel worked for me on occasion back when I drove a 21' Class C.
However since '01 I've yet to find a Cracker Barrel parking lot with:
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3.) RV parking long enough for my Class A, with toad.
2.) Designated RV spots not filled with cars.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:27 PM   #23
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Cracker Barrel worked for me on occasion back when I drove a 21' Class C.
However since '01 I've yet to find a Cracker Barrel parking lot with:
1.) Easy access to RV spots
3.) RV parking long enough for my Class A, with toad.
2.) Designated RV spots not filled with cars.
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Same here and I have a Class C with toad. They also have the dumpsters back there, can't block them.
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We tried staying overnight and not unhooking once...and only once. We didn't put the jacks down or anything... it was like staying in a bouncy house. Forget it! I would never feel safe not having quick/easy access to move out in a hurry. Just the thought of having to run outside, start the truck etc...
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You can deploy the stabilizers without unhooking, you just can't level fore and aft without unhooking.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:06 PM   #26
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Check into the various Federal, State, county, and city campgrounds. You may not have full hookups, but you will generally have much more pleasant surroundings.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:46 PM   #27
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i would def. make walmart a "plan B" but if you talk to the manger and let them know they wont have a problem. when i was out on the road workin me and my boss shared a camper and he bought one of the good sam memberships for like $25 and walmart manager told us we could stay a maxium of 2 weeks at a time (not our plans for sure!). it may not be the greatest but its a place to lay your head and they have designated cameras to reach the far ends of the parking lots.
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We are still constrained by the grandson in school so a trip is get there quick, stay and get back. Wal*Marts are usually easy to find and near the freeway. Haven't found a Cracker Barrel that we can fit into with a 45' MH towing a Honda Odyssey. The towbar has locks on every removable piece so things won't get "misplaced" in the middle of the night.
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