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Old 07-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #15
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Manuel B.....It sounds like you actually scored at the RV presentation.

DavDeb1.....Speaking of scoring.....you're right, lots of characters at the truck stops. You might even be able to explain to Deb why the hooker kept knocking on your door or following you around.

Since the economy took a dive, one of the things I've seen in a few states is the combination of Truck Stops/Rest Areas. Some of the states are advertising Rest Areas and when you arrive it's a truck stop with some crappy area in the back for you to "Rest"......someone should be smacked for this idea or the legislators in the state should be required to spend some time there.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:54 PM   #16
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Unless you need clothing or pharmacy stuff, my thoughts are to Travel centers, Pilot, or Flying Jay. Also other similar places.

JMHO
On the east coast we find a lot more Wal*Marts than the truck stops you mention. We've stayed at both. We found Wal*Marts to be quieter at night than the truck stops. Both are well lit and safe to stay at. We like WM better because we run in and pick stuff up for for dinner - inexpensively. And we walk around the store for some much needed exercise after sitting for hours. Both are good places to spend the night.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:56 PM   #17
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...What is the big deal staying at Walmart? ... my thoughts are to Travel centers, Pilot, or Flying Jay. Also other similar places...
I stay in Sam's Club lots as my first choice. Even in places where Wal-mart does not allow overnight parking, I have found that Sam's Club will welcome me and since I have a business membership, I get early hours free coffee & danishes. I have not found one yet that I didn't feel safe in.

I stay in Wal-mart, K-Mart, Tractor Supply, Home Depot & Lowes parking lots as well, IF I feel safe there. I once stayed in a Wal-mart parking lot once in AL for 3 days. I was not feeling well at all. Seems I had the flu hit me really fast and could not make it to the sate park I was headed for. I bought several bottles of ginger ale from them. They were very nice about the stay and security only checked on me if the lights were on. Manager said if I needed help to use my emergency flashers as security would keep an eye on the RV both via cameras and patrol.

I stay in Cracker Barrel parking lots IF I feel safe there, eating supper & breakfast there.

I stay in rest areas IF I feel safe there.

I stay in various truck stops, IF I feel safe there. I ask where they want me to park and park where they tell me. I eat supper & breakfast there.

I ALWAYS ask permission to park and where they would like me to park. I ALWAYS ask about generator use. And I wear my 3M ear plugs I buy at Home Depot or Lowes. I also set my security system that has a siren loud enough to wake the dead. If I do not feel safe, then I do not stay. Every 3 or 4 days, I pull into a low priced campground, dump waste tanks/take on water. Sometimes I stay overnight, sometimes I stay a few day. Depends on how I feel.

Staying in the various parking lots offsets my campground/RV Park costs. My budget is $15 per night. Monthly rentals in private parks helps with that. I get to an area and stay there for a while. Not less than 1 month, not more than 1 year. I pick places to stay that will allow me to use it as a base to explore the surrounding area. I have a low priced Chinese gas touring scooter for transportation. It's my 2nd one... first one was stolen right off the RV while parked in front of a friends house in a "nice" neighborhood. I know it was a nice neighborhood where stuff like that never happens. All the neighbors told me so. It's why I have a CHEAP scooter and a better(?) chain with two different types of locks.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:06 PM   #18
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Manual B, we have done something similar a few times. Free camping to listen to their sales pitch. Also included were free meals, of various quality, and fairly nice gifts. We never bought anything but for the most part we had a good time and other than our tme, it was free. We have stayed at a few rest areas with varying degrees of sucess as far as noise went but have never tried the truch stops as the noise can be extreme. Never stayed at a Walmart, but would if needed as most appear pretty safe and most allow parking overnight and that is a good thing.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:01 AM   #19
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See the Walmart thread is almost the biggest one. What is the big deal staying at Walmart? Big Deal, it's free. My contention is that there are much better free places.

Unless you need clothing or pharmacy stuff, my thoughts are to Travel centers, Pilot, or Flying Jay. Also other similar places.

Here is my argument: You can get fuel, a shower, washrooms, meals, some have dump stations, FREE PARKING, a bunch of like minded road warriors.
The best part is, you don't have to ask the manager, you can run your Genny all you want, and when you just need to rest, you don't have to look hard to find them. Just look for the lights or signs.

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Well, have stayed at all the above at one time or another

Wal-Mart is often quieter, Pilot does not have segragated RV parking so you get diesel fumes, Fllying-J usually does, but .. Well, it is very noisy. Still I like them for a shower on occasion (or I can just use the on-board shower).

I have a couple of other reaosns for liking the J too.

But they are noisy.

Another place to consider is Lowes (A relative of Wal-Mart) or Home Depot, Generally they are quieter, AND... Offer "Free Wi-Fi" for their customer's use. Since a good portion of the things I"ve added or done to this RV involved visits to one or the other of those, .. I don't feel bad using their bandwidth. And they are quieter than the Wal-Mart.

No lot security (For what ti's worth) though.

And many Wal-Marts have fuel (Murphy USA) as well. HINT on Murphy.

Visit the store first, Get a Wal-Mart fift card, Fill it up at any cashier or the service desk.. Then visit the pump and feed it the card, Watch the price go down, normally 3 cents, but last winter they took 10 cents off.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:41 AM   #20
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Hey Richard, instead of re-listing them, perhaps you could just attach your link to the thread for us to see.

Ask and Ye shall receive! A good thread for people that want to know where many RVer's stay for a free or cheap overnight while on the road.

Overnighting Other than Wal-Mart

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:06 PM   #21
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We bought gas at a small gas station in the middle of nowhere in the California desert area, we were both tired so I asked the guy if we could take a nap, he said sure, just pull around to the back where it'll be quieter, we hadn't even gotten comfy when there was a knock on our door.
A guy was inviting us to stay at their RV resort for free if we would listen to a short membership pitch the next day, he offered us a bunch of freebies so we followed him to the place, it was new, but real ugly, no trees or grass, a dried up creek, they showed a movie that night, and had a muchie table set out, we wandered around then went to bed, the sales pitch was horrible, like those timeshare salemen, pushy and way too long, it finally ended and as we were led into private rooms where I guess the real pressure would come the guy was going to ring a bell meaning we were going buy, I told him if he did I would tell everybody in the room that he was faking it, it took us forever to get our freebies and they tried to weasel out of part of it, I told them the truth, I would never pay to stay in such an ugly place, the cost to buy was $5,999.
We did get our well earned goodies, a $100. gas card, two Coleman sleeping bags, a teensy pair of diamond earings, a $25. Camping World gift card, and a little 8" ac/dc black & white tv.
I would rather have not dealt with any of that nonsense. Just let us turn in for the night and leave us alone. These people are professionals. A friend of mine and his wife went through a similar experience. He said towards the end, when it was apparent that they weren't showing any interest in the time share, it got pretty ugly. But, like yourself, he & his wife prevailed. They got their "free gifts" and went on their way. Glad it worked out for you.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #22
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Just my 2cw

I have used them all and I guess I am just a little looser than most as truck noise usually doesn't bother me, trains on the other hand can annoy the heck out of me-go figure

Do what ever makes you happy! I feel safer at a truck stop where I can park near other RV'rs and walk my dog, shop at the truckers store and or get a meal at the restaurant if I want. Walmart is okay and great to shop and get a few hours Z's then off I go. Casino's are good too, some have nice restaurants and a few have hook-ups. Rest stops are at the bottom of my list as I feel vulnerable at some of them but sometimes you need a nap and a potty break for me and the dog, I always use my on board potty but the dog needs some grass or dirt. I always carry pepper spray, never had to use it - thank goodness
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I stay in Cracker Barrel parking lots IF I feel safe there, eating supper & breakfast there.
Time2Leave, if you are using Cracker Barrel for overnight stays after eating supper, does that mean that you are taking up one of the few spaces allocated for RV's to park overnight in while meals are still being served?

If you are returning to your RV after supper and continue to occupy the RV space during business hours, you are doing a dis-service to your fellow RVer's. If this is not your practice, I apologize in advance. If this is your practice, then I urge you to vacate the space as soon as you are through with supper and allow other RVer's to use the space while they use the restaurant facilities to eat.

It really is aggravating when I want to eat at Cracker Barrel and find all of the spaces occupied, especially if one is being used for an overnight stay after they have eaten and are settled in for the night.
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I have done the same thing many times and suspect that many others have also. If I vacated my RV spot after dinner, then quite possibly another overnight RV'er would come and take that spot. I would suggest decoupling your toad and taking 2 spots (10' by 20') end to end. We always ask first and the manager has never mentioned this. We always wave at the manager on the way back into dinner.
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I have done the same thing many times and suspect that many others have also. If I vacated my RV spot after dinner, then quite possibly another overnight RV'er would come and take that spot. I would suggest decoupling your toad and taking 2 spots (10' by 20') end to end. We always ask first and the manager has never mentioned this. We always wave at the manager on the way back into dinner.

Lindsay, I may not fully understand your post. Are you supporting he occupation of a parking space during business hours for overnight purposes? By decoupling and occupying 2 spaces, is this suggested for overnight stays, or just to eat supper? If just to eat supper, there are many other places I would prefer to eat at if I were to decouple just for supper. I eat at Cracker Barrel for the convenience of parking my rig. They do serve adequate meals, but are not my favorite. Parking convenience is a big plus in my choosing them.

I mean no disrespect to you with my comments, just clarification.

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I am suggesting that I see no need for RV'ers not to park overnight in the spaces provided by Cracker Barrel if you ask first. You are assuming that the spaces are there only for RV'ers wishing to eat and run. I think they are there for both of us.... Overnighters and eat and run. If you get to Cracker Barrel and the RV spots are taken, you can go elsewhere or decouple and take 2 end to end spaces (Class A or C). I have gone to Cracker Barrel with the intention of eating dinner spending the night and eating breakfast and possibly renting a Book on Tape. The RV spots were all taken probably by eat and run RV'ers and they lost my business. There are two sides to most situations. What really frost me is when a car is parked in an RV spot.
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Lindsay, thanks for the clarification.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:21 AM   #28
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I have stopped at Cracker Barrel several times over the years while traveling by car. I usually travel between Ohio and Florida, and have can't remember seeing one with a parking lot. Ig enough for my RV. Of course, that was before I had an RV. But the parking lot at the one near my home would never accommodate an RV. I guess they are all different. Now, Waffle house is a different story. One of the things I love about traveling is going to Waffle House for breakfast. I have already resigned myself to stopping that practice since I have never seen a Waffle House that would accommodate any RV. Oh well...
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