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Old 06-30-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Better than Walmart

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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Davdeb1......Maybe you're trying to start a new thread to set another length record! I'll be one of your first responses. The trouble with the truck stop......is TRUCKS! They're driving in and out all night and idling. The majority of truckers feel that rest stops and truck fueling stations are only for them and RVers are a nuisance. I don't want to smell diesel all night from idling trucks.

As for showers, washrooms and meals....tha's why I have an RV. I have NO interest in showering or using a wash room at a truck stop. Their food is hit and miss. I don't seek out Walmarts, but once a year or so we stay at one. If we must overnite somewhere, we stay at an Elks Lodge or a large industrial complex.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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There are so many more free places to stay for one night that a truck stop is one of the last places I will choose.

I do not seek out Wal-Marts either but will use them if convenient and I need a place to stay. However, I really prefer to stay at hotel and motel parking lots so I can use their free Internet connections. I also like to use Camping World as the last one I was at in the Panhandle of Florida had free electric and water too. Some of the shopping centers in the northern part of the country and Canada will have 20 amp electric poles for winter use and I have used those places too. It's enough to keep the Samsung fridge going without having my generator wake us up halfway through the night.

I had listed in another thread all of the different free places that I will stay for one night so I will not list them again here.

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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Like others a truck stop would be my last choice for all the reasons already stated. Why Walmart? They are simply convenient. Many are located close to to highways. If I need any supplies I can easily pick them up a reasonable price. They are generally well lit and with little after hours traffic. In short they are a known item with some 4000 locations across the country.
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We have stayed in truck stops many times and like others, it is one of my last choices. Truckers generally do not like RV'ers. Not sure of the reason, but probably has to do with us driving slowly. I had one at a Flying J park so close to us that I could not open my coach door all the way. I'll chose Wal-Mart every time.
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I tried parking in a flying j I stayed for about 10minutes it was so loud you could not sleep, so I just kept on driving.
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Better than Wal-Mart you ask - I like the easy to find, under $25, camp grounds. Two decent ones I use often along I-95 are RVacation (NC exit 98) and my favorite RV Resort at Crossroads is $25 after 6PM (NC exit 171).
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The nice thing about Wal-Mart is the easy in easy out. Buy groceries, gas, supplies, walk to dinner frequently and it saves you about an hour in driving to and setting up. We frequently don't even decouple the toad. It's like getting another hour in the day. When you are spending $200 a day in gas, time is more important than the money. There is also the fact of consistency of Wal-Marts.
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I say 'do whatever tickles your fancy' because thats what this lifestyle is all about, it doesnt have to be 'cookie cutter'. Whatever works for me is the best thing going, I'm not out there to worry about or follow what you are doing or for that matter try to change what you are doing and that whats makes RV'ing so great. So, get on out there and do what you like !
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Davdeb1......Maybe you're trying to start a new thread to set another length record! I'll be one of your first responses. The trouble with the truck stop......is TRUCKS! They're driving in and out all night and idling. The majority of truckers feel that rest stops and truck fueling stations are only for them and RVers are a nuisance. I don't want to smell diesel all night from idling trucks.

As for showers, washrooms and meals....tha's why I have an RV. I have NO interest in showering or using a wash room at a truck stop. Their food is hit and miss. I don't seek out Walmarts, but once a year or so we stay at one. If we must overnite somewhere, we stay at an Elks Lodge or a large industrial complex.
Actually, I will admit I have never stayed at a Walmart or a truck stop. I've stayed at campgrounds, and one Casino. It had struck me the times I have fueled up at one of the Truck stops, that they were amazing places with lots of variety in food, and drink. Also, lots of colorful characters coming and going, and of course free WIFI.

I always try and read the Walmart thread whenever it updates, and the Walmarts don't seem anywhere near as entertaining as the trucks stops. I was mainly questioning why Walmart was preferred over the truck stops.
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There are so many more free places to stay for one night that a truck stop is one of the last places I will choose.

I do not seek out Wal-Marts either but will use them if convenient and I need a place to stay. However, I really prefer to stay at hotel and motel parking lots so I can use their free Internet connections. I also like to use Camping World as the last one I was at in the Panhandle of Florida had free electric and water too. Some of the shopping centers in the northern part of the country and Canada will have 20 amp electric poles for winter use and I have used those places too. It's enough to keep the Samsung fridge going without having my generator wake us up halfway through the night.

I had listed in another thread all of the different free places that I will stay for one night so I will not list them again here.

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Hey Richard, instead of relisting them, perhaps you could just attach your link to the thread for us to see.
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Staying at Flying J is a little nicer if you can park in the RV lot instead of the truck lot. You may catch some flack if you run the generator in that lot though.

The problem is they are often full or some FJs don't have an RV lot. We have used the truck lots a couple of times and since all the trucks are idling we have no problem running the generator all night if needed. Then you can have the A/C on and not notice the noise outside.

If the truck lot is near full we move on since the truckers are working and have to stop for rest so we won't take their spots.
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I agree. We recently returned from a trip to the Mid-West and all but one night on the road was spent at P/FJ along the way. All along I-40 and I-44 the P/FJ stops we used had dedicated RV pumps/dumps and didn't have to worry about Reefers or Big Rigs running their Gens all night. In each case the RV area had the buildings and such between our area and the Big-Rig parking.
At one stop we had a rig pull in close to us with the Gen running. We just moved to a different spot and spent the night in quiet solitude.
Not one night at WallyWorld. Have been there in times past, but not this trip.
P/FJ doesn't have the best fuel prices, but how much do you spend driving around away from the Interstate looking to save a few pennies a gal?
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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.
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