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Old 03-25-2015, 10:48 PM   #29
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Interesting. Do they request you ask for permission first?
Good question. We always ask and I've never asked my daughter. Will check with her and post, but it'll be a week before I can get up with her. Sorry.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:01 AM   #30
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check allstays.com for info on cg's and wally worlds overnight parking.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:46 AM   #31
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So far, we've only stayed at a couple of Walmarts and can't complain. We have a cross country trip planned this summer and may get to try other options.
Oh, we stayed in a church parking lot one night that was across the street from my daughter's house. We tried to get permission ahead but never got a return call, but the folks were very nice when we explained that we didn't want to stop traffic trying to make the tight backup into my daughter's driveway.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #32
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Our first choice is Wal-Mart, second is truck stops!
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:55 PM   #33
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Favorite overnight - Rest stop, truck stop, Walmart or ...?

We've done a few truck stops, and I think one Cracker Barrel, but when in travel mode we usually do the overnights at Walmart. Never had a problem. Call ahead to verify permission, always go in and track down the Mgr on duty to say thanks, and spend a few bucks. We try for Sam's Clubs as first choice- every store employs 24hr security- but actual convenience is the trump. Two nights with Wally, then stay two at a CG to let us (and the cat) relax. The only exception usually is weather hot/humid enough to require AC. At $3/hr, a free Wally overnight can quickly get more expensive than a CG.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:10 AM   #34
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Thanks for the info on Lowes. Had not thought of them. Have used Walmarts on several occasions where didn't really want to take the time to set up and then in the morning get ready to go. At Walmarts, we put no jacks down and no slides out. Easy in and out. Always get permission and never been told no. If their gas station is big enough to get in and out of with a TOAD, will fill up with gas. However I will seriously consider Lowes in the future if they are near where I need to stop for the night since they have WiFi.
This should be SOP for all of us. I have been through a lot of WM parking lot's on the road. I have seen slides out, jacks down, awning deployed, lawn chairs, carpet, etc....I swear I thought I had stumbled into a KOA. I think this is just asking for the Mgr or owner of the property to stop allowing RV overnights and ruin it for the rest of us.

I tend to shy away from WM's now anyway. My #1 choice when on the road is a Rest Area....yes it's a little noisy at times, but you will never get a trespass warning
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Not all states allow overnight stays at rest areas though.
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Thanks Pigman for the Lowes for overnight parking. We are at one now in Abilene. Did ask for permission and they said to park in the back which is a huge area. The front was small compared to a Walmart and busy with vehicles, so the back is much better. Quiet and do have Wifi.
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We have stayed in rest areas and Flying J's and both were fine.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:10 PM   #38
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WalMart/Sams,Truckstops,and very seldom rest area. We try to never stop much before dark and hit the road at daybreak.
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Hi "TnT", AKA MonkeyClaw
I have included a link to Boondocking Etiquette. Not saying you need it, but reading posts
here, many questions will be answered and this was put together with the co-operation of a number of Businesses and RV Organizations.
As for me, my primarily choice is Truck Stops & Rest Stops for ease of access off of the Interstates. When I stop I want to do what I want/need to do and get going.
All other options listed are Great IMHO, if one needs WiFi, Lowes, HomeDepot, Menards and the others are great. It is just not for me. Now an emergency is another matter; vehicle, weather what ever, It's Any Port In A Storm. Safety is the only deciding factor.
On the other hand if we are not in a hurry (Not using a Interstate) and we need a place to hunker down, all above posts are Great Ideas, & we have used a number of them. If normal travel we will always plan on a camp ground some where.

My opinion on Rest Area's are simple. It's A "Rest Area". Not a Camping, Boondocking, or lets stay here until hell freezes over option. No Over Night Stays means just that. Not that you cannot stop to rest and move on when you are "Rested".

Your Personal Safety First, then is it legal. Use the guidelines in the Boondocking Etiquette Guide, you should find you will always be welcome.

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Old 03-29-2015, 11:28 PM   #41
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Hi "TnT", AKA MonkeyClaw
I have included a link to Boondocking Etiquette. Not saying you need it, but reading posts
here, many questions will be answered and this was put together with the co-operation of a number of Businesses and RV Organizations.
As for me, my primarily choice is Truck Stops & Rest Stops for ease of access off of the Interstates. When I stop I want to do what I want/need to do and get going.
All other options listed are Great IMHO, if one needs WiFi, Lowes, HomeDepot, Menards and the others are great. It is just not for me. Now an emergency is another matter; vehicle, weather what ever, It's Any Port In A Storm. Safety is the only deciding factor.
On the other hand if we are not in a hurry (Not using a Interstate) and we need a place to hunker down, all above posts are Great Ideas, & we have used a number of them. If normal travel we will always plan on a camp ground some where.

My opinion on Rest Area's are simple. It's A "Rest Area". Not a Camping, Boondocking, or lets stay here until hell freezes over option. No Over Night Stays means just that. Not that you cannot stop to rest and move on when you are "Rested".

Your Personal Safety First, then is it legal. Use the guidelines in the Boondocking Etiquette Guide, you should find you will always be welcome.

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We only stop at rest areas to give the dog a little walk, we've stayed in truck stops, only as a last resort. Rest stops are not safe places to be, in my humble opinion. We always stay at KOA's or reputable CG's.
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