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Old 03-30-2015, 09:33 AM   #43
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:42 PM   #44
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:13 PM   #45
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i like walmart and lowes-homedepot big open parking lots that and made for 18 wheelers to navigate
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:03 AM   #46
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If we are traveling to Texas to see the daughter, son in law and grandson, we drive until about 10 p.m. and then call it a night. We stay (in no particular order) at:
Flying J travel centers - they have separate RV parking at most travel centers, you are away from the trucks and on the same side as the RV sanitary dump (small fee to use). You can get a good meal, snacks, and even a hot shower (again, for a small fee, you do not have to be a professional trucker to use the showers)
Cracker Barrel- Again, RV parking clearly marked, good for breakfast early and getting back on the road
Walmart- never been refused permission to park for a few hours of rest at a Walmart. Asking permission of the manager while you are in the checkout with a basket of supplies, groceries, and a rotisserie chicken probably helps
Interstate highway rest areas- again, not overnight, four to five hours maximum. One of our favorite areas is the Butte La Rose rest area on Interstate 10 in Louisiana. Texas rest areas even have wi-fi.

We never put out the slide, put down the jacks or open the awning. We may run the generator for air conditioning if it is really warm, usually just opening the roof vents and turning the fans on does the trick.

When we get to our destination we usually stay in military FAMCAMPS. We like the one at Lackland AFB, convenient to shopping, mass transit and of course being inside the fence, twenty four hour security. A perk of being a retired staff sergeant that I truly appreciate.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:37 AM   #47
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I use these:
In no order of preference as it depends on our travel need:
1. Truck stops (Flying J in particular)
2. Rest Stops
3. Cracker Barrels
3. Casinos
For us the trucks running/idling are white noise. We sleep like babies with a running truck/refer next to us.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:15 AM   #48
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Thanks for the replies everyone! My first choice is usually Flying J for an overnight since they are so RV friendly. Pilot - no so much! They don't have RV lanes, etc. I also have no issue parking among the big rigs with their engines running all night. I don't feel bad about running my gennie if I need to and the white noise helps me sleep. I have yet to have a bad experience at a truck stop.

I haven't tried a Cracker Barrel yet (either over night or eating). I'll have to keep them in mind for the future.

I have to admit, I don't consider over nighting the same thing as boondocking. To me, staying several nights in a parking lot is just parking lot camping or squatting. This is a very different thing than spending the night to get some rest during a long trip. Boondocking is staying in a remote or semi-remote location without any hookups. Boondocking is my favorite method of camping, and it has nothing to do with staying in a Wal Mart (or other) parking lot.
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Other spots.

If you do your homework before hitting the road, many smaller towns say 800-2000 in population have city parks. Many with free camping to get you to visit their town.

Another place are the Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops. I have never been turned away from staying there and some have had 4-5 rigs in there overnight.

Some of them also have RV dump stations on site. The newer ones we stayed at did.

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