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Old 10-31-2011, 10:02 AM   #15
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I avoid the whole rest stop game by overnighting at Cracker Barrels, they are so far very accommodating and we get a good meal too.
Ditto that!
Never been turned out at a Cracker Barrel........
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:07 AM   #16
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When you stay in a rest Stop, do you stay in the truck area or in the car park area?
In Florida they have a seperate area for cars; 18 wheelers; RVs and trucks. I stay in the RV section; most times when the 18 wheel section gets full the 18 wheelers will pull into the RV side.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:26 AM   #17
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Does someone have a list of businesses that permit RV parking?

WalMart
Home Depot
Casinos
etc

I did not know Cracker Barrel would allow RV parking.

Truckers would not normally spend the night... Only an hour or two while RV'ers make camp and with camp comes trash, tank dumps, lawn chairs, etc.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:35 AM   #18
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Most of the Cracker Barrel parking lots I have seen/been to are configured so as to make it very difficult for a big truck to get anywhere near the restaurant, if at all. many do have RV slots, but they are small in comparison. I got the message.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:01 AM   #19
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Most of the Cracker Barrel parking lots I have seen/been to are configured so as to make it very difficult for a big truck to get anywhere near the restaurant, if at all. many do have RV slots, but they are small in comparison. I got the message.
Right? Dont know how people fit an RV in there.. Especially when most of them are PACKED in the morning..
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Most of the Cracker Barrel parking lots I have seen/been to are configured so as to make it very difficult for a big truck to get anywhere near the restaurant, if at all. many do have RV slots, but they are small in comparison. I got the message.
Most commercial parking lots in recent years have mandated requirements which are directed at keeping big trucks and cars separated from each other. Thoses requirements are killers in the north country during snow removal operations.
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Some RVers interpret the presence of marked long-vehicle spaces to mean that overnight RV parking is allowed, but this isn’t always the case. At a 2006 FMCA Rally, an RVer discussed this with a representative of Cracker Barrel’s corporate office, and was told that RVers who would like to park overnight in a Cracker Barrel parking lot should enter the store (or telephone ahead) and ask permission from the store manager. The manager may grant or deny permission, for any of a number of reasons.
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Although some RVers report staying the night at Cracker Barrel Country Stores, the company's policy is that overnight stays are NOT permitted. Parking in the lots during business hours is okay
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Great info and links!
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I avoid the whole rest stop game by overnighting at Cracker Barrels, they are so far very accommodating and we get a good meal too. And its not like there's a shortage of them......more CBs than rest stops, I bet.
And arguing with LEOs never works.
We drove from Co to Or. and back and never saw one Cracker Barrel
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We drove from Co to Or. and back and never saw one Cracker Barrel
Missed that one at Boise, eh?
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Dont know how people fit an RV in there
If people driving cars would learn to respect what marked parking spaces are for there would be no problem!

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I've never been turned away from one and we always go in for something to eat and ask the managers permssion and it's never been a problem. Always enjoy a good breakfast before I head back out on the road!
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sure you weren't in new mexico around albq or rio rancho.
police there pretty much make up laws as they go.

however
rest stops for us are just that, driver has to pee or dog needs a walk.
when its time for night stop we 99% of the time stay at a cg.
sleep overs at cb or wally world only if its emergent, like i get sick or something.

although cb has great food and makes the stop more appealing, we make it a practice to have alternate places set up if we get caught in weirdness that knocks us off a time line to be set up and ready for rest at a cg
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I think I would have stated that I had been driving for x amount of hours and am exhausted and felt that any more driving would put me and anyone else on the road in harms way and would he be ok with taking responsibility in case I got into an accident.
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I never did find out what was said to T R Jones.
Trust me.. I know what was said to T.R. Jones... Be glad you don't.

(I was a civilian employee of the Michigan State Police.. I do admit, I liked getting paid to tell 'em where to go.. but ... Well.. You know that cartoon captioned "Just a little chat with the boss." and the speaker is missing about a quarter of his.. er,, you know what.

That's right close.
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