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Old 06-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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Parking at restaurants or when shopping

K, we are on day one of a two week trip. I know it isn't gonna be possible to always fine an RV friendly restaurant while traveling but what is one to do?

What if we need something from a WalMart or another store?

Is it ok to park "out back" and take up 5 or 6 spots if there are no RV specific parking?

I just want to be educated so I don't end as a story on the forums

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Old 06-24-2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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I can't say what others do but for myself I generally do 1 of the following.

In malls and such with large parking lots, in most cases, there are always parts of the lot that are farther away from the stores with plenty of space. I park where I am likely to cause the least inconvenience and where I know I will be able to extricate myself from easily when I need to. @ 37 feet, I generally take up 2 spots end to end.

In smaller communities, I will often find street parking sufficient to my needs and will use it.

On occasion, when it works, I will also sometimes use places where truckers tend to pull over. This is most often just off the highways, near fast food places and little strip malls.

It sometimes takes a little looking and occasionally , if it doesn't seem feasible, then I move on to somewhere else. So far, I haven't had any issues.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:13 AM   #3
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Good post. With the recent purchase of our very first MH I had wondered the same thing. I sort of figured I would do as #2 has suggested. I also thought that when driving through a small town that I'd like to explore, I would do a "drive through" first trying to survey where exactly would be a good place to park and leave myself an out. Then I would pick the one closest to where we would like to shop/eat whatever.
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I thought most folks bought RV's to use a fully functional mobile homes when on the road. I'm wondering why finding a restrurant parking lot to fit a motorhome while going down the road is important? We eat in our motorhome when on the road traveling and eat out occasionally when we're parked 'long term" as we have the toad available to us.
I understand needing parking when shopping and it should not be an issue. Very few grocery stores or mall parking lots restrict motorhomes/large RV's so as long as you park out, away from the heavy traffic in the lot, you should be just fine.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:32 AM   #5
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I'm wondering why finding a restrurant parking lot to fit a motorhome while going down the road is important?
The OP also mentioned shopping. There are many reasons why someone might want to stop at other than a CG, including restaurants. Although we are self-sufficient in our rig, we also enjoy some of the food shows on TV and there are several places featured on DDD that we will stop at if we are ever near them.

I also want to revisit the Shiner brewery, it was tight getting a 31' class C there, now that we are in a class A, I am going to have to get creative to get there.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:33 AM   #6
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"Our is not to reason why.....". We, pull into parking lots for a multitude of reasons; so this is a good question.

Here is what we have found:

Most lots have spaces. Almost always far away from the entrances, and if you are going to take up as many as six spaces, then you should not take up the most convenient ones anyway.

You should be able to determine your way out before you go into a parking lot. Before you commit watch how other vehicles are getting out. Same is true of filling stations.

Not only will you take up space for your rig but you must park so no one will block your exit in front. Most of the time one of us will stay with our MH just for this reason.

With a car in tow you cannot back up, so plan ahead.
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"Our is not to reason why.....". We, pull into parking lots for a multitude of reasons; so this is a good question.

Here is what we have found:

Most lots have spaces. Almost always far away from the entrances, and if you are going to take up as many as six spaces, then you should not take up the most convenient ones anyway.

You should be able to determine your way out before you go into a parking lot. Before you commit watch how other vehicles are getting out. Same is true of filling stations.

Not only will you take up space for your rig but you must park so no one will block your exit in front. Most of the time one of us will stay with our MH just for this reason.

With a car in tow you cannot back up, so plan ahead.
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my mind wanders, so i guess we can go just about anywhere!
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my mind wanders, so i guess we can go just about anywhere!
Who is it on here that has the signature line
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my mind wanders, so i guess we can go just about anywhere!
Too funny!! Ain't that the truth. My wife says I drive the way I think, which is basically erratic!
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When parking in a restaurant, store or mall lot, we always try to situate the RV so that the entry door is facing the restaurant, store, etc. Might make it a little more intimidating to a potential burglar.
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I would add that parking "out Back" is generally where deliveries are made and the place where you might be in someones way and someone might call to have you towed. Out front is always the best and not blocking or getting yourself blocked in.
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If we get to a parking lot that has spaces that face each other we drive through (vertical if you will) and occupy two spaces vice parking horizontal and taking up 5 spaces. It's rude to do that anyway.
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