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Old 04-19-2014, 10:06 PM   #15
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At Interstate rest stops, can we put a slide out? I checked with the local guard, and she didn't have a clue. Thanks, John
Of course you can put a slide out during your stay. If there is RV-size parking, so much the better. Just abide by the length-of-stay rules. The odds of somebody hitting your slide out is very slim as well. Use your RV.

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Old 04-19-2014, 10:32 PM   #16
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New York states that four hours is the max but I've stayed overnight (6-8 hours) at a few and never had a problem.
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Of course you can put a slide out during your stay. If there is RV-size parking, so much the better. Just abide by the length-of-stay rules. The odds of somebody hitting your slide out is very slim as well. Use your RV.

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That may be true, but why take up more than one parking space? There may be many other tired travelers, too. I say keep the slides in.
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Most of the rest areas I pull in to you park in the semi area and the lanes aren't wide enough for slides without taking up another lane. If you are traveling through Mississippi on I-55 some of the rest areas have five or six sites you can back into like a campground.


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Is there some kind of website that details by state if you can overnight in a rest stop?

I'd like to have that info for use in a pinch vs driving from one rest stop to another observing if they have "no overnight" signs.
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I would not do it and never do. I'd be afraid of a truck clipping my slideout.

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I don't and won't.

Other than the potential for a truck (driven by a tired driver) clipping it, I would think that it might be viewed as a big flag by somebody looking to enforce "no overnight" rules?
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Is there some kind of website that details by state if you can overnight in a rest stop?
From earlier in the thread: States permitting overnight parking at Rest Stops.
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Is there some kind of website that details by state if you can overnight in a rest stop?

I'd like to have that info for use in a pinch vs driving from one rest stop to another observing if they have "no overnight" signs.
Last year we didn't plan well and ended up staying overnight at a Mississippi Welcome Station. We were exhausted and it was dark, so we stopped to eat a sandwich and then decided to lie down for a few hours. We agreed that if the security guard knocked and asked us to leave, we'd just head on down the road. Luckily no one bothered us and when we departed around 5 a.m., we were surrounded by semis and other RVs. If you are tired and feel it's unsafe to continue, I don't believe anyone is going to force you to leave.
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Do what all the time? Open your slides in rest areas?
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Last year we didn't plan well and ended up staying overnight at a Mississippi Welcome Station. We were exhausted and it was dark, so we stopped to eat a sandwich and then decided to lie down for a few hours. We agreed that if the security guard knocked and asked us to leave, we'd just head on down the road. Luckily no one bothered us and when we departed around 5 a.m., we were surrounded by semis and other RVs. If you are tired and feel it's unsafe to continue, I don't believe anyone is going to force you to leave.
My thought exactly. Logically, they're called "rest areas" areas for a reason.
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My thought exactly. Logically, they're called "rest areas" areas for a reason.
Good point. Honestly, we never thought we'd be overnighting in a rest area, but we'd had problems with our jacks and got off schedule...so it just worked out that way. We would not plan rest area sleep overs, but sometimes "stuff happens." I think one thing for everyone to remember is that they are REST areas, not CAMPING areas.
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OK, this is how we got around some issues. We use the last parking spot on our drivers side. Sometimes we find one, sometimes we don't. This way no one can hit us, on our bedroom slide, dining rm slide. I've asked at rest stops about this and was told No Problem. I also have a dis tag on our jeep, so I can use the dis parking spot, if they provide them. And we don't Camp, just overnight when we're really tired.
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