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Old 10-14-2013, 11:00 AM   #15
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I look for an RV campground near our planned stop. I'd rather not re surrounded with idling trucks and people coming and going.

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Old 10-14-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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I know the OP is in the East but in the West, Indian Casinos are very nice, usually free, and you can get something to eat or not, and gamble or not
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #17
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pat and I have been 1/2 timing for the last eight years and have used both WM and truck stops between destinations as a quick overnite without having to unhook the car. we both prefer WM as to this point as the safest place to stay. I don't trust rest stops, to much in and out and you never know who pulls up next to you Walmart has cameras everywhere . please always ask and don't camp.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #18
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Wal-Mart has cameras.

1. Are they monitored 24/7?
2. Or do they simply record issues so the cops can investigate AFTER the event?

I suggest:

1. No
2. Yes
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:02 PM   #19
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I have encountered a few rest areas that were great to stay overnight without a lot of engine and traffic noise to keep you awake.

I have also stayed in rest areas where I have only gotten 2 hours of sleep because of the truckers diesel engines idling on both sides of me.

I will take a Walmart over a noisy rest area but it's all a crap shoot.

There are many places to stay free around the country. Use you imagination and if possible always ask permission first.

One of my favorites are church parking lots. Really quiet and serene.

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Old 10-14-2013, 12:07 PM   #20
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Alabama doesn't allow overnight parking in rest areas just for your info. You should make it to MS at least I would think.
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We have only stayed in a supermarket parking lot once, the result of poor planning. It was late in the day, the local cg was full and I was too tired to go on. We didn't unhook, just crawled into bed and crashed for a few hours. It was o.k for an emergency but we don't make a habit of it. No chance to pull out the chairs, pour a beverage and relax. I have pulled into rest stops in my younger single days but almost always pulled out very early because of the noise from big rigs.
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I drive big rigs for a living and am so used to idling trucks and reefer vans that the quiet keeps me awake...LOL
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17 states; 58 days; 4521 miles

Just completed a 58 day trip from Florida to U.P and back. Followed Great River Rd several hundred miles coming home.

Parked / camped nights:
1 - Cracker Barrel
1 - Church
4 - Walmart
5 - Family driveway
9 - Casino parking lot
17 - Campground (commercial, city, state)
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Back when I belonged to The Elks you could usually stay a night or two in an Elks Lodge parking lot all across the country.
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My thought was-- We can head out around 2-3pm and try to get 400 miles in by 10 or 11 pm. Have a 6 to 8hr rest then make 650 miles on Saturday. We are not yet retired so I will try to minimize the time driving and maximize time in Tx.

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Just completed a 58 day trip from Florida to U.P and back. Followed Great River Rd several hundred miles coming home.

Parked / camped nights:
1 - Cracker Barrel
1 - Church
4 - Walmart
5 - Family driveway
9 - Casino parking lot
17 - Campground (commercial, city, state)
21 - Casino campground
That looks like a great mix ... and you probably saved $$ on the free overnights to either put into the fuel tank, or the one armed bandit
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I am surprise to see "no overnight parking" signs in rest areas that have parking for truckers. Are they not required by law to stop for sleep? We have stayed overnight in a Florida rest stop that was patrolled and in the morning the same trucks and RVs were all still there BTW.

We have stayed many times in a rest area or welcome center. Usually by the time we park there we are road weary enough so the noise does not keep us awake. Flying J and Walmart work too. Our security system (2 good size dogs and 1 good size shot gun) works very well.

I would think that is someone had a parking area near the highway with security and just a 110V connection they could do alright renting overnight sites to RVers if the price was reasonable.
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I didn't realize there were that many options. I pull a racecar trailer with my DP and have since 1991. I have always stayed at rest areas, in every state. I pill in and park, crank generator, get satellite locked on and relax and hour or so before turning in. I've never had an issue and only one time was I told that I could not sleep overnight. I told him I was beat, couldn't keep my eyes open and had to get some rest. He said ok, just be gone in the morning.
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