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Old 10-14-2013, 03:34 PM   #29
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Wall-marts outside of city limits seem to be the best. Not near as busy after ten pm or so. But while the parking is free I always seem to spend $$$ inside. Always need something they sell.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #30
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That looks like a great mix ... and you probably saved $$ on the free overnights to either put into the fuel tank, or the one armed bandit
Fuel tank or blackjack table benefited from the inexpensive locations.

About half the casino campgrounds were also free due to comps. The other half were very reasonable $15 - $20 per night with FHU.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:43 PM   #31
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Fuel tank or blackjack table benefited from the inexpensive locations.

About half the casino campgrounds were also free due to comps. The other half were very reasonable $15 - $20 per night with FHU.
I think that $15 - $20 night for casino camping is a good deal. We have stayed at Mohegan Sun Casino in CT for 3 days over July 4th this year. We went to the casino for a concert, but certainly dropped a few dollars in the casino on some slots, and a couple of hours at the roulette table.

While the camping eerr parking at Mohegan Sun is free in one (or two) of the back lots, it can be difficult to find a level spot. Our jacks and blocks got plenty of use when we were there. The lot had a lot of campers in it - from towables to million dollar motorhomes. The spot you get really is kind of a crapshoot - with the best ones on the parking lot borders. There is a nice view of the casino and the river from the entire lot and it really is a safe and secure place.

Security drives through every 10-20 minutes and buses to take you from your RV front door to the casino run 24 hours a day, on about a 15 minute schedule.

Given that we went during the heat of the summer, and travel with our 2labs, we ran the generator nearly 24x7 for 3 days or so. If the casino offered even just an electric hookup for say $10/day - or even had it metered - I'd be happy to pay that price vs the fuel we burned up, and who knows, we might go out there more often for shows, food, etc.
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Walmart hands down over a noisy rest stop........rest stops just have to much traffic coming and going all night long.
Cracker Barrel's on our last trip, great food!
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Just me, but I tend to think if I stay at a Walmart or other off the highway locaton I'm leaving a space open for a trucker at a rest stop. He or she probably needs that space more than I do.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #34
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When “Boondocking” I feel as safe or more safe as I do at home! Why?
At home- Hedges, shrubs, furniture on the porch/deck, flowers close to the windows all for the “bad Guys” to hide behind, some window sill heights are very low, slider sill height is at deck level, 36” wide entry door that opens inward.
RV- open (clear) area around RV and park under a security light if possible. My lowest window sill height is about 42”, pretty difficult to climb into after breaking the window, plus they will have to climb over 2 recliners to get all the way in. 24” wide entry door that opens outward, impossible to PUSH in. Plus you have to step off the step before opening the door all the way (easy to knock the bad guy “off balance” by opening the door, NOT RECOMMENDED to open the door though).
Even though I have a 5W/TV (see sig) the “panic” button on my TV remote key clicker has the range to work from anywhere inside the 5W, I know I tried it! I don’t have the convience of a MH in being able to drive off w/o getting out of the TV, I still can make a LOT of noise without going outside! (TV flashing lights and horn honking) The one thing that all “bad Guys” fear is lights and noise!
Then there is always dialing 911 on the cell phone!
We have a widow lady living next door from our S & B home that has the answer about “safety” issues when “boondocking” in her class C MH- She went to our local Army surplus store and bought pair of well used size 13-14 Paratrooper/Logger boots, a length of light weight chain (I drug it behind my car to break up the plating so it would rust and look used) with a snap lock on each end and a dog watering bowl from another neighbor that had been chewed on by their dog. When she pulls into a Wally World etc. she picks out a spot under a security light if possible, places the boots outside next to the steps with the dog watering bowl and chain attached to the steps and goes to bed, never had a problem!
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:05 PM   #35
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I have stayed overnight at rest areas and welcome centers in both Florida and Alabama, have never been asked to leave.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #36
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VICKSBURG RV PARK.
It is half way!

Inexpensive, $22.50, pleasant, quiet, etc.

If you leave at 7AM you arrive before 4PM with stops. Plenty of time to relax. Lovely place, good meal from the grill, meet the neighbors, a good nights sleep.

Ameristar Casinos - Vicksburg - Hotel - RV Park
We used to stay there three times a year...until they double billed our credit card...twice. Then gave us a royal run around when we asked for the doubled part be refunded.
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I have stayed at all the above, one time or another. One casino, don't remember where had a nice campground that was cheap, it was some obscure place I was driving by.

I figure my diesel genny running is as loud as some of the semis and worry if I'm keeping them awake!

I don't fear for us, we are in the tall motorhome, like others said not to easy to get into and if I had to much hassle I would up the levelers and drive off if I have them down, which many times I don't. I don't see really well at night so try to get in someplace before dark and settle in. Sometimes I have laundry to do so need a drain line anyway as it will fill my grey tank fast.

I haven't had a fright anywhere yet, people are friendly and willing to help a woman traveling alone with her daughter. Have never felt uncomfortable yet. Not saying it won't happen. On the other hand I have driven up to a few rv parks that looked off somehow and went on, so I'm not naïve and yes I do carry heat.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:27 PM   #38
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Walmart hands down over a noisy rest stop........rest stops just have to much traffic coming and going all night long.
Cracker Barrel's on our last trip, great food!
So ..... There is no going and coming at a Walmart? Really? That one is always good for a chuckle with us. There is way more coming and going at a Walmart.
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I just feel safer in a Wal-Mart parking lot than in a rest stop. Just be sure you have permission from the manager! Also, I can't run in and buy some item I need at 9PM at a rest stop!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Same here, plus there's usually a restaurant or two (or more) close by. Might even get free coffee from the McD's inside like we did. Of course, you might was well eat breakfast while there and it's NOT free!
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So ..... There is no going and coming at a Walmart? Really? That one is always good for a chuckle with us. There is way more coming and going at a Walmart.
I thought you didn't shop there? You just observe? Most Walmart lots are big enough you can park far from the doors and traffic. If near a busy road, I've even parked on the other side from the traffic noise. Even 24 hr SuperCenters slow down at night, and if closes at 10, it's Super quiet at night. Never been an issue with us, from Oregon to Maine. Truck stops and Rest stops - even when we park to the side we seem to attract trucks that park 3 feet on either side.
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I thought you didn't shop there? You just observe? Most Walmart lots are big enough you can park far from the doors and traffic. If near a busy road, I've even parked on the other side from the traffic noise. Even 24 hr SuperCenters slow down at night, and if closes at 10, it's Super quiet at night. Never been an issue with us, from Oregon to Maine. Truck stops and Rest stops - even when we park to the side we seem to attract trucks that park 3 feet on either side.
There's one over here in the same parking lot of Micheal's. There is also another by a Lowe's we go to. There are also several near some restaurants that we go to. They are everywhere. I just do not shop there.
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Same here, plus there's usually a restaurant or two (or more) close by. Might even get free coffee from the McD's inside like we did. Of course, you might was well eat breakfast while there and it's NOT free!
We make our own meals and stay in CGs. McD's would wish to make dinner as good as we do.

Fast? Nope. THAT is is the om-nom of it.

Eating at restaurant pretty much makes camping and parking about even, me thinks.

We like camping. And the journey is our destination. I'm guessing THAT is the real difference. Aye?
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