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Old 07-31-2012, 02:17 PM   #15
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I have recently found that Indian Casinos are also great free places to stay and not bad place for either diner or breakfast. Found plenty in WA, OR, CA. Not had much luck with WM, each time I have tried (not that many) I was turned down, go tell. Pan Handlers are every where (none in casinos), I never give (enable) them anything.
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We have stayed a Wal-Mart about 150 times and had 1 problem outside DC, when we saw a trucker selling drugs. We moved. On the other hand, we have had more trouble in campgrounds.
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We've stayed at Wal-Marts, rest areas, abandoned gas station, truck stops and once at a high school track and field parking lot. Not once as there ever been any hint of something bad or "out of place".


The biggest thing anybody has tried was honking their horn as they drove by.

I have no fear, but I do have a fire extinguisher and proof of insurance.
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Personally, I prefer enroute overnights at Cracker Barrel restaurants. Different crowd, always a good meal at a fair price, and haven't been turned down yet. We always back in to a back corner of the lot, within range of one of the "death ray" lot lights. The RV spots are always full of four wheelers anyways.
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Now there's a thought (not to hijack original thread) but what about high school parking lot or church parking for the travel layover? They usually have ample parking. Any other experiences there?
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Now there's a thought (not to hijack original thread) but what about high school parking lot or church parking for the travel layover? They usually have ample parking. Any other experiences there?
I'm guessing that high school parking lots are probably locked down tight at night. Parking would probably be equated to loitering and dealt with accordingly. Church lots would probably be ok provided you have the specific permission of the owner since they are private property. If the priest/minister/vicar isn't available, just get on your knees and shoot a request straight to the Home Office
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Can't recall the location, but as we pulled into a rest area, Florida maybe??, some guy came running up telling me to hurry up and park and come on over, a trucker had won a big lottery jackpot and was handing out $10 bills. Being a little smarter than this guy thought, I figured this was a ruse to get me out of the coach. I parked, checked the toad and the tires and was back on the road quickly. Later that day I heard of the scam where the guy gets you to hurry out of the car and an accomplice helps himself to whatever he can get his hands on.
Panhandlers? Late at night in service stations and truck stops.
An old buddy of mine used to say, "I was born at night, but not LAST night", and send the bum on his way.
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but most likely it was my badge and the 2nd amendment tool on my hip. { under my open coat}

My apologies in advance for any hurt feelings...Gary Hill 25 yr PO retired
OH YEAH............Well us CANADIAN folk visiting down in the U.S. don't get the opportunity to wave a gun around. I guess that's is why I'm not quite as "Six feet tall and bullet proof " as you are.
My appologies too.....................SIR.
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We've stayed at a number of Walmarts, Sams and even A KMart or two. Most of them seem reasonably safe, sometimes with 24 hour patrols (though the fact that a security patrol is needed may give you pause!). But we seldom are near metro areas, so typically aren't in areas where crime or vandalism is more common.

If there were any concern at all, we simply wouldn't stop there and head for a another location or a campground. I like to save a few bucks as much as the next guy, but not at the expense of my peace of mind, let alone a risk of harm.
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I'm just wonder how often unpleasant or very threatening experiences happen.
Almost never.

If you're looking for Total Security, though, I suggest you stay only in Gated, Patrolled (and of course high-priced) Campgrounds.

Or at home, of course!
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I find the discussion and paranoia on public safety one of Americas over done worries. Be prepared but the need to worry about it is an over blown fact of way to much useless news by way to many news readers. Maybe we should restart all the cold war mantras " duck and cover" anyone.
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I have stayed at rest stop and walmart lots

I have stayed at rest stops and walmart lots serveral times. I always park neer big rigs or other rv's. and with walmart I always pick a super walmart. I have not had a problem so far but I would defend myself and my family if the need developed. I beleave I am the wrong old VN vet to attack but really just listen to the voice in your head and the hair on the back of your neck. If a place looks deserted or has people standing around go somewhere else. When you walk look like you are aware of where you are and your suroundings. I am amazed at how many people walk through parking lots and down streets distracted! The bad guys want to get the upper hand and if you look like a vic then you may be one!
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Maybe we should restart all the cold war mantras " duck and cover" anyone.


Hah! we had a good laugh over an adult beverage just the other day on this subject..

Like hiding under a plywood school desk was going to protect us from the rain of Cuban missiles..
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Hah! we had a good laugh over an adult beverage just the other day on this subject..

Like hiding under a plywood school desk was going to protect us from the rain of Cuban missiles..
Actually they were Russian missles placed in Cuba by Russia.
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