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Old 09-02-2012, 08:45 PM   #4817
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Kind of an unkind description of us mere mortals to describe us as "schmos", don't you think?

It's kinda' sad that the guy driving such a nice, big "coach" feels that way about the rest of us that merely tow something with our trucks, but maybe that's the way it really is.

As a guy who habitually carries tools, knows how to use them, and has a fair knowledge of diesels, if I saw you broken on the side of the road, I'd likely stop to see if I could help.

Now I gotta' wonder if any kind of reciprocation would be even considered, and maybe I should just re-think the whole thing.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:21 PM   #4818
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if I saw you broken on the side of the road, I'd likely stop to see if I could help.
In all seriousness if I were broke down and anyone stopped behind me who wasn't driving an RV or cop car I would be nervous and most likely call 911. Then I would get towed to the nearest Walmart and put out all my slides because this keeps me on topic...
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You will blend right in at a truck stop. Flying J truck stops usually have an RV section away from the trucks. We usually run the genny as needed until bed time and then shut er down however if its hot and humid we will run it all night as needed to keep cool. That would not be a problem as everyone else would be doing the same.
Uh, not necessarily "everyone." I have seen many TTs and PUs in these lots that don't have generators. And even some of the Class As and Cs that do, shut them down around 11 PM or even earlier. Those with generators they plan to run all night should have consideration for those kept awake by loud irritating noise at night and park off by themselves.
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Sure they do, they probably wouldn't even know it was running with the noise of all the big rigs idling.
They almost all have a area for RVs and those areas are very quiet.
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Oh ya except for the poor shmos that dont have a genny, they would have there windows wide open gasping for a breeze.
If that were the case, everyone would be carting a generator around or spending the night in a campground.
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Directly across the road there was a county fairground with a camp ground that offered free camping for 24 hours. I didn't want to be associated with the WM group so I drove over and found a really nice campground with 50 amp service, water and sewer, for free for the first 24 hours. I was amazed that anyone would prefer a parking lot to some place this nice.
This is a real rarity. If you think you're going to find a setup like this all across the country you will be bitterly disappointed. What amazes me is you even found one place like that.
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Uh, not necessarily "everyone." I have seen many TTs and PUs in these lots that don't have generators. And even some of the Class As and Cs that do, shut them down around 11 PM or even earlier. Those with generators they plan to run all night should have consideration for those kept awake by loud irritating noise at night and park off by themselves.
Pull into a Flying J in the middle of July in Florida or Phoenix after 11 and you will hear nothing but generators running. Yes there will be units without generators but trust me if you pull in late and start your generator no one will notice..... I did mention if its hot and humid.........perhaps you are comparing apples and oranges. maybe I should have stated extremely hot and humid or out west just bloody hot. This applies to Walmart to.....
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Question; do truck stops allow over nite staying with a generator?
I drove for over 16 years, so I have spent many nights sleeping in truck stops. You can pretty run whatever you want in a truck stop or a Walmart as neither are campgrounds.
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Pull into a Flying J in the middle of July in Florida or Phoenix after 11 and you will hear nothing but generators running. Yes there will be units without generators but trust me if you pull in late and start your generator no one will notice..... I did mention if its hot and humid.........perhaps you are comparing apples and oranges. maybe I should have stated extremely hot and humid or out west just bloody hot. This applies to Walmart to.....
Maybe the ones that don't like a generator running after 11pm or earlier in hot and humid weather should find a campground and buy a site for the night. My understanding is that some has had the audacity to knock on someone's camper door at Walmart and ask them to shut down their genny because they didn't like the noise, And it wasn't Walmart Security.
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Maybe the ones that don't like a generator running after 11pm or earlier in hot and humid weather should find a campground and buy a site for the night. My understanding is that some has had the audacity to knock on someone's camper door at Walmart and ask them to shut down their genny because they didn't like the noise, And it wasn't Walmart Security.
Exactly. I think the thought is lost on the fact that Walmart is a department store and not a quiet sanctuary for weary travelers.
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Exactly. I think the thought is lost on the fact that Walmart is a department store and not a quiet sanctuary for weary travelers.

I could say more, here's hoping that they get the point.
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They almost all have a area for RVs and those areas are very quiet.
No they're not. They're usually next to the pumps or between the entrance/exit and you have noisy traffic all night long that makes a lot more ruckus than my Onan generator. I don't know why you would have any expectation of quiet in truck stop. Most Walmarts are the same way. There might be a few that have little traffic at night where you could get away from the main store, but that usually puts you right next to the road the noise from it.
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We have stayed at Walmarts where after we were asleep the cars would go roaring past and come back and do it again. Probably teenagers but don't know.
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Pull into a Flying J in the middle of July in Florida or Phoenix after 11 and you will hear nothing but generators running. Yes there will be units without generators but trust me if you pull in late and start your generator no one will notice..... I did mention if its hot and humid.........perhaps you are comparing apples and oranges. maybe I should have stated extremely hot and humid or out west just bloody hot. This applies to Walmart to.....
Apparently not everyone with a generator can stand the irritating noise themselves, because there have been quiet Class As and Cs on hot humid nights at these overnight stops.

Nothing wrong with running a generator as long as you have consideration for those who prefer or even need peace and quiet at night to sleep. And consideration for those with their windows open who don't care to smell the fumes from generators. Just park away from the others. Park with the other Class As and Cs where noise and exhaust fumes are not an issue for anyone else there.
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