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Old 08-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #659
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Think again! FL State Troopers told my Dad once that he couldn't sleep in a FL Turnpike rest area. He told them he was falling asleep while driving (he had run off the road a little and realized he had been dozing at the wheel). They told him that it was against the law to sleep in a FL rest area. Also told him that he could drive down the road until he found a hotel to stay in. "Resting does not mean sleeping" is what they told him.
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I would take the ticket and plead not guilty, then demand a jury by 12 of my peers. I would take the odds on winning that case all day long. As I said before, its better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Contrary to what the current administration and others think, its still a free country.

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Well, did they catch him with his eyes closed?

Just resting.

If the sign says "No Overnight Parking," can you spend eight hours of the day catching some "resting time."
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We personally use Walmarts,Truck stops, and Rest Areas as way stations, on long trips ! It's not about saving money, thats just a bonus, we usually give back to Walmart any way, and I do believe they make out pretty well off RV'ers.(one hand washes the other)It's about the convenience. As working stiffs we only have weekends and vacations to enjoy our RV. time is key !!!

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If you can't see the forest threw the trees, Walmart has eye care centers. I can believe I said that !
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:04 AM   #663
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we'll stay at walmarts,truckstops but there so noisy, last wallmart 4am cleaning guy comes a round don't know to flush us out or what.truckstops in and out like rest ares.but when we do we park sleep than leave.when we go threw canada no gun the dw likes cg she fills safer and when dw gets little sleep makes long day.and she saids the same about me.so respect others property and i think there will be no problem most of the time.
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Alegro5, I have thought the same thing many times about the high end RV's that park evenings at WM. We have seen 4 very high end RV's park in the same wm 4 nites in a row. Each morning they go to beach, and night come back and set up just as they would in a cg. I have often thought, that is a good way to have to parking stopped for all. As for us, I have a RV, and bought it to stay in campgrounds. No one can ever say a campground went out of business because we didn't help support them. More of us need to do that to help more cg be there when we all need them.
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:21 AM   #665
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I prefer camp grounds, only problem is from Canada to USA,some times no parks are open. What to do then? Your tired so first available Walmart, Flying J is only choice one has. Hope all your travels are safe.
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I agree with rebelone.

Last year when we headed south from Ontario, the closest open campground on RT 75 was the KOA @ Corbin Kentucky. They never close!

I could have driven that distance without a problem. As long as you kept the noise down and woke me when it was time to get gas!

So, Walmart in Windsor it was! Nice people there.
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I have noticed that there are a lot of people on the Walmart threads, and the aux brake threads that like to misinform people, and generally do whatever they can to try to get people to conform to what they want them to do. They will say that an aux brake system is required by state law when it isn't, or that you shouldn't be allowed to overnight in a wally world parking lot because they cant park their mh in front of their house. My neighbor called City Code Enforcement on me the day I first brought my MH home and parked it in my driveway. Because she said she didn't want to have to look at it. I don't live in an HOA (and never would) and the code enforcement officer told me I wasn't breaking any laws or regulations, and I could park it there as long as I wanted to. I told her in no polite terms to pound sand, and if she didn't like living in a free country, nobody was stopping her from leaving. People these days seem to be more concerned with what other people are doing then with worrying about themselves. There are a lot of people around who simply need to learn to mind there own business. I don't like mustard, but that doesn't give me the right to castigate people who do. It is a free country, I know because I spent the last 23 years in the military assuring that it stays that way. If you dont like people parking overnight at walmart, then buy the Walmart and ban it. If your not going to do that, then get over it. If your gonna cry because people can park their RV in walmart and you cant park yours in front of your house, move to someplace you can. Your decision to purchase that property was your decision, and has nothing to do with that RV being granted permission to park on somebody else s private property. What is wrong with people in America today?
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Originally Posted by Lorna View Post
Think again! FL State Troopers told my Dad once that he couldn't sleep in a FL Turnpike rest area. He told them he was falling asleep while driving (he had run off the road a little and realized he had been dozing at the wheel). They told him that it was against the law to sleep in a FL rest area. Also told him that he could drive down the road until he found a hotel to stay in. "Resting does not mean sleeping" is what they told him.
I find that one a bit strange, I've parked overnight, as recently as this past winter, in several rest areas in Florida with no problem from Highway patrol. As a matter of fact there are several rest areas in Florida which have night time security provided, either by local sheriffs office, or by highway patrol. I try to park as close to the security guards car as possible figuring that the bad guys will avoid vehicles next to the security guard.
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Florida only recently changed the regulations to 3 hours. I think it might have had to do with the economy and them not manning them full time as they have for years. See link below for the full story.

RV Boondocking News: Texas, California, and Florida rest stop overnighting information
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Quiet amusing, I spent the night at a Walmart day before yesterday. WHY? Well I pulled in to get some food stock. Upon entering the parking lot, I saw a sign that just lite me up.

It had a big red arrow on it point the way to RV PARKING !

So I took them at their word and invitation.
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You can sleep in any rest area in Fla EXCEPT the turnpike.
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