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Old 01-20-2013, 06:05 AM   #1
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With no other options available...

...where would you spend a night?


Pilot/ Flying J

Rest Stop

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:09 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Buckola
...where would you spend a night?


Pilot/ Flying J

Rest Stop
Any of the above.

First choice: truck stop
Second choice: Wal Mart
Third choice: other big box store
Fourth choice: rest stop

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:19 AM   #3
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...where would you spend a night?
Wal-Mart-Some trucks not traffic,had one with a refridge unit running and had to move.Usally Quite and peacefull sleeping.

Pilot/ Flying J- Truck traffic

Rest Stop- Truck traffic all night

Truck stop-Way to much truck noise and traffic
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:19 AM   #4
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Walmart over the truck stop. I can park off to side at Walmart with little to no traffic and noise. I don't like hearing a truck idling all night near me.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:19 AM   #5
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Wall mart might be quieter than a truck stop . Rest stops are only good for six hours I think .Flying J has showers .
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:21 AM   #6
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Any of the above.

First choice: truck stop
Second choice: Wal Mart
Third choice: other big box store
Fourth choice: rest stop
Same here, I look up a potential spot on Google Earth to get the lay of the land so to speak on stores. Street view is very handy for checking out the neighborhood. Only takes a minute to be safe and I believe it's worth the time.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:39 AM   #7
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You have to take each one on its own merits, been to a Walmart with just two other Rv's and the next one had people out of there Rv's with people coming and going all night, and it wasn't a 24hr store, the same with truck stops one was nice and quiet, the next one had some one left there rig run all night and livestock on the other side, just the luck of the draw
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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Flying J or truck stop. Safety would be my reason. Idling engines do not bother me.
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If I absolutely had no other humanly possible choice. Flying J.
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Rest area is always my first choice while in route to my destination. Easy on and off.
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The premise of the question is false. There are always other options, just requires people to be aware of where they are, where they are going, and to do some simple planning.

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #12
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Wallmart all the way. We just got back from a three week trip to florida from canada and we found the truck stops and rest area are way to noisy trucks in and out and engines running all night for no reason. We find a nice corner at the wallmart quiet and there is the shopping thing lol
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It depends on the situation what factors come into play. I do use all three as I tend to make long trips with a specific destination, so meandering and taking my time is not an option, besides it is often late fall or winter and we want to get where we are going so we drive into the evening and just want to stop, not look for a camp ground.

Some Walmarts are really tight and with a big rig they are no joy at all. Some rest stops are really noisy. Some truck stops, including a few Flying J stops, are hell-holes. I use Google satellite views and occasionally street views to look over the choices before I set out, pick a few options, and then let how far I want to drive determine my selection.

Unlike many of my American friends, I travel un-armed. But I also travel with a bunch of dogs (so do most of my American friends by the way). I have never had a really bad experience on the road. I think the concerns about being robbed at a rest stop are out of proportion, the real risk is driving 10 hours on a busy highway with idiots in cars that enter the highway at 30mph and don't look to see a 60 foot long rig pinned in the right hand lane by a couple of over taking cars.

I usually relax when I park it no matter where it happens to be.
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I agree with distaff. I don't understand all the paranoia these days. It's like everyone is afraid of everything. Statistically, our world is safer than ever, and continues to improve. If your world view is only what you get from TV, then I guess you are going to live in fear.

I've travelled all over North America and stayed in alot of rest areas and other places, including walking alone in some seedy places. Exercise some reasonable caution, keep yourself low-key and you shouldn't have a problem anyplace you want to go.

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