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Old 12-26-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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What are some unique places you've parked?

We mostly stay in RV parks when we are on a trip making reservations ahead of time before we get there. I know many RVer's use Walmarts, but are any of you finding other places to spend the night that works good for you?
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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Smaller airports. Never had a problem and fairly secure.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:02 AM   #4
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We mostly stay in RV parks when we are on a trip making reservations ahead of time before we get there. I know many RVer's use Walmarts, but are any of you finding other places to spend the night that works good for you?
enroute to a destination, we mostly stay at walmarts. sometimes we stay at home depot, lowes, truck stops or hi way rest stops.
we really like casinos. some are free, some have a minimal charge.
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I have a yappy little dog that barks at every noise so I look for quiet and dark places to spend the night when traveling. I've had the best luck in very small towns. I use Google Maps satellite view to spot likely places.

We've stayed in church parking lots, except on Saturday and Wednesday nights. I'll ask if there is anyone around, but there rarely is. City parks, closed businesses and vacant lots are good as well.

Switching from satellite view to street view helps me make sure the terrain is flat enough since we don't have automatic levelers.
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Rest areas are my favorite "on the way stop" easy off and easy back on, not local traffic and they are easy to find. I've even found some with working dumps.
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I'm with Scotter, airports.

As a pilot that's where I'm heading anyways but have never been turned away and in many instances get the red carpet rolled out for us.

In one case there was a hangar under construction, only the roof was up but they had temp'ed in electricity for the workers. The owner spotted us as we pulled in and invited us to park on the pad under the roof and plug in since it was supposed to a very stormy night. We sat out watching the lightning flashing around for hours that night.

Besides, a little 'hangar flying' (shooting the breeze) never goes amiss either!
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State Welcome Centers and Rest Areas are the 2 that we usually use. Easy off and on and no problems. At the welcome centers you can usually get free coffee too if you did not want to start the genny in the morning. They also usually will have free wi-fi. Some states are putting in free wi-fi at rest areas too, Texas comes to mind but I know there were others on our last trip around the country.
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We were driving on I90, just north of Sheridan Wyoming. It was about 7pm when the serpentine belt broke. The tow truck took us into town and deposited us in the auto junkyard. We were completely alone with all the wrecks. It certainly was peaceful there. We got out the lawn chairs and the grill, and made dinner.

In the morning, they returned with a new belt and installed it for us. It was an experience that we have always laughed about. I have since, added it to the list of spares that I carry.

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The most unique place we parked was in National Forest land outside Ketchum, Idaho, in the Sawtooth Mountains.

You had to drive 2 miles down a very narrow, twisting dirt road -- god forbid you met another vehicle going the other way! -- and when we got there, I stood on the roof and cut tree branches while my hubby inched into the spot.

Once set up, our door opened onto a crystal clear stream. Deer walked through our campsite every afternoon and early morning, and mountains filled our view in every direction. There wasn't a soul around for a week. It was pure heaven.

Getting out of there required a 50-point turn (LOL) so we'd miss the boulders and trees. But we managed to get back on the road and will always cherish our memories of that spot.

I doubt we would ever go back -- a little too risky and tough to get to -- but what stunning campsite!!

There's a pic of our rig in that spot on the homepage of our blog…
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Best way is to start looking while there is plenty of daylight left. Turn up the most secluded rural road you find - heading into national forest is ideal - and drive until you find the perfect spot. There are thousands out there.
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enroute to a destination, we mostly stay at walmarts. sometimes we stay at home depot, lowes, truck stops or hi way rest stops.
we really like casinos. some are free, some have a minimal charge.
we use the allstays website extensively to find places that welcome rvers. the allstays site is kept up to date by users and is free.

Wal mart Locations Store Details & Parking | Walmart Store Locator

Overnight RV parking etiquette

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Thanks DAN L for all that good information. I'll keep it saved. Everyone has great ideas that are all worth taking into consideration on our next trek down to AZ in a few months. I don't mind RV parks, but when I arrive in the late afternoon and leave the next morning it seems a little pricey for just an overnight stay.
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This one could be long, but I won't let it get there.

Along the road to the Coast Guard Station at Sturgeon Bay (NOP) there are some little cut-ins left by COE. A great place to spend the night while waiting for the sailing ships to come in. Quiet Scenic and wonderful.

In the parking lot of the Sleeping Bear Maritime Museum in Glen Arbor.
In the parking lot of the Air Force Museum in Dayton.
Behind a building supply company near Cass Mountain Railroad because the ranger said we couldn't sleep in the big flat empty parking lot and the directions to the RV park that the ranger wanted us to go to were useless (or less).
In the parking lot for the ferry to go to Hatteras.
In the parking lot for the snowmobile park in Paradise(MI). We were all alone there, but it was July.

I won't even start on the list of normal places like truck stop, rest areas, Walmarts, Casinos, Cracker Barrels or Cabela's.
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