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Old 01-19-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Where are all the good pullouts?

As I drive around our beautiful country, I notice some really nice pullouts; places where one could pull the rv off the road and set up camp for the night. I forget them immediately when the next shiny object comes along. Has any smarter person collected these into a book or blog or something? Or am I just weird? Oh, wait, shiny object.......
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:42 AM   #2
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There are apps for the iPhone and android on their respective store sites for US rest areas. I have used these in the past.

My Garmin GPS now indicates rest area locations along my route.

Prior to smart phones, I used to buy the map books from Walmart that located rest areas on the printed maps.

Truck centres can be found the same way.

Not sure if you are thinking of other pull out areas as well?

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Old 01-19-2016, 01:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, but I can find rest areas, and truck stops, and WalMarts. I mean a pullout like at mm 21 on I80 Eastbound from Reno NV.. It's kind of a wide spot which winds down to the truckee river. We stayed one night in a rest area and a semi pulled in next to us with the noisiest refer unit on the planet. We had to wake up and move the rig, not easy with a 4down toad.
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As I drive around our beautiful country, I notice some really nice pullouts; places where one could pull the rv off the road and set up camp for the night. I forget them immediately when the next shiny object comes along. Has any smarter person collected these into a book or blog or something? Or am I just weird? Oh, wait, shiny object.......
Well, unfortunately a lot of those places have disappeared for the sake of safety. The world is just not as safe as it used to be and THEY don't want people getting killed, raped or even kid napped.
As most have seen, we can't even stay in a Rest area for more than 4 hours and aren't allowed to place the slides out for that period of time. Beside some people always manage to ruin a good thing when we have one, Walmart, by setting up camp as if in a camp ground.
Why don't you create a log book of what's left as you use them and then put them into an APP and get paid for doing something that you like to do, Travel
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Here in WA the rest areas are marked "No Camping" with an 8 hour stay limit. Just don't pitch a tent and you'll be fine. The State Patrol does drive through, seems to stop the Lot Lizards from setting up "shop".
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I don't think you will find those kind of pullouts on the interstates. Get on the backroads and it is amazing what you can find.
Charles Kuralt said "Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel coast to coast and not see a thing."
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Charles Kuralt said "Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel coast to coast and not see a thing."
Ain't it so...........maybe why so many sick to the rural routes, there seems to be a city on each end of that interstate.
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Why don't you create a log book of what's left as you use them and then put them into an APP and get paid for doing something that you like to do, Travel
I might do that...
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As I drive around our beautiful country, I notice some really nice pullouts; places where one could pull the rv off the road and set up camp for the night. I forget them immediately when the next shiny object comes along. Has any smarter person collected these into a book or blog or something? Or am I just weird? Oh, wait, shiny object.......
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IMO one of the joys of RVing is taking advantage of of what you find as you travel...(not planing ahead).
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I agree, but it's really hard, and dangerous, to get this rig to a slow exit speed when I see the perfect spot at 60mph.
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I agree, but it's really hard, and dangerous, to get this rig to a slow exit speed when I see the perfect spot at 60mph.
Boy do I know that feeling
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I don't know if it is a Fed policy or Oklahoma policy, but in the last few years I have seen nice pull offs closed and bulldozed on several turnpikes in our state. And long term they are building new large paved rest centers with fuel, convince store, and McDonalds. Someone suggested the lower truck driving hours necessitated more rest areas to accommodate the truckers. Someone else told me, those remote pull offs were havens for drug deals and other criminal activity. If they could get them consolidated, they could be better patrolled and controlled.

We use,them a lot during the day, but at night, not for us.
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I don't think you will find those kind of pullouts on the interstates. Get on the backroads and it is amazing what you can find.
Charles Kuralt said "Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel coast to coast and not see a thing."
Totally agree, if I was restricted to interstates there would not be an rv in my life. There is so much to see on the back roads and they are relaxing and quiet to drive. We never have a problem finding great places to rest.
Stopped one early evening at a DQ in a small midwest town for ice cream, a young family walked over to talk about rvs and traveling. After chatting for awhile, the husband said we were welcome to park our rv at his place for the night, so we could hookup to their water and electricity. You just will not have as many experiences like this on the interstates.
I have always been baffled by the dearth of rvs on some of the beautiful and interesting roads we have traveled.
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I will be the one in the red Ford F250 pulling a Montana fifth wheel. Look for me on the back roads.
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