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Old 04-04-2016, 12:05 PM   #15
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PS - non of these things happened but ... you never know.
Glad you added that.... I was seriously scared!
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:06 PM   #16
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I think so much depends on where you are stopping. I have no problem stopping with truckers. As a group they are, for the most part, very friendly. Maybe it's the insulation in my coach but I rarely hear them. I also find that most truck stops have decent food too.

I would never use a rest area, near a large city, but other then that I have used them overnight, and never had a problem.
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:51 PM   #17
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Hummingbird, The best advice I can give you is to look carefully at the photo of my Mirada.

Now, when you pull into a Walmart, Truckstop, or wherever, look for my Mirada. If you see it, park on the other end of the lot. :-)

My DW says it seems like whenever we pull into a lot, just about the time we fall asleep, a reefer truck pulls in and parks beside us, then, for the next 6 hours, all we hear is BBBRRRR-STISH, BRRRR- STISH, BRRRR-STISH (the compressor cycling on the reefer unit.)

Seriously, Look for these, Casino's, Walmarts, Cracker Barrel, Camping World, Truck stops (park in the RV lot or in the back of the car lot)

ALSO - Check out some of rest stops, In Ohio they actually have RV sections that you can pay for overnight hookups.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:48 PM   #18
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I'm sure we'll find a decent place to park it and like anything, we'll test the waters and dive in!
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My personal preference is Cracker Barrels. RV parking area and breakfast in the morning. Very quiet with no traffic other than maybe the night cleaning crew. A few beverages prior to turning in helps also.
We like Cracker Barrels too! Never any traffic, few other RV's, and a good breakfast in the morning. We always park as far out of the way as possible. I normally go inside and ask the manager if we can park in their lot overnight. Never been refused even when signs in the lot say no overnight parking.

I use an App called "RV Parky" to find overnight spots and campgrounds when traveling...
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:12 PM   #20
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Have found the Cracker Barrels to usually be too small for even our 40' DSDP with towed, now with the 45' towing the towed I probably won't try them. I do like their food though.
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Old 04-05-2016, 02:57 AM   #21
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I'm thinking I will be a nervous wreck and not get a wink of sleep. So how did you "survive" your first night?
Booze. I sleep real good and worry a lot less after a few drinks.
Kidding............or am I?

It is no big deal. Have parked multiple places with no issues except asked to move two or three times in the middle of the night. Not a big deal because i always have an alternate spot picked out just in case. A few of the times the security guard or cop was able to point me to place where i would no be disturbed. Never robbed or raped. Never been asked for handouts while parked, No problems....Just keep an eye open and notice people and let people see you so they know you are there. Most any crook only wants the quick easy to pawn stuff with no problems.

If it is too noisy and keeping you awake then just remember if you can not sleep through a truck or two or three at idle or coming an going all night you must not be REALLY tired. REALLY tired people will sleep through that noise with no problems.
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I'm sure we'll find a decent place to park it and like anything, we'll test the waters and dive in!
That's the spirit!
Our first time was at a Walmart 3 years ago, and we were nervous until other RVs started pulling in. If we are the first or first couple of RVs, we ask permission, but we always buy supper inside. We've spent nights at Walmart several times since. We tend to arrive during daylight and are often surprised to see how busy they get after dark. I think we counted 18 RVs one morning.
We did camp in a church parking lot for a weekday night and tried very hard to contact the minister for permission by phone and in person without luck. But we talked to parishioners who came for meetings and a day care and they were all welcoming. The church was almost across the street from my daughter's house and we couldn't get in the driveway.
AllStays is the app we use to locate places.
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Two security tips;

Retract the external steps at night.

Close the stair well cover in front of the passenger seat.

If someone did force the door open, they would not be able to walk in, but they would be confronted by a floor that was waist or chest high.
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Booze. I sleep real good and worry a lot less after a few drinks.
Kidding............or am I?
Great solution!
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Two security tips;

Retract the external steps at night.

Close the stair well cover in front of the passenger seat.

If someone did force the door open, they would not be able to walk in, but they would be confronted by a floor that was waist or chest high.
After they got through dealing with the floor in front of the door they would be dealing with a shotgun stock in the forehead, if they were lucky.
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After they got through dealing with the floor in front of the door they would be dealing with a shotgun stock in the forehead, if they were lucky.
"Why did you kick the intruder in the head?"

"It was right there, at foot level! I couldn't resist!"

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Stay a few nights in Flying Js with RV parking.

Not as quiet as Wal-Mart but you won't be alone.

Once you get used to it, it becomes normal.
This is our primary location for overnight stays. The first time we did it, my wife said she couldn't sleep with the noise. That was in a travel trailer. For me as long as the noise is "normal" for the area, don't bother me at all. Plus flying j is busy all night with people coming and going, and most of the rv spots are up front. I feel just as safe there as a campground, maybe safer being the staff are always out in the parking lot working. Love Flying J's.
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