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Old 01-03-2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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If We leave Canada to go to Az.what would You do for night time stops?Where?And how long driveing say av.60mph before I get to warmer area say in the 50s and up so I can buy food and things so as not to freeze?I know a lot of questions but I need to have a idea.We will cross in Mich.at the Blue Water Bridge.I will drive 8-10hrs if weather permits.Bushman
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:48 AM   #2
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If We leave Canada to go to Az.what would You do for night time stops?Where?And how long driveing say av.60mph before I get to warmer area say in the 50s and up so I can buy food and things so as not to freeze?I know a lot of questions but I need to have a idea.We will cross in Mich.at the Blue Water Bridge.I will drive 8-10hrs if weather permits.Bushman
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Old 01-05-2006, 10:38 AM   #3
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Stop at Walmart of course and I also think we can overnight at Crakerbarrel......Dont spen the night in rest areas Flying J truck stops are ok too
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Thanks Destin100 for the pointers.Why not the rest stops? I though that was what they were for.They say rest stop!Bushman
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Old 01-05-2006, 03:25 PM   #5
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You can get a nice map of all the Cracker Barrel locations at any Cracker Barrel for free. Unless a city ordnance against it they are all great to overnight at & have RV parking set aside.
Rest stops tend to be noisy all night but are fine to get some rest in...
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:25 PM   #6
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Rest Stops are notorious problem areas. I don't use them to overnight.
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Old 01-06-2006, 06:29 AM   #7
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I would simply stop at a truck stop or a rest area when I'm tired, then get up and hit the road if I had that many miles to go at this time of year. Keep on truckin'.
I've never had a problem at a rest stop or a truck stop, but they can be noisy. Next year, try to leave a little earlier, like in September or October.
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Robert,Tom,Doggie.Thanks for Your comments I will try and get there in one piece.And I would have went before now but the grand kids had xmas with the family at our house.Now the hold up is the trailer is in a barn surouned by mud.John waiting for a freeze!
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PARDON MY IGNORANCE BUT WHO ARE "CRACKERBARREL"
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I guess each to his own, depending on circumstances. One good place to *plan* overnight stops is at the Walmart store locator: http://www.walmart.com/storeLocator/ca_storefinder.do
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Thanks Doggie for the tip on Wallmart..Bushman
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A lot of individuals are concerned about security at "freebee o'nite stops"

First and foremost the "bad guys" don't like noise and lights. Check to see that your "panic alarm" works when activated by the "clicker" from inside the RV (towables).

A single female friend of ours owns a class C and has her own answer-

She went to a Army Surplus store and bought a very used pair of size 14 combat/construction boots, a length of light weigh chain w/snap hooks on each end. Then from a friend she picked up a badly chewed dog-watering dish and large dog collar that had also been well used.

Now when preparing for bed when "boondocking" she wraps the chain with the empty hook around the RV steps, puts the dog bowl and the boots next to the steps then goes to bed and sleeps like a baby.

Why is it that when a car or truck pulls into a rest area to get some sleep they are "resting" however, when a RV pulls into the same rest area to rest they are "camping"?
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We found rest areas to be noisy nd not necessarily safe. We like casino patking lots. Like Wal-Marts (the ones that don't prohibit overnight parking), they are hospitable and have good 24-hr. security. Give the security guard a "head's up" when you go in to be sure it's OK for you to stay the night. They'll usually tell you where to park & will keep an eye on your rig while you sleep. You're not required to go in, either, although they usually have a pretty good meal at their buffets & reasonable-priced.
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