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Old 07-31-2021, 01:16 PM   #127
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We like welcome center / rest areas at state lines. They sometimes have RV parking separate from the truck parking.
Good to know about rest areas….for some reason,I always thought overnight parking at rest areas and welcome centers was not permitted. We usually park in a Walmart lot, but, we always ask first and we always park with the slide to the curb. There have been times when a nice looking rest area came up when we really wanted to quit for the day, but we kept going to find a Walmart.
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Hood River Oregon Walmart. No overnight parking
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Old 07-31-2021, 01:32 PM   #129
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Be careful using Harvest Hosts. Our experience has been friendly hosts but we have encountered roads that are not good for a 42 foot RV with toad
Hmnmm..... never encountered that. We figured those kinds of places use big vehicles at their establishment for hauling/shipping. Our 40' MH with a toad was always on backroads as we were boondockers.
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Old 07-31-2021, 03:24 PM   #130
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Walmarts and loves

Have just been back from a 12000 mile round trip , and have been at least 10 nights in walmarts and loves gas station truckers section and have had no problem. The teip extended from one end to the other of the Us and back in the south of the country and no problem nowere
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Good to know about rest areas….for some reason,I always thought overnight parking at rest areas and welcome centers was not permitted. We usually park in a Walmart lot, but, we always ask first and we always park with the slide to the curb. There have been times when a nice looking rest area came up when we really wanted to quit for the day, but we kept going to find a Walmart.
You can usually stay in Rest Areas even if there's signs to the contrary. They won't ask you to leave as a general rule. A trucker even gave me the number of a law enforcement agency and said to call them if someone tried to make you leave and having to do with safety and for being tired and sleepy. I went to ask security anyway and he said it was all good.
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You can usually stay in Rest Areas even if there's signs to the contrary. They won't ask you to leave as a general rule. A trucker even gave me the number of a law enforcement agency and said to call them if someone tried to make you leave and having to do with safety and for being tired and sleepy. I went to ask security anyway and he said it was all good.
We stayed at the northern visitor center in AL where the rocket is, there was a sign that said no overnite parking. Most truckers and I spent the nite. None issue...
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The laws regarding over night camping is to keep people from living at the rest area there is a good web page that I don’t know the address to that shows each states laws.

Most allow you to stay up to 8 hr I think overnight camping is referring to camping not getting a rest.

We also have the “this is the law” and “this is the real world” situation.

Most LEO don’t have the time or want to roust someone just trying to get some rest and not cause an accident on the highway.

I have never heard of anyone getting rousted from a rest area for a 8hr rest. If anyone has please let us know and the state it was in.

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Way over thinking this !
The last 200,000 miles or so when I get tired I pull into a Rest area--park -throw the satellite up have a beer and make some dinner- Go to sleep !
The Trucker Comments should be disregarded - and certainly not warranted in my experience- They are always friendly and respectful- at least that's what I Think ! Why does everyone dump on Truckers ?
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I've not read all the posts but here's my take. We have stayed at, in no particular order


Walmarts
Sam's Clubs
Cracker Barrel
Lowes
Truck Stops
Casino's

Rest Stops


Recently joined Harvest Host and stayed a couple wineries.


Also look for Corp Of Engineers COE campgrounds if we will stay a couple of days. State Campgrounds etc.


As a last resort we will look for campgrounds. This is usually after we've been on the road a while and need to do laundry with full hookups and/or we are going to be in one location for a while. Not into fancy places.
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People with $260k rigs can't afford an RV park for a night, what are we little folks supposed to do? LOL. we already know.
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People with $260k rigs can't afford an RV park for a night, what are we little folks supposed to do?
Park next to them. Share their imported beer. They're nice!
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People with $260k rigs can't afford an RV park for a night, what are we little folks supposed to do? LOL. we already know.
Well, they've already spent all their money, while yours is still in the bank, so you can best afford an RV park.
That's what I told my work mates after building a brand new home once. They said that I had a lot of money. I said no, I'm broke now, you're the one with the money.
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People with $260k rigs can't afford an RV park for a night, what are we little folks supposed to do? LOL. we already know.
The reason folks mainly use WalMarts, etc is for convenience. They're the types that drive long hours into the night and pulling into a RV park that late isn't best for the RV neighbor nextdoor. It's a lot easier to pull into a WalMart, turn the key and go to bed.
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People with $260k rigs can't afford an RV park for a night, what are we little folks supposed to do? LOL. we already know.
I don't own a maga bucks rig, my well used 2000 model provides my wife and I reliable, safe transportation and RV mode of lodging.

Some think the use of a free parking spot is all about the money. Nothing could be further from the truth. For more than 40 years of my professional career I was on road traveling mostly by airline and staying in hotels. Always a rigid schedule.

My retirement years are for us to relax and enjoy, not to make reservations and schedules. Do you want me pulling in next to you at 10 - 11 at night then again up at six?

RVing to us is the flexibility to set our own schedule and change it frequently.
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