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Old 07-29-2021, 03:00 PM   #43
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In planning your trip as we do, Harvest Host is by far our best resource. We have to look ahead and plan. Set your destination and stick to it. Be careful and not be over zealous on miles you travel. Some Harvest Hosts can not handle big rigs. Look em up and call. We as full timers have found it well worth the membership fee.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:01 PM   #44
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I am currently planning a 1500 mile trek in my DP. I am planning on 3 days to do it. This leaves me staying 2 nights somewhere. What are some safe and easy alternatives to stay somewhere just to sleep and streatch our legs? I have stayed in Walmarts multiple times but there are usually "shady" characters lurking. My 40' coach won't fit at Cracker Barrels. Truckers are rude and disrespectful to us RV'ers at truck stops. I don't really want to pay an RV park when I won't be hooking up to anything. What do you do?
In our many miles of travels we have always slept overnight in rest areas and have never felt unsafe. Sometimes tough to find a space late at night because they fill up, so planning ahead to be there before it is too late is often prudent or else you may end up driving 50-100 miles further than you planned.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:02 PM   #45
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pick places that you can tell are newer and cleaner. they in a lot of instances less problems. be respectful of the footprint you create. like one of the other posters stated don't crowd the space next to you and whatever you do don't park where you take two spaces that another large vehicle might otherwise be able to occupy.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:03 PM   #46
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Outlet malls and a lot of touristy places. They're usually on an expressway and have RV areas.

You must have a rough idea where you want to stop each night. Zoom in on the map 30-40 miles before that and start moving towards your destination. See if anything pops up that looks like a possibility.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:05 PM   #47
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We're pretty conservative in where we stay. Safety is a relative thing, but it should be better at campgrounds. This year, finding a campground site has been more difficult, as you all know. Using rest stops has been difficult even during the day when we try to switch drivers or eat a comfortable lunch together. The trucks there have priority, IMHO, but ine on large truck stop, there were empty spots that were blocked by trucks parking sideways in front of them. We had to just bypass that one. Most truck stops are not monitored, so safety is an issue. As parking areas, they are not usually level. Most RV bedrooms require that their slideout be extended to use them, which you wouldn't want to do at a truck stop. They're also very noisy. Walmarts aren't much better and some have placed gate posts that prevent large vehicles from even entering their parking areas. We parked in a Camping World lot in Katy, TX for a scheduled awning material replacement in the AM and it was surprisingly busy and noisy there all night long. We've talked to folks in million dollar coaches who brag about never using a campground. I don't understand that. With the hourly operating cost of approximately 10 times the cost of diesel (= $35/hr) when driving, the savings with not using a campground are just not significant enough. We like to park somewhere, speak with other RVers, fully hook-up and be able to fully use our coach. With these new, all-electric coaches, they're going to have to use the generators some time in the evening or night. It's nice to be able to do boondocking when you really need to, but it's just not our thing.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:05 PM   #48
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Just my opinion... with 150,000 miles towing, and Moho, the Flying J, Petro, T/A, Pilot, most likely have the highest security with mega millions of dollars parked. IMO, by far the safest. Rest stops have minimal security, almost an invitation for trouble. Walmart I do as well, best if 24 hours open... noisy but probably safe.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:07 PM   #49
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As many others have said...Harvest Hosts ( is great for one-night convenience stops. Well worth the annual fee...
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:09 PM   #50
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I pull into the nearest Courthouse parking lot or park on the street right in front of it if there is a curb. Not once have I ever been questioned.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:10 PM   #51
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Try “Wineries”. Spend a little money in their shops stay free and you both come out winners!
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:11 PM   #52
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Don’t put to much thought in to it., you’ll wear yourself out worrying., we drive tell I feel like stopping and pull off wherever ., out of the way and being mindfull of the truckers.. if you pull in to a trucker rest stop .. I leave my rig running so I’m listing to mine and not theirs!!! Enjoy the journey!! Cheers!!
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We too use RVParky and have had great success. It reflects all of your options, campgrounds, RV Parks, Walmarts and truck stops. Most with reviews so you have an idea of what to expect. Best Wishes and safe travels.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:11 PM   #54
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Harvest Hosts

Well not 100% free but darn close, check out Harvest Hosts, its $79.00 per year and offers thousands of places to stay overnight for free.
Wineries, farms, golf courses...tons of places and a great app to help you plan and pick oput places. We have enjoyed iot for over 3 years now and would not consider RVing without it.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:13 PM   #55
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If you have any affiliations, American Legion Posts, AmVets, Moose/Elk lodges or churches would be possible options to check out.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:13 PM   #56
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We've never had issues staying at Walmart. If you pull into one that seems shady, all you need to do is go further down the line by five miles and you'll find another!
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