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Old 07-29-2021, 04:04 PM   #71
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1500 miles in 3 days is insane & unsafe!!
I never understand some responses what is unsafe for you is normal for others... what you should say it "i don't feel comfortable with my skill set, age, ect doing 500 miles a day ... for many it is a cake walk...
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Old 07-29-2021, 04:12 PM   #72
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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?
I’ve been using Harvest Hosts, lots of spots, free, although no hookups. But nice adventures.
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Old 07-29-2021, 04:18 PM   #73
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1500 miles is a tough drive. That being said try rv-camping.org they have boondocking, state parks etc all listed . Try it and see if it will be of any help.
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Airport parking lots

A great place to park overnight is municipal airport parking lots. Very quiet and very little traffic! Most people aren't even aware they have nice big parking lots with plenty of space!
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Walmart and cracker barrel
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Old 07-29-2021, 04:39 PM   #76
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I never understand some responses what is unsafe for you is normal for others... what you should say it "i don't feel comfortable with my skill set, age, ect doing 500 miles a day ... for many it is a cake walk...
Agreed. My Ford Transit conversion is A LOT easier to drive long distances than a 40’DP, but i went FL-SD (Black Hills) and back on April. Road days were 500-800 miles each, all while stopping for museums and interesting places. I always use truck stops, since many Walmarts are not open 24h anymore. Staying in the car side of large truck stops, no problems so far.
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I agree with the truckers at truck stops. I had problems in texas my first time through the state and they were aggressive on the road. We stopped at a truck stop and a bunch of campers were in their own corner with plenty of room for everyone. I just turned my coach off and a knock on the door. He wanted to point something out on my coach that he thought to need my attention. Then he proceeded to tell me that I might wake up with truckers surrounding me so I cant leave and I should leave. I'm like, who the hell do you drive for? I was going to call and make a complaint. He took off and weaved in and out of trucks so I could tell where he went. It was around midnight and we left anyways, cause I didn't want trouble while we were sleeping. I drove all day and this really put danger to my family. In 25 miles a rest area had one spot open and we lucked out. In my opinion, I only had trouble in the lower states, texas, new Mexico, and Arizona. They got better in Nevada and California and all the way up to Washington. Canada, I had no trouble with anyone. I saw some crazy stuff from the truckers in Texas and I had two kids in the RV, I was glad to escape. I loved everything else about texas and I prefer red states, but the truckers in texas will never leave my memory.
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500 miles a day in an RV is dangerous And I don't give a damn what your retort is. It's dangerous. Another response mentioned "Hospital" and I agree but it may be other people. If it's only you, it was your choice but it's not when you are on the road. Get smart and get good rest .
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Where To Stop For Quick Overnight?

I have never had any problems at WalMart, truck stops or rest areas. Someone did steal my freightliner wheel covers at a casino in Boulder Nevada one night though.
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You have listed most of the FREE overnight parking situations with the exception of casinos.
That leaves you with doing what many full-timers do, make reservations at RV campgrounds along your route.

As for me I stay at rv parks, walmarts, cracker barrels, casinos, truck stops, rest stop, etc. I drive until I am tired. I pull in wherever, shut down, walk the dogs and go to bed.

I also like to drive at night, less traffic and more relaxing for me.

I have never had any trouble at any of those locations and the truckers have always been friendly.
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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?
We've stayed in weigh stations before, if you like being alone.
We still like Wally world, for filling the fridge and the sometimes the fuel tank, with all things considered.
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1500 miles in 3 days is insane & unsafe!!
500 miles a day is not insane or unsafe. It may not be right for you but many of us do it all the time. That's 8 + hours of driving with a couple of rest stops thrown in.
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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?

This group has deals with wineries, farms, etc. to camp, usually for free. They're hoping you'll buy something, of course, but not required. https://harvesthosts.com/
If you do wind up going to an RV park, start with Google, and then find good reviews on https://www.campgroundreviews.com/
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