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Old 07-30-2021, 06:50 AM   #113
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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?
You should look into Harvest Hosts! For $20 or so a year you can stay for free at many various sites like farms and vineyards.
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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
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Old 07-30-2021, 08:46 AM   #115
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We stay at Walmart and Crackerbarrel. Been doing it for 23 years and never had a problem but we always ask. Sometimes a town will have an ordinance forbidding it and in those cases the Walmarts have sometimes given us a list of other places to go.
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Old 07-30-2021, 09:28 AM   #116
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We are in before 5 and never leave before 8. Just how we roll. Most days, we are in before 4. I like to set up in daylight, get grill ready, have a frosty beverage while cooking chow.
Joining Harvest Host is a good option.
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Old 07-30-2021, 09:42 AM   #117
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I have a 42' DP. You just have to find the right Cracker Barrels...I always call ahead and one time there were cars parked in the RV spots (subject for another blog).
Problem is, if a person pulls in and can't maneuver it's too late. Especially pulling a toad. I don't feel like offloading and try to get out, especially since I use a dolly... We've seen the same thing, cars in RV spots...
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If you're a member of a fraternity or other nationwide organization such as American Legion, DAV, Eagles, ELKS, to name a few, you might call ahead and see if they have space for a traveling member.
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You need the Free Roam app - it will tell you all the spots near you on your trip that are free. We found just an awesome BLM pull-out by the Platte River and had the place to ourselves - ran the generator all night, took a dip in the River, built a fire (after fixing the fire ring). Super scenic. Only about 10 minutes off the interstate... Was a life saver. It also shows all the Walmarts, truck stops and rest areas too JIC.
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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?
Harvest Hosts and Walmart are the first thing that come to my mind. I once worked for a fellow who drove cross country with his sons to pro baseball games each summer in a Olds Van. They stayed overnight in church parking lots along their route and never had any problems. Might be a courtesy to ask permission first though.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:07 AM   #121
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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 have been RVing for 30+ years and have never had an unsafe encounter, some unconventional ones, when I was just starting out with panhandlers at 2 in the morning, but never unsafe. There are fewer unconventional people out and about now days.

You received some good advice concerning stops with Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, and an inspired hospital suggestion, my go to stealth location. Hospitals are particularly easy, because you are routed to them with helpful blue signs, Google not needed. There are also sporting goods stores and if all else fails, ask local law enforcement where they suggest. It is fun to have a police escort.

Your thread morphed into; is 500 miles safe? I agree with you. I go 500 miles give or take depending on convenience when I have to hustle. I find 500 miles neither difficult nor challenging. To me challenging comes with tricky maneuvers not bombing down the highway to an easy rest stop.

Hopefully you enjoy the road with 3 long days ahead of you.

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Old 07-30-2021, 11:17 AM   #122
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Cracker barrel restaurant has always been my go to, I have a 38' f Coach and out of a dozen different locations, I have only had a couple of length issues at The Cracker Barrel chain.������
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We attend a Lutheran church at home. When traveling we try to find a local church, call and get permission to stay overnight (not on Saturday nights though) and leave small donation.
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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?
Folks saying the same thing, must be a reason. Good results. Personally I dont like Walmart. With that said, they do have good parking lots. For more than 20 years my wife and I have used Walmart parking lots while in transit . Never a problem. It is my experience that 24 hour locations have full time armed security.

Travel Centers (aka truck stops) with separate RV parking is also good, but tend to be noisy.

Cracker Barrel is my favorite on the road eatery however mostly I find the RV spots to narrow and lots to small to park cross ways.

No parking spot, RV or vehicle, is going to be 100% excellent 100% of the time so be flexible, be prepared with a plan B.
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As others have already said, check out rest stops again and check for RV specific spots. Some do have this option but a little difficult to find.

We prefer rest stops over truck stops but both have been utilized. We've never tried a Wal-Mart but would like to one day. We usually can't fit in most Cracker Barrels so we don't even try to search these out any longer.

Usually we pull in at dark and are out by 6:00am. I don't like to stay longer than necessary and after 4-5 hours of sleep, we're ready to roll.

I hope you find what suits you all. Safe travels
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x2. When I began RVing solo in a class B I used this website almost exclusively for all my free parking needs, both locally in the same town for a few days and also quick overnight stops on long drives. Works great for folks with big rigs, too. Well worth the money. It not only shows pins on a map, but also uses green, yellow and red to tell you at a glance if it's OK to park there. Includes a detailed description of each place and a summary of user comments. It's primarily user driven. You can review each spot, and if you find a new spot where parking is allowed, you can add it to the database.
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