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Old 06-22-2012, 07:48 PM   #29
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yes, sherry, that is exactly what i have seen, too. i still remember hearing about the flying J in st. augustine (florida) where a number of RVers "lived" in their parking lot ALL winter!! and to boot, they were ugly at persons travelling who they deemed "took their spot" if by chance they arrived "home" after others had already stopped for the night!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:00 PM   #30
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... I also know and confirmed California allows an 8 hr stay, but doesn't enforce it to the 8 hour limit, 24 hours might cause a problem.
Florida, allows a 3 hour nap. I have no idea how it's enforced...

My recommendation...
First if you think you might want to spend a night in a rest area... Park between a couple trucks, if both of them leave you might consider leaving.
I have stayed at "rest areas" parked near the 18 wheelers. It serves a purpose when I am trying to make time and just too bleary-eyed to press on any farther, but it is not my 1st choice for an overnight stay. The truckers I have experienced parking next to idle their engines the whole time they are parked to generate the power they need for AC or other amenities the have onboard.

I can generally rest (I wouldn't call it a nap, much less sleep) for about the Florida limit... before I decide I would rather be on the road than lying there listening to the engine noise... and the whole reason to do this is for a quick refresh because I really need to be gittin' on down the road and time's a-wasting.
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I have stayed at "rest areas" parked near the 18 wheelers. It serves a purpose when I am trying to make time and just too bleary-eyed to press on any farther, but it is not my 1st choice for an overnight stay. The truckers I have experienced parking next to idle their engines the whole time they are parked to generate the power they need for AC or other amenities the have onboard.

I can generally rest (I wouldn't call it a nap, much less sleep) for about the Florida limit... before I decide I would rather be on the road than lying there listening to the engine noise... and the whole reason to do this is for a quick refresh because I really need to be gittin' on down the road and time's a-wasting.
It depends on the time of the year and place as to whether they idle their engines. More and more states are passing laws that limit truck idle time.
When parking in with the truck it's a good idea to park short, that is you want the back of your trailer to be not very far away from the back of the truck trailers. That way a truck coming in can see you before swinging to what appears to be an empty parking slot. This also reduces the noise from the truck next to you.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #32
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I have stayed at "rest areas" parked near the 18 wheelers. It serves a purpose when I am trying to make time and just too bleary-eyed to press on any farther, but it is not my 1st choice for an overnight stay. The truckers I have experienced parking next to idle their engines the whole time they are parked to generate the power they need for AC or other amenities the have onboard.

I can generally rest (I wouldn't call it a nap, much less sleep) for about the Florida limit... before I decide I would rather be on the road than lying there listening to the engine noise... and the whole reason to do this is for a quick refresh because I really need to be gittin' on down the road and time's a-wasting.

I only ever stayed overnight at a rest area once. Noise and all the trucks coming in and going out etc, I got maybe a half-hour's sleep out of the 6 hours I was there.

Pulled out, and we checked into a hotel. (we wind up doing that a lot anyway - we seem to use the trailer when we get "there" - depending on where "there" is but stay in quite a few hotels en route there and back!)

Usually we just leave the trailer at home and do the hotel thing rather than drag it all over and then not use it anyway!
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I only ever stayed overnight at a rest area once. Noise and all the trucks coming in and going out etc, I got maybe a half-hour's sleep out of the 6 hours I was there.

Pulled out, and we checked into a hotel. (we wind up doing that a lot anyway - we seem to use the trailer when we get "there" - depending on where "there" is but stay in quite a few hotels en route there and back!)

Usually we just leave the trailer at home and do the hotel thing rather than drag it all over and then not use it anyway!
I guess everybody has a different outlook. I find that I have way too much trouble sleeping in strange bed, hotel/motel beds are worst. I have a tendency to toss and turn without sleeping. But, in my trailer, in a bed I sleep in over a 3rd of the year, I go right to sleep and sleep soundly. It really doesn't matter where the trailer is either.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:22 AM   #34
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Some states like ID and CO say no over night parking. However, enforcement is another matter.



Well, in CO they go thru the rest stops every few hours! Knocked on our door a few different times when I got to tired to keep driving......... Pull in 2 am, by 3:30 we were asked to move on........
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Well, in CO they go thru the rest stops every few hours! Knocked on our door a few different times when I got to tired to keep driving......... Pull in 2 am, by 3:30 we were asked to move on........
Thanks Robin.
That's good to know.
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I guess everybody has a different outlook. I find that I have way too much trouble sleeping in strange bed, hotel/motel beds are worst. I have a tendency to toss and turn without sleeping. But, in my trailer, in a bed I sleep in over a 3rd of the year, I go right to sleep and sleep soundly. It really doesn't matter where the trailer is either.
In our case, the trailer beds are more of a "strange bed" than any other! My Boler is up for sale and one potential buyer asked how much we had used it. That made me stop & think - in the 15 years or so that we had it, I'm guessing that an average of 4 nights a year may be slightly on the high side.
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There always two ways to view the world and anyplace in the world.
1. Assume everyplace is not safe and look for reasons to think it might be safe.
2. Assume everyplace is safe and look around for some reason think it might not be safe.

We all know there's thousands and thousands of problems at all the rest stops through out the US. People getting robbed and killed every minute of the day and night, right?
It's probably a just a wee tiny bit more subtle than that. As a transient I don't know the area. A lot of crime is opportunistic, I like to avoid being in a situation that looks like an opportunity.

A dark corner of an empty rest area in a remote location would not be my first choice. Or rest area right by a major urban area. Or a truck stop that looks disreputable, or a Wallymart that has heavy door security.

I trust my instincts, they always have my best interest as a goal, and are always based on something real, even if I have no clue what my brain picked up on.

As to thousands and thousands, the 2009 crime rate in US was 3466 per 100,000 or just under 3.5% I wonder how that stacks up to percentage of towed camper accidents? Yet we all consider safe towing an important consideration. Right?
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