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Old 06-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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Overnight Parking at Rest Stops

Rest stops legal to park overnight.



Arizona
Arkansas
Connecticut
Illinois -– only on Illinois Toll Road
Indiana - only on Indiana Toll Road
Kansas
Nevada
New Mexico
New York - emergencies only
Ohio - only on Ohio Turnpike
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Oregon - 14-hour limit
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I am not sure how legal it is in Canada, or if it changes from province to province, but it seems like a common practice. Tents at a rest stop are not uncommon.
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I live in Illannoy and have used the rest areas many times over many years without a single challenge, in fact it is often difficult to find a spot to park since they are commonly full by 11PM.

In Florida, we stopped at a campground which was in our guide.It had been converted to residential. We then went to a nearby rest area where the signs said "No Camping". We asked the guy in the security truck where we might find a place to stay. He said..."How about right over there under that tree next to the curb?"
I said ..."What about the sign?"
He said... "Just sleep", don't set up camp or start any fires"
I said... "Thanks"... And slept soundly, knowing the place had friendly security on duty!
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I am not sure how legal it is in Canada, or if it changes from province to province, but it seems like a common practice. Tents at a rest stop are not uncommon.
You can in BC as the truckers all do it.... but as in the US there are time limits which are normally posted and as in the US you should not set up camp with your little chairs and fire going
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I have stopped at rest stops successfully a couple times, but to avoid the vehicular noise, I usually try to find a spot away from the highway. A local rec center parking lot, or even alongside a residential road where there is lots of room, or an approach on a rural road, are places I look for. We usually do this only when traveling until 9PMish, and leaving first thing in the morning, and have never once been bothered.

Large lots at gas stations are usually fine. I have only used them twice, and one time even asked as was told that it was no problem.

This is the advantage of having a travel trailer over a tent or tent trailer.
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My brother stayed 6 months at the Flying J truck stop with his 38' fifth wheel and a 20' semi trailer. Till he got a knock on his door at 2 am. The police gave him two days to clear out. For the last 8 months he is in a group of trees just off the 22X, still inside Calgary.
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Rest stops legal to park overnight.



Arizona
Arkansas
Connecticut
Illinois -– only on Illinois Toll Road
Indiana - only on Indiana Toll Road
Kansas
Nevada
New Mexico
New York - emergencies only
Ohio - only on Ohio Turnpike
Oklahoma
Oregon - 14-hour limit
Texas
Virginia

I'm curious about your source and if there's any thing said about the remainder of states?
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dave---your brother's story seems truly excessive. LIVING at the flying J is not what most of us mean by "staying at a rest/truck stop". i am surprised that the police gave him 2 days to clear out--after all, he had his truck and trailer there and could theoretically been out of there within the hour.

overnighting is not camping. it's sleeping while on the road. no fires. no bbqs, and no tents/tent trailers.

we have overnighted in flying j's while travelling, in walmarts and once in a connecticutt rest stop that had security. but we wouldn't live at one.
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dave---your brother's story seems truly excessive. LIVING at the flying J is not what most of us mean by "staying at a rest/truck stop". i am surprised that the police gave him 2 days to clear out--after all, he had his truck and trailer there and could theoretically been out of there within the hour.

overnighting is not camping. it's sleeping while on the road. no fires. no bbqs, and no tents/tent trailers.

we have overnighted in flying j's while travelling, in walmarts and once in a connecticutt rest stop that had security. but we wouldn't live at one.
Yep, my brother is a bit wack. He installs elevators, so income is not the problem. His kids are all grown, he is no longer married, and he is looking to shed commitments. I guess an address is a commitment.

He is looking to sell the fifth wheel toy hauler and build an 8x8x8 cube that will fit on the back of his flat deck. He has a crane on the truck. The materials of construction are 1.5" Styrofoam covered on both sides with corrugated plastic, the stuff that election signs are made of. With an aluminum frame at all the corners.

He still comes over to my place every Friday for fire, pizza and beer.
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Yep, my brother is a bit wack. He installs elevators, so income is not the problem. His kids are all grown, he is no longer married, and he is looking to shed commitments. I guess an address is a commitment.

He is looking to sell the fifth wheel toy hauler and build an 8x8x8 cube that will fit on the back of his flat deck. He has a crane on the truck. The materials of construction are 1.5" Styrofoam covered on both sides with corrugated plastic, the stuff that election signs are made of. With an aluminum frame at all the corners.

He still comes over to my place every Friday for fire, pizza and beer.

The pizza, fire and beer sounds real good.
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I suspect that the list is quite incomplete. Most states seem to have a time limit on how long you can stay, usually a few hours. I think the intent is to allow a tired drivers to get a few hours sleep rather than falling asleep while driving.

But, human nature being what it is, I can see the reason that they put limits measured in hours on the sites. If they didn't they'd pretty quickly start looking like RV parks with all the toys scattered about.

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Thanks Kevin. I fear that site is a little out dated. I checked all the State links and found several broken. 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.
Washington, allows 8 hrs. Probably not heavily enforced.
Oregon, has changed from 14 to 12 hours. Some rest areas it's not enforced.

My recommendation...
First if you think you might want to spend a night in a rest area, check the posting in the rest area or contact the state. Park between a couple trucks, if both of them leave you might consider leaving.

Some states like ID and CO say no over night parking. However, enforcement is another matter.
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I suspect that the list is quite incomplete. Most states seem to have a time limit on how long you can stay, usually a few hours. I think the intent is to allow a tired drivers to get a few hours sleep rather than falling asleep while driving.

But, human nature being what it is, I can see the reason that they put limits measured in hours on the sites. If they didn't they'd pretty quickly start looking like RV parks with all the toys scattered about.

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I think knowing what the enforcement is like is as important and anything else. There's many laws on the books that are used as an excuse to control. Example are loitering laws. If I stand a street corner and just stand there, no hassles, but if I bother people walking by the no loitering laws are enforced. Setting up tents, dragging out BBQs, etc. is simply calling attention to your actions. Sleeping is not.
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