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Old 10-14-2013, 08:15 PM   #43
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"Small towns can be very hospitable. It helps to stop driving early and make your arrangements before it gets dark..."

Excellent advice. When I hear of peeps complaining about not being able to find a place for the night, it usually turns out that they didn't plan ahead and/or assumed something without first verifying.

If you are planning a stay at a Wal-Mart, it's always a good idea to check an hour or even a day head to verify OP is available and, if you get there and find No Overnight Parking signs in the parking lot, ask anyway, they are often put up, but not enforced.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #44
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VFW and American Legion for members will allow op in their lots, local church is another possibility, all found in small towns.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:20 PM   #45
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I believe Elks Club lots are open to members for overnights, too.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:33 PM   #46
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I've spent more than a few nights parked in front of a jewelry store when I was too tired to travel. Police ALWAYS ask and I saw I'm traveling and too tired to drive any more....I'll be there for four hours, max. Never had a problem.

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Old 10-15-2013, 04:34 PM   #47
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I always thought CA was going to break off and go into the ocean.
Only part of it, and then I'll have a house on the beach in Fresno and can sell it for a lot more than it is worth right now.

But they'd better hurry.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:52 PM   #48
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This may be a Canadian thing, but I have just pulled over in a neighborhood late at night, and been on my way at sun rise. Never had a problem.
At Wally world, we pulled into the parking lot of one with no overnight parking signs everywhere, and RV's parked every where. We spent the night, and were on our way in the morning.
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This may be a Canadian thing, but I have just pulled over in a neighborhood late at night, and been on my way at sun rise. Never had a problem.
Could be Dave, as this is what we often do. Just pull up on a street with lots of room, jump into the trailer to go to sleep, and leave first thing in the morning. We don't usually stop until ready to go to bed, so lights aren't on too much. It does not draw attention either, as it is common to see a vehicle with trailer on a residential street, maybe someone visiting, or a home owner readying for a trip. Fully legal too, as in most municipalities, you can leave a trailer on the street for up to 48 hours.

I have also parked alongside a rural road (not a numbered highway) for the night. Stopped in an arena or community center parking lot too.

There are lots of options out there for nighttime stopovers.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:53 AM   #50
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For those just stopping for a "Quickie" (a nap, not that...) there are a lot more options, but I prefer a more relaxed agenda than driving until bed time and getting up before the roosters to escape.

IN Riverside County, CA, county ordinance sez that you can have an occupied RV parked on the street, in front of your own property, for up to 72 hours, but not in front of someone else's property without their permission.

This is to discourage full time RV dwellers (not to be confused with full time RVer's ?)from living in residential areas. The same rule applies if they are in your own driveway and are occupied.

I had 17 occupied RV's in my driveway/front yard one weekend without problems, but it's not time to open an RV park there.
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I noticed that no one mentioned Cracker Barrel. Some don't really have a lot of room or are configured for rv's' but some like the one off I-95 at Brunswick Ga. actually have angled slots behind the eatery for rv's. We ate dinner & then breakfast at C.B. so a mutual gain. Stayed in a few Walmarts but was advised at one while asking permission that the one Walmart they advised not staying in was Nashville Tn. Best policy is ask 1st. Ernie Z.
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Okay,my bad. I didn't read page 2&3 of postings which mention Cracker Barrels. By the way we stayed at wallyworld in Orlando and I definitely wouldn't recommend it. The whole parking lot became one big drinking party.
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ernie, we called cracker barrel headquarters and asked about staying in thier lot and they said no, they dont allow it but next time im going to ask individual CB, brunswick is so close to jekyll island, we have eaten at that cracker barrel
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About Wal-Mart OP

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I noticed that no one mentioned Cracker Barrel. Some don't really have a lot of room or are configured for rv's' but some like the one off I-95 at Brunswick Ga. actually have angled slots behind the eatery for rv's. We ate dinner & then breakfast at C.B. so a mutual gain. Stayed in a few Walmarts but was advised at one while asking permission that the one Walmart they advised not staying in was Nashville Tn. Best policy is ask 1st. Ernie Z.
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Anyone thinking about using Wal-Mart for overnight parking should first join the Yahoo group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/walmartrving/join
There is a huge data base there about where you can't and can't park at Wal-Marts

And always, always, always, go in and ask first.
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Great link Bob - if you join that group under their Documents section they have a downloadable PDF file that give you info by state and address of Walmarts and if Overnight parking is allowed or not. The list appears to be updated often

Looks like most all States have some Walmarts that do not allow overnight parking so definitely not just a west coast thing as someone suggested earlier.
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By the way we stayed at wallyworld in Orlando and I definitely wouldn't recommend it. The whole parking lot became one big drinking party.
LOL apparently there are a few in Idaho like that - the fellow camping next to me at a music festival this summer in Washington, mentioned he had been up until 4AM the night before at a large Wallyworld RV parking lot party.
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