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Old 11-23-2015, 12:14 PM   #15
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What everybody else said about Walmart.

I have stayed overnight at a lot of truck stops, mainly the Pilot and Flying J stops. Even as a solo lady traveler I feel safe enough, and Pilots have very nice clean showers. Many of them don't mind if you park out front, away from the drone of the truck engines, but I tend to go back with the trucks because in some rural places, the truck stop is the only place for miles around for young people to hang out. And that means a lot of noise, loud idiot conversations, and 20 year old guys revving their trucks, and nobody needs that kind of nonsense.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:25 PM   #16
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Tnx all for the useful and helpful comments.

We be getting braver and braver...
but the fear is that we may OMG decide to try going Full timing.

Well like early this year with our bat project based in Blythe, CA in Feb. we left Michigan early January and did not return until the first week of April.

Now we will be gone from Nov-April.

So almost like full timing, just temporary LOL

If I could figure out how to house my main Dell workstation, 4 external networked RAID file and BU servers and an on-board very high speed broadband Internet in the Scamp we likely could try it.
Perhaps that word "Retirement" needs to be part of my lexicon and not "under employed" with the bat conservation research.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:29 PM   #17
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Hi Jen_B,

From my research I have read that the "20 year old guys revving their trucks" is caused by testosterone toxicity...

It does subside with time in 30 years or so.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:41 PM   #18
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Hi Jen_B,

From my research I have read that the "20 year old guys revving their trucks" is caused by testosterone toxicity...

It does subside with time in 30 years or so.
hahaha I always want to go and first knock them upside the head with something, and then reassure them: It's okay honey, we know your truck has an engine, and you're male... It's cool, you don't have to remind us.
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hahaha I always want to go and first knock them upside the head with something, and then reassure them: It's okay honey, we know your truck has an engine, and you're male... It's cool, you don't have to remind us.
So what would cause that reaction?
Estrogen toxicity?
(just so they don't call you Honey! Then they would really experience your wrath Huh?)
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:09 PM   #20
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If you don't have one, get the KOA campground book, free at any KOA, and you can then look up the locations and when they are open. If you belong to AAA they have the regional Woodall's books. We plan a route, then locate campgrounds that are open along that route. We like electric hookup for the fridge and electric heater, and sometimes cable TV. We don't hook up water or sewer for an overnight stop
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If I could figure out how to house my main Dell workstation, 4 external networked RAID file and BU servers and an on-board very high speed broadband Internet in the Scamp we likely could try it.
Perhaps that word "Retirement" needs to be part of my lexicon and not "under employed" with the bat conservation research.
We are on a two to three-year trajectory to retirement here. I run a home office with a few computers, multiple monitors, network gear, and a bulky 200-lb workgroup 11x17 multi-function printer-scanner-copier.

I have been looking forward to downsizing to tablets and phones when I am no longer running a business churning out spreadsheets, documents and drawings.

However, the other day I found myself looking at the MFP and before I could stop myself, I found myself wondering "How will I scan documents when we are trailering?".

I'm looking forward to learning how I just might be able to live without it.
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I am a bit confused about your Stay Anywhere App, I searched for it and find nothing. Did you perhaps mean AllStays Camp and RV? This is an excellent app for finding campsites and overnight parking on the fly. I would recommend the pennies it cost.

Using this app I have stayed at numerous Walmarts and Cabelas, I have stayed away from truck stops and rest areas due to noise, but they are all listed. I have about 20 nights in Walmart lots, unfortunately they are being used by more and more truckers, resulting in more noise. Calling ahead can save you some anguish, the above app provides all the necessary phone numbers and it does show you which allow overnight parking. With your dates it maybe more important to call, in the summer months we will often find other RV's parked and snuggle up with them, sparing the phone call. It is so easy to call, why not do it?

On your route I have used the Walmart in Clarksville, IN and Shelbyville, KY. Both were acceptable. The app really helps because it contains comments of others who have stayed there. Nice to read their comments. All KOA's, local campgrounds, state and federal facilities are listed. The nice thing is it is always getting updated so the chances of having an outdated publication is rare. No, I do not work for AllStays but I sure like their app.
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Yes Paul it is the AllStays program I was referring to.


Good catch.
Perhaps I need to retire before my mind leaves me completely.

Simply typed the "function" on the fly w/o checking it.
Bad science Bat Dude.


Go to your roost cave and I mean NOW.
Do not come out again until you are accurate and sure of yourself.
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It is so easy to call, why not do it?
I guess one answer would be that it is a parking lot and we never fail to shop there when we stop and we never call ahead for parking when we go shopping without the trailer.

Yesterday I met my wife at Walmart to do some shopping, we took two parking spots in the busiest part of week (Sunday afternoon) without asking.

When we overnight, it is from late night to early morning when the lot is nearly empty. We still shop and we still only take two spots , far away from the door.

Our entire rig (truck and trailer) is less of a burden on the parking lot than a 7000 pound fullsized dually pickup used to take a 110 pound woman to the store to buy a 1 pound loaf of bread!
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Well DW (also a data/science person) sent this link to me to consider...

https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/


In any case since we will only have 1 night on the road w/o a campground before we are far enough south to find one open.

I think we will try the Wally World option.

Tnx again to all who posted suggestions and comments.




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I guess one answer would be that it is a parking lot and we never fail to shop there when we stop and we never call ahead for parking when we go shopping without the trailer.

Yesterday I met my wife at Walmart to do some shopping, we took two parking spots in the busiest part of week (Sunday afternoon) without asking.

When we overnight, it is from late night to early morning when the lot is nearly empty. We still shop and we still only take two spots , far away from the door.

Our entire rig (truck and trailer) is less of a burden on the parking lot than a 7000 pound fullsized dually pickup used to take a 110 pound woman to the store to buy a 1 pound loaf of bread!
A lot of that seems to make sense, except..... Some places have ordinances against overnight parking in parking lots. Rather than getting rousted out of bed a 4:00am and told I have to move, asking is a lot easier and could save that rude awaking.

Also they are kind enough to let you sleep in their parking lot I can be kind enough to let them know I'm there by asking permission.
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Hi all,

As we head south from Michigan after the Turkey day it is clear that no campgrounds are open until we reach the Carolinas.

There is a KOA open along the route to Jekyll Island so that works.

However the thought of staying in some 2-bit hotel along the way where our Scamp could be subject to damage-break ins etc. makes me think even though winterized (no water) we would be better off dry camping at a Walmart.

They would have any snow cleared from the parking lots and we have a full propane tank so we would have power (12 v) and heat but just no water.

We have the Stay Anywhere app on the tablet and the Walmart RV guide so should not be difficult to find one when the driving exceeds daily driving energy.

Sound like a sound plan?

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In our case we come down the east coast of the United States and can stay in an open campground all the way south on our route from NJ to Florida regardless of the month. I suspect there are open campgrounds on your route as well. For example NJ has to private parks always open, Delaware has two state parks open year round as does Maryland, Virginia and NC.

We don't stay at Walmarts but many of our friends do, as well as Cracker Barrels with their RV spots are always good.

For us the only issue when leaving late is snow.

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In our case we come down the east coast of the United States and can stay in an open campground all the way south on our route from NJ to Florida regardless of the month. I suspect there are open campgrounds on your route as well. For example NJ has to private parks always open, Delaware has two state parks open year round as does Maryland, Virginia and NC.

We don't stay at Walmarts but many of our friends do, as well as Cracker Barrels with their RV spots are always good.

For us the only issue when leaving late is snow.

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Hi Norm,
Some people want to always stay in a campground and pay pay pay and did I say pay. Others will sleep a few hours in Rest Areas, Walmart parking lots, truck stops without paying. When we're traveling from point to point for more than a 1 day trip, I sleep 5 to 7 hours. Somehow it just doesn't set right to pay 40 to 60 dollars, somewhere closet to 10 dollars per hour to sleep for few hours.
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