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Old 08-07-2017, 10:05 AM   #15
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Walt: Is there date restrictions on the Passport of America sites? Good Sam gives a 10% discount.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:16 AM   #16
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Walt, I'm a happy Passport America user. Once you get used to the restrictions, it's a great way to stop, have a nice hot shower, recharge the battery with shore power, refill the water tank, and dump tanks, with full hookups. Otherwise I stop where I can use my Geezer pass or boondock. Good luck with making that huge circle in six weeks!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:45 AM   #17
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RE: Truck Stops

The sign with the arrow going into Rest Stops says Trucks/RV's and my tax dollars are paying for that Rest Stop.
Rest Stops are much safer in my opinion, then Walmart. To each his own!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:48 AM   #18
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Overnight Parking at Home Depot, Cracker Barrel, Lowe's and other business's such as that sounds like a good idea and can be a great place to park HOWEVER you need to be aware that some cities, counties and other jurisdictions have laws forbidding overnight parking. That's why some of the Wal Marts do not allow parking due to local laws. You can pretty much bet if the local Wal Mart does not allow overnight parking it's due to a city ordinance restricting overnight parking and that ordinance will also apply at these other locations. Having said that the local police may not check these other locations when they have nothing to do.

Chances are you will never have a problem HOWEVER don't be upset if you get rousted at night and end up with a citation. With all the new RV's being sold today (500,000 + this year) many cities are dealing with this overnight parking issue in ways not beneficial to RVer's and traveler's as the "Tiny House" movement has brought may people looking for cheap places to park their tiny house. RV or tiny house from the local's perspective there is no difference. They do not want either one of em!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:59 AM   #19
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We stopped at a Pilot/FlyingJ in Dothan (Al) on the way home from ScampCamp2015 in Sebring (Fl).

We were trying to avoid/out-run winter storm Octavia and there seemed to be no better choice for getting a few hours of much needed sleep.

There were 2-deep parking spots on the Denny's side of the building that were undoubtedly originally meant for 2 cars. They were much too small for an 18-wheeler, but an SUV and a 13 foot Scamp fit just fine. We parked at the 2-deep spot farthest from the door.

After getting a few hours of sleep, we ate an early breakfast at the Denny's, fueled up the SUV, and got back on the road. It felt like a safe spot, we tried not to inconvenience anybody, and I don't think anyone really minded. (At least, I hope not!)

Just my own experience. As always, YMMV.

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Similar situation for me. The one time I've stayed at a Flying J, it was because I didn't want to stop until about 10 pm (heading toward home in a hurry) and there were no good CG choices in the area. I parked by the restaurant (IHOP) on the side opposite the truckers. I got a good sleep (not too noisy and I had good window coverings), then went in for breakfast in the morning. No problems. A few others were there doing the same.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:00 AM   #20
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We had a bad experience at Cracker Barrel. We were the only ones parked in their parking lot. At about 2am a car pulled up right beside our trailer and just sat there for about 1/2 an hour. There were 4 guys inside smoking. We don't know what they were doing, because they left without ever getting out of the car. It was one of those experiences where you are thinking, should I call 911? Now we park where there are others staying overnight.

As far as truck stops. We pulled in late to a truck stop in the Texas panhandle. There was a spot beside the trucks were it was too short for a truck, so we took it. It was beside an empty cattle truck. Since we carry a generator and it was hot, we ran the AC all night and the smell didn't get in the trailer. But you could sure smell it when outside.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:14 AM   #21
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I don't know how many, but several states do not allow overnight in rest areas, often posting a 2 hr limit. Virginia is one example but there are several others.

One other place I've overnighted at a few times is at Cracker Barrels.

Walt

I recently joined Passport America to give them a try. With their 50% discounts that may be a low cost alternative, though not free. I'd appreciate learning anyone else's experience with them.

And I'd happily pay a small fee for a quick overnight, even without hookups.
Next week I'm embarking on a 6 week trip from Virginia, to British Columbia
to LA and back to Virginia. I sure can't afford to pay $30-$40 per night all the way.

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We are life members of Passport America. We used it so much that paying the fee each year seemed like we'd pay more over our lives than a life membership. Our friends joined and were able to travel from CA to AL staying in PA (Passport America) campgrounds all but 2 nights taking about 3 weeks to get there. Some of the campgrounds are not real nice but are safe, quiet and much nicer than Walmart where we've encountered problems with others causing problems. If you just want a quiet safe place then PA is the way to go. If it's hot then we plug into the electric or just to watch TV for a little while. It's nice that we can usually dump and fill with water also. Sometimes we use their showers but sometimes they are not the best but depends on your taste also. I'm a little fussy on my showers. We belong to Coast to Coast but their regulations make it difficult to use them since we don't make a schedule and reservations. PA has regulations that differ at each campground but just read the book or pull it up on the computer. Usually not real difficult to get into PA. Most don't require reservations so you can just drive up. Hope this helps you.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:15 AM   #22
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...as a 2million mile trucker let me say...PLEASE do not take a truck slot at a truck stop...do so at your own risk of getting damaged (park in the center of slot to lessen this chance)...if you are at a larger truckstop such as FlyingJ or such, there is usually enough room to park on the car side and may even have RV designated areas...at rest areas, follow the signage and remember what I said about the center of the slot if with the truckers...I have been robbed twice at a rest area....I have never had a problem at a truckstop...no experience at box store lot other than police telling me to move along.........
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:20 AM   #23
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Walt: Is there date restrictions on the Passport of America sites? Good Sam gives a 10% discount.
Don't know what you mean by date restrictions unless it's when you can use the campground. Yes there are date restrictions on some of them. The use varies by campground. Some you can stay one night only through the week and some you can stay for weeks. Good Sam 10% isn't enough to make me want to stop at one of them. On a $30 campground you pay $27 and we find that Good Sam parks are more expensive to start with. With PA a $30 campground costs $15. We are Life members of Good Sam, Passport America and Coast to Coast. We find PA the best of all.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:23 AM   #24
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Thanks for all the feedback, esp. for PA sites.

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Old 08-07-2017, 11:24 AM   #25
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The sign with the arrow going into Rest Stops says Trucks/RV's and my tax dollars are paying for that Rest Stop.
Rest Stops are much safer in my opinion, then Walmart. To each his own!
I think you get more riff raff in rest stops. In most you can only stay a few hours, not enough for a good nights sleep. Walmart is ok if you park near other RV's. They can be as noisy as rest stops. Rest stops typically have a lot more crime such as robberies, etc. The rest stop problems is why you can only stay a short time.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:28 AM   #26
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Rest stops in some states have designated double parking sites for overnighters and are patrolled regularly. I don't know how many, but more than one in the deep South.

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Old 08-07-2017, 12:17 PM   #27
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Oregon Rest Stops

Oregon allows parking for up to 12 hours in rest stops. Locations are:Oregon Rest Areas | Roadside OR Rest Stops | Maps | Facility information | Weather

We want travelers to be safe, not sleepy.
Welcome to Oregon
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:34 PM   #28
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Normally squeezed between two other trucks as most the rest areas designate rv's as trucks vs automobiles. If full I may end up in the auto area which seems more sparse. Since they are not well lighted and I'm there at night I keep my trailer lights on as those big rigs like to swing in and with my lights I want to be noticed. .
Some rest areas only have single spaces for cars, and the truck side. When I pull in to one of those truck spaces, I barely pull in so my trailer is visible to trucks coming in, otherwise they might think the space is empty and start pulling in.
As for truck stops, I have been surprised at how many have no double car spaces that I can use. A couple times I had to drive all the way to the other side and pull in between semi rigs.
(I was only there for a few minutes to trade in my coffee.)
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