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Old 08-07-2017, 12:39 PM   #29
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Nothing like finally getting to sleep in the lit, noisy truck stop when a trucker decides to let go of his air brakes. That'll make you sit up quickly! Was in Steele, North Dakota when air brakes were let go every half-hour or so. Drove around town and found a great place to stealth camp and slept like a baby.

We've stealth camped at numerous places and will only go to a truck stop or Wal Mart if we've exhausted all other options. Wyoming apparently allows overnights in rest areas and we're OK with that, but next to city parks or in fairground parking lots work for us when we're traveling west.

One night I got to a fairground just after sundown and went to sleep. When I got up there were 4-5 other camping rigs scattered in the parking lot. I know we're not the only ones camping there.

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Old 08-07-2017, 12:44 PM   #30
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Marilyn: thanks I'll be going through Oregon so that's good to know.

Billy: That's a good tip. Thanks. I don't use those spots often, but I'll try to remember that one.

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Old 08-07-2017, 12:47 PM   #31
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I had heard years ago about truckers not liking RVs in their lot and some had gone so far as to pull your hitch pin or loosen the latch on your ball. Was always told to check before you pull out. Don't know how true it is, but 99.999% truckers are good guys just trying to make a decent living and will help anyone out on the side of the road.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:06 PM   #32
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Please try not to occupy trucker's spaces.

I’ve spent some time near trucking. It is a difficult job. There’s a shortage of drivers because being on the road for days/weeks is miserable and doesn’t pay that well.

Unlike you, they would rather be somewhere else, and unlike you, they aren’t on vacation. Unlike you, truckers are highly restricted as to hours behind the wheel and breaks. In many states their speed and lanes are restricted. I’ll never understand why idiots cut right in front of 80,000 lb rigs. They have to drive as much as legal to earn a living, yet they can’t go over the limit one bit or they face fines.

It may seem a little romantic to mingle with and behave like a trucker, but you are a pain in the as- to them.

They still manage to be polite (mostly) to you when you occupy extremely scarce parking spaces intended for them. They have no choice to drive another 20 miles, they face fines, and penalties if they continue. Try finding empty parking for a truck after 7 or 8pm, let alone 10 or 11pm.

Don’t kid yourself. Loves or Flying J does appreciate the 30 gallons of fuel you buy, but truckers buy 300 to 500 gallons. Give the poor truckers a break and don’t occupy their space with your 13-16’ trailer. You have far more options. Thanks.

PS, I doubt you would get ticketed for occupying two spaces lengthwise in a rest area. Trucks can't get away with that, but the cops know how scarce truck parking is. They see trucks parked on entrance and exit ramps daily.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:36 PM   #33
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I had heard years ago about truckers not liking RVs in their lot and some had gone so far as to pull your hitch pin or loosen the latch on your ball. Was always told to check before you pull out. Don't know how true it is, but 99.999% truckers are good guys just trying to make a decent living and will help anyone out on the side of the road.
Truckers don't do that, criminals might . RVers don't do this either,but...
Just as easy to pull a couple of glad hands or worse a fifth wheel latch!
Maybe just open a petcock on an airtank?
I've never seen either.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:41 PM   #34
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The times I have stayed at truckstops we usually find a spot off to the side or on the car side anywhere there are two parking spots in line with one another. 'course our whole rig is now under 28' long.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:48 PM   #35
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I just discovered this one recently on the forum here. There is an alternative camping option called Harvest Host , link here , https://harvesthosts.com that is one I intend to use on occasion. You can stay at member wineries , aren't there one every 100 yards nowadays , and some farms etc. Do read their requirements as being completely self contained is one. I would imagine most have electric but not much else. Seems like a good option and I would imagine a very safe one. Common courtesy would be to purchase a bottle , or more if so inclined , of their product. If you are a teetotaler your purchase could make a great gift to friends. Lee
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:27 PM   #36
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AllStays app for overnighting

We use the AllStays app to find places for that occasional park-and-sleep. Some places have reviews, although not all do, or are recent.

If you can find a Cabela's outdoor store on your route, they are often happy to have RVs, some even provide dump stations.

We've also stayed in church parking lots, with advance notice and permission, of course. There are mega-churches out there with mall-sized parking lots. One we stayed at even had a 50-amp hookup, which they put in for all the singing groups with buses!
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:35 PM   #37
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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.
Where did you get this information. I stay in rest stops several times a year and never even saw any problems. So please quote your source if there is one.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:55 PM   #38
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I think being a truck driver is crappy enough without the aggravation of RVs taking up space at a TRUCK stop.
:then go to a Rest Stop as they are not just for Trucks, they are for everyone. Only problem with truck stops is the noise from the trucks engine running or generator to keep the truck cool so they can sleep but if you have same do as they do.
Never ever had problems at Walmart, other than cops coming by and saying this is not a safe place to stay and that was in Cleveland, and a couple of places along I5 in California as there were city ordinances of saying no parking. But if in a Class B or pickup with high canopy on back I never had a problem anywhere. If there is a Camping World in area they usually have several spots on can pull in for a few hours rest, sometimes they even have power. Casinos are another good spot to park over night, if they charge it is usually around $15 for the night.
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Where did you get this information. I stay in rest stops several times a year and never even saw any problems. So please quote your source if there is one.
...I am your source...I have been robbed twice in rest areas...once on I20 near Birmingham Al by a hooker and her pimp (assumedly) and another time by 3 hispanic dudes at a rest area near Gainesville Fl...is that a good enough source for you...I will say both occasions where because of a lack of situational awareness on my part!!!!!!
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...I am your source...I have been robbed twice in rest areas...once on I20 near Birmingham Al by a hooker and her pimp (assumedly) and another time by 3 hispanic dudes at a rest area near Gainesville Fl...is that a good enough source for you...I will say both occasions where because of a lack of situational awareness on my part!!!!!!
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Well I've stayed in a lot of rest stops and never seen any sign of trouble. But then I am usually a ways away from urban areas.
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Driving thru Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, probably also Oregon there are a lot of places for trucks to stop along the highway. These states have wind and weather problems and often have to shut down the freeways for a day or so and they took that into consideration and have built and allowed parking at pretty large rest stops, chain up areas and frontage roads. I stopped for gas at a Flying J in western Wyoming along I 80 and it was filled with trucks, so many I wouldn't want to try camping there for fear of breathing too much diesel exhaust. I drove a little farther to Lymon, WY and stayed at a rest stop where the motorhomes and travel trailers were parked separate from the big rigs. Very quiet and far enough from the highway that I couldn't hear the road noise.
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....99.999% truckers are good guys just trying to make a decent living and will help anyone out on the side of the road.
I like and respect most truckers, but I have to say the percentage is more like 9 out of 10. There are many shady characters in trucking. I know, because when I was in law enforcement I arrested a bunch of them. The percentage of bad ones is probably as high as 5-10 percent depending on where and when. Drugs, prostitution, robbery, assault, and even murders have occurred at truck stops. There is nothing noble or ignoble about driving a truck. Like most professions, (including law enforcement by the way) they have their share of bad guys.

Would that stop me from overnighting at a truck stop in my RV? No, but then again, truck stops are for trucks, not campers.
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