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Old 11-25-2014, 01:43 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=CPW;493709]I take it you don't camp too much in Canada. Or Mexico.

You are correct sir!
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Folks - a number of posts have been removed from this thread because they ran afoul of our community rules regarding discussions about weaponry. FGRV isn't a gun rights debate venue. Let's focus on the things we have in common - Fiberglass trailers and leave the other stuff at the door please. This thread is about how long you can stay at a rest area and all pertinent discussion is welcome.

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Old 11-25-2014, 10:24 PM   #23
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Stay limits in rest areas.

Everything you wanted to know about rest areas but were afraid to google.

The above link and links within that article should tell you all there is to know about staying in rest areas.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:18 AM   #24
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How long can one "rest" at a rest stop?

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Everything you wanted to know about rest areas but were afraid to google.

The above link and links within that article should tell you all there is to know about staying in rest areas.

Link doesn't work, Byron. Get "no such URL" message, at least on the iPhone. Do you have another link?


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Old 11-26-2014, 08:14 AM   #25
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There were too many "lls," in the html. Try this: Rest Stops

Remember too, this is coming from a private party, not from any official site. Use the information at your own risk. Remember everything on the WWW is true

As the site owner says "All tips and advice on this web site are purely the personal opinion of the author who assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequences resulting from following said advice."
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:51 AM   #26
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Right you are, Donna. Thanks. I was curious because I didn't think I had ever seen that particular website.

You mean everything you read on the web isn't true? I'm shocked! :LOL


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...You mean everything you read on the web isn't true? I'm shocked! :LOL
Is this true?
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Is this true?

Before I answer, you will need to define "true!"


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Old 11-26-2014, 10:25 AM   #29
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'Thought you all would find this report of a famous rest stop south of San Francisco interesting. Famous rest stop reopens
Former caretaker Jerry Morissette not only deterred an "undesirable element" he maintained a beautiful garden with flowers and vegetables. When I lived on the SF peninsula I used to love to stop here. I'm kinda sorry that he was required to leave.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:49 AM   #31
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In Oregon it is 12 hours. In fact, drivers are encouraged to rest, if needed. Often times there are trails nearby to explore.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:24 PM   #32
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Here in the SE many states are between two and four hours max. I’ve never gotten quality sleep at a rest area anyway. All the big rigs keep there engines running so it’s too noisy for me. TN, limit is two hours.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:37 PM   #33
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Here in the SE many states are two hours max. Iíve never gotten quality sleep at a rest area anyway. All the big rigs keep there engines running so itís too noisy for me.
FWIW, our escape has the extra insulation, double pane windows, and undercarriage foam. its blissfully silent inside, even in a noisy environment.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:30 PM   #34
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In places like Montana, I figure you're ok so long as you aren't conspicuous. I just slept at a rest stop last week with a "no camping" sign. The truckers were obviously sleeping there. I took "no camping" to mean "don't be obvious". Whether sleeping overnight is technically allowed or not, I would guess that around here, the state troopers have no interest in knocking on your door and kicking you out. So don't make them.

If you pull in at 8pm and set our your lawn chairs and make yourself at home...you might have issues. If you pull in at 10pm and just climb in the trailer and go to bed, you'll probably be fine. The rumbling diesels aren't preferable, but they did create a steady white noise to cover the sound of the occasional traffic passing by.

On a side note, I feel it's going to get harder and harder to "get away" with stuff. There are so many campers on the road these days. The combination of the push by the industry and the economy leaving many people with little choice other than living in their campers, they're everywhere, which will cause people to complain, laws to be passed and enforced. More and more no camping signs will go up.

Starting in March I could pull into our grocery store and see 6 camper trailers in the little parking lot, taking up half the spaces. Not camping, just stopping through and getting groceries. But there are so many. It's going to hit critical mass, and something's going to have to change.
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. . . but if it's a "rest" area, who is to say how much rest is enough rest and determine it's time for you to move on? Just curious if anyone has any experience, good or bad, with this, and it might be helpful to know in which state, just for reference....
We "rested" last night for about six hours at a highway rest stop in Missouri. We read the rules very carefully. There was no limitation, except "camping" is not permitted.

The previous night we read the rules at a rest stop in Illinois. In that state, "rests" may not exceed 3 hours. But on the contrary, there was a separate sign in the semi-truck area that advised truckers that they must rest 10 hours after driving 11 or more hours.
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This so much depends on the State. Some publish a few hours but no enforcement, some seem to be mostly unlimited. I think there's some that enforce their stay rules, but not many.
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I can't imagine truckers stopping for just two hours, given all the rules on rest they have to comply with.

TN official rules:

"No overnight parking is allowed. There is a two-hour parking limit."

Too bad, as when we are coming home from a trip, a rest stop (longer than TN) would be quite a nice benefit. Our last 75 miles to home is the windy, dark, and narrow I-40 through the mountains. Not a good place to be late in the evening if you are tired or if it is raining.

I've started to identify some Cracker Barrels on our typical route. They tend to have good RV parking and encourage overnight stays. And a good dinner and breakfast are nice too.
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On our recent trip from Nevada to Alabama and back through texas, we stopped a lot at rest stops. Each state is slightly diffrent in appearance and function, but I've seen it clearly stated that nobody could stay longer than 24 hours and you cannot set up a camp.

Arkansas had the absolute best stop we saw and we stayed for about 18 hours. Big forested are with semi-private parking, a large interactive map system and huge bathroom complex. Amazing.

Texas has "picnic areas", "parking areas" and "rest areas" with posted signs about a fine of $1. to $200. for erecting a tent. Each type of area was different in it's layout. We stayed at one picnic area and had the whole place to ourselves with a fantastic view. We never hurried to leave. Near San Antonio, we found one off the highway that was very quiet and overlooked the road from a half mile away. Again, a leisurely stay.

New Mexico had a huge Picnic area that went on for a mile or so. Very nice with barbeques and sun covers. We definitely took our time there too.

The best way to use these is with a trailer because you don't have to sleep in the car and you don't have to set anything up

It's not hard to find quiet areas either. Just avoid the big parking lot style ones full of trucks, and look for the forested ones, or large picnic area style. Sometimes we'd pull into a stop and find it full of running trucks and close parking. In those cases we just went on in search of another one.

We found ourselves really enjoying them and never hurried to leave or keep a low profile. You will not be hasssled, in our experience, if you stay less than 24 hours, and I never saw anybody keeping track.
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We stayed overnight at a rest stop on I-40 just east of Amarillo on our way to Colorado. It had RV parking and 24 hour security. Also, on our way to Florida last fall we stayed overnight at the Atchefalaya Rest Stop on I-10 in LA. Also 24 hour security. I parked and walked over to the security guard and said we’d be overnighters and he said have a restful evening, he’d be there all night. We found both of these on the Ultimate Public Campground App. Mike
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All the big rigs keep there engines running . . .
Very true. Why exactly do they do that?
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