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Dutch_12078

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Posted: 10/31/16 07:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stopped for lunch at the London, Ontario Flying J in July. We parked in one of the designated RV parking spaces next to another motorhome where a mobile RV repair service was struggling to get a badly damaged bedroom slide to retract. Seems someone towing a 5'ver pulled into the adjoining space and hit the extended slide the previous night. When we left about an hour later, they were still working on it.


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We've never stayed anywhere but campgrounds. We usually have our Grandkids with us, and as much as I'd like to provide them with the 'experience' of being surrounded by nothing but pavement, 1000-watt floodlights, and noisy trucks overnight, campgrounds seem to be the best bet for us (naturally, to each his own). Sure, they cost money, but in comparison to what my motorhome cost, not to mention its upkeep, the cost of a nice safe campground with amenities is insignificant. It's what a true vacation is all about, for us. Happy travels!

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I've pulled into the truck parking area at Pilot and Flying J a couple of times to break for lunch and walk the dog. The ones I stopped at were pretty disgusting. It seems the areas are too far from a bathroom for some truckers and the smell of urine was pretty strong. I don't think I'd be able to stay in one overnight.


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Hi UpsidedownCharlie, what kind of trips are you planning. Are the free overnights just between destinations or ?

We are not bothered by a little noise, just trying to get a few hours of shut eye when traveling so selected Flying J works for us.

Our favorite stops are: 1. casinos, 2. Flying J, 3. Walmart.

We use the following websites: Casino Camper, Allstays, and google earth to plan our stops. We will typically wind up staying in all three favorite stops during the course of our trip. Which ever one is closest to our line of travel and which gets the best reviews.

WE DO NOT: put out slides, put down jacks, put out awning, etc.
WE DO: just park overnight, ask permission

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walleyworlddad wrote:

We've never stayed anywhere but campgrounds. We usually have our Grandkids with us, and as much as I'd like to provide them with the 'experience' of being surrounded by nothing but pavement, 1000-watt floodlights, and noisy trucks overnight, campgrounds seem to be the best bet for us (naturally, to each his own). Sure, they cost money, but in comparison to what my motorhome cost, not to mention its upkeep, the cost of a nice safe campground with amenities is insignificant. It's what a true vacation is all about, for us. Happy travels!


You sound like the same as us, we always use a campground. When I get to be too cheap to use the campground I guess I'll quit camping.


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There are hundreds of inexpensive and free places to stay here: https://freecampsites.net/. Some include power, too.


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we usually travel on backroads and find that in small towns the local bar/grill, church, fairgrounds etc. often are available for free overnighting. We stop in and ask, and have always been welcomed. Much nicer than walmart, flying J etc. But again, these places are FAR from any walmart.

And we have had very good meals, nice conversations, great people in small towns.

Casino's are the other option we have used. Not that we use the casino, but often they have extremely nice camping areas for very low prices, or free.


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I drove a semi for 33 years and had to stay in truck stops for rest and eats. Nothing griped me more than to pull in dead tired and find a bunch of parking spots with RV's in them. Truckers are limited to the places they can park. Why anyone would want to park in a noisy, smelly truck stop to save a few bucks is nuts. Find a place where truckers aren't, and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Posted: 10/31/16 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

walleyworlddad wrote:

We've never stayed anywhere but campgrounds. We usually have our Grandkids with us, and as much as I'd like to provide them with the 'experience' of being surrounded by nothing but pavement, 1000-watt floodlights, and noisy trucks overnight, campgrounds seem to be the best bet for us (naturally, to each his own). Sure, they cost money, but in comparison to what my motorhome cost, not to mention its upkeep, the cost of a nice safe campground with amenities is insignificant. It's what a true vacation is all about, for us. Happy travels!
what is the purpose of this post? It doesn't fit OP's question in the least.

Flying J's are noisy all night and usually pretty dirty. Wipe your feet.
I prefer a small town Camp Walmart.


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2112: The purpose of that post is what this website is all about. OPINIONS, EXPERIENCES and, once in a great while, good information.

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