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Posted: 11/05/16 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I was younger (40ish)... all of my long trips involved driving ALL Night... nap middle of day.. so 16 hour days if needed. I am still alive and no Accidents .. including motorcycle trips.
Cleveland Ohio to Tampa Florida by motorcycle in 18 hours. 2 days there and return same way.. depart at 8:00 P.M. arrive early afternoon. did this 6 times in 6 years.

Cool air, little to No head winds. No traffic. but that was me and was then.

November 01 2016... departed Cleveland Ohio and arrived Mission Texas... last night November 04 2016, 1800 est. miles.
3 nights at Cracker Barrel all 3 nights.. arrived around 6pm, departed at 6am.

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Some years back we pulled into a paved snow plow turn-around area in a very rural area to fix dinner and grab a few hours sleep in upstate NY. Shortly after got we there, a deputy sheriff pulled in and waved me outside. When I approached his car, he pointed to the "Snowplow Turn Around" sign and asked me if had seen it. With as straight a face as I could manage, I told him I had indeed seen the sign, and promised that we would immediately leave at the first sign of a snow flake. He looked at me for a long moment and then with a stern look said, "Well, alright then..." and drove off. It was the middle of July! [emoticon]


Best chuckle for a long time Dutch, and one I'll be sure to remember to use. Bit like when the border crossing agent threw our half dozen grapes in his open trash can by his window. When I asked why he said "because they are from Chilli", AND ......... "There might be a fly on them". I tell ya, these flies from Chile are hyper resistant, to all the washing and insecticides, travelling into Canadian supermarkets and being ate by millions of Canadians, but the best is yet to come .......... These chilean flies on these grapes having undergone all that, then have the intelligence at that point in time, to know that they are at the USA/Canada border crossing and not fly any further south out of his trash can. Sheesh, there's no hope for just us mere mortals.

Thanks for sharing Dutch, it'll be something I'll be keen to use or some variation of in the future as required.

To the OP our choices for O/Ns when travelling would be: Welcome Centres, Casinos, Cabelas, HD, Lowes, Walmart, Church Car Parks, Small Town Businesses with permission and no ordinances preventing. Some Rest Areas that are security patrolled and feel "safe" to O/N, Most places detailed in Freecampsites.net (our main go to resource). I have also kept spreadsheets on each state/nearest town with notes on those diamond boon docking locations others have shared over the years.

By choice, we'd personally be happy for many reasons, if we never had to stay in an organized CG/Resort ever again but ...... when needs must we obviously do.


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Flying J's, cracker barrels, pilot all pretty much have small parking areas where rv's could park overnight (very small).

I've only stayed at one cracker barrel; they are mostly in congested areas so they don't appeal to us. Flying J/Pilot place their rv parking sections (small) in the busy areas so no go for us unless we were really desperate. I won't use any of them if I want a good nights sleep. Even walmart is better than these choices if you find an out of the way spot in their big parking lots.

Welcome centers are better than rest areas especially if they have separate rv areas (from trucks).
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DownTheAvenue wrote:

I think using a truck stop for overnight is inappropriate. They are designed especially for truckers, who often live in their trucks for days (even weeks) at a time. They almost always do not have another option to stop. And now with electronic logs, they cannot drive further and "cheat." Taking up a spot at a truck stop leaves a trucker with no place to stop. Go find a Walmart, Cabela's, Home Depot, and the like and park there. Or take a novel approach and find a campground to park!

I never park in spots for big trucks,but in parking lot near the restaurant,,have only pickup w TC so dont take more space then cars..
I dont like cooking so always buy dinner and or breakfast anyways..
Unfortunately Many trucks stops have dirty bathrooms,broken door locks so its not for squeemish

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We do campgrounds also, but when we went to Grand Coulee to see the dam; there was little in the area, campground wise, so we stopped at the police station/city hall and asked where we could park and they told us a place to park and it was in walking distance of viewing the laser show in the evening. Sometimes just ask. But again, just park, don't camp.


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dcason wrote:

Flying J's, cracker barrels, pilot all pretty much have small parking areas where rv's could park overnight (very small).

I've only stayed at one cracker barrel; they are mostly in congested areas so they don't appeal to us. Flying J/Pilot place their rv parking sections (small) in the busy areas so no go for us unless we were really desperate. I won't use any of them if I want a good nights sleep. Even walmart is better than these choices if you find an out of the way spot in their big parking lots.

Welcome centers are better than rest areas especially if they have separate rv areas (from trucks).
Donna

The Flying J we stayed at this trip (Jackson GA) had room for a few dozen RV's, it was well away from both the trucks and the car pumps. We left Cleveland at noon due to forces beyond our control and it made no sense to stop North of Atlanta and fight through city traffic the next day and all the communities on the south side of Atlanta have no overnight parking ordinances. Unless you wanted us pulling in next to you at 2am it was the best choice for our situation.


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It's no wonder so many campgrounds close, more & more people camping at walmart and gas stations these days its tough for them to stay in business.


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Sprink-Fitter wrote:

It's no wonder so many campgrounds close, more & more people camping at walmart and gas stations these days its tough for them to stay in business.
Do you want me pulling into the campground spot next to you at midnight, and then pulling back out at 6 am because I need to get the miles done with? When I have done this at campgrounds, the folks around me didn't seem too happy. As quiet as a person tries to be, there is some noise involved with pulling in, opening and closing doors, and taking the dogs for a quick walk.

That's what I'm doing at Walmart - grabbing a few hours of sleep before I get rolling again. I am not setting up camp there. I am on my way to or from camp.


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It's no wonder so many campgrounds close, more & more people camping at walmart and gas stations these days its tough for them to stay in business.


Really, you think that is and of itself the only problem why they end up shutting down? We've avoided CG's like the plague for the past decade plus = used to love them, but we've found very few where we are appreciated when we check in, many have become rather run down, are in too noisy a built up area to sleep sometimes, and the prices have become exponentially crazy for just a few hours to sleep over night till we reach our destination.

We too feel the same way, would you really appreciate someone pulling in at midnight or later sometimes and disturbing the CG. Some folks are destination bound, with limit vacation time, not all are retired doing the 2-2-2 or 3-3-3 travel modes.

Sometimes, it pays to put yourself in the shoes of others = there's not one right or wrong way as we all know when it comes to RVing/Camping.

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Sprink-Fitter wrote:

It's no wonder so many campgrounds close, more & more people camping at walmart and gas stations these days its tough for them to stay in business.
Most campgrounds that close are sold and being converted to a higher usage. Many campgrounds were built in desirable locations and the land is worth more than the business. The other parks that close are ones that never really supported a full time business. Most were a place were someone plopped down a half dozen connections on land they owned and called it a campground. They never made much money and the owner just lost interest. The rest never made any business sense in the first place. Someone watched Field of Dreams too many times and bought into the line "if you build it, they will come". That doesn't happen.
However, have a good location, a good business plan and run a good operation and RV parks and Campgrounds are good investments. Walmart and Flying J isn't going to put them out of business

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