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Topic: Do you "overnight" at Flying J's truck parking?

Posted By: bluebarry1964b on 01/18/12 01:15pm

Most of the Flying J's that we've been to have designated RV parking. We've stayed overnight occasionally there. However, we've run into the odd Flying J that doesn't have designated RV parking.

Question: have any of you parked overnight in the semi-truck parking area, or have you run into trouble with the truckers because often this area is full and truckers need the space to park overnight themselves?


Posted By: paulcardoza on 01/18/12 01:18pm

Truckers will almost never complain about you parking in the truck area.


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Posted By: rvten on 01/18/12 01:18pm

If no RV parking we move on.


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Posted By: gbopp on 01/18/12 01:21pm

I'd rather not park in the truck area. The truckers are working, I'm not.
I use Free Campgrounds and Free Campsites when I'm traveling and need a quick overnight stop.


Posted By: TexasShadow on 01/18/12 01:26pm

we have parked with the trucks a few times in the past, but quit doing so because they come and go all night so it's noisy, etc. so we find other, quieter places to park. but no trucker ever made us feel unwelcome.


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Posted By: down home on 01/18/12 01:27pm

We parked one time several years ago in the RV area in the front of Flying J after asking.
We didn't get but a few winks of sleep. All night long it was driver such and such your shower is available of some such. I bet it was heard a half mile away.


Posted By: ArcticDodge on 01/18/12 01:30pm

I wouldn't get a second of sleep with all the noise!


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Posted By: rk911 on 01/18/12 01:36pm

on the rare occasion where we overnight at a J we always do so in the front lot in the designated RV spots.


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Posted By: Old-Biscuit on 01/18/12 01:36pm

I don't even use them for fueling let alone overnighting.....

Cheaper fuel elsewhere and lots of more quiet places to overnight.


Posted By: gocubsgo on 01/18/12 01:54pm

We always stay at Wal-Marts but we thought about Flying J as we had heard that they have dump stations but as we checked most did not. Anyone else have luck at Flying J for dumping?

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Posted By: paulcardoza on 01/18/12 01:55pm

East Coast FJ's seem to all have dump stations. Not free any longer however.


Posted By: The Texan on 01/18/12 02:08pm

Have stayed in them many times, but only used the RV sites in front once and never again. We always stay in the back with the trucks, if we park there, much quieter back there, than with the idiot car drivers in front. We like highway rest areas much better and have never had any problems at one.


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Posted By: CT_WANDERER on 01/18/12 02:12pm

After gassing up, I asked the cashier about staying over night. Told me to go way into the back of the Truck lot and get in the corner. Said I would be able to open up my slide and in the clear for good Sat signal for the TV. She said they did not get Sat signal in the RV Area. We were set up for the night. A OTR tucker pulled up next to us. We chatted with each other. He was asking about the MH. We invited him in see how it is set up. Hey stayed for a while, we had a nice talk about where we were going and watched a ballgame and had some snacks. He thanked us for being friendly and told us how lonely it can be on the road all the time(trying to make a living). I have never had a bad time from OTR truckers.


Posted By: s N s on 01/18/12 02:25pm

We stay at the J's all the time when we're on the road. To get the rv slots up front you need to get it pretty early. I normally get off the road by 5pm that way I normally won't have any problem getting a spot. I have only once been back with the trucks. Don't like the fact of taking a spot from someone who is working.


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Posted By: skipnchar on 01/18/12 03:58pm

Sorry but sitting in a parking lot of ANY kind isn't my idea of recreation and I RV for recreation.


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Posted By: rk911 on 01/18/12 04:04pm

skipnchar wrote:

Sorry but sitting in a parking lot of ANY kind isn't my idea of recreation and I RV for recreation.


but for those who need just an overnite place on their way to a destination where they will recreate the J's, wally, cracker barrel, et al are very handy indeed. those places may not be your cup of tea and we no longer have long travel days but when we did we were very grateful for a free place to pull off for the night.


Posted By: sowego on 01/18/12 04:41pm

We have stayed at a truck stop lot twice, both times because we had no choice because of a breakdown. It was so noisy with trucks running all night and trucks coming and going...sleeping was difficult to impossible.

Flying J does have RV parking up near the main building but I challenge anyone to fit a class A with toad in one! A short class A or class C both without toad should fit if you get there early. There may be some places you can park parallel to the outer curbs of the lot. Otherwise...we will move on to a campground, a Wal*Mart lot with 24 hr security or even a rest area with security patrol on duty that allows overnight stays (yes there are a few).

However that is all only if our travel schedule got delayed and we could not make our proposed destination to overnight in a quieter and more secure RV park.


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Posted By: univmd on 01/18/12 05:16pm

When going cross country, yes we have stayed in the back with the trucks, but like others have said, it is very noisy with all the truck engines idling, coming, and going.


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Posted By: Sully2 on 01/18/12 05:19pm

bluebarry1964b wrote:

Most of the Flying J's that we've been to have designated RV parking. We've stayed overnight occasionally there. However, we've run into the odd Flying J that doesn't have designated RV parking.

Question: have any of you parked overnight in the semi-truck parking area, or have you run into trouble with the truckers because often this area is full and truckers need the space to park overnight themselves?


I never have stayed in the so called RV sections...I always go to the back lot...find a spot I can get into and OUT OF ( I tow a Jeep) out of truckers way...I settle down..level up...and kick back.


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Posted By: Sully2 on 01/18/12 05:19pm

sowego wrote:

We have stayed at a truck stop lot twice, both times because we had no choice because of a breakdown. It was so noisy with trucks running all night and trucks coming and going...sleeping was difficult to impossible.

Flying J does have RV parking up near the main building but I challenge anyone to fit a class A with toad in one! A short class A or class C both without toad should fit if you get there early. There may be some places you can park parallel to the outer curbs of the lot. Otherwise...we will move on to a campground, a Wal*Mart lot with 24 hr security or even a rest area with security patrol on duty that allows overnight stays (yes there are a few).

However that is all only if our travel schedule got delayed and we could not make our proposed destination to overnight in a quieter and more secure RV park.


Bingo!


Posted By: sailor_lou on 01/18/12 05:24pm

skipnchar wrote:

Sorry but sitting in a parking lot of ANY kind isn't my idea of recreation and I RV for recreation.


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Posted By: bluebarry1964b on 01/18/12 05:48pm

skipnchar wrote:

Sorry but sitting in a parking lot of ANY kind isn't my idea of recreation and I RV for recreation.


I actually agree with you 100%. To me, it wouldn't make any sense if I were strictly RVing on a recreational basis to stay in parking lots, etc.

My wife is a contract nurse. This time around, for a change, we're going to have 9 days to do what really would only be a 2-3 day trip. However, usually because of her contract start dates, I'm driving 500+ miles per day. When this happens, we don't really have a chance to enjoy the pool, etc, at an RV Park. All we really need is a place to pull over and get some sleep.

My first preference, other than RV Parks, are rest stops. My wife and I are usually so tired, and we put earplugs in. The place will be full of trucks when we get there, and half empty by the time we wake up. Yet, we haven't heard a thing. But occasionally, we do have to overnight at Flying J's, depending on how tired we are, and where the nearest rest stop is.


Posted By: bunna on 01/18/12 06:23pm

I leave the truck parking for the trucks..they are working their butts off and don't need to pull in at night and not be able to find somewhere to park because rv's have taken up the spots.


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Posted By: captron33 on 01/18/12 06:33pm

are you craZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted By: JaBob on 01/18/12 06:34pm

Just used Flying J for the first time on our last trip. We were in the RV area and yes you need to be there early. Parked with our toad connected and at one stop a guy had to run his $300 generator, it was a guiet restful night. Spent time talking with other RVer's.

Bob


Posted By: John / Angela on 01/18/12 07:18pm

Yes and no. We routinely stay at J's or TA's or whatever but prefer to be away from the trucks. We tow our smart car toad on a trailer so we have the ability to back into spots. If we do park in a truck row the noise is not too bad as our bedroom is in the back and their motors are at the front.

Casinos are without a doubt still our favourite overnighter. Best access and best security.


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Posted By: TravelerDan on 01/18/12 07:24pm

I have never had trouble with truckers when parking at truck stops. On the contrary they have always been very friendly. But usually if I see the truck stop is very full I'll move on down to the next exit and check another truck stop. You'll find some truck stops to be packed with trucks while others are maybe half full.


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Posted By: koda55 on 01/18/12 08:30pm

We have parked in the rv spots in the Flying j and have no problem with the noise. We are usualy running our generator. We have also stayed in the truck area. Still no problem because of the generator. But I also was an otr driver. Never had any trouble with the drivers.
Staying in the truck driver section is a last resort for us. The truckers need the rest and are mostly out of hours.


Posted By: Earl E on 01/18/12 09:25pm

I think the answer is pretty clear. If noise doesn't bother you, they are great places to spend the night. If you are a light sleeper, like me, no way. I tried it a couple times and didn't sleep a wink. Decided the only place for me is cg's off the highway. But nothing wrong with the noisy places, if that doesn't bother you.


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Posted By: bluebarry1964b on 01/18/12 10:34pm

John & Angela wrote:

Yes and no. We routinely stay at J's or TA's or whatever but prefer to be away from the trucks. We tow our smart car toad on a trailer so we have the ability to back into spots. If we do park in a truck row the noise is not too bad as our bedroom is in the back and their motors are at the front.

Casinos are without a doubt still our favourite overnighter. Best access and best security.


Are casinos basically like a Walmart or a Cracker barrel in the sense that 99% have no problem with overnight RVer's, or does it vary widely depending on the particular casino?


Posted By: crudeman on 01/19/12 07:12am

skipnchar wrote:

Sorry but sitting in a parking lot of ANY kind isn't my idea of recreation and I RV for recreation.




So your answer would be no then ?


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Posted By: bluebarry1964b on 01/18/12 10:38pm

captron33 wrote:

are you craZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


No....although my wife often asks me the same question that you just did[emoticon]


Posted By: John / Angela on 01/19/12 07:50am

bluebarry1964b wrote:

John & Angela wrote:

Yes and no. We routinely stay at J's or TA's or whatever but prefer to be away from the trucks. We tow our smart car toad on a trailer so we have the ability to back into spots. If we do park in a truck row the noise is not too bad as our bedroom is in the back and their motors are at the front.

Casinos are without a doubt still our favourite overnighter. Best access and best security.


Are casinos basically like a Walmart or a Cracker barrel in the sense that 99% have no problem with overnight RVer's, or does it vary widely depending on the particular casino?


Good morning. Yes Casinos routinely accept and encourage RVers to stay overnight. It is quite often the case where the security vehicle see's you coming in, meets you, escorts you to an area and then gives you a card with the cell number of the free minibus to the casino. Usually lots of cameras etc. They are a great overnight spot, usually a good buffet, whatever you want them to be. We are not gamblers but enjoy the amenities and ambience. Occasionally they will have a co-located RV park but we never use them as we are usually just ubernachten and need no services.

We have never travelled a day without seeing a sign for a casino so there are lots along the way. They are still our preffered stops although anything beats a campground for an overnighter.


Posted By: Raymon on 01/19/12 08:13am

We have stayed at truck stops a few times, but they would be our last choice. Do not like the noise, but most of all, do not like the diesel fumes from the trucks running their engines all night. My wife is very sensitive to diesel exhaust fumes. There are much better places to park just for an overnight stay; you just have to look a little bit harder.

Ray


Posted By: DanTheRVMan on 01/19/12 08:35am

I do not like the trucks - especially if a sleepy drive hits you.

When traveling for multiple days I do prefer walmart, casinos, and flying j GAS parking


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Posted By: onrecess on 01/19/12 06:39pm

DanTheRVMan wrote:

I do not like the trucks - especially if a sleepy drive hits you.

When traveling for multiple days I do prefer walmart, casinos, and flying j GAS parking


Yeah, rv drivers should worry about trucks backing into them! [emoticon]


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Posted By: SANDAV TOUR on 01/22/12 09:21am

It is convenient to stay near the main roads just for over night. If your trip to the next camp sight is a 2 day haul. We try to use the rest areas on the roads though.






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