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Posted: 03/18/19 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FTd for 7 yrs traveling secondary/backroads
Never used a rest stop/Walmart etc
Always used a CG or boondocked.
Rarely just 'overnighted'---------traveled max of 250 miles between stops and stayed at least 2 nights

Retired...so no hurry to get anywhere
Used Reservations for Holidays/Touristo Spots otherwisejust found a place as needed

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I am not yet retired nor do I have an RV at this point but I always made reservations. I am a planner (obnoxiously so at times) and didn't want the unpleasant surprise of not having a place to stay nor the stress of trying to find one at the end of a long day. Even though one may plan a short-mileage day any unforeseen issue (traffic, problem with tv/unit, etc) can turn a short day into a long day. At some point when I AM retired and don't have a schedule it may change. I also don't believe in using parking lots or rest areas. I bought an RV to enjoy it, to enjoy the company of other campers and to be able to get out and stretch my legs by walking after driving. Does it cost me? Absolutely. It's just part of the cost IMHO.


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Posted: 03/18/19 12:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Small towns can be a good choice as Gary Haupt suggested.

I live near a town of about 1500. Three or four years ago I was at the gas station about 8pm and a couple in a Class C pulled in. They asked if there was someplace they could camp for the night. I knew the park had let people camp in the past, but the maintenance guy who collected money ($7 a night with 30A and access to a drinking water hydrant!) and gave permission had retired. I called our sheriff's department and asked if the town marshall was on duty. When they asked why, I explained, and 2 minutes later he pulled up in his police vehicle wearing shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops. He gave them his card and told them where to park and if anybody questioned them to tell them he said it was okay.

Doesn't hurt to ask.


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Posted: 03/18/19 04:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've done all the above (truck stop/Wal-Mart/etc). If we know agenda, we make reservations. If not, we usually only worry about weekends if it's a popular area. Or we make reservations the day we know where we'll be.

But, we also have a generator so we can live with all the comforts, regardless of hook ups and we always try to have enough water on board.


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kaydeejay wrote:

Most Cracker Barrels have overnight RV spaces. I suspect they hope you will then go inside for breakfast!

We stopped at a Cracker Barrel in Ky parking lot full went in and super crowded and a long wait.Got their phone number order from the coach and they delivered and we ate in peace and quiet.
Of course a larger tip for waling out through the lot.It was hot.
We didn't stay the night but rested a few hours. We had reservations a little further north. Should have stayed.

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Did a 3 month trip several years ago. Spent a lot of time planning. First we looked at an overall route. Then selected what to see/visit where and how long. Also set some criteria for how many or few miles a day. Many times would find an interesting stop and decide that we would only travel x miles that day and spend the rest of the day sightseeing, of travel for a while and then sightsee and then travel some more. Looked up camping sites of PA parks, or KOA or other known places. Factored all this in and then when issues developed, and they did modified as necessary. Had some stops that were defining as to when and how long, as well as multi nights when we would do laundry, etc.

Its the nature of the beast and make the best of it.


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x2 Boondockers Welcome. Com site

We've also done all of the above, it's safe and gives us flexibility. If add casinos, frat lodges (elk, moose), and chamber of commerce. Also any local or country park will have water and you can spend most of the day there for next to nothing. Enjoy every minute!


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Posted: 03/19/19 03:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go on line and order the travel planners from the states you want to visit.

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Posted: 03/19/19 03:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Staying at Walmart's reminds me of the old song, "Nothing ain't worth nothing, but its free". Nights represent a lot of your adventure so why spend them in a dirty noisy asphalt parking lot when there are parks and campgrounds just about everywhere? If one's goal is to only stay in free places, they might want to "camp" in their driveway. Personally, I like waking up to lakes and trees instead of semi's. To each his own. I am happy that many stay on the pavement and leave the more interesting places to me.

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Posted: 03/19/19 04:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We used to do an occasional Walmart or Cracker Barrel until someone pointed out to me that "you paid a lot of money for your rig", why would you park overnight in a Walmart parking lot to save a few bucks. Of course it wasn't always about saving a few bucks but just wanting to get to our destination asap. I realized that it is more pleasurable for us to take our time, find a campground, enjoy the full hookups and not worry about security. I'm not saying a campground is 100% safe, but certainly safer than a Walmart that you don't even know if it is safe or not. That's my opinion but everyone's priorities differ. Enjoy it how you want to.

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