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Posted: 01/22/21 09:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bukhrn wrote:

We've done WalMarts, Lowes, Rest Areas, Truck Stops, which I find Flying J the best, the RV sites are separate from the truck area and a little quieter, noise doesn't bother me as much as some, as when I stop, I'm tired and go to sleep pretty quickly.
There are also Cracker Barrels, Churches, and some Casinos.


Agreed. I just came back from a trip. Slept at a couple of rest stops and quiet roads near Pilot/Flying/Loves. Didn't sleep in the fueling station lots. Too noisy. The roads just past them are much more quiet.

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Before the net we carried a Trailer Life Campground directory and stayed at a likely looking RV camp place when making long daily runs.

Now we use the same directory but use the net and google maps to see where/how the campground/area looks.


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Years ago we camped by using the Woodall camping guide book. Sometimes before we left home we would call ahead guessing how many miles we could/would drive in a day before we stopped. Sometimes we just went to the campground with directions from the book and we were lucky to fine a space and sometimes, not. Today is a whole different bag of fish. We plan ahead now and usually make reservations in local campgrounds. That gives us peace of mind knowing we do have a safe place to stay and who knows, if it is nice enough we play tourist there for a couple of additional days.
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Sjohnson,

One of the things that you have to decide long before departure is if you can live without deploying the slide. While it will not matter everywhere, it will make you unwelcome in some places that have limited space.

Apart from that, you have a whole lot of good information here. I can't help you about camp (cramp) grounds, we don't buy them often enough to matter. We do a whole lot of "Stealth Camping", but that is much harder to pass off with slides extended.

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Google Earth is a great resource for finding stopping places. I use it a lot if we are in an area we are not familiar with. Google Earth can even show if a Walmart allows overnighting. If they do, you'll probably see parked rigs in GE.

I have never even once asked permission. I've found plenty of places without needing to do that.

I don't worry too much about posted parking lots, unless the signs are new and obviously a effort is being made. In general cops have much better things to do than roust sleeping tourists. They will respond if someone complains. And we never put out the slide when we are parking lot camping. We made the effort to choose a trailer that could be used for the necessities with slide closed.


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I have never even once asked permission. I've found plenty of places without needing to do that.


more importantly, have you ever been asked to 'move on'?


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pianotuna wrote:

bpounds wrote:


I have never even once asked permission. I've found plenty of places without needing to do that.


more importantly, have you ever been asked to 'move on'?


Put in a different way, would YOU personally like to find some unknown person in a unknown vehicle/RV parked on YOUR land/parking lot/driveway AND they never asked for permission?

I wouldn't like it one bit.

I have had folks pull off beside my home on my neighbors driveway/land that have broken down, neighbor's home is back a long lane and can't see what happens at the end of their driveway.. Only a couple of times those folks have been nice enough to walk to my house and let me know they are there and their vehicle is disabled..

Others have just left the vehicle abandoned for several days with no notes..

Pulling off onto others property (private and business) and overnighting without permission is a risky thing to do.. Do it to the wrong folks and things may go sideways.. Not everyone will welcome your RV and that IS why you should ALWAYS ask permission.

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pianotuna wrote:

bpounds wrote:


I have never even once asked permission. I've found plenty of places without needing to do that.


more importantly, have you ever been asked to 'move on'?


Or even worse, woke up to find a boot on your rig? Could cost a lot more, and be more inconvenient than finding and paying for a CG.
My camper takes way to much set-up to even think of staying anyplace but a CG. But as I travel I have seen many places in small town where unlikely to have trouble just spending the night.

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Many casinos allow overnight parking.


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