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Isaac-1

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2017, 11:00:36 PM »
They missed Texas where sleeping overnight in rest areas is allowed (up to 24 hours, but "camping" is not allowed) on that "official" list.  Some years ago Texas had a problem with homeless people setting up tents and living in rest areas, so I suspect the no camping rule means no tents or setting up a camp site..
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Bravesoul

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2017, 02:39:45 PM »
I have to say that I have stayed in rest areas in Texas, Mississippi and Georgia with no problem.  I drive a 42' and tow a 16" trailer with my toad and always park in the truck area.
Joe and Lisa Barrow, Gadget and Gizmo (4 legged)
2007 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40E
Toad- 2011 CanAm Spyder or 2005 Chrysler Crossfire

John Stephens

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2017, 06:51:04 PM »
We are staying in a rest area 25 miles east of Pensacola right now and five minutes ago got a knock on the door by the security officer that patrols the spot. He said that because of the evacuation from the state, all RV's would be allowed to spend the night and tomorrow. If not for the storm, however, he would make everyone leave after two hours.
John
Cape Coral, Fl.
2005 Winnebago Adventurer 38J
Acme EZ Tow Dolly and 2007 Azera

skydivemark

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2017, 08:00:18 PM »
I'm curious to know what states you are in when you stay in rest areas. I have been kicked out of rest areas in Florida and Georgia if I stay for longer than two hours and if security sees you set out a slide, he'll knock on your door within minutes.
We've  stayed in rest areas from Fla to WV, to CA, but this RV with our first slides is a recent purchase -  (last year) so we've  only -so far- stopped at rest areas overnight in 8 states (SC, NC, MS, TX, LA, VA, OK, GA). We live in FLa so stopping at rest areas here is not frequent. As long as we pick a spot with no parking spots on the "slide side" of us we don't have problems (we try to not appear like residents). The bed slide is on the passenger side so it's usually easy to find a shoulder spot as long as it's  not too late, obviously the bed slide is all we need for overnight stops.
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Clermont, FL

skydivemark

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2017, 08:15:20 PM »
We almost always stay in the truck areas, except for MS &LA.
2015 Thor Four Winds 31L
Clermont, FL

Rene T

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #35 on: September 10, 2017, 08:59:22 PM »
I don't extend my slides while stopping overnight anywhere for 2 reasons:
 1) I don't want it to look like I'm camping and 2) less square footage to heat. Typically we're heading to or from FL from NH and it could still be somewhat cold. I can open the fridge and get in bed without opening any slides.
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
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& Florida Snowbird in Lakeland FL

Dragginourbedaround

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2017, 12:20:24 AM »
Last night we were going to stay at a Walmart in Glennwood Springs, CO, but couldn't find a near level spot. So we went to Lowes and spent the night there. Put our bedroom slide out over an unused area. When we got up in the morning there was a fifth wheel with two slides out.
Gene

2013 Winnebago Adventurer 37F
2011 Honda Fit

Isaac-1

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #37 on: September 11, 2017, 12:38:58 AM »
I personally don't see what the big deal is about putting slides out as there are so many floor plans are not functional with slides in.  On some the bed mattress doubles over when the slid is in making it so the bed is useless, and in some extreme cases one can't get into the bathroom with the slide in.
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A Traveler

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #38 on: September 11, 2017, 06:08:42 PM »
If an extended slide in a Walmart lot is not hindering traffic or parking, what's the big deal? THEY DON'T CARE!!

I simply don't understand why some of you think that extending a slide in a Walmart lot is almost a capital crime.   ::)

John Beard

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #39 on: September 11, 2017, 06:19:23 PM »
I don't stay at Walmarts, I kinda look at others parked at Walmart and other odd places all sprawled out and wonder why.
John & Susan
2014 Winnebago Aspect 30J
2005 Jeep Wrangler X, Toad, a little modified
Northwest Las Vegas, NV

malexander

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2017, 07:37:50 PM »
I stay hitched up, run down the levelers, and run the bedroom slide out, wherever I stop for the night. I do make sure the bedroom slide is going to go out over a grassy area, or at least it's not going out in an area that's susceptible to getting hit by something.
Marshall Alexander
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KandT

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #41 on: September 12, 2017, 04:21:46 PM »
I always go into the store, grab a shopping cart, add a couple of items to it then ask a store manager if it's OK to spend the night in his parking lot and where would he want us to park even if there are other RV's already parked.

Do you push the shopping cart over to the Pepsi and then leave? :o
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John Stephens

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Re: Overnight stops at rest area's, Walmart, etc.
« Reply #42 on: September 12, 2017, 10:40:59 PM »
I think the whole idea is to not give the impression to the powers to be that you are going to camp out and become a problem for their other patrons. In the last few days, I have stayed at varying stops including rest areas and Cracker Barrel parking lots. If I can't find a reasonably level spot, I move on, and did so at one CB when I realized I couldn't get the coach level enough to keep the fridge running. But the idea is to make sure the powers to be realize you're only there for one night and not planning on camping out. Putting down jacks or setting out one slide isn't going to call attention to yourself, but setting out a grill for cooking dogs and burgers is, in most people's opinions, going too far. Of course, there are always those who think that any rules, written or implied, do not apply to them. And it is those people who will ruin it for the rest of us who try to be unassuming and unobtrusive.
John
Cape Coral, Fl.
2005 Winnebago Adventurer 38J
Acme EZ Tow Dolly and 2007 Azera

 

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