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Title: Overnight stop
Post by: Otisthecamper on April 16, 2019, 08:59:27 AM
I will be traveling from Eastern Ohio to Traverse City MI with a travel trailer.  Any suggestions for an overnight location between Toledo, OH and Lansing, MI?
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: Gizmo100 on April 16, 2019, 09:15:15 AM
Welcome to the RV Forum Otisthecamper

You may get better suited answers with just a little more information.

What you looking for.......

Full hookups? Water & Power
Just a place to park and not be bothered?

We used this website, You just have to use common sense when reading reviews.

https://freecampsites.net/#!(41.96097,+-84.60103)


Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: Otisthecamper on April 16, 2019, 04:16:31 PM
Thanks for the info.  Free would be best.  I don't need any hookups being I will just be stopping for 1 night for some sleep while traveling.
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: Matt_C on May 07, 2019, 06:59:56 PM
Otisthecamper,

If you intend to persist in this madness (as we do), then become friends with the app and/or the wedsite <rvparky.com> .  The website is free, but the app costs something (not much).  I have had it since it was free.  It also have reviews, be sure to read them. 

Matt
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: jims94vmx on May 09, 2019, 06:12:40 AM
  we joined harvest hosts.  Great trip planning tool to use showing a route and you can tell it how far off the route you would be willing to travel to get to an overnight destination.  This link will give you 15% off.....they sent me that when i joined. 

http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/jameshorrocks

Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: jackiemac on May 09, 2019, 08:10:38 AM
I like

Www.campendium.com

Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: More-Gas on May 19, 2019, 12:05:08 PM
WalMart Cold water Michigan
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: darsben on May 19, 2019, 01:17:22 PM
remember you cannot spend the night in a rest area in Ohio UNLESS on the Turnpike.
There is a law against RV's spending the night in rest areas in Ohio.  It is specific to RV's
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: John From Detroit on May 19, 2019, 05:08:08 PM
WalMart Cold water Michigan

Stayed there. It is just off I-69 to the West as I recall (NOT 100% sure on that)

ALso the T/A Truck stop in Tekonsha (Exit 25 off I-69 and east a bit. not much)
Restaurant at the T/A is decent Not what I'd call great but decent.  Oh on the way there I believe you pass a little Ice Cream place on the left... I helped build it.

IF you need propane.. There is a propane dealer not far away but.. Well you'll need to ask for me to directo you as it's a touch involved.. Though I can find it dang near in my sleep.. Only slept there for about 20 years.

If shopping ALDI (A good place to shop) is across the road from the Wall*mart in Coldwater.



Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: AStravelers on May 20, 2019, 03:51:17 PM
Look for Walmart's in smaller towns, such as towns with 20,000-30,000 people.  Call ahead to the store and to the person who answers, say, "I'm passing through "Anytown, USA" in an RV this evening and I wanted to be sure it is OK if I park in my RV in your parking lot overnight?"  Usually they will say it is OK and tell you where they want you to park. 

It is easy to use your smart phone, bring up your map, scroll to a city along the way at about the number of miles you want to travel.  Do a search on the map for "Walmart".  Many smart phone just let you speak the word into the phone and up pops all the Walmart's in the area displayed on your map.

Be sure to park well away from the entrances to the store.  We like to park around the edges if possible.  Parking in the middle and you may have 18 wheelers park next to you with their engine running all night.
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: Irover on June 04, 2019, 08:12:42 AM
  RvParkReviews.com and AllStays.com are good websites!  ;D
Title: Re: Overnight stop
Post by: Rene T on June 04, 2019, 08:25:48 AM

Be sure to park well away from the entrances to the store.  We like to park around the edges if possible.  Parking in the middle and you may have 18 wheelers park next to you with their engine running all night.

I always go in and speak to a manager and ask as to where they want me to park even if there are RV's already parked in their parking lot.