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UTTransplant

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We stayed at the Eureka Casino in Mesquite, NV last night. Sloped parking lot meant some serious leveling block work, but we got it done. Also is the quietest parking lot I have ever stayed in! Had a decent dinner at the casino too.
 

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We never had any problems staying at Walmart’s. We would always spend money in the store. We never stopped at a Walmart if there were no other RV’s parked. When I was on the road I would drive until 11 or 12 at night. Stop, get the grandkids in bed, have a glass of wine sleep for 5 or 6 hours and hit the road.
Just stay away from those big scary trash cans or you will surely fall in
 

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We stopped in the SC welcome center on I95N last week. Welucked out that an end slot was open next to the woods. I angled the truck & trailer so we could put out the bedroom slider half way and opened the dining slider a foot so cats could access the litter box. It was sloped perfect so the bed was level. Got an ok sleep. Better than not.
 

Anchovy

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Stayed at Walmarts, rest stops and truck stops many times. Never been asked to leave. If at a Walmart or truck stop we always spend some money there. We are destination campers. I just can't justify spending $30-$50 to pull into a campground to spend the night.
Do you dump and get fresh water at the truck stops? My husband and I are wanting to boondock, I'm just not certain
 

Ex-Calif

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Do you dump and get fresh water at the truck stops? My husband and I are wanting to boondock, I'm just not certain
RVing skills accumulate over time. Are you experienced in RVing already?

If not I would say plan your first trips around full hook ups. Shut the black and grey valves, fill the water tank and shut off the city supply.

The learning curve is quick and you will get an idea of how quickly you consume water and fill waste. You will learn water conservation techniques and you will learn how long you can go without dumping and filling tanks.

Then there are lots of ways to find dump stations in your area, or the area you happen to be in. Google searches and searches for like Love's truck stops, many of which have dump and fill facilities as well as propane fills.

It is always best to call ahead. I was enroute to a spot, made a Love's stop to fill propane and found out after waiting for the pumping guy for 30 minutes that their tank was out. I had to drive another 80+ miles to the next one which thankfully had propane. I was on y way to a park and definitely would have run out of propane if I didn't get a fill up.
 

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we have never boondocked .we are planning a trip to myrtle beach s.c. in april .we live in s. jersey .I keep hearing how you can stay at Walmart .would we stay hooked up to the truck and just put the legs down. we have a 26ft travel trailer .how long will my lights work for can I put up my atenna to watch tv .can I make coffee in the morning. any help
You can’t “stay” at Walmart. You may be able to park overnight for one night but they will expect you to be gone fairly soon in the morning.

Not boondocking. Just overnight parking.
 

Ex-Calif

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You can’t “stay” at Walmart. You may be able to park overnight for one night but they will expect you to be gone fairly soon in the morning.

Not boondocking. Just overnight parking.
This is a thread revival - Blinkycats post was from 2016...

It's been revived a couple of times since then. I was responding to Anchovy, the latest revivalist - LOL...
 

UTTransplant

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Do you dump and get fresh water at the truck stops? My husband and I are wanting to boondock, I'm just not certain
Not very often. Some Flying J and Love’s may have a dump, but water is rare. To get water and dump, we generally find a campground. Many will let a non-guest dump and fill for a nominal cost -$10-$15.
 
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