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Interstate rest area regulations in ga and sc

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#1 jensenbeachbob


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:20 AM

Hi, Have you stopped in interstate rest areas, gone back to your tow trailer to nap? I'm thinking particularly of Georgia and South Carolina. Is there state police presence through the night for safety? Is there a set number of hours you can be parked? I am thinking of three or 4. Thanks. Bob

#2 Technomadia


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:07 AM

Each state varies in the rules and regulations on this, and sometimes individual rest stops have their own variations.

You can usually check state's own website to find out, or query the various free overnight parking resources to find out about specific rest stops.

Consulting the 'State Lines' iPhone app we wrote to track these varying state laws us travelers face - I find that : GA allows overnight parking, no problem (unless otherwise stated). SC does not at all (but you're probably ok for a couple hours for a quick nap).

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#3 Kirk


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:00 PM

Keep in mind that when you stay in a rest area you are a very easy target for those who strike and then quickly disappear down the highway. I have never seen a rest area that had a police presence at all times. That is probably cost prohibitive.

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#4 rexandrose


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:00 PM

Rose and I have stayed a number of times in the Georgia rest areas. Always felt safe. Will do it again soon.


#5 Atchafalaya_man


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:16 AM

We have observed that the prima rest areas in which to nap, usually with 24 hour security, and often with a RV Parking Section, are the "Welcome Center Rest Areas" as you ENTER a state. If you are LEAVING a state, you just passed one, but in the opposite lanes for the state you are leaving. You can double back to the state you are leaving, and within a couple of miles of the state line find their "Welcome Center".

We have stayed in some for overnight hours, even having breakfast there before resuming our trip. And, the bathrooms are usually kept clean for welcoming tourists. Some have dump stations. Further into the state, it's just a parking spot as Kirk has said, far less safe that the showcase welcome center.

Even so, we always try to park as close to the buildings/bathrooms as we can, even for a potty break.

#6 Doug7155


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:33 AM

Some Florida rest areas have armed night security.