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#21 Eric and Susan

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 08:25 PM

Found this webiste that has Walmart and Sams that allow overnight parking: http://travelinwithu...ht-parking.html

We just drove from WV to CO on I 70 and spent 2 nights at 2 different Walmarts on the way. We have tried truck stops before, but found trucks come and go all night making it very noisy. Most truck stops also tend to be more crowded at night than Walmarts.



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:48 AM

Found this webiste that has Walmart and Sams that allow overnight parking: http://travelinwithu...ht-parking.html

We just drove from WV to CO on I 70 and spent 2 nights at 2 different Walmarts on the way. We have tried truck stops before, but found trucks come and go all night making it very noisy. Most truck stops also tend to be more crowded at night than Walmarts.

Eric and Susan... Thanks! This is one of the best web sites I hae seen. I will surely pass it along and share with others.


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:47 PM

I also find truck stops much too noisy and I'm not fond of rest areas either although I do stop at them for short naps. My RV is short so I really like Cracker Barrel with WalMart as second choice although I will take Cabelas without any hesitation if one happens to be in the right place at the right time. I did, however, stop at one that had a designated truck/RV parking lot that was as bad as a truck stop.

 

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:59 PM

We are "some" timers until the end of June and in blast from place to place mode. We look for Walmarts and have never had a problem but I wouldn't call it quiet. Would stay at a Flying J but the RV spaces are usually taken by the time we stop. Anyplace can be noisy but truck stops always seem to be.

 

Starting in July we'll be "alotta" timers. Pace will slow down and hopefully get to the 2,2,2 plan I got from Soos. No more than 2 hundred miles, off the road by 2 PM, and stay at least 2 days. That'll probably put us mostly in campgrounds.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:52 PM

I am an owner-operator who is on the road about 250 nites a year and I avoid truckstops. Have to use them of course, but when a truckstop is full by 7 PM and you are in an RV in the truck parking area, some truckers are going to mutter under their breath about it but thats all. In 35 years and 4 million miles I have hundreds of alternatives my GPS, but most would not work for RV'ers
Example, I will park on the street in an industrial park, quiet but isolated not near any creature comforts.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:13 AM

Flying J in Kingman, AZ. It was the first night in our new to us MH. Intended to go to an RV spot but was too late so did the parking lot.  Some noise, but nothing really annoying. The 2 readily apparent advantages were the convenient (and clean!) showers and the Dennys that was a very short walk away.

 

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:28 PM

While I use Flying J/Piliot frequently for fuel, I have never spent the night in a truck stop.  A rest stop/area can be noisy unless they have a seperate area for RVs or picnic area that is away the main parking area.

 

We do frequently use Wal-Marts for an overnight when between 2 points.  Noise levels very but all in all they are quiet enough for a good nights sleep.  This past trip we did notice that more and more trucks are spending the night at Wal-Marts now.  We pulled in to the Wal-Mart in Childress, TX just after midnight and only 1 RV was in the lot before us but there must have been 3 dozen trucks.  Looked more like a truck stop.  Stopped at 2 other Wal-Marts for a overnight before the trip was over.  In each case more trucks than RVs but at the last WalMart the trucks were only there for a few hours at a time before moving on.

 

I know truck stops get crowded and they have to stop when they run out of hours but hopfully they will not ruin it for RVs at WalMarts and other RV friendly places.  My neighbor drives for WalMart and has said some stores are now refusing overnight stays due to the trucks.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:11 PM

I feel comfortable in truck stops. Try to back up to a curb when I can with the RV, makes you look like a regular truck. But remember, "The world is a man's bathroom".

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:19 AM

We have had good experience in utilizing the Flying J/Pilot lots... Lots can be noisy, but we keep a stock of soft ear plugs... that works fine!   Best experience has been at those that have RV designated parking spots.   Having said that, we have used Walmart lots far more often simply due to the fact more lots are available.   We find them to be more quiet.   In all cases, we observe recommended courtesy.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:32 AM

We are "some" timers until the end of June and in blast from place to place mode. We look for Walmarts and have never had a problem but I wouldn't call it quiet. Would stay at a Flying J but the RV spaces are usually taken by the time we stop. Anyplace can be noisy but truck stops always seem to be.

 

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I like that anolagy 2 2 2 I will try that when we become a lotta timers.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:46 PM

Our daughter was here over Memorial Day weekend. She drives truck for a living. The local truck stop was totally full that weekend with drivers who couldn't get loads out because businesses were shut down for the holiday. Knowing that now I would be more reluctant to stop at a truck stop on a holiday weekend since these people don't have the ability to just go somewhere else. Her company tells her what roads to take where and she is not allowed to deviate from that plan with their permission. Fortunately, she was able to drop her trailer in a secure lot and come park at our apartment complex for the weekend but not all drivers had that option.

 

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:53 PM

Didn't know Cabela's or Cracker Barrell allowed overnight parking (if) available... The GPS and Wally World sounds like the answer if in a hurry and need to travel ASAP. Thanks for the input...

           Although we often frequent Wal-Mart for a good night's sleep, we are currently at the Cabelas here in Olympia, WA.  They not only encourage RIvers with long marked spaces, but also have a free dump station.  As always,oRV


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:41 PM

Glad to hear you can now overnight at the Lacey (Olympia) Cabela's.  Lacey police had not been letting them allow it, even though the Wal-Mart across I-5 has had overnighters for years and years.  

 

"Beau Legs Fish and Chips" at 8765 Talon LN E, 98516, is not far away and a great place for fish n chips, gumbo, shrimp po-boys, etc. 


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:43 PM

We were coming home from a Heartland rally in Indiana this past week and although we stayed most nights at US Army Corp Of Engineer campgrounds along the way, we did a couple of nights at Wal-Marts and they were great. We did hit a hitch as we were taking a back road through Arkansas and had planned on staying at the Wal-Mart in Arkadephia (Arkansas) right on I-30 West and got there just about dusk when we discovered that they and many other businesses had posted signs saying no 18 wheelers and had goal post at all the entries into their lots with a height restriction of 12'6".  We are 12'10", so it was back on the road again until found one in Texarkana for the night. We also stayed at a Wal-Mart in Terre Haute, Indiana that had no 18 wheelers (overnite) signs posted. I guess it is becoming a problem for them.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:56 PM

We did hit a hitch as we were taking a back road through Arkansas and had planned on staying at the Wal-Mart in Arkadephia (Arkansas) right on I-30 West and got there just about dusk when we discovered that they and many other businesses had posted signs saying no 18 wheelers and had goal post at all the entries into their lots with a height restriction of 12'6".  We are 12'10", so it was back on the road again until found one in Texarkana for the night. We also stayed at a Wal-Mart in Terre Haute, Indiana that had no 18 wheelers (overnite) signs posted. I guess it is becoming a problem for them.

The problem is often weight--they didn't build those parking lots for semi-trucks. If you have a tall but not heavy rig you can sometimes go through their truck loading area in a lot but if you are heavy you might sink into the asphalt which would not be fun.

 

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:14 PM

More often than not if I a Walmart does not allow overnight parking for RVers its because of a local ordinance. I can think of a few off hand...Cheyenne, WY and Indianapolis. Both are due to local city laws. We spent the night at the Walmart in Terre Haute, IN 2 months ago and there were signs everywhere saying no 18 wheelers. We asked the customer service desk about parking our RV in the corner of the lot for the night and they said it would be fine.



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:21 AM

We've been RVing since 1996.  Flying J has been a first choice when traveling from point A to Point B.  Never had a problem, truckers seem to envy us and some plan on doing what we're doing "someday".  We park as far back as we can, need a pull through since we're towing a car.  Truck stops are "dirtier" than WalMarts, just gotta watch where you step and make sure your pooch doesn't eat some of the stuff that's on the ground.  We use Passport America if we want to stay in an area for a couple of days.  Try to keep the day under 300 miles.



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:09 PM

We prefer FJ for overnight. Stay in the RV section or way out in a parking lot if the have one.

DW does not feel safe in a WM. CB found them hard to find a parking space during business hours.


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:31 AM

Kirk, how do you find the city parks that let RVer's stay the night? Is there a book or website?


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

Kirk, how do you find the city parks that let RVer's stay the night? Is there a book or website?

I'm not Kirk but if you join the Escapee's Day's End group you will gets lists of places to overnight that includes many city parks.

 

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