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  1. Flying Js and other truck stops

    In most cases you can thank the CG associations for pushing us out of private parking lots in an effort to force us to do business with them. Several years ago they launched an effort against Wal-Mart throughout Florida. They lobbied local governments using an obscure state ordnance which requires that there be a dump station anytime more than four vehicles are parked in a lot. One Wal-Mart manager told me that his local mayor threatened to throw him in jail. They managed to wipe out parking at most Wal-Marts all along route 441 which runs the length of the state. CGs are OK sometimes for extended stays, but when traveling I always considered it a sign of weakness to pay an RV Park to sleep in my own bed. In fact I only did it once in six years when my generator was out and I couldn't get air conditioning.
  2. Those who abuse the system

    I admit it would've been best if I hadn't described the motorhome as I did, but I notice now that it seems to be accompanied by a relatively new and sharp-looking suv which is parked beside it. Regardless of appearances, there is a well-established protocol for overnightIng in parking lots. Don't put out slides or awnings and leave after one night. Ignoring those rules is what could get every rig kicked out of that complex. I've never liked bedroom slides in motorhomes, but most that I've seen can be lived with, even with the slide in. I fulltimed for six years, using RV parks of course for lengthy stays, but on the road I never used an RV park for overnight, and in that time was never run off from an overnight spot.
  3. Those who abuse the system

    There's a Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and several other large businesses with a series of large parking lots near where I live. Recently someone in a rusty,dirty old motorhome has been staying there frequently and putting out the bedroom slide. Whoever is in it moves it daily, sometimes twice a day. It has been there now for the past week and I've seen it previously for similar periods of time. There are signs saying unauthorized vehicles will be towed but nothing about no overnight parking. This kind of activity is the kind of thing that gets us all kicked out for overnight parking. I thought about putting a note on his door but thought better of it.
  4. Are Trojans still the best brand and if so what model? How do you get the most bang for a buck with deep-cycle batteries? End end end
  5. Overnight parking at Costco?

    An overnight sleep in a fully self-contained rig that leaves no footprint is far from a campground experience. We have no need for dump-stations or 50 amp, Most local ordinances prohibiting RONs are the result of lobbying by campground owners associations. They are using the law to force us to do business with them.
  6. Flying Js and other truck stops

    I used RV parks for extended stays, but in six years while traveling I only spent one night in an RV park, when my generator air-conditioning broke down. It looks like things are going to be quite a bit different than 15 years ago. My rig with trailer was 64 feet overall so I almost had to park in the truck spots in back.. I'm going to be about 50 feet overall this time, but pulling a tow dolly which is far less maneuverable than a trailer. I also believe the only real way to tow is with a trailer which you can back up, but I'm not set up for that yet. I'll try to find spots out front at flying Js. What has been mentioned here makes me feel a bit guilty about using spots in back reserved for truckers. One very bothersome item is that Florida now prohibits overnight parking in interstate rest stops. Stays are limited to 3 hours. I don't know how stringently that's enforced. In the old days I spent many nights in those rest stops. very convenient. I never cared for Wal Marts very much because they were noisy and I just didn't feel comfortable. I spent many a night off in a corner of a mall. When I was traveling before, campground operators associations put tremendous pressure on local zoning boards and politicians to get us outlawed from overnights in Wal-Marts. They effectively put all Wal-Marts along 441 up the central area of Florida off limits. I don't know if the parent company of Camping World, Good Sams, Woodalls and the others is the same as it was then. But I made a point to avoid doing business with those places because I knew that the money I spent was being turned around and used to lobby against my parking freedoms. That's why I don't think I ever stayed in a Good Sam park. I called a Camping World on my intended route and was told they don't allow overnights. I think that's outrageous, unless they've been forced into it by local politicians. I'd be interested to know if the same group is behind the Florida rest-stop rules. An article I read recently indicates that only six or seven states now allow overnights in interstate rest stops. I was pretty aggressive in those days and stayed pretty much were I darn well pleased, but this time I'm traveling with a lady friend and her cat, and she's understandably nervous about all this.
  7. The Slabs

    Does anyone know what it's like there now? There doesn't seem to be much current information online and what little there is looks like there are a lot of drug and trash problems. I was there 15 years ago very briefly but didn't stay. Loners on wheels had a fairly big operation there then, and it looked to be pretty well organized. From what I can tell now, it might not be a place I want to spend any time.
  8. Flying Js and other truck stops

    I noted that at the top of my post in the Day's End section. I'm new to the board and still getting used to it.
  9. Water-tank storage management

    That was the right tip. Had a.long talk with Dave there. Looks like that'll do what I want, but he'll consult with the manufacturer to make sure.
  10. My motorhome will be stored for a month or two at a time in very hot Florida. I would like to have full tanks so I can leave in a hurry, but wonder about the wisdom of storing water in hot weather. Of course this will be used only for bathing and certainly not for drinking. Some advise that water which you only use for bathing and non potable things will be all right if properly chlorinated. I'm not sure about that. Whenever I got a new rig in the past,,. I would super chlorinate the tank, drive it around a little bit to mix, drop all that water and refill with the proper amount of chlorine. MY hot tub, which stays above 102, is treated with Bromine and it's OK to get in it. I'd be interested in the thoughts of others on this.
  11. Truck stops

    I posted this in the boondocking section first, but it appears it's more appropriate on this forum. For six years, ending in 2005, I roamed the country staying almost exclusively in flying J's overnight. I never had a problem and was never turned away. I don't know if it's still the case. Can anyone advise? Are Flying Js and other truck stops such as TA and Pilot still open to RV ONP? I've read a little bit about potential problems at truck stops now, which didn't exist before. One thing I read is the truckers now resent RVs because new driving rules requiring rest periods make the truck stops more congested. At the time most flying Js had RV parking in front and truck parking in the rear. Since my rig with trailer was 64 feet overall, I always parked in the rear with trucks. I also found rear areas to be quieter. There would often be parties and a lot of traffic out front, while the guys in back were just interested in sleeping. If you don't mind the sound of the refrigerators running it wasn't a big deal..
  12. For six years, ending in 2005, I roamed the country staying almost exclusively in flying J's overnight. I never had a problem and was never turned away. I don't know if it's still the case. Can anyone advise? Are Flying Js and other truck stops such as TA and Pilot still open to RV ONP? I've read a little bit about potential problems at truck stops now, which didn't exist before. One thing I read is the truckers now resent RVs because new driving rules requiring rest periods make the truck stops more congested. At the time most flying Js had RV parking in front and truck parking in the rear. Since my rig with trailer was 64 feet overall, I always parked in the rear with trucks. I also found rear areas to be quieter. There would often be parties and a lot of traffic out front, while the guys in back were just interested in sleeping. If you don't mind the sound of the refrigerators running it wasn't a big deal..
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