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Posted: 02/27/13 10:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are heading from VA to Disney World for spring break. Plan to leave around noon on a Thursday. Debating on going about 7 hours and get to an overnight CG or just drive further and maybe find a rest stop/truckstop in GA and crash for 5-6 hours.

I have never stayed at a rest stop or truck stop and not sure if you are allowed to deploy slides etc. I would have some water with me so could run the water pump for a quick navy shower in the morning. Our kids are 6 and 10 so not sure how safe this is. I just don't want to pull into a CG after dark to basically fall asleep. Seems like a waste of money. I also could drive longer on Thursday knowing that rest stops and truck stops are easy in easy out to keep my drive on Friday shorter and arriving at the destination earlier. tks

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Rest areas are our last choice...first choice are Caracker Barrel, Walmart, truck stops and casino for a quick sleep at night and then move on...if needed rest areas are not out of the question

We only have to open up the bedroom slide (no choice) to sleep...if we freqent a Cracker Barrel or Walmart we usually return the favor and frequent their store before moving on




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Was there a question? Many of us overnight in store lots, truck stops, and rest areas.

It is suggested that you don't deploy the slides unless you can do it over a non-parking area. It would be rude to take two spaces and you are likely to get hit during the night.


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Rest stops are not the best choice. Truck stops are okay.
Check Free Campgrounds and Free Campsites. Maybe they have something you can use.
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beemerphile1 wrote:

It is suggested that you don't deploy the slides unless you can do it over a non-parking area. It would be rude to take two spaces and you are likely to get hit during the night.


Two spaces? What's the difference if you are already parking perpendicular to the parking spots, taking up 10 spots already for a 50+' truck/trailer combo?

Edit: two RV spaces, I agree, keep the slides in.

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Howdy!

Another place we stay is Cabela's some of them even have dump station and water.

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There is not just WALMARTS - don't rule out Bass Pro Shops, and Cracker Barrel. Most Interstate Rest Stops only allow a couple of hours you can stay. Truck stops have alot of room but keep in mind these are primarily for the big rig trucks - they rule...

No matter where you end up staying in the parking lots I would always go let the management know what you are intending to do.

When we drive a long distance we always leave early and drive until around 4PM and then find a bed down spot. Never travel after dark... Sometimes we have been allowed to park behind a hotel (for free no doubt)... Some places have the 120VAC 15/20 AMP hookups so always carry a 50-foot HD extension cord with a RV30A-15A "dogbone" long adapter. Never know where you might find 120VAC to plug into.

We stayed at a BASS PRO SHOP in central ALA one trip and it was better than then some camp grounds we have stayed. Each parking area separated by tall bushes and had 120VAC receptacles to use. We almost stayed the second night hehe... All of those kind of places have good eating inside...

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I have never stayed in a rest area but have in a truck stop and you don't get any sleep there.Trucks always running,coming and going.Try a walmart or other shopping center.Plenty of those to find along the way.


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Posted: 02/27/13 11:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never had a problem with a rest stop.
But they can be a busy place so there is some noise, like the truck stops I'm guessing.

Most of all do what feels safe for you and your family.

* This post was edited 05/17/13 11:35am by Darrah *


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