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Old 08-10-2017, 01:35 PM   #21
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:21 PM   #22
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Never again stayed one off of I-70 in Kentucky between the people begging for gas and just general noise never again also wondered if our coach was going to be safe through the night very shady characters hangings around, Me and Smith & Wesson felt pretty safe
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Take the money spent on stickers, dogs, & guns & support the local rv parks, those guys are trying to make a living also. Just my .02 cents.
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I think for most folks, for me anyway, it's not about bypassing RV parks. The cracker barrel type stops are more about the fast stop for a rest quick overnights. It's not so much about destinations where I will certainly choose a CG any day over a parking lot.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:09 PM   #25
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I think for most folks, for me anyway, it's not about bypassing RV parks. The cracker barrel type stops are more about the fast stop for a rest quick overnights. It's not so much about destinations where I will certainly choose a CG any day over a parking lot.
I completely agree. I'd only stay in a parking lot if I'm trying to get somewhere and don't have time to enjoy CG's, just want to get some sleep for safe driving. A lot of CG's don't like late check ins either, plus I wouldn't want to disturb those already set up and sleeping.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:18 PM   #26
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After you check out the Overnight Parking App if you are still nervous about the location or space in the lot to navigate, type the street address into Maps and change to satellite view. You should be able to zoom down to a level that you can look it over completely. You can even do that with gas stations if you plan your fuel stops. Alleviates the nervousness that some feel if pulling a toad.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:14 AM   #27
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Never again stayed one off of I-70 in Kentucky between the people begging for gas and just general noise never again also wondered if our coach was going to be safe through the night very shady characters hangings around, Me and Smith & Wesson felt pretty safe


That is the kind of information that can be found on the overnightRVparking app and website. The webmaster takes reports from subscribers and updates the site regularly. We have stayed at CBs in several states and never found anything we felt unsafe or noisy.

You must have been waaay off I-70 to be in Kentucky. Did you mean I-71, if you are referring to the CB near LaGrange, KY, the data on that one warns about noise from I-71.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:02 AM   #28
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Overnite Parking Locations

We've stayed in Wal-Marts, Cracker Barrels, and similar locations, but for just quick rest stops, nothing beats pulling into a Loves or Pilot or other truck stop for a few hours. Parking, gas, bathrooms, and a quick breakfast are all available. We just did a 7000 mile trip to the West Coast and back and spent several nights in Loves facilities. They are usually cleaner and in better shape than Pilot/Flying J.
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Take the money spent on stickers, dogs, & guns & support the local rv parks, those guys are trying to make a living also. Just my .02 cents.
I'm not about dissing local RV parks but I can guarantee you they're not going to get my wife's pet money and I sure as heck am not going to give up any of my gun money!

Now, with that being said, we rarely stay in a parking lot of a Walmart or restaurant for that matter. As most everyone else states parking lots are good for a quick overnight.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:03 PM   #30
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I'm not about dissing local RV parks but I can guarantee you they're not going to get my wife's pet money and I sure as heck am not going to give up any of my gun money!

Now, with that being said, we rarely stay in a parking lot of a Walmart or restaurant for that matter. As most everyone else states parking lots are good for a quick overnight.
sooooooo ... where do you stay if you don't stay in parking lots or RV parks?
...do you boondock all the time ?

We are senior citizens ... and quite frankly, at this stage in our life we do not feel comfortable in the wilderness, anymore...alone...it is the sad truth.
We do not do without when it comes to those items you referenced.

It is all a matter of choices...and as long as we ALL enjoy the RV experience...that is all that matters.
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small RV parks should set up a low cost, easy pay, quick in and out, no hook up parking facility for the "sleep and dashers." Separated from the campers so I can run the generator if need be.

I just need about 6 hours of rest. No desire to check in, make a reservation, give lots of contact info, drive to a hard to reach parking spot next to someone wanting to spend their time without hearing me at midnight.


Maybe this is something conveniently located motels should do with their parking lots.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:26 PM   #32
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small RV parks should set up a low cost, easy pay, quick in and out, no hook up parking facility for the "sleep and dashers." Separated from the campers so I can run the generator if need be.

I just need about 6 hours of rest. No desire to check in, make a reservation, give lots of contact info, drive to a hard to reach parking spot next to someone wanting to spend their time without hearing me at midnight.


Maybe this is something conveniently located motels should do with their parking lots.
If I'm paying a RV park I ain't running my generator. The cost of running a generator overnight to run the AC is about the cost of a cheap Passport America park so it's an "OR" situation. Either I'm in a free parking lot running the generator or a paid spot connected to their electric. Not an "AND" situation in my book.
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sooooooo ... where do you stay if you don't stay in parking lots or RV parks?
...do you boondock all the time ?

We are senior citizens ... and quite frankly, at this stage in our life we do not feel comfortable in the wilderness, anymore...alone...it is the sad truth.
We do not do without when it comes to those items you referenced.

It is all a matter of choices...and as long as we ALL enjoy the RV experience...that is all that matters.
I'm sorry as I may have misrepresented myself. We will usually stay in an RV park, we will utilize parking lots only if necessary. We prefer the hookups, even for a short stop.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:16 PM   #34
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I think it would be a good idea for a campground to offer "transient" overnight spots with electric (would have to offer them with electric--electric would be enough incentive for people to use them instead of the local Wal-Mart).
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I think it would be a good idea for a campground to offer "transient" overnight spots with electric (would have to offer them with electric--electric would be enough incentive for people to use them instead of the local Wal-Mart).
I'd be happy to use a space like that.. I tend to use the Walmarts partly because of either getting in late - or more often leaving very early the next morning... and I know that would be disruptive to the campers I ended up around...
But a section with an easy pull in, quick electric hookup, and knowing those nearby are doing the same thing I am - would be a good fit.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:32 PM   #36
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Yes that about covers it. Except I think an NRA sticker works far better than a Glock sticker....



But seriously.... just beware that looks are deceiving. It may be well lit, and a nice parking lot, but still not in the best neighborhood. As long as you keep the door locked and aren't out wondering around at all hours of the night you'll likely be fine. And if you find yourself still really paranoid then consider installing some motion sensors in key areas to use when you stop for the night. You can get just the lights or lights with alarms...



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I added one like this for parking lot stays. Made it so I can remove it when traveling. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-20-2017, 06:17 PM   #37
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For those of you who have stayed overnight at CB would you recommend it? Did you feel safe staying there?
Just on the off-chance that you have access... Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma city has an excellent and inexpensive Campground
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I haven't felt the need to install these on our coach, but used them in a couple strategic locations on our home. They are small, put out a ton of light, good size lithium battery for long "on" time and easy to install anywhere. They also have a couple different modes for use. Off, until tripped from motion. On, with a dim light all night, then full power if it detects motion.
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