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Old 06-26-2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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Can you park everywhere?

We're planning a trip to Minnesota in the Fall and I'm trying to find websites for each city we're visiting to get info about parking our AI inside the city. Some are easier to get info on than others.

Makes me curious - have you ever tried to visit a city and just gave up searching for parking in town? (Last year we were thrilled to find open deck parking in downtown Madison, WI.)



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Old 06-26-2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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You can always find something.

May be a side street, an end parking spot, or an open lot....always something.


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Old 06-26-2016, 06:32 PM   #3
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I confess to being a little jealous - with an AI you can discretely park overnight in lots of legal spots where nobody will be the wiser. Not so easy with a 28' Airstream trailer in tow.

<edit> Regarding just day parking, similar challenges apply. On a Sunday we once found street parking for our rig in downtown Billings, MT, while we went into a nearby restaurant for brunch, but that is definitely not the usual case. </edit>
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:36 PM   #4
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Yes...that's one of the big reasons many of us like being small.


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An Airstream Interstate has nearly the same wheelbase and dimensions as a long-bed crew-cab Chevy Silverado pickup, except for the height, of course. Almost anywhere that you can park a big pickup, you can park an Interstate, especially if you can back in without scraping your generator or propane fill port on the curb. But remember that you have a reasonably wide tail-swing for getting in and out if someone parks right next to you. And avoid multi-level parking garages…
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:39 PM   #6
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Protagonist--if you can find on-street parking in New Orleans, you can find it anywhere. I haven't tried, yet, but maybe next year for Jazz Festival.
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For backing into curbs without scraping, I put air lift bags on the rear so I could lift it a couple inches to clear a curb. Just make sure you have enough room past the curb. It's a pretty big overhang on the interstate. Sure wish I still had mine, the only Airstream that I miss.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:55 PM   #8
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I've parked several times in small cities, but it ca be iffy. If there are meters, I take two (if I can get two together), and pay for both. Otherwise, park out of town and use Uber. I've rented cars, and Enterprise, for one, said they would be happy to pick me up at the campground; said they do it all the time. One great resource is Google Earth. You can use it to see what parking is available around museums, etc. If you see a roof where the parking should be, fuggedaboudid.
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Most Walmarts welcome overnighters. Often if they prefer you didn't they post No Overnight Stays.

Church parking lots have been most welcoming.
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Most Walmarts welcome overnighters. Often if they prefer you didn't they post No Overnight Stays.....
Be careful with the interpretation of Walmart signs. Sometimes the "No RV" type signs are for specific portions of the lot, not the whole facility. Best thing to do is to review this list of no-park Walmarts and then obey any sub-site restrictions that may be present, such as, don't block the loading docks.
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To clarify, I'm not talking about where to spend the night. This is about parking during the day while we see the city. I think renting a car for a couple of days while the AI stays parked in the CG is a good idea. We might try that.



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Old 06-27-2016, 12:30 AM   #12
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To clarify, I'm not talking about where to spend the night. This is about parking during the day while we see the city. I think renting a car for a couple of days while the AI stays parked in the CG is a good idea. We might try that.

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Check out this blog for more info on urban parking in you van.

https://www.vanscapes.net/blog/2016/...urban-tourists



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To clarify, I'm not talking about where to spend the night. This is about parking during the day while we see the city. I think renting a car for a couple of days while the AI stays parked in the CG is a good idea. We might try that.
When we were looking for a new camper, we looked at a couple of class C units. There was a lot to like about several of them (we had an Aliner at the time), but one thing we kept asking ourselves was "do we want to always have to travel with our 'house'"? It was this question that drove us to the decision of sticking with a regular pull-behind trailer. I have to admit finding parking so we can eat while traveling is a bit of a trick sometimes, but I've almost always found parking on the street or in a parking lot somewhere. We sometimes have to walk a block or two to get to where we're going, but that's OK because we usually need to stretch our legs.

Since I drive a full-size pickup, I don't think finding parking for the AI would be that big of a problem, it's not the size of a class C, so you should be able to find parking almost anywhere.
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