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Old 03-09-2014, 08:36 AM   #1
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Where to park Interstate EXT in cities?

Hi, all.

Is there a list available online of places you are able to park Class B Motorhomes in major cities around the US? We just bought an Interstate Extended and plan to do both camping and city stops...and want to make sure that we actually have a place to park when we roll into places like Charlotte, NYC, DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, etc.

Thanks in advance for your time!
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:58 AM   #2
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Welcome to the AirForums! And welcome to the exalted ranks of Airstream Interstate owners! Glad to have you with us.

I very much doubt you'll find any kind of online list, if you're just looking for parking lots that can handle 25-foot-long, 10-foot-high vans. You may be better off to park in the 'burbs and rely on public transport to get downtown. Or do as I do, namely to park in the 'burbs and tow a small toad (towable car) that I can park anywhere for driving around at my destination. My toad does double duty as a trailer for hauling things that would be in the way if stored inside the Interstate; once I set up at the campground, the car is empty and ready to be used for exploring the area around the destination campground.

There ARE online lists of parking spaces for handicapped-accessible vans, but if you don't have a handicapped license plate on your Interstate that won't help you.

Tablet and smartphone apps such as Allstays can help you find RV parks near your destination cities, but then you'd have to look up the public transportation networks for those cities to see if they pass near the parks.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I'll download Allstays right now, and look into the prospect of towing a small car. Much appreciated.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I'll download Allstays right now, and look into the prospect of towing a small car. Much appreciated.
There is another— more practical— option that just occurred to me. Drive the interstate to your destination, set up at a campground, then call Enterprise rent-a-car. You can rent a car for many days for the price of a towable car or even a towing dolly for a car you've already got.

I did the toad thing because I needed another car anyway for commuting to and from work, and because for a hurricane evacuation I want to be able to evacuate both vehicles rather than leaving one behind to drive the other. So for me the extra expense of converting a car for towing was worth every penny. The same might not be true for you, and even if you went with a two-wheeled towing dolly so you didn't have to modify a car, the towing dolly ain't cheap either.

So definitely consider the rent-a-car option.
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Copy that. Already downloaded AllStays...and that is perfect.
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We used a rental car when needed, did not want to drag a toad. Enterprise was everywhere it seemed and would come to the campground to pick us up in most cases. Jim
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That is what I do. Works great enterprise picks you up and brings you back.
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Don't forget Walmarts. They also have an app you can download. But I've noticed in some areas Walmarts no longer permits overnight parking. The app generally gives you that information plus a phone number of the store so you can call them to check.
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Oops - I see Allstays IS the Walmart overnight app
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We have had no problem parking in town during our travels to Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, Denver, Savannah, Charleston and elsewhere. Of course our 2012 does not have the extra 18" or so inches that your Ext. does so that might be a critical difference. We sometimes have to walk a block or two from where we find a space but that's not a bad thing. We love having our house parked right on the curb in town. Our favorite so far was napping with the view out of the windows of the beautiful town squares in Savannah. For example, we rested after lunch for several hours with this view: http://goo.gl/maps/kq1b1
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We often park our EXT model on the streets in cities for sightseeing. You just need to look around for a spot big enough. We normally stay in campgrounds outside city core.

We carry a bicycles to get around. A few weeks ago we parked on the street in the Garden District on New Orleans and biked around to see the sights.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:30 AM   #12
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parking lots

we try to find a parking lot with back to back spaces and just pull in and occupy two to accommodate the length of our ext - even if it says customer parking only, just go in and ask as they will usually say ok
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Moose, Elks, FOP often have spots for members. Lots of folks use these affiliations. Chicago is a dead zone... however we use the McCormick place marshalling yard. Its a little known secret. No utilities of any type but you are literally 3 minutes to downtown, literally right on Lake Michigan with round the clock security. The closest RV park is more than 60 miles out. That is often a 2 hour drive! You have to get creative. Being a good researcher gets you a great location.
You are well equipped to dry camp (boondoc) you don't need fancy or expensive to explore your destination. We have (x2) 34' trailers plus a long tow vehicle. We take up huge swaths of real estate in parking. We full-time and always manage to find awesome spots.
Another trick is to not wait until too late in the day to begin looking. Our rule is early out early off.
Best of luck and enjoy!
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Thanks to everyone for the great advice. Much appreciated!
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