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Old 11-11-2015, 12:26 PM   #15
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"But if I have to my Glock is within hand's reach"...!! Really?
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:31 PM   #16
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I just completed a drive from San Berdoo Mountains to So Fla rolling I-10 the whole way. I did this with the BOV (left the AS at South Fork).
Rest stops on AZ were so-so - the best was Dragoon in New Mexico, waking up to the amazing geology was a big surprise, like an NP, only better! TX too close to traffic- didn't stop LA, AL or MS but was pleasantly surprised at the I-10 rest areas in FL. I stopped a t miltin first just to get a feel and then went o the next one at Quincy about 10 pm and parked my BOV (an 85 Toyota 4x4 w camper shell and all amenities) in the truck/RV lot. as long as I kept the truck closed I wasn't bothered but there's been some freak heat wave and coming from SB Mountains, I wasn't prepared for the heat so I opened back shell window. Sho' nuff, security comes by, didn't ask me to leave just wanted me in the car section. I asked where I could buy an electric fan (I have Gel Cell 12v 35 AH and inverter setup). I ended up at a 24 hr WalMart in Defuniak (?) at 1 am found a spot under a tree in the WM parking lot and with a fan cooling things off, slept soundly. that's real blacktop boondocking! The next day I passed by cottonwood and couldn't believe it wad a rest stop, more like an NP. Ponce De Leon is off the hiway and such...
Bottom line, FLA did a swell job on their stretch 0f the 10. Compared to the other 2k miles, its like a parkway! I'm from FL also, that's why I've lived n LA for the past 35 years, but there is nothing to fear. Needless to say, I was impressed (and that's hard to do) clean, comfy, secure and far enough from the road where traffic noise isn't an issue.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for I-75, I-95 or the Turnpike anywhere south of Daytona...
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:43 PM   #17
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Rest areas are rest areas, not campgrounds.
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:00 PM   #18
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This was a very nice first experience staying overnight in a highway rest area.
As others have said, overnight stays are not permitted in FL rest areas but, I am certainly glad you had a good time! You ornery camper!

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Old 11-11-2015, 02:10 PM   #19
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If you look like you are staying, you must go. If you look like you are going, you can stay. At least for a three or four hour power nap.
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:12 PM   #20
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:04 PM   #21
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That's one advantage of the motorhome - you don't have to get out of your trailer to drive away if it starts to get dicey. If Airstream does start building them again I hope they have a locking Glock department.
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:04 PM   #22
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Glad you had a good experience

Polarlyse: I'm glad you had a good experience when you came south. I currently live in the Orlando area, am a native Floridian, and make it a habit of timing my trips West on I-10 so I can pull over and spend the night in one of the NW Florida rest stops. I've never had an issue doing so and most of them are really nice. I hope you continue to visit. Most of the people here appreciate you transients, even if the trip does not include Disney. Of course, we do have trouble with transients, but mainly the ones that have enough money to stay

I have also learned so much through this thread. Resting is ok, naps are fine, but sleeping is out. That is, if you're towing a trailer. It's fine for me to sleep in my truck, but against rules if you sleep in your trailer. Of course, resting in the comfort of your own bed sounds pretty good to me. Like the trucker that's not camping, but resting in his/her studio apartment that happens to be behind his seat. And let's not forget to be extra vigilant while resting. It pays to be so in most places you go nowadays. I've traveled through most of the world and the first place I remember being robbed was when I left the Navy and moved to Alachua County. Ironic, if you've been following the thread. Let's say I didn't live in the rest area. Maybe I should have.

Thanks again for sharing your experience. Safe Travels
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My point. From my experience. With the university here and a few hours from the Ga border, we seem to get a lot if transients on the take, so to say. Good camping.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:17 AM   #24
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I have always seen trucks stay the night at rest areas even if it posted. I would think the highway patrol allow it as it is better to let folks rest than have sleepy drivers out on the road. I guess their "naps" last 6 to 8 hours.
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In our case we slept very soundly IN our trailer. Far enough away from the highway noise and no one bothered us. In the morning there were a couple of other travelers that had stayed also. I understand the context of all the comments and have shared the same apprehensions over the years of our travels. We were pleasantly surprised with our overnight stop.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:34 PM   #26
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Rest areas are rest areas, not campgrounds.
Except in western Kansas on I70 at Goodland. It's actually a visitors center with a large circle that you can park on the blactop with water and a picnic table. Nice for a overnight and it's free.

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