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Old 09-17-2015, 12:56 PM   #15
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Don't forget fraternal organizations - the Moose will welcome you if you are a member. Ditto for the Lions & a couple of others too. It's often just water or water and electric... and it's unlikely to be scenic... but the members are often very friendly and will direct you to lots of local stuff you might never find if you were just passing through.
Being a Moose is worth it just for some of the facallities. We know of a lot of them that have pools which are great if you have kids and want to stop by over night and let the little ones swim. Some even have bars
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:57 PM   #16
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You are TRESSPASSING. Period! At a church, seek permission - PAY. Vacant building? Somebody owns it and you are TRESSPASSING! Not to mention putting you and YOUR property at risk.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:07 PM   #17
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You are TRESSPASSING. Period! At a church, seek permission - PAY. Vacant building? Somebody owns it and you are TRESSPASSING! Not to mention putting you and YOUR property at risk.
Exactly. Sometimes people forget about personal property rights.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:31 PM   #18
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I drove by a Cracker Barrel a few nights ago about 30 minutes before they were due to close. An AS was backed up in the parking lot under a light with its landing gear down - so they were clearly there for the night. I imagine they told management that they would be gone before the huge breakfast crowd the next day.

Ironically, I was on the way to visit my mother in the hospital as she was having surgery the next morning. I parked my AS in the hospital parking lot off to the side so that I and family members could use it - instead of the CCU waiting room - for the next few days to relax, talk, watch TV, etc. Worked beautifully. Safe, patrolled parking lot, lots of space, well-lit. No one even asked if we had a patient in residence, so perhaps this is an option.
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:44 PM   #19
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Never boondock on private property without permission. Church parking lots are private property. Shopping centers usually don't mind since having someone there overnight is better for their security if there are no all night stores. It is still private property though.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:22 PM   #20
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The VA facilities in Boise had spaces for RV's if you asked. I took a friend in for a knee replacement, and stayed several nights while he was in the hospital there. It is rather specific, I know, but other VA's might be more liberal.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:44 PM   #21
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:32 PM   #22
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You know, it is the church-is-a-safe-haven feeling that has led us to their parking lots on occasion, all around the country.

We/I have never once felt that our lives or property were at risk or in danger....anywhere.

I don't want to start a fight about that, but that simply has not been our experience, and I don't feel it is true of most places your basic instincts tell you are safe.

It probably, technically, is trespassing, tho I don't know that a pastor, Reverend, priest, etc., would take it or see it that way....or ask you to leave if you were to park to sleep and stay quietly and discreetly.




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Police Station parking lots are good too
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Stayed over a Friday night in a church parking lot, woke up to the smell of bacon. They had a parking lot breakfast in progress! I was blocked in for the duration. Great breakfast with nice people. Made a donation and helped with the clean up. Fun experience.


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Old 09-19-2015, 10:41 PM   #25
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I drove by a Cracker Barrel a few nights ago about 30 minutes before they were due to close. An AS was backed up in the parking lot under a light with its landing gear down - so they were clearly there for the night. I imagine they told management that they would be gone before the huge breakfast crowd the next day.
Cracker Barrel allows RV o/n parking - in fact, many of them have clearly marked RV parking spots. Where they don't I ask permission - and I have never been refused.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:29 AM   #26
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We've stayed overnight several times at Walmarts and Cracker Barrels. Always we ask a store manager or assistant manager for permission. Usually they will tell you if there have been any problems for overnight visitors and tell you where they prefer you to park. We've never had a problem. At Walmarts we always huddle with the other overnight RV's. Safety in numbers.

Walmart parking lots can be noisy at night, particularly if the store is open 24 hours. A Cracker Barrel manager once told us there is an employee in the store overnight and the employee views the parking lot frequently on the security cameras.

Whenever we overnight at a business we make it a point to buy something. We enjoy the CB breakfast and Walmart is always good for a few grocery items. Note many of the small Walmarts do not allow overnights. We've only stayed in super centers. In addition many towns are passing ordinances prohibiting overnight parking. That's another good reason to ask before settling down for the night.

I would never spend the night in a shopping mall parking lot, even with permission. I worked for a retail chain before retiring. The crime at malls, particularly in the parking lots, is much higher than the public is aware. Security at many malls is simply window dressing. I would feel like a target in a mall parking lot at 3 am and I'd hate to be in my trailer while someone was breaking into my truck.

Traveling through West Virginia on I77 we often overnight at the Tamarack visitor center. There is a huge truck parking area near the truck fuel station. However it is noisy. On top of the hill is a large building and conference facility where West Virginia crafts are displayed and sold. Definitely worth seeing. There is huge parking lot with an area for RV's around the craft center. It is quiet on top of the hill. Usually there are 5 or 6 RV's staying overnight. Inside the craft center is a cafeteria style eating place operated by the Greenbriar resort. The food is very tasty but a little more expensive than typical roadside fare. We typically eat dinner and breakfast when overnighting.

I would be reluctant to spend the night in an office building parking lot even with permission. They have issues similar to shopping malls and many don't even have a security guard passing through during the night. As to church lots I might consider but would only stay if I had permission.

Don't forget courtesy parking at the homes of other Airstreamers. Our experience with courtesy parking is great. One of the often overlooked benefits of WBCCI membership.

Finally, as others have mentioned look for city and county parks, particularly west of the Mississippi. Many have overnight parking, with some services, at a low rate. The Allstays app is helpful for finding these locations as well as Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, Cabellas, Camping Worlds, and other retail establishments allowing overnight parking.


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Being a Moose is worth it just for some of the facallities. We know of a lot of them that have pools which are great if you have kids and want to stop by over night and let the little ones swim. Some even have bars
Three guys were out hunting, but were having trouble shooting anything. The first day they spotted a moose but the first man said, "Wait I'm a member of the Moose Club, we can't shoot the club mascot." So they continued to hunt, then they spotted an elk, but the second man was a member of the Elks Club, so again they bypassed the kill.... A few hours later all three spotted an eagle flying over a lake. The eagle landed and started drinking water from the lake and the third hunter immediately killed it with his rifle. The first two hunters were horrified and said, "Wait a minute You are a member of the Eagles Club, how could you?" and he responded.... "Yes I'm an Eagle and I'll be darned if I'll ever sit by watching another eagle drink WATER!"
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[QUOTE=kfrere;1685288]I drove by a Cracker Barrel a few nights ago about 30 minutes before they were due to close. An AS was backed up in the parking lot under a light with its landing gear down - so they were clearly there for the night. I imagine they told management that they would be gone before the huge breakfast crowd the next day.
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Cracker Barrel allows RV o/n parking - in fact, many of them have clearly marked RV parking spots. Where they don't I ask permission - and I have never been refused.
We have stayed where there is RV parking. We ask the waitress if there is any issue with us staying overnight. She checked with the manager, returned and said 'see you for breakfast ' It was a nice sized parking lot and there were a few other trailers there, people in vans and cars too. Even in the morning it wasn't very full, although the car parking lot was.

As always, use common sense, be mindful of others, be polite, buy something.
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