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Old 06-20-2016, 06:02 PM   #1
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Questions about civilized Boondocking

I may have overlooked any forum posts about these questions so if I am being repetitive I apologize.

First after returning from boondocking are there or where do you go to empty your tanks?

Also, what about glamping roadside rest stops, truck stops or dare I say the fabulous Wal Mart parking lot. I only ask because some people say its not the destination its the path to get there but, there are some that the destination is the objective before there two weeks are gone by wondering to the destination and not have enough time to enjoy the destination.

Any way after all that the real question is, is there a list of areas where you can pull off to grab a few zzzs before going on.

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Old 06-20-2016, 07:00 PM   #2
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There are several options for both sleeping and also dumping tanks. Some Camping Worlds provide dumping as do other facilities. I do not know where there is a list but you can stay on government land and on the road, at some Flying Js with RV parking. What you do not want to do is assume that parking is ok at rest stops.
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Most flying j's, loves have dumps. I stayed at Cracker Barrel overnight a couple weeks ago.
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The Allstays AP shows dump stations as well as public and private campgrounds ranging from free (or nearly free) public facilities to ultra glitzy "resorts". Also Wal-Marts, Cracker Barrels and such.
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Suggest you use a bit of caution in stopping for an overnight in a rest stop. Some are safe....others ....not so much. My inner barometer, with any place , including some rv parks....if it doesn't "feel right"... I keep moving on till I find a better spot. I was pleased to find Texas had some very nice and safe rest stops....survelance cameras, on site workers, very clean and safe. Other places....I pulled in and right back out. Also, the same with Walmarts, etc.....some are in questionable areas...others feel safer....you need to be vigilant and choose wisely.
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We have an entire sub-forum here entitled "Boondocking", where you may find a lot of information that will help you.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382/


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Old 06-21-2016, 02:20 PM   #7
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wherever you go...use common sense and intuition, like Nikko...the Pomeranian mix...advises you above. But I never had any trouble or felt unsafe in interstate rest areas. on the other hand, if I pull in and see no one else, I pull back out again. But I've never been hassled by either DOT staff or highway patrols. Re dumping tanks, many of the small towns out here in the west (including my Hailey) have public dump stations. When in need...I'd just ask. Enjoy. jon
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Where to empty tanks.

http://www.sanidumps.com/find.php
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The Allstays AP shows dump stations as well as public and private campgrounds ranging from free (or nearly free) public facilities to ultra glitzy "resorts". Also Wal-Marts, Cracker Barrels and such.
AllStay is a good app for finding things along the way or around you for most useful RV related items.
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Suggest you use a bit of caution in stopping for an overnight in a rest stop. Some are safe....others ....not so much. My inner barometer, with any place , including some rv parks....if it doesn't "feel right"... I keep moving on till I find a better spot. I was pleased to find Texas had some very nice and safe rest stops....survelance cameras, on site workers, very clean and safe. Other places....I pulled in and right back out. Also, the same with Walmarts, etc.....some are in questionable areas...others feel safer....you need to be vigilant and choose wisely.
I carry a "protection" where ever I go. At least in California, RV/Trailers are considered homes. I would check local state laws. It is one of those things you hope you never have to use, but will be glad if you have it. But the best advise is always avoid it if all possible. Like the man (or woman) said, if it doesn't feel right keep moving.
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We have an entire sub-forum here entitled "Boondocking", where you may find a lot of information that will help you.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382/


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Ummm...I guess we are.

Scanning the initial post, I thought he hadn't found that subforum.


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Where and how long you stop is usually a function of what your trip is all about...if you need to be at point A by a given time and you are mostly interested in getting there as quickly as possible you may just want to get a quick nap and get back on the road...if you want to meander, then you can be more leisurely. There are solutions for all kinds of travel. We have overnighted in commercial parks, state parks, county parks, national parks, rest stops and even the proverbial Walmart (which saved out bacon once, and was actually too bad). Dump stations and fresh water are readily available... some places are free but it's also possible to dump and/or get fresh water by paying a few bucks at an RV park... It all depends on what you need.
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West Virginia Interstate rest areas and welcome centers have dump stations. Nice touch and for a long time I assumed it was that way everywhere but not so. Rest areas and state parks are nice too and Tamarack is extra special.
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