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Old 05-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #43
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Oh, there is one thing else I just remembered: If you do stop at Flying J for the night, park between two rigs that are idling. I remember parking between two rigs that were shut down, thinking I was smart. At 4 am, Bubba to my right cranked up his rig with the air starter. I had picked myself up off the floor from that, and just drifted off to sleep (barely), when his brother in law on the left side of me did the same thing. I gave up trying to sleep until 5 am...
Free overnight parking is worth what you pay for it.
For those of you fortunate enough to not know what I'm talking about, I found a (loud) video:
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Old 05-16-2009, 11:14 AM   #44
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Ha! Sounds kind of like our place last night: Run for the Wall came through Angel Fire yesterday, and we hosted a pretty good number of them here. They had to be on the road pretty early this morning, so the Harleys started cranking up at around 5:30. Glad that there was only one RV in the park last night, and that they knew what was up!

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Oh, there is one thing else I just remembered: If you do stop at Flying J for the night, park between two rigs that are idling. I remember parking between two rigs that were shut down, thinking I was smart. At 4 am, Bubba to my right cranked up his rig with the air starter. I had picked myself up off the floor from that, and just drifted off to sleep (barely), when his brother in law on the left side of me did the same thing. I gave up trying to sleep until 5 am...
Free overnight parking is worth what you pay for it.
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Another hat I wear beside my blue beret is a volunteer fireman helmet. Not too long ago we had a bus accident and it was my job to set up a landing zone for the helicopters at about 3am. When we arrived at the site of the lz the chopper was circling with his landing lights on and we pulled in with red lights and sirens. There was also a moho parked for the night out in the middle of our lz. No doubt he thought he was about to be abducted by aliens (the space, not illegal type)
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Good question... I guess for the same reasons that people spend a bazillions dollars on their rigs (or even a half-bazillion), then they use random pieces of wood to level their rigs rather than buying a decent set of leveling blocks (maybe $25)... or use boards & rocks found in the campground to elevate/guide their sewer hose rather than buying a hose support system (maybe $20)... because they penny wise and pound foolish. Seeing this in camp grounds always makes me wonder ..."Why?"

Why?, he asks. Well, the answer is obvious. Many people don't like the government telling them they can't camp overnight on the parking lot of a private business. The question that should be asked is "Why do some people want to give government the power to tell them where they can camp, what doctor they see and who knows what else is being cooked up in Washington as I type this.
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This thread is funnier than the Comedy Channel. Many good laughs! Adios, John
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Hi to all! I guess that many of you who travel maybe are mad at parking lot overniters, but when campgrounds are overpriced dirty from over use and no care or up keep you see why people look to quick over nite solutions!
You seem to blame wall mart,I think its thank you to its customers!! PS Lumatic send me a note would love to trade Shoulder Flashes!! retired cappy
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Last night we were making our way home from a beautiful camping vacation. We were just passing through a town and needed to rest before driving the remaining miles home. We paid $28 just to sleep in our AS in a crowded "parking lot." We did not need or want any hookups or facilities. I wouldn't have minded paying if it were a non-parking lot. It did not seem much nicer than a Wal-Mart, though we've never used a Wal-Mart to rest. I couldn't wait to pull out of there this morning.
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Flying J appears to have 6 locations in Maine.

What is the difference between overnight "parking" and napping off a late night or early morning snack?

The proposed policy is totally Un-American.

When I am hungry and tired, who are they to tell me where I can linger?

It is somewhat sad that their parks attractions and facilities are so lacking that they can't attract a clientele.
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I like most of the others in this thread think that things would be better if government stayed out of this. I have never stayed even a few hours in a WalMart parking lot, but I don't like the idea that the choice could be taken away by legislation. The campgound owners who would like to put an end to WalMart parking will be the next to cry foul when their legislators find that they have another avenue to regulate and tax. Just look at the T.O.T. (transit occupancy tax) that the motel/hotel industry passes on to their clients. The idea is that the people using these things are not from the area and are using the local resources so they should pay for them. Unfortunately, they fail to understand that visitors bring money and when the prices get too onerous---good bye money. Maybe I shouldn't post this thread...it might give the Maine lawmakers an idea on a new source of revenue.

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Old 05-16-2009, 11:58 PM   #52
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Maybe I shouldn't post this thread...it might give the Maine lawmakers an idea on a new source of revenue.

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As long as it's the lawmakers in Maine that get the idea, and not the lawmakers from the Granola State...
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Another whining, squeaky wheel gets the grease, waaa waaa waaa, screw it up for the rest of us, crap! I mean c'mon, are Maine RV sites sooooo expensive that people actually choose to stay in a Walmart parking lot? Aren't there more important things in life than tie up peoples time, much less the legal system???..... Like, uh, how about water boarding? Imagine this; I'm driving along with my 1965 Overlander in tow and see that the next Maine "campsite" (oooooh, can't wait to stay in one of those, I've heard so much about them) is 20 miles away I have pushed my driving day maybe a little too far, but ahhh, my GPS shows a Walmart 5 miles away. I choose to be SAFE and get some shut eye in the WALMART parking lot (and I might add, I have never stayed in Walmart parking lot before, but would like to be ABLE to should the need arise). Then I read the sign, "NO OVERNIGHT PARKING thanks to your local whiners, state ordinance blah blah blah blah blah". So I press on, and fall asleep behind the wheel and plow head on into a family of 4. Do the math, or is it only YOUR math that concerns you? MINE MINE MINE MINE ME ME ME ME. Local government BAILS OUT Maines Campgrounds news @ 11:00!
I think that was my first rant! I'm tired, gonna go find a Walmart here in GORGEOUS CALIFORNIA. Did I mention the earthquakes are terrible here, STAY AWAY!
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I think that was my first rant! I'm tired, gonna go find a Walmart here in GORGEOUS CALIFORNIA. Did I mention the earthquakes are terrible here, STAY AWAY!

The earthquakes are nothing compared to the taxes!
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The earthquakes are nothing compared to the taxes!
...And everything causes cancer in California!
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"I mean c'mon, are Maine RV sites sooooo expensive that people actually choose to stay in a Walmart parking lot?"

But many RV parks ARE parking lots if you don't mind paying for the privilege to park, sleep and move on.
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