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Old 11-01-2015, 01:10 PM   #57
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This was posted on the do-it-yourself RV newsletter this morning. Comments are most interesting:
Why Free Overnight RV Parking At Truck Stops Is Bad Idea
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:28 PM   #58
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Tried a truck stop once. Lasted for two hours before I gave up. Too much stink and noise. I say let the truckers have their truck stops. I can always find another place for the night if necessary.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:14 PM   #59
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I often overnight at truck stops and have never had anyone imply that I am not welcome. Obviously I don't open up slides (I don't have any nor do I want any). I use the facilities the same way that the trucker does - I buy fuel, sometimes propane and on occasion I indulge in a hot shower. Flying J has, in many locations, designated overnight parking for RVers.

About 12 years ago we stopped to overnight at a truck stop somewhere near Wawa (in northern Ontario). The truckers were polite, gave my dogs biscuits and told us that they don't drive that route after dark (we drove in at 10:00pm) because of the danger posed by moose wandering on the highway.
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Truck stops - we have not found one that we felt was a good overnight stop. We do stop there for fuel, a bit to eat, and a clean rest room. But searching for a solution that gets us away from the noise of traffic, idling engines, and slamming doors has lead us in a different direction. But sometimes you have to do what you have to do and a dedicated RV parking area at a Flying J might be an option to catch some rest when we have pushed too hard and are not finding another solution.

We talked to a fellow Airstreamer in a McDonalds while we waited for our morning coffee. He had spent the prior night in a turn around at an exit down the interstate after not being able to make it to his original overnight objective. We suspect this is not a unique event. Best laid plans sometimes don't work out. We all need a backup plan. Our considerations continue to expand with experience. We appreciate yours. Pat
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Sugar and jelly on grits? You must be confused and thinking of some other food. 🙀
No confusion, I've been served grits this way! Personally not my favorite food, I stay clear!
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I personally feel a grit is a flavorless medium one must dump sugar or jelly in order to taste like anything.....
Don't understand grits!
You can also put pancake syrup on corn flakes and milk on waffles. Doesn't mean you should.
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You can also put pancake syrup on corn flakes and milk on waffles. Doesn't mean you should.
On the other hand, beer on Wheaties is the breakfast of champions!
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The amount of traffic noise you will hear in an RV park is a challenge to predict. Anyone got a theory on how to pick quiet ones?

We spent two nights in Paso Robles when we first got the trailer. The park was beautiful, but right next to the highway. Trucks pulled up the hill and decelerated down the hill all night. The noise was just awful. Can't believe someone spent so much money to build a park and did not take the noise into consideration.

We spent a night in Albuquerque at the American RV park. It was right next to the highway. We were not bothered by the noise of traffic. We think it was because the road was relatively flat and the park was above the road.

We spent the night in North Platte at the back of a park next to the highway. There was a SOB trailer that we parked behind in the hope that traffic noise would be blocked. It seemed to work. The park was level with the road.
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PKI - a lot depends on the individual. Once I remove my hearing aids, noise doesn't bother me :-)
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Many rv parks are near an interstate so travelers can gain easy access. KOAs in particular. After a four hundred mile day I don't want to drive twenty miles down a narrow road to get to a scenic park. I just want a place to sleep with some facilities. I turn the ac on and the outside noises go away. Now if I'm gonna stay awhile, I choose a quieter park off the beaten path.
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BK - now that's cheating, but smart. We have a fan with three modes of power that helps a bunch. However, a quieter park is much appreciated. We have tried ear plugs with mixed results. That too is an individual solution that does not work for all.

AV - understand not wanting to drive a long distance to get the quiet. The AC does help, but we like to travel Spring and Fall when cooling is not needed so much. Also, AC cycling can be as disruptive as the traffic. But it get's real credit most of the time. A constantly blowing AC was the only way we survived the heat and noise in our Paso experience.

Which brings us back to, what makes a park quiet?
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Which brings us back to, what makes a park quiet?
I've tried to answer this more than once and deleted what I wrote before posting because I wasn't happy with my answer.

So, turning the question around, what makes a campground loud?
Here is my list of loudness factors: children; rowdy drunks (younger drunks are usually louder drunks, too); proximity to highways; proximity to metropolitan areas; summertime; holidays, weekends. So the loudest camping experience is on a summertime holiday weekend in a campground just off a highway close to a metropolitan area filled with drunken twenty-somethings enjoying a break from work with their kids.

Interestingly enough, closely-packed RVs do not in themselves seem to add that much to a campground's loudness. That's only a contributing factor if one or more of the other aforementioned factors is already present.
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