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Old 06-08-2005, 08:15 PM   #1
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Cracker Barrels

We're taking off for a road trip tomorrow night and we're not going to make it to our destination tomorrow night, so we're scouting places to potentiall boondock.

I know most Wal Marts and Sam's Clubs allow overnight parking. Does Cracker Barrell allow overnight parking as well?

Also, what is your take on staying over at rest areas and truck stops? I've heard it's not a good idea due to safety?

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Old 06-08-2005, 08:47 PM   #2
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Free overnites

We were on vacation last week.. stayed at Cracker Barrel in Cambridge,Ohio,all they said when I ask permission was... it's at your own risk ,they said they have to say that all the time. Right before that we were at Wal-Mart x the street,there were kids aiming shopping carts downhill in the parking lot to hit the campers there already parked.they hit one motorhome,and were aiming for ours (missed it ) .Itold the wife if they are like this in daylite who knows what they will do after dark. so we moved to Cracker Barrel then. next nite we stayed in American Legion lot that had honor system .10 spaces there $15.00 a nite. electric .....with water and sewer when you leave. nice Park. (Dresdin,Ohio.)the next night we had courtesy parking. then onto the Homecoming at Jackson Center. we then left sat nite after supper .drove 102 miles to Flying J in Columbus ,Ohio. Filled up with diesel next morning. Our thoughts on free parking are ...if either one of us say we are afriad to stay... we move on ... we have done this several times . Airstreamhobo
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Old 06-09-2005, 07:05 AM   #3
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Airstreamhobo -

Wow, you guys pretty much find parking wherever you go! We're new at this 'camper' thing (just picked it up 2 weeks ago) and I'm afraid we're going to travel too late in the night to find a campground open that we can pull into, therefore, I was looking for someplace to park and catch a few hours of sleep.

Thanks for your suggestions.

I'm guessing from your post that you can sleep at CB's or any other truck stop along the interstate? How did you find out about the American Legion park?

Also, what is 'courtesy parking' and how do you find out about it?

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Old 06-09-2005, 08:11 AM   #4
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Also, what is 'courtesy parking' and how do you find out about it?
Courtesy parking is free overnight parking, usually in someone's driveway. You can check the WBCCI directory for listings, or ask people here on the forum. You'll notice some of us have our courtesy parking (CP) information right in our signatures. We're trying to encourage more people to do that so that courtesy parking is easier to use.

Courtesy parking is a GREAT system! It is a great way to make new friends in the Airstream community, whether you offer it or use it yourself. See the Project Vintage Thunder blog from this past week for information about how we recently courtesy parked in New York, Ohio, and Michigan -- each time in the driveways of members of this forum. (Go to http://www.airstreamlife.com/vintage...underblog.html)

CP is also much safer and more pleasant than the Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel, etc. approach. We've done both and there's no comparison. Wal-Mart is now our emergency backup when there's nothing else available.

If more people on the forums start to offer it, we may be able to convince the owner of this forum to set up a CP database that would be searchable. You don't need anything fancy to offer CP, just a level spot to park. Water, electric, etc., are all optional extras.

To let other forum members know you offer CP, just put a note in your signature like this:

CP in Podunk, OH. W, 20A E, up to 28 ft. PM for info

W= Water
E= Electric (20 or 30 amp)
WIFI=wireless internet access
Dump=dump station on site or very close
PM = send Private Message through this forum (or put in a phone #)

If more people participate, we can all benefit from this free, safe, and convenient service!
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Old 06-09-2005, 08:26 AM   #5
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We tend to be "travellers" and might have an overnight boondock enroute to our desintation. Recently on a trip we pulled off and into a Cracker Barrell for an overnight (from midnight to six am.). However after pulling in and hearing what sounded like a ROCKIN' party across the street, then seeing three police cruisers pull up to the house, we started up and moved on.

We've stayed in WalMarts, Cracker Barrels, Truck Stops, Rest Areas, etc. I think at this point we actually prefer staying in one of the major fuel stops (FlyingJ, TA, etc.) since it's always well lit, active and manned 24/7. FlyingJ in particulat tends to cater to RVers (pull through RV pumps, propane, water, air and free dump stations, RVer Fuel Cards). We usually can time our stop so we can fill up while we're there and we almost always end up buying something in the morning from the store.
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Old 06-09-2005, 12:16 PM   #6
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question about courtesy parking

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Courtesy parking is free overnight parking, usually in someone's driveway. You can check the WBCCI directory for listings, or ask people here on the forum. You'll notice some of us have our courtesy parking (CP) information right in our signatures. We're trying to encourage more people to do that so that courtesy parking is easier to use.
I was under the impression that courtesy parking listed in the WBCCI membership directory was by members for members. I guess I thought that because they advertise it as a benefit of membership. Is that true?

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Old 06-09-2005, 12:25 PM   #7
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Yes, it's for WBCCI members

When listed in the WBCCI membership directory. We extend our offer to CP in our driveway/barnyard to Airstream forum members also.
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The forum courtesy parking is a nice idea. But how pratical is it to have in everyones signature?

If you were planning a route somewhere you really need a list by state and city to see what is available. I can't imagine trying to sift through post after post looking for the information.

Perhaps a courtesy parking page link from the main portal?
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Old 06-09-2005, 03:16 PM   #9
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I'll go you one further....how about a downloadable list that you can import into your GPS?
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I vote for online

I vote for the online version, that is sortable by state. One thing that one must put on thier CP listing, is Point of Contact information, i.e, email, or phone number. My only requirement for CPing is it has to be an Airstream product.
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I'll volunteer to develop this for the forum if they wish. (I do this sort of stuff for a living)....can even host it if that's an issue for Andy.
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Old 06-09-2005, 04:24 PM   #12
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Cool. This would be another great feature for this site.
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I have a question..for anyone. What is WBCCI? And how do you join? Sorry, I am very new to this.

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I agree, that would be very worthwhile. I would love to have someone touring Rt66, stop by. I don't have lots or room, but I could certainly help a couple of people out. And the best part is we can see Rt66 from our home and you could walk to the Sonic Drive In! As you might guess, this is a very small town. Very historic, but small. We do have a Wal-Mart, and one grocery store. Oh boy!
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