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Old 12-15-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Rest areas (I-65)

Being fairly new to this I want to know if it is legal to sleep for several hours in your AS at rest areas. I will be traveling north on I65 from the Florida panhandle enroute to Birmingham Al. Any suggestions or advise.. Thanks
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I think it's pretty much whatever you can get away with before getting a knock at the door. Be prepared to move on when told to. Also, use your "radar".....if it don't look right....it probably isn't.
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There are only three Rest Areas on I-65 between Pensacola and Birmingham. I have stopped at all three. They are very nice, and I have utilized them for lunch or dinner, and taken naps.....but, never tried to spend a night. No one has ever said a word to me. I think the biggest problem you will encounter is the semi that pulls up along side of you and leaves the diesel running. I usually try and park as far away from the sidewalk leading to the rest rooms.....but, there are times when you can't see if there is a space at the end of the truck parking lanes. If this happens, I snag the first available, wait until something clears at the end, and then move. This usually prevents my nap from being interuppted.....but, there is always the jerk that will park right beside you, even if the rest of the parking area is empty.

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Another option approximately 70 miles south of Bham:
Cracker Barrel - Prattville, AL
I-65 Exit 181

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I would trust well lit, well known, well populated businesses over the "pickle Parks" for anything of any length of time from sundown to sun up.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:24 PM   #6
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Another option approximately 70 miles south of Bham:
Cracker Barrel - Prattville, AL
I-65 Exit 181

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I was unaware that Cracker Barrel would allow this.. Is there a Bass Pro at this exit? Thank you
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A couple hour nap can pretty much be had anywhere...overnite is the problem at most businesses and rest stops.
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We have stayed at many a Cracker Barrel. With a cracker Barrel map in hand the first time we called ahead to make sure it was alright and were told to look at the map and it would indicate if overnight parking is allowed. Most do but there are some that don't have the room. We like to go in early for a carry out breakfast to eat at our dinette, wash up and hit the road.

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In forty years of trailering and ten years of delivering trailers I have probably spent hundreds of nights in rest areas and probably used every one on I 65 between Indiana and Florida. I have never been asked to leave one and never had a bad experience . The only time I have ever been approached by any one seeming to be questionable was at NOON in a rest area in Georgia.
As I recall the rest areas in Alabama were quite nice
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I was unaware that Cracker Barrel would allow this.. Is there a Bass Pro at this exit? Thank you

The Bass Pro Shop is an exit or two south of the exit 181 Cracker Barrel.

If you really want to take your nap at a rest area, about 30 miles north of this Cracker Barrel you'll find the Clanton, AL rest area - exit 212.
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In forty years of trailering and ten years of delivering trailers I have probably spent hundreds of nights in rest areas and probably used every one on I 65 between Indiana and Florida. I have never been asked to leave one and never had a bad experience . The only time I have ever been approached by any one seeming to be questionable was at NOON in a rest area in Georgia.
As I recall the rest areas in Alabama were quite nice
Good to know...I was going by what I've overheard on the CB (several times). Both concerning "questionable" people as well as the State Troopers clearing out big rigs spending the night.
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Stayed at CB last night in Prattville, it was great!! Slept great and woke up and had breakfast. Just asked management prior to arriving. They were very nice.. Thanks to all
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Stayed at CB last night in Prattville, it was great!! Slept great and woke up and had breakfast. Just asked management prior to arriving. They were very nice.. Thanks to all
Cracker Barrel actually has RV Only parking spots behind many of it's restaurants. I'm glad to know you can get a MAP of all of the locations just by asking the manager. Unfortunately car drivers sometimes take all of those spots, but if you arrive late they are often empty. All they want you to do is have breakfast before you pull out. I'm not that crazy about their food, but the french toast is good, they're open at 6:00 am, and it's a great way to get an early start with no dishes to wash or mess to clean up.

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