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Old 06-04-2015, 09:07 PM   #29
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As per:

No overnight camping in Florida Rest Areas. Parking of up to three hours permitted. Of course, being unlawful and being enforced are two different things...

I wouldn't do it, especially along I10 but your results may vary.


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Old 06-05-2015, 05:45 AM   #30
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It is a timed event in Florida. No overnight allowed.

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Old 06-05-2015, 05:46 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Boxite View Post
I was being a bit cavalier with my commentary... was merely trying to point out that drawing attention to illegal activity alone can help stop the activity and that a good method might be to hit the "panic" button of your key-fob.
When I read your first post, I was surprised that people in a rest area would react differently when they hear a car alarm. Any time I hear a car alarm go off anywhere else, all I see is indifference, because they are almost always false alarms and everyone just tunes them out.
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:02 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by ckottum View Post
small town parks
Exactly. So many times we've found a safe, quiet spot in the middle of a small town where we were made feel welcome by anybody passing by.
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In Arizona the interstate rest areas that I have stopped at all have signs posted that allow overnight parking but do not allow camping. I assume you are camping if you unhitch, drop the stabilizers and fire up the grill. I have never spent the night at one but have noticed the signs stating such when we have stopped for a quick break so really can't comment on the quality of the noise level at night.

As for truck stops, I have some experience there. 30 years or so ago I worked for a large nationwide truck stop operator. Part of my job was to upgrade the point of sale systems at the fuel desk. We would shut down the system around midnight to perform the upgrade, which would typically take several hours. Starting around 3am, without fail, there was always a steady stream of the before mentioned lot lizzards coming in from the lot to freshen up after a full night on the job. We also got a lot of complaints from truckers about being harassed in middle of the night by individuals seeking short term employment. I guess an Airstream owner would not be in the target market for this form of free enterprise but who knows. Also at truck stops there is an ever present taste and smell of diesel exhaust in the air. A truck stop would be the last place I would look to spend the night.
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I tried to get a nap in a truck stop one time and gave up after an hour. The fumes and noise did me in. Moved down the road few miles to a state rest area and got a few hours of sleep before moving on. I think I only got woken up a couple of times by trucks coming and going right next to me.

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Diesel fumes are the least of your worries! Just wait until a hog, cattle or chicken hauler parks his trailer next to your bedroom window!
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We always plan to stay in a campground, for safety reasons mostly, but also due to the truck noise issue as some mentioned. But, if we were dead tired or hit really bad weather or something... we might do it.

Years ago, my parents and I were taking a trip to Florida over Christmas in their Airstream. We had planned to stay at a certain campground, but we were in freezing rain, so we were nervous about the roads. We had stopped at a Sheetz (gas station chain) for gas, and dad asked for permission to stay there for the night. They agreed, and we pulled to the side of the lot and crawled in bed. Unfortunately, a truck pulled in next to us a while later, with his engine running, so we had that for the rest of the night. I snapped this picture on my way to the truck in the morning.

He pretty much positioned his engine so as to be most annoying to us...
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I'll bet he slept like a baby with his engine running!!!

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