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Old 01-25-2007, 08:12 PM   #15
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the better half and I have gone to visit our dauter in Texas and have stopped at rest areas on the way. There have been security. It seems they are there for our security. One time a small dodge drove up with 5 young females passengers in the vehicle. They just parked and slept. acouple of them on the hood of the car. I was surprised. Since then I always take a snoozeat rest areas where there are other people around too!
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:19 PM   #16
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I stopped at a few on I-95 between Delaware and Florida, but only for a few hours of rest, and moved on. The rules for after hours sleeping were usually posted. As someone mentioned earlier, the truck noise can bothersome at the busy ones, and try to stay upwind of the diesel fumes.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:43 PM   #17
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Try this for different state laws at rest stops: RV Travel Guide , click on the state and then RV road laws.

Some I have stayed at said you could stay no longer than 4 hours and a number said no overnight stay.
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I stop at rest stops almost exclusively when traveling long distances. I look for light, a crowd of either trucks or rvs, a grassy area to walk the dog and avoid urban areas. I have no need to use the building or facilities and after I wake up I hit the road again. Sometimes I cook, watch the news or occassionally take a quick shower, but usually it is just a stop to nap or wait for daylight if I am finding night driving challenging in the area, or to wait for better weather conditions. I nearly never miss a single rest stop en route, well I hit a lot of them anyway. I walk the dog, take a break, and feel refreshed and ready to drive. I enjoy being on the road and do not have to be at a destination to begin to appreciate where I am. I think there are so many wonderful wonderful stops, beautiful gardens, sculptures, scenic views, interesting buildings, changes of terrain and vegatation. I think it is a wonderful provision for travelers. I find it difficult to find a spot to walk the dog and need to park very far away in the concrete megatruck stops, but I do love to look in the stores and grab food there.

I have seen signs posted for no overnight camping, but not many that say that. If I need to sleep for 5-6 hours then I do. I have seen signs that say 6 hour parking or such. I would never worry about how long I stopped since it is only as long as I need to be stopped. I don't think anyone would rouse you and I have yet to see a meter maid chalking the tires.
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:07 AM   #19
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Try this for different state laws at rest stops: RV Travel Guide , click on the state and then RV road laws.

Some I have stayed at said you could stay no longer than 4 hours and a number said no overnight stay.
Nice link! I'll book mark it!
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I assumed the security was for one of three reasons: 1) keep you from overnighting; 2) keep you safe while overnighting; or 3) prevent cruising.
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I travel I-10 often (work related) from Phoenix to Parker or Tucson. I find that the truck part of these areas are always full in the early (7:00am) morning. Mostly truckers and a few RV's. On a recent trip from 29 Palms (frozen tundra) I also noticed that these areas start to fill up around 8:00 pm.
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We have traveled from Florida to maine in the motorhome - gone now- for a smaller AS. We stop at most rest stops to stretch and most have signs that tell you the rule as you enter. florida has 24 hr. security.
WE have stayed in a lot of cracker barrels, some truck stops, never a wal mart although they have security. We now look for a camp site where we can plug in.
IF it is hot and you run the generator on fuel at these prices you spend more then if you paid for a night in a camp ground.
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This past summer, on our way to New England, we happened to stop at the Petro Truck Plaza on I-81 near Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was fairly late in the evening and we planned to rest for a few hours. We were pleasantly supprised to find that they have 30 amp RV electric hook-ups. They charge $10 ($9 with the Good Sam discount). We spent the night and enjoyed our air conditioning. We felt secure and were lulled to sleep by the rumble od idling semis. We liked it so much, we have now spent four nights there. We sure wish more trucks stops had this feature.
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This past summer, on our way to New England, we happened to stop at the Petro Truck Plaza on I-81 near Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was fairly late in the evening and we planned to rest for a few hours. We were pleasantly supprised to find that they have 30 amp RV electric hook-ups. They charge $10 ($9 with the Good Sam discount). We spent the night and enjoyed our air conditioning. We felt secure and were lulled to sleep by the rumble od idling semis. We liked it so much, we have now spent four nights there. We sure wish more trucks stops had this feature.
Don't they have dump stations, too?
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This past summer, on our way to New England, we happened to stop at the Petro Truck Plaza on I-81 near Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was fairly late in the evening and we planned to rest for a few hours. We were pleasantly supprised to find that they have 30 amp RV electric hook-ups. They charge $10 ($9 with the Good Sam discount). We spent the night and enjoyed our air conditioning. We felt secure and were lulled to sleep by the rumble od idling semis. We liked it so much, we have now spent four nights there. We sure wish more trucks stops had this feature.
hey moosetags,

great information!

so good it needs to be linked to the "fuel stops" thread.
here...

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ops-19568.html

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Has anyone stopped at Iowa 80? World's largest truck stop? It has a doctor, dentist, barber,a chaplain, a theater, weather center, deluxe shower rooms, guest laundry, huge restaurant and gift shop, convenience store, displays and the largest assessory shop I have seen. There is a big semi in the showroom completely painted with a wrap around mural of the United States complete with landmarks pictured and roadside scenes. It's definitely a place to stop and look around. I think there is parking for some 800 trucks.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:34 PM   #27
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Hi Carol:

I always spend the night there if I arrive or am passing by during the evening. It's a long one day drive from Denver to Walcott, IA., but if I can make it I'm tired enough to deserve a sound night's sleep. The food is quite good and the truck accessory shop is superb! I usually just crash in the parking lot. I met founder Bill Moon many years ago at ATHS conventions; he was a delight. His daughter now runs the place. It's one of my favorite overnight stops.
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Not expecting anything out of the ordinary when I pulled in I was astonished by the facilities. It's like road stop heaven. Even I had fun walking up and down the giant isles of working lights and pieces of chrome and mud flap designs. Your friends have a great place on their hands. It is a city unto itself. I am definitely stopping the next trip past. I was there on a Sunday and chapel had just let out, someone was giving me a tour and doing intros and there was a fire going and a grand buffet line with people waiting to get in. On the way back from Salem they were having a fair with tents and entertainment and beauty contest, but it was two days in the future when I was by, darn. I would have loved to have seen that!
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