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Old 01-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #15
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We have overnighted at Wal-Marts and truck stops many times over the years. Some are better than others. We have felt safe at all of them, and have never had a problem. Sometimes we have been with a number of other RVers, and sometimes we have been the only RV there.

When we stay at a Wal-Mart it is most often a short night when we have driven fairly late. Campgrounds don't usually work out very well when we arrive late at night. On our recent trip to Maine, we stayed at quite a few Wal-Marts. Most campgrounds north of Virginia are closed after Labor Day, so it's Wal-Mart or nothing.

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Old 01-01-2012, 08:26 PM   #16
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Olema or Russian River are great locations to linger while you meander. The tight little campground at Olema has the added advantage of a great restaurant at the Olema Inn. Point Reyes. Armstrong Redwoods at Guerneville.

Where's the Russian River campground that has hosted a lot of AIR rallys?
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:27 PM   #17
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We've done WalMart once in Missouri with no problem. We did Flying J in Kentucky one time and will never do it again because of the noise.
I guess it's what you're used to. I'd never stay overnight at a Walmart, but wouldn't think twice about staying at a Flying J. In fact, we have overnighted many times at Flying J's.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:31 PM   #19
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There's quite a few on Google. I intend to do some of them when visiting the area, since it's where I'm from and my family still lives there.

A friend of mine stayed at the Marin RV park and liked it, but I didn't pay much attention to what he said about it, to my chagrin now!

Oh, and someone mentioned the Elks RV parking in San Jose is good, if you're an Elks member.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:33 PM   #20
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The Bay Area isn't RV friendly, and I'm unsure whether one can park an RV anywhere overnight on the street (especially, if it's occupied).
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If anyone knows of any better places near SF or Fremont, please let us know. I know that I'd sure appreciate some advice on RV camping in the Bay Area.
I'm not sure of the legality, but there are several RVs parked for months at a time near my work on Agnews Boulevard in Santa Clara. Some are clearly occupied at times.

Typing rv park into google maps in the SF Bay area returns lots of hits; I don't know how good any of them are as it's right near home.

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Old 01-01-2012, 08:35 PM   #21
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Sounds like it might have been worth the forty or so dollars. Although, near San Fran, I wonder what an RV park charges...?
Yeah. Most are over $50. But the problem was that without a reservation most of the parks we would stay at were full up. And we wanted to get the experience of trying it out at Wal-Mart. I think we'd do it again if we got there and saw a few other campers.
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You think it's kreepy outside....try shopping.

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Old 01-01-2012, 08:42 PM   #23
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there are several RVs parked for months at a time near my work on Agnews Boulevard in Santa Clara.
Oo. Going to have to check that out. Is that near Lake Santa Clara Road?
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The KOA north of the GG bridge was really expensive. I think wife said about $80. There were a few RV parks in Marin, and in fact we had originally made a res for that night at one of those RV parks. But then we decided since it was only going to be a sleep stop, we'd give the WalMart thing a try for fun and to gain the experience.

Oh, yes they had the vacuum sweep truck at 3 am too!

Olema had not occurred to me. I know where it is, but didn't think of it.

After leaving this morning - 6am sharp - we started talking about what would be a good place to park if we had to stop without an RV park near. We came up with this idea: Casinos. Yeah, from what I know of them, they have these plusses:
-The have huge parking lots and always have RV spaces.
-They have external security
-They are open 24/7
-They seem to love RVers and do lots of advertising to them
-They are well lit
-They are bountiful in most of Ca.
-Whenever we pass them, there are loads of RVers parked there.

Oddly, we were near at least two casinos, but we just didn't think of it. Anyone tried casinos?
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:55 PM   #28
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We've only swtayed at a Wal-Mart once. It was in Grants Pass, OR; on our way to the Redwoods (Jedediah Smith). We had six of the kids and it wasn't bad at all. Yes, the lights were a bit anoying. We took a bit of comfort in the security truck driving by a few times during the night (with yellow light flashing). We got there in the late afternoon and took a long walk around town before going to bed. All-in-all, not a bad experience at all.
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