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Old 01-31-2010, 07:54 AM   #323
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I'm curious - whenever we've stopped at a Flying J for gas, I've noticed the signs for showers, specifying it's for professional drivers only.

Can RVers who are parking overnight use (and pay for, obviously) the showers? As I'm writing this, I realize how stupid this question must sound, but there have been odder things happen to me in life, and since hubby MUST have a morning shower, this might make or break certain travel plans to Florida in the spring...
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:11 AM   #324
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Flying J Showers

When we pull our 34' AS, if we need to buy diesel when hauling the trailer (we carry a 95 gallon aux tank), we pull behind the "big boys" and refuel at the truck pumps. When the cashier asks "company name", we just state "private RV." When we pay for our diesel, the receipt always has a shower coupon attached.

Although we've never taken advantage of these free "showers" as we have our own in tow, I suppose that anyone who has a coupon in hand can get into the showers.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:31 AM   #325
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Some travel centers (ie truck stops) have dump stations now making morning showers a snap.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:35 AM   #326
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Some travel centers (ie truck stops) have dump stations now making morning showers a snap.
I'm curious - how many people travel with full fresh water tanks? We've never done that, thinking it would add too much unnecessary weight.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:48 AM   #327
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At any of the Flyin' J truck stops if you've got a vaild shower ticket in hand, that's all you'll need. They're not going to ask to see a CDL for showers. The showers there are generally the best too - the most hot water and cleanest facilities. Bring your own towels if you don't like well laundered (rough) institutional towels.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:48 AM   #328
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I'm curious - how many people travel with full fresh water tanks? We've never done that, thinking it would add too much unnecessary weight.
I always carry 1/4 tank of fresh water for several reasons. Use of the toilet, stopping overnight at Wal Mat, any emergency need of water while on the road.

As far as using the showers at Flying J. They are a for profit business. I you are willing to wait your turn and pay the fee I can't see why they would not take your money.
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I'm curious - how many people travel with full fresh water tanks? We've never done that, thinking it would add too much unnecessary weight.
I generally travel with water most of the time if there is any uncertainty of where or when the next fill up will be. Since I avoid paying to camp unless it is for a specific location, water can be hit or miss. In the south west this is especially true. My rig is set up so that it tows a bit better with the extra tongue weight and its good to know I have water. The Trade Wind only carries 30 gallons (I think) so the weight isn't near what it would be in the larger rigs. While I have never done the math, I suspect that the extra fuel cost is more than offset by the convenience and other savings.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:19 AM   #330
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We most always travel with at least a half full fresh water tank. We do this to have water available for washing and flushing. This also alllows for a quick shower or two.

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Old 01-31-2010, 10:30 AM   #331
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I suspect we're going to change our ways in the near future, what with the Ottawa to Sarasota trip looming. I'm tired of staying at a KOA or similar along the interstate for a few hours of shut-eye, and paying for services we never use.

Travelling with a half tank is probably not going to be a huge difference, weight-wise, but might save me a headache if hubby is allowed his beauty shower in the a.m...

I'll be checking out the Walmarts too along the way, though I'm not a huge fan of the place, and would *much* rather stay overnight at a Target (I'm Canadian - many of us have a huge love affair with Target), but that's a hit and miss as I understand it.
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I'm curious - how many people travel with full fresh water tanks? We've never done that, thinking it would add too much unnecessary weight.
I usually carry about 1/4 tank of fresh water, but not for showers. Each spring I put 5/8 cup of bleach in the tank and fill it with water (39 gallons) and this disinfects the tank and water lines. This is the only time I travel with that much water in the tank. Most believe that the water in a full tank lowers the center of gravity thereby improving handling. I haven't found this to be true for me...I can tell the difference when the tank if full and prefer it with a lower level.
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We do about the same, traveling with a quarter to a half tank of fresh, depending on the preceived length of trip to the next fill opportunity. We don't need a lot, but it is nice to be able to flush the toilet from time to time, to wash hands, and do some simple dishwashing.

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I'm curious - whenever we've stopped at a Flying J for gas, I've noticed the signs for showers, specifying it's for professional drivers only.
Never tried at a Flying J but I've been asked to leave "professional drivers" sections of restaurants on occasions (for a while, before the era of ubiquitous cell phones, they had phones in these and they were useful) when I haven't looked the part.

I believe that the limitation to professional drivers is imposed to create an aura of exclusivity for such patrons, not to deal with any problem that actually exists outside the realm of the mind.
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Or perhaps

They just want to exclude the homeless.

Think about it, where does a homeless person who is trying to get back into the mainstream have a chance of a shower. One local campground has told me that they estimate that between 5 and 20 times a night someone walks onto the grounds through the woods and use the showers. They've given up trying to stop it, just limit it to one shower house as much as possible.

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One local campground has told me that they estimate that between 5 and 20 times a night someone walks onto the grounds through the woods and use the showers. They've given up trying to stop it, just limit it to one shower house as much as possible.

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One thing Disney has done at Ft. Wilderness is to issue a "key" for each camper on each campsite. This is one of the key cards like they use in the resorts for room keys. The doors to all bath houses are locked and can be accessed by the key cards so that only registered guest have access to the bath houses. I'm not sure how much "walk on" people Disney has, but your local camp ground could do this for a minimal expense once the locks and key programming equipment is purchased. Don't know if it worth it to them to keep out the homeless or if they are willing to make free showers a community service.
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