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Old 11-05-2013, 09:23 AM   #547
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He probably got tired of waiting for his wife to return from shopping and decided he had some time to catch a few rays.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:25 AM   #548
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oh my oh my hahahaha....

I think you can do better though...perhaps he is just watiing for the wife who went into the store and he needs to synthesize some vitamin D?

edit: seems someone else was typing the same reply hahaha
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:43 PM   #549
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Also, the super-centers with 24 hour shopping, stocking, and foot traffic. Keep your guard up. We were approaced in Memphis by the unknown "son of Elvis" at about 8:30 in the morning. Asked if he could hop on and ride on down to Florida with us. My wife and daughters were nervous. There was a police officer nearby doing his deskwork in his running car, i suspect he had an eye on this guy. I know i did.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:04 PM   #550
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I arrived at my local area WalMart at 4:30am having driven all night from Los Angeles and having to deal in the late afternoon with a chinese fire drill over a flat rear car tire with a donut spare and bending the retractable jack stand. The event took over five hours to resolve.

I could not get into the trailer's storage area until 8:30am. I went in and asked if I could rest in my car and purchased some gear after I got a yes response. See photo in my "images" area under the avatar. I was only able to rest my eyes a bit. I gave up and went out and took another photo session with the Superstition mountains as a back drop.

Now with more experience, I could use this service again as a last resort. I was poorly prepared to handle the entire mechanical experience and this was with my first ever RV and first time towing experience. I was more than stressed out towing through the mountains at 55 mph in the dark with the trucks blowing past like I was changing a tire.
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:25 AM   #551
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with the trucks blowing past like I was changing a tire.
Triangle reflectors and a reflective vest should be part of every RVer's emergency kit. For added safety, I picked up a couple of magnetic puck-style flashing lights 9-in-1 Safety Flare - Duluth Trading that I could stick to the street side of my vehicle when I pull over, and set them to flash in different sequences; that tends to be an attention-getter for other drivers.

A co-worker of mine spent close to a year in the hospital after being struck by a car while changing a tire on the side of the Interstate, and was permanently handicapped after recovering from multiple surgeries. Learn from his mistake. I did.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:31 AM   #552
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Regina and I parked overnight in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Tell City, IN in January 2007, we were on our way back from Lancaster PA where we had just picked up our Airstream trailer. It was cold, very cold, about 11 as we parked in the far corner of the lot far away from everyone and everything. After we went into the store and purchased a few items for breakfast the next day we made couch in the front room of the trailer into a bed and turned on the gas stove and propane heater. We didn't want to run the furnace because we were afraid the fan would run the battery down since we werent' hooked up to electricity.

It was a fitful night but we had done it a couple of nights earlier on top of Mount Storm in a snow storm-- the first time either of us had ever seen much less been in a white out. Anyhow, we slept in our clothes with our socks on it was so cold. About 1 am we heard a tremendous racket right out side our trailer.
Man cheating on his wife or wife cheating on her husband, big fight in the parking lot at 1:00, two cars and yelling and screaming.
Huge parking lot and they fight right outside our trailer. 3 cop cars came and hauled them off to jail.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #553
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I've found that most Walmart's are receptive to overnight camping. Cracker Barrel is also another excellent place to stay overnight with the added advantage of having a place to have coffee and breakfast first thing in the morning.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:48 PM   #554
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Hi-My best friend lives in Questa, and will be making a trip out there in late spring or summer-Could I please have a little more info, message or e-mail would be fine-Thanks, Rolland (The_Fan_Man@rocketmail.com)
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:05 PM   #555
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Rolland, there are no Walmarts in Questa, which is a pretty small town. The closest is in Taos, which is about 25 miles to the south.

There are, however, a few Carson National Forest campgrounds up the road from Questa to the east toward Red River. And there is also a BLM campground at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Questa.


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Old 12-26-2013, 08:47 PM   #556
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I've put a LOT of miles on SilverLeaf and spent many nights on the road. I have yet to pull into a WalMart, though it is always an option. My son lives about 100 miles from me, and he had his in-laws visiting from AR, so after the evening festivities I opted to spend Christmas eve in my trailer, with my two basset hounds -- boondocked with 24 degree weather. Now that I have solar and two AGM Lifelines there are no worries about battery life due to "excessive furnace use." And, the dogs are always happy to cuddle. Oh, I parked in the community center parking lot. Not much pool use this time of year. (And, yes, he gets the OK for me to do this as I've done this a couple of times!)
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:36 PM   #557
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Recommend the AllStays app if you have an iphone. Pilot truck stops also allow overnights: mypilot app is great. We traveled from Ohio to New Mexico and used Walmart several times. Good luck!
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:04 AM   #558
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Regina and I parked overnight in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Tell City, IN in January 2007, we were on our way back from Lancaster PA where we had just picked up our Airstream trailer. It was cold, very cold, about 11 as we parked in the far corner of the lot far away from everyone and everything. After we went into the store and purchased a few items for breakfast the next day we made couch in the front room of the trailer into a bed and turned on the gas stove and propane heater. We didn't want to run the furnace because we were afraid the fan would run the battery down since we werent' hooked up to electricity.

It was a fitful night but we had done it a couple of nights earlier on top of Mount Storm in a snow storm-- the first time either of us had ever seen much less been in a white out. Anyhow, we slept in our clothes with our socks on it was so cold. About 1 am we heard a tremendous racket right out side our trailer.
Man cheating on his wife or wife cheating on her husband, big fight in the parking lot at 1:00, two cars and yelling and screaming.
Huge parking lot and they fight right outside our trailer. 3 cop cars came and hauled them off to jail.
Jim Lee - heating your trailer using your gas stove????? You're lucky that you did not "wake-up dead". Please, never do that again if you value your life. Carbon monoxide is a killer.
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How is using the gas stove different from using the gas furnace or using the gas heater --

Educate me,seriously.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:09 AM   #560
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How is using the gas stove different from using the gas furnace or using the gas heater --

Educate me,seriously.
gas stove - products of combustion go directly into the living space.

gas furnace - uses a heat exchanger, so products of combustion are
exhausted outside the trailer.

gas heater (catalytic type) - operation consumes oxygen from within the trailer.


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