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polarlyse 11-10-2015 09:15 AM

Florida Interstate rest areas
 
Just a few weeks ago we stayed a very pleasant one night at a rest area along Florida I-10. Checked with the late afternoon staff and they advised that it was OK to stay and they even have security after 8pm. It was in the Pensacola area and was a very large rest area. There were a few trucks but none near us so it was very quiet. This was a very nice first experience staying overnight in a highway rest area. :)

Mvaug45 11-10-2015 09:35 AM

I did that last summer, you're right nice clean and safe stops. The only downside for me was it was 90 degrees and 90 % humidity. The one I stayed at was near Tallahassee.

remphoto 11-10-2015 09:38 AM

Seems better than one along 1-10 in Louisiana. That one had a guard shack and warning signs.

Mrjkq 11-10-2015 12:55 PM

I'm surprised! Most if not all Florida rest areas have no overnight parking signs. I have heard of RVers getting permission for sickness or bad weather or extreme fatigue. If you do stay its a great place as all areas have armed security.

xrvr 11-10-2015 03:08 PM

Not me, I live here and wouldn't spend the night in one. Too many transients.

n2916s 11-10-2015 04:25 PM

They put the guards in after a slew of armed robberies -- not the kind of headlines that scream "Visit Florida". Officially (as per the Florida DOT website) you cannot remain overnight but, obviously the OP not only did it, he was invited!

Personally, I wouldn't simply because, with my luck, I'd get that knock on the door from an unhappy lawman at 0300...

Mike

D Greene 11-10-2015 04:33 PM

If you look like you are staying, you must go. If you look like you are going, you can stay. At least for a three or four hour power nap. :)

Tincampers 11-10-2015 05:14 PM

Too many transients...it is a highway. It is full of transients! ��

Mrjkq 11-10-2015 05:53 PM

Anyplace one boondocks has risks. Personally I don't usually do it but if I have to my Glock is within hands reach. I like the idea of a free pull over but my wife is petrified.

rbr 11-10-2015 07:43 PM

We routinely crash at rest areas and have never had a problem. States so far: NC,SC, Fla., Va, WV, Ms, Al, Tx, NM, Ks, Tn. Many "prohibit" overnight parking but we are usually in get there mode and only stay 7-8 hrs., maybe 9p to 6a like the truckers who pack the places every night. The worst part is noise from idling big rigs, but the newer trucks with DPFs can't do that anymore

xrvr 11-11-2015 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrprez (Post 1708612)
Too many transients...it is a highway. It is full of transients! ��

In Florida transients are so often people from other states with just enough money to get here. Then they are stuck and some use any means possible to get more money, robbery. Our homeless center here us full of people who came here for the weather and the knowledge that Florida will take care if them. Most came by car. Not everyone on the interstate is a family going to the theme parks, many are transients looking to prey on the tourists and the rest areas are easy Pickens. I would rather stay at a truck stop than a rest area here in Florida.

xrvr 11-11-2015 06:26 AM

Off topic but even if stopped at a rest area for a break, always keep your trailer and tv locked. If possibles do not leave them unattended, let someone stay with the vehicle while the other goes inside. If you go inside the trailer be sure your tv is locked. A common crime is a snatch and run at rest areas. Grab something out of a car or trailer and be miles down the road before the cops are notified. Be careful. Be alert. Most times all is well but there is always a chance of problems.

Tincampers 11-11-2015 06:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by avionstream (Post 1708770)
In Florida transients are so often people from other states with just enough money to get here. Then they are stuck and some use any means possible to get more money, robbery. Our homeless center here us full of people who came here for the weather and the knowledge that Florida will take care if them. Most came by car. Not everyone on the interstate is a family going to the theme parks, many are transients looking to prey on the tourists and the rest areas are easy Pickens. I would rather stay at a truck stop than a rest area here in Florida.

I understand, you see those people anywhere it is warm. I'm was just kidding around.

xrvr 11-11-2015 10:11 AM

Cool!


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