Quick Overnights at Flying J or Walmart

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  1. Travelhoveler

    Travelhoveler New Member

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    The card is useful. Saving 50¢-60¢ a tank isn't much, but it adds up. Swipe it when you buy coffee, etc. too as you often get other discounts.

    We've never "planned a trip" to a Flying J, but they've been helpful on three long-distance trips. It's a good company, Tennessee-owned.
     
  2. IGYPup

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    Don't know if I would set up my pup in a parking lot, even though some of the camp sites I've seen are close [LOL] But a cup of coffee and a power nap in the TV in any parking lot is better than driving tired. Nice to know that the Flying J truck stops and Walmart do accommodate RVs
     
  3. johnsagraves

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    I think this is the correct picture. We were in San Bernardino, Ca. the day they filed bankruptcy and asked permission to stay at the Walmart. I think the manager sensed the desperation in our voice and approved for one night even though it was posted NOP. As soon as I got set up a policeman showed up and I thought man am I in trouble being the same day as they filed bankruptcy and parking under a NOP sign. Anyway I went out and asked him if I was going to jail? He chuckled and said do you know why I stopped. Not a clue I said, thinking I am dead in the water. He said that he owned a camper just like our Aliner. He and I talked campers for a short time. Next night we camped at the Dogwood Campground which he indicated backed up to his house. He said enjoy the night and that he was on patrol for the night and he would keep an eye to make sure we were ok. If ever I could say thanks, I would appreciate. Thanks the manager of Walmart and also the policeman. Story I will never forget.

    BTW we have stayed at a lot of Wallys over the past years. Thanks, we always shop at Walmart when we can for that reason.
     
  4. mamabean5

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    Trucks at our local stop were busted for human trafficking a few years ago. I don't even like to stop there, but the gas is a bit less sometimes. My DD complained she would get approached by truckers when she would go in to pay for her gas. I didn't quite understand the situation till I saw it with my own eyes. Never again. I gladly paid extra for her to go down the road a bit to safer options.
     
  5. Travelhoveler

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    Mamabean, we'd never stay at a place like that. The three we've stayed in were well-lit and well-patrolled, and we had no incidents at all. Most of the truckers we've met over the years have been fine people. In fact, we see more riff-raff when camping (you know, in those other campers).
     
  6. mamabean5

    mamabean5 Well-Known Member

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    We were just talking this afternoon about looking at a Joey someday so we can go farther and just boondock along the way. Maybe we'll meet someday at a Walmart! :)
     
  7. Travelhoveler

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    Not us. We don't shop at Walmart, so we'd never take advantage of their allowing campers to overnight there.
     
  8. Strawhouse

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    Has anyone recently stayed overnight at the Flying J in Napanee ON?
     
  9. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I stayed at one in Fl. but left shortly, with the noise from the semis running all night I decide i would not sleep too great so we left in a short time.
     
  10. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    The key to sleeping in a truck stop is to sleep fully Dressed. I do miss sleeping in parking lots. There is always something to watch out the windows.
     
  11. tdiller

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    I found that Ohio turnpike has a few rest plazas with electric hookups and a dump station. The RV lot is off to one lone area so not much traffic and 20$ for the night. It is a pay and take receipt type of thing and I don't think anyone checked during the night but it was nice. I've also seen a gas station on I39 in Rochelle Il that had three full hookup spots. No table or anything like that but for 15$ for a quick overnite not bad.
     
  12. Lloyd B

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    We hauled RVs for a while and often stayed the night at Flying Js, very noisy and usually hot with no electric for AC, but we were never bothered by ladies of the night or anyone else. Most casinos have RV parking with at least electric cheap, and most allow free overnight parking if you don't need a hookup. They also have 24 hour food. We have stayed at Walmart a few times, and often got woke up with the parking lot sweeper right next to our rig at 3 or 4 in the morning.
     

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