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« on: October 03, 2013, 01:06:01 pm »

This is at a rest area in Ohio... or Pennsylvania. We were struck by the contrast as we came out of the building and saw our PC tucked in with the big rigs. It looks like we washed her in hot water and she shrunk!
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 09:05:58 am »

isn't that cute,........ Cheer
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 09:09:14 am »

Holly, be careful when hanging with the big ones, you may someday get a livestock hauler pull in beside ya,  peeeeee..uuuuuuuu    rolling on the floor







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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 04:17:20 pm »

That's funny! For a quick minute I thought it was a picture of my PC. I've been parked in similar spots in the past.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 04:27:13 pm »

I bet at least two or three PC could park length wise in that spot. I would be afraid that I would not fine where my PC was hiding when I came back. LOL rolling on the floor
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2013, 06:22:25 am »

Tom, you forget we have a toad now. PC + hitch + toad + bike rack is looooong. Not that much extra room in those trucker spaces. (PC is 27.5' model 2552, tow bars add maybe 3', toad is 15' Subaru Forester, bike rack sticks out almost 3 feet). I'll try to remember to put a tape measure along her when we hook up again on Monday but from the measurements I find online for the products, it looks like we are about 48' long. Semi's are around 75-100' long so we could maybe get two of our setups in there.

So, grab your lady love and guard dog and hit the road and we'll share those parking spaces.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2013, 11:01:43 am »

Last August was our first vacation without our tow vehicle, so we were able to over-night park in the "car" parking lot of rest areas.  It was so much better sleeping for us that we spent many nights in rest areas.  We also felt bad taking up a truck position when we didn't need to.  Those guys don't have a choice.
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2013, 04:00:22 pm »

Ron, It's definitely a difference. We drove without a toad for a while since we had to wait for the fabrication of our tow plate. We could fit in a double head to head parking space in many places. Not a chance now. We have to be very careful which gas station we pull into because we need to be able to pull back out... hopefully without unhooking the toad. We've had a few close calls but haven't had to drop her yet. We now park at the back of big store or mall parking lots across multiple parking spaces and hope that nobody parks directly in front us thereby making it impossible to pull forward and out. AND we now hang with the big dogs at those rest areas. We seem to be in the minority about the noise from the semi generators. We turn on our inside fans and snooze right out. We've only slept a few hours at a rest area with semis but have spent several nights at Walmart tucked right in with the trucks and slept right through.
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013, 06:27:49 pm »

Ron,we don't use a tow and as you we make good use of the states rest areas.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2013, 09:38:04 am »

Ron,we don't use a tow and as you we make good use of the states rest areas.
We've travelled in motor homes since 1983.  In years past, most states did not allow over-night parking in their rest areas.  I remember rest area custodians pounding their fist on our rig to get moving.  But in recent years, all states have adopted safety campaigns, encouraging sleepy drivers to get off the road which makes it fine to park overnight in rest areas.  There are only a few exceptions and those select few rest areas are posted accordingly.

I am surprised to see so few RVs parked overnight in rest areas.  It's 98% trucks.
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2013, 11:18:03 am »

We always stay in campgrounds.  Our concern is safety.  Stayed in a parking area one night, one time, and my wife said never again she didnt sleep all night.  Do you feel safe staying overnight in these areas?
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2013, 11:29:00 am »

Our concern is safety.  Stayed in a parking area one night, one time, and my wife said never again she didnt sleep all night.  Do you feel safe staying overnight in these areas?
Actually we do feel safe, especially in our PC.  There are a few rest area locations where you need to use common sense and keep driving.  We won't stay in high crime zones.

My wife had a hard time getting used to the idea, but finally did adjust a couple years ago.  She actually encouraged rest areas for the first time during this past trip.
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2013, 12:39:37 pm »

We stay in campgrounds most of the time. I would rather wake up to the sounds of birds chipping and the smell of bacon cooking, not semis runnig and the smell of diesel fuel. Safety is not a big issue with us. Our 100 lb German Shepherd takes good care of that.  ThumbsUp
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2013, 06:13:53 pm »

Staying in rest area's requires a bit of common sense for sure, just as it does with campgrounds. We only didn't feel safe at one rest area near Chicago and did move down the road to a truck stop.  But have to say we did stay at some county parks that were pretty rowdy.  We have been asked by the rest area custodian more times than we can remember, if we were going to stay the night.  Many times they would tell us how safe their place is with maybe being manned 24/7 or the state patrol checking frequently.  South Dakota still prohibits staying more than a few hours, but we have not been awaken ever there, and we just returned from there last month.  We take our Q frmy the truckers.  Rest areas have come a long way. Iowa for example has WiFi at most with dump station. Some even have a little hiking trail.  We are now poised to visit ky, Tenn, ark,and Missouri starting Friday for a few weeks.  With the gov shut down, were just going to do rest areas while traveling and dispersed camping in the Nat forest's.
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2013, 07:39:53 pm »

.....and dispersed camping in the Nat forest's.
We did some of that too, 4 or 5 nights.  In the 30 days, we paid for half the nights, most $20 or less.  It helps off-set the cost of fuel.....we are careful with our spending to make life-with-toys work with the income I earn.
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