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Old 06-23-2012, 06:56 AM   #1
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Rest Areas on the Interstate Highway System

Last year on our way to Florida we stopped at a rest area in the state of Georgia to eat. There was a separate lot for RVs and the facilities were clean and nice. We asked an attendant how long we could stay, and she said "if you tell us your tired we won't ask you to leave." I really liked her answer. We could have easily stayed the night there, but we already had reservations at a private park along the route.

Later, I did some searches on the internet to see if there was any consistency in the rules for how long you can stay in a rest area. Although it's a national highway system, the rules are controlled by the state you're in - and they can vary widely. Some places want you out of there as soon as you have taken care of your personal needs, and other places actually have hookups for RVs. And you can find about anything in between.

Does anyone have a link, or other data, that contains state-by-state information about the length of stay at rest areas?

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Old 06-23-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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Great question, I would like to see more information on this as well.


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Old 06-23-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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Any reporting of rest stops should include a Sleeze factor

Some rest stops are really quite nice and friendly. Some however attractk "interesting" people. The one that is always most sad is I17 just norht of Phoenix. Frequently attracts folks trying to make a quick buck at times. Now some folks there are actauly on a world of hurt but some folks try to take advanage of peoples generous and helpful nature.

The sad truth is that Arizona has closed nearly all of its road side rest. This is one state that really needs what few they had. Best be able to hold out here as its a long way between places to pull over safely.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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We found the rest area in the Florida Interstates to be excellent. Since the shootings a few years ago they are manned 24 hrs.

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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I would like to know if there is a list somewhere. I know in CT on I-84 there is a rest area on the west side of the state where RV parking is separate from truck parking and you can spend the night.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:18 AM   #6
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Many of the rest areas near large cities, and even some in some rural areas have been closed because of too much crime. Too expensive to man them 24/7. A few years ago some amateur radio operators were spending time at some of the CA rest areas and then reporting to police if they saw any problems. You just have to be careful at rest areas anyplace.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:48 PM   #7
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Arizona Rest Stops are now open and beautiful

I travel from Phoenix, AZ to Corpus Christi, TX in the fall and spring of each year and I always RV'd the night at TX Rest/Picnic/Parking Stops (these are the 3 kinds of stops along I-5 in Texas). I have also stayed at NM and AZ stops along I-5 and experienced no problems. Texas is the best however.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:38 AM   #8
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We just traveled I80 from Ca went up to I84 in Idaho and over to I90 in S Dakota then back to I80 through Nebraska and to Pa. All the rest stops were open with maybe the exception of one closed for maintenance. The rest stops on the toll roads through Indiana and Ohio had separate spots for RVs but the spaces were to short for our rig so we had to use the truck parking area. We didn't have any problems but I do carry an equalizer with me just in case.
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You will find trucks in the RV spaces and RVs in the truck spaces in GA. We see it all the time as we travel up and down I-75.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #10
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Hopefully our Cost-Cutting Governor doesn't close all the ones in OHIO (which he has offered a measure to do). There are some great ones here, especially along I-75 and I-70 on the southwest side of Columbus. Will keep updated on this.

RV'ers usually use the RV/Truck areas and our stops are recently updated and quite spacious.


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