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Old 05-14-2014, 02:42 PM   #21
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Some camp grounds have a spill over area near their main gate. I have asked and stayed at those places over night for free at a few different locations. Behind some hotels parking is also a good spot - always ask first.

The best parking lot for us was at a couple of Bass Pro Shops. They always have the outdoor scene setup all over their stores including their parking lot sometimes. This one place in central ALA had several parking areas partitioned off with high bushes and this one even had 120VAC 20MAP receptacles installed. Better than some camp grounds we have paid to stay at haha..

We definitely enjoyed breakfast with them the next morning and did some shopping as well...

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Old 05-29-2014, 08:05 AM   #22
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Interesting. My wife and I stayed one night at the Prince Albert, SK casino. I had noticed other RV's parked there. I asked inside and they told me it is first come, first served, no charge. There were even electrical hookups.

We stayed one night each way at a big campground in northern Alberta. I watched all the retirees in shorts and "holiday hats" limping around, spending half the evening washing the bug crap off their million dollar land yachts. Not for me, thank you.

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Old 09-26-2014, 09:47 AM   #23
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I find it far easier to part with $35 at a campground than taking a chance of possibly parting with my life by parking somewhere I shouldn't be. While you've never had any problems when doing this, I can only say you've been lucky, but if you ever encounter another RVer who's had a bad experience and suffered as a result of it, it might encourage you to discontinue this practice.
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:13 AM   #24
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I like the idea and I think we will try it just for fun.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:57 AM   #25
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Some areas of the country I wouldn't boon dock as well as certain parts of some cities. Philly..and lots others .no way..etc. But there is thousands of great places around the country to boon dock. Just have to be aware of your surroundings.
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:26 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by nunyadamn View Post
I like this idea. We borrowed a friends trailer and got stuck paying $135 for less than 8 hours stay at Newport Dunes (Newport Beach, CA). I should have turned around and parked on the street outside of their gates. Next time I will do this.
I grew up camping at the Dunes (we camp there a a week or two, it was alot cheaper back then), I used to swim out to the whales and spend all my money at the arcade. We took our kids there for a couple days last summer. It was pricey and packed! But it only took us an hour to get there.

I can't believe this thread is still going from 2010! That's great. We've since expanded our overnight horizons and have stayed at a couple casinos (no secrete there), and he did a couple Flying J's ( kind of loud though). We stayed at a CAT weigh station once, and three or four different Camping Worlds. Twice a security guy checked in on us before we went lights out. We just told him we were traveling and needed some supplies from our favorite store in the morning. No problem. I think the strangest place we stayed was an abandoned housing track development. Looked like the developer did the grading, but ran out of money because there was about 2 years of growth everywhere. We stayed over night and took our time leaving the next day.

The thing I learned though is to cover the windows with that radiant barrier stuff (looks like sun shade) to keep the light from getting in or getting out. Someone walking by would just see a dark RV and think it was just parked there.

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Old 01-31-2015, 09:59 AM   #27
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For the list of Wal-Marts and those that don't allow RV parking - Google and go to the WALMARTATLAS site.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:24 PM   #28
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I hooked into my right tailight and ran a wire to the batteries on the trailer tongue. When I'm staying at a rest stop that doesnt like "overnight" parking I hook it up. I always run the generator all night anyway ,mostly for the "white noise" effect. I figure with all my parking lights on all night it might look like I'm just idling for a quick rest. In South Carolina most all the rest stops had a sign that said "for the convenience of motorists" no overnite parking etc. etc. I was all in once (or twice) and had to drive another 80 miles or so to find a place to sleep. I remember passing a sign that said "drowsy driving is impaired driving" I wonder if the family of five that I ran off the road and killed would think it was "convenient" that I couldnt stay at that last rest stop......Edit, of course thats a dramitization....I never killed anyone....
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My concern would be for safety. Especially, when there is no one around and no one knows you are there.

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Here's a website that might interest you....

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