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Old 01-03-2018, 02:30 PM   #1
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overnight stop in west Texas?

We're planning a trip from Denver to San Antonio in March. We're looking at Amarillo, Lubbock, or Abilene for a quick overnight stop for sleep only. Any suggestions on where to - or better yet, where not to stop? We have done Walmarts and never had any issues, but better to avoid issues altogether.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:35 PM   #2
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We use Pilot or FlyingJ for our stops as it's also where we fuel (I use the truck docks).

There's also an info center on the other side of I40 from the Amarillo FlyingJ that has overnight parking for RV's. The FlyingJ doesn't have RV specific spots as I recall so you're in with the trucks and their associated sounds at night.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:42 PM   #3
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Check out the free city RV parks in Muleshoe, Levelland and Littlefield. All have electric and water + dump station. Hard to beat for an overnight stay.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:07 PM   #4
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When we made the journey from San Antonio area out to Colorado Springs in 2016, we stayed at the TX Info rest stop East of Amarillo on I-40 (as mentioned previously) on our way North. It was better than a truck stop in that there is some "green" space, and the area is generally pretty nice. It's like a truck stop in that the parking is somewhat close quarters, and trucks use this too, so it's not quiet.

A point of advice about Amarillo, it's a long haul from there to San Antonio. I think the journey took us about 11 hours, but we stopped in Junction for dinner for an hour or so. I think we had 2 fuel stops in that stretch, but since the toddler was asleep, they were super fast.

On the way back South, we stayed at the Wal-Mart in Sweetwater. The rest stop in Sweetwater is not ideal (there is no separate parking for RV/Truck traffic, everyone is just along side the highway), and the truck stops (while VERY large) were VERY busy, and thus VERY noisy. So, after we checked out the rest stop, and the truck stops, we ended up at Wal-Mart. There were a few other RVs there, but we arrived after them and left before them even though I fired up the genny and cooked breakfast and made coffee.
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We stayed at the Walmart on S Coulter St, Amarillo, TX back in Nov on our way back to GA from AZ. It is not directly off I-40 but easily accessed. We pulled in late and left early. I think there was 1 other RV and two Trucks there also.

The kids were stoked since there was a Chick-Fil-A there which was what we ate as Breakfast as soon as they opened that morning. After being on the road for 14 days that far west I believe they were missing their easy access to Chick-Fil-A they have at home...
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:36 AM   #6
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If you would consider an RV park in Amarillo, I can recommend the Amarillo Ranch RV Park on I-40.

https://amarilloranch.com/

They offer a free limo ride to the Big Texan Steak House where you can order a great meal and watch someone take the 72oz steak meal challenge.

Have a safe trip!

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Also a KOA a few miles north Amarillo and I-40. We put in there for a night when storm warnings east on I-40 put off continuing on to the Oklahoma City area. Pull thru, full hook up.

I think you can also pull over at the Visitor Center on the east of town on I-40. Has wireless, bathrooms, large parking lot.
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KOA Amarillo

Have stayed at KOA several times in the past.
Nice park , level pull thrus , clean showers.
Limo pick up for Bigtex steak house.
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Thanks for all of the feedback, this community is great! We don't have all of the details worked out yet, and help like this makes the planning that much better.
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Palo Duro Canyon state park, why not see something on the way?
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We stayed at Cracker Barrel in Lubbock - very nice, a good meal, and they were pleased to tell us "yes" when we asked if we could park for the night.
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