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JaxDad

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Posted: 03/12/22 06:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rlw999 wrote:

JaxDad wrote:



No, not really, or at least not in my case.

I’m currently based out of the Toronto area but travel at least once a month in one of my M/H’s for sort of business (paid hobby / passion truth be known) and so for probably half the year I’m travelling several days before I get to an area where there are C/G’s open even IF I wanted to stay there.

I say “if” because I couldn’t bring myself to bother a bunch of people on vacation and trying to enjoy themselves and relax pulling in at near midnight and pulling back out at zero-dark-thirty in the morning. I also don’t see much reason to pay for a bunch of amenities or services I’ll never use.


OP, I just spent a night at the Sudbury Rest Area just east of Nairn Center on my home from the Soo last week and did so because Jeremy’s was jammed full of trucks.


Do you not see the contradiction in your statements? You said that truck drivers (who usually have little control over when/where they are routed, and have legal requirements for when they need to take breaks) should have no need to sleep in a rest area, but because of when you drive for your hobby, you have no choice but to stop at a rest area since the truck stop was already "jammed full of trucks".


There was NO contradiction, I planned on where I was going to stop, in an area BTW where there are only a handful of options for a few hours drive in either direction, and went to my alternate destination. It was however my alternate because unlike it Jeremy‘s there is no gas station convenience store or restaurant with public washrooms.

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Posted: 03/15/22 04:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've spent more nights in rest areas than I have in overnight campgrounds...

With some trailers and motorhomes being unusable without having a slide partially out, it's not uncommon to see them at rest areas, but if you're in that situation, try to make sure you're on an end or overhanging a curb.

We've got a traffic cone that gets set out at the back of the trailer when ours is out.



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lane hog wrote:


We've got a traffic cone that gets set out at the back of the trailer when ours is out.


I rarely overnight in a rest area, but when I do, I leave the parking lights on (as do most of the trucks there) to help prevent a sleepy driver not seeing me in the dark (especially if it's raining). My coach batteries charge from the lithium house batteries and most of my parking lights are low power LED's, so I'm not worried about draining the batteries.

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Good practice, but that won't highlight the protruding slide from someone turning the corner to park next to me... [emoticon]

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Not very thoughtful taking up 2 spaces in a rest area





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hornet28 wrote:

Not very thoughtful taking up 2 spaces in a rest area


Who said anything about taking up two spaces?

The average width of a truck parking spot in a rest area is 12-15 ft wide, which is far more than my trailer is with a slide out.

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lane hog wrote:

hornet28 wrote:

Not very thoughtful taking up 2 spaces in a rest area


Who said anything about taking up two spaces?

The average width of a truck parking spot in a rest area is 12-15 ft wide, which is far more than my trailer is with a slide out.


You are right about the width of spaces, but twice I have had flags knocked off of loads less than 10 feet wide. Bell, once had driver of a class A wake me up to complain about damage the dozer blade did to his RV.

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