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Old 11-13-2010, 08:14 AM   #1
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Overnight places to stay

When one is traveling on the road and need a place to stay until morning, it can be frustrating to find one at a reasonable cost for one needs without the worry of parking without permission. We tried the Camping World in Churchville, NY. They post on their website whether overnight parking is available at the various locations. They gave me the option to park in their store parking lot or in the storage lot with electricity all without charge. Also some town trailer parks, like Davidson, Sask, had a washroom and shower for $10. without electricity and $20. with. We travelled through northern Ontario and found provincial parks where charging over $30. without electricity and the private park was $20.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:14 PM   #2
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Re: Overnight places to stay

Most Walmarts allow overnight parking, but not all. It is always posted if not allowed. I often park o/n in abandonned shopping centers and there are lots to choose from these days. I have only been told to move twice in 8 years of full time camping.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:30 AM   #3
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Re: Overnight places to stay

I understand you can use shopping mall and school parking lots with restricted hours. I read somewhere in a Parks Canada book it's from 9:00pm till 7:00am. Has anyone else read this.
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I understand you can use shopping mall and school parking lots with restricted hours. I read somewhere in a Parks Canada book it's from 9:00pm till 7:00am. Has anyone else read this.
Seems unlikely since shopping malls are owned by various companies and each hires its own security company and has its own policies. And, there are thousands of school boards across Canada. They all make their own rules. So, I don't know why Parks Canada would suggest such a thing.

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Re: Overnight places to stay

I found this site. It's got some good Ideas about free RV parking.

http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/Over...V-Parking.html
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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Re: Overnight places to stay

There are three apps out there for searching overnight locations. I cannot speak to any of them and there is a cost. They have been mentioned on fiberglassrv.com as useful.
  • All Stays Camp and RV
  • Camp Where
  • RV Parking.com

I believe these are all Apple apps but I think they are also available in "droid".
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Re: Overnight places to stay

Although not specific to overnight stops, Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds is useful. There is both an Eastern & Western edition.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:24 AM   #8
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Hi, ....we hate to pay a lot of money just to pull into a place to sack out for the night. I agree with most others that Walmart is a great choice. Casinos are a favorite of mine. Even ones that post "no over night parking" will usually let you stay as long as you check in with security first. We have also used truck stops ....sometimes noisy sometimes not, and quite often use rest stops. Most will say "limit your stay to 8 hours". That's usually good enough for us. We have never been asked to move from a rest stop, and we have met some wonderful people there along the way. The best places we have stayed at all have been free. Mind you, we don't have young children so we don't have to worry about a safe place for them to be.
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Re: Overnight places to stay

When just stopping overnight, after driving well past suppertime, I will just look for a quiet neighbourhood with room enough to park on the street, out of the way. Other options I have exercised are finding an approach to a field on a quiet rural road, using a parking lot at a school, sportsplex or the like. Lots of options out there. Not once have I ever been bothered.

I actually try to avoid truck stops and rest areas, as they tend to be noisier, resulting in a poor sleep.
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