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Old 10-03-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Overnights at Cracker Barrel

When we had our 31 ft travel trailer & crew cab truck, we would regularly stop overnight at Flying J's en route to southern destinations in winter with never an issue.

Now we have the PW, it will be even easier - with the trailer I was alwyas a bit concerned in case when we got there all the RV slots might be already taken - won't be such an issue with the B

But also, Cracker Barrels could be another option. We did pull into one once with the trailer in tow but no space for us at all - I gather some do have long RV spaces, the one we tried did not.

So I am wondering - are they like Walmarts in that one may be ok with RV's overnight and others may not?

Is it pretty much the routine to ask the waitress to check with teh manager when you go in for supper?

Anyone been refused?

Speaking of Walmarts - we have never tried one of those either though gather many people do. I always felt I would not try one if the area looked at all sketchy or if there were not other trailers large RV's. gain, I suppose it is a bit easier with a van.

I think I'd prefer the option of a Cracker Barrel, enjoying a dinner (and breakfast too if they are open early!)

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Old 10-03-2018, 08:28 PM   #2
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For a variety of reasons, not all Walmarts allow over-night parking. In my experience, if over-night parking is not allowed, there will be signs to that effect, but you can always phone ahead or talk to customer service. There are websites and apps that will try to track the ones that allow over-night parking, but apparently things change all the time so it's a bit of a moving target.
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For a variety of reasons, not all Walmarts allow over-night parking. In my experience, if over-night parking is not allowed, there will be signs to that effect, but you can always phone ahead or talk to customer service. There are websites and apps that will try to track the ones that allow over-night parking, but apparently things change all the time so it's a bit of a moving target.

Walmart or Cracker Barrel, just call ahead and ask the manager if it is allowed. Almost always accurate, but we got booted after the day manager said OK, and then the night security guy called a tow truck to boot about a half dozen RVs out. This was at Walmart.
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Cabellas also allows overnighting there...the one I stayed at in Salt Lake City had it's own dump station ($5)
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we have stopped on a few occasions at various cracker barrels, very friendly, we always ask, and never been turned away, plus we love their food, so we usually grab a quick bite or a nice breakfast and a coffee, before we head out, we always felt safe as the parking lots are usually well lit. most of the time there are 2 or 3 other rv,s there for the night also,,,,hope this helps,,, take care,,,
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My husband jokes that, if someone DOES eventually get booted out of a Cracker Barrel, it will be us, by sheer virtue of statistics, because it's often the ONLY place we stay. I've long since lost track of how many we have graced with our overnight presence.

Most of them can accommodate rigs. Rarely there is one where they don't "disallow" overnight parking per se, but the issue is that they are part of a shopping complex that doesn't have room for extended vehicles, so they say "no" RVs.

An example is Trevose PA. If you look at the aerial photo, there appear to be two elongated spots in their lot. But those are typically consumed by intermodal containers. No room for trailers.

Of course, this doesn't matter for most, if not all, Class Bs. I stayed in Trevose two months ago, and nobody had an issue with me. But my Sprinter is not an EXT, and in places like that, I always back in, so that I can overhang my tail and not take up more than one parking spot.

Cracker Barrel has its own cult overnighter following. Sometimes the most preposterous locations seem to become favorited by people. An example is Staunton VA. Gosh I hate that location!! It's below the freeway and the noise is deafening. You feel like a big rig will come barreling over the side of the embankment and smash you to smithereens at any second. But I've never been there without at least four other rigs boondocking, and I've been there multiple times. People just like it for some reason.

Cracker Barrel IH-59 Tuscaloosa AL (east side) is one of my favorites. HUGE lot for buses, RVs, and whatever else. Set back from the freeway; very quiet.
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I've read that city ordinances may prevent overnight boondocking in some places, and that would be a reason that Walmart or Cracker Barrel wouldn't be able to allow RV's. In the Midwest where I travel, I haven't seen RV's overnighting at Cracker Barrel, so I've never stayed at one either. I have stayed at a several Walmarts though. I stay at ones in nice neighborhoods, so I scope out the area first. I also will drive around the parking lot, sometimes a few times, to figure out the best place to park. Since I have dogs to potty, I look for a place that's out of the way and is next to grass. Sometimes, I'm the only RV there and other times, there are a few others. Since I'm usually in town for a dog show, I sometimes spend multiple nights at the same Walmart. I usually leave around 5:30 or 6 a.m. and don't return until 9 or 10 p.m., so I try to be as unobtrusive as possible. I'm going to a dog show this weekend and will be spending nights at a Walmart I've used for the past few years. There is a Walmart in a small town just 5 miles north that doesn't allow RV's, but this one does, so I'm assuming it's a city ordinance issue. I like the Walmarts since they're open 24 hours, so there's always someone there.
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The problems we've had with Walmarts, even ones in nicer areas, is illegal drug users. Once they invade the parking lot, the police will clear EVERYBODY out of there, including innocent boondockers who clearly have no involvement, but they do this in order avoid accusations of "unequal treatment" or "racism" or whatever is the pouty accusation-du-jour. And when they clear the place, it often doesn't happen until after midnight, which is a roaring inconvenience for people who are already asleep. Been there, done that, don't wish to rinse and repeat.

I've never seen junkies at any Cracker Barrel. Thank the powers that be.
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The problems we've had with Walmarts, even ones in nicer areas, is illegal drug users. Once they invade the parking lot, the police will clear EVERYBODY out of there, including innocent boondockers who clearly have no involvement, but they do this in order avoid accusations of "unequal treatment" or "racism" or whatever is the pouty accusation-du-jour. And when they clear the place, it often doesn't happen until after midnight, which is a roaring inconvenience for people who are already asleep. Been there, done that, don't wish to rinse and repeat.

I've never seen junkies at any Cracker Barrel. Thank the powers that be.
Cracker Barrel sounds good to me and will give it a try! I will say after 20 years of stopping at their places en route to winter designations we have never encountered any issues an will continue to use them - but now with the "B" I will add Cracker Barrel's to our options - I'm having doubts about Wally World fro comments I have read!

But never say never - any port in a storm as they say!

We are off tomorrow for our first camping weekend in the "B" - hope all goes
well ! Bee spending time in it in r driveway as I get familiar - sanitising fresh water tank etc.

So far I am very pleased with it, everything seems to work - so far, and the fit and finish of the PW Plateau FL is living up to what I had heard. It is obviously much smaller than the 31 ft AS Classic trailer he traded in, but seems to have enough space for the two of us and everything is packed in for the trip - very inviting and cozy inside.

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We love Wally-docking! But it gets expensive--we go in and inedibility there is some "food' in the bakery that has my name on it. Then there is the cute pair of shorts, and WD40 on sale----etc. We are their best freeloaders!
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