Originally Posted by Beachlife
.... Last resort is Pilots and Loves truck stops unless you can't sleep with noise.
At many of them, the larger problems are:
(1) Hostility from truckers who do not want vanners taking up limited space, and
(2) Crime, and
(3) The cumulative impact of all that engine exhaust in the same space. If you pick a truck stop, you would be wise to know which way the wind is blowing.
But in the deep south, wind can't be counted on and heavy moisture-laden air can stand impossibly still at night - not the smallest hint of breeze. I've been in truck stops where it was unbearable to be trapped in a pod of truck exhaust, which of course contains carbon monoxide. There was no way I could remain there overnight - I value my health too highly.
There are anti-idling regulations coming into being, and commercially-supplied hook-ups for a/c and heat. I first saw one of these racks at a truck stop near the Louisiana-Texas border: