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    Rest Areas

    We live in the Keys and usually travel west (AZ, SD, WY, etc.)... When traveling from point A to point B we try to be as efficient with time as possible (not retired). Here is the question, Does anyone KNOW if it is legal and ethical to stay say 5 or 6 hours a night in a rest area? When we travel from the Keys to SD we leave Friday afternoon and arrive Spearfish, SD early evening (2,307 miles one way). Yes I don't mind driving long hours.

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    I would say yes to ethical, depends on legality. You are morally and ethically responsible to not endanger the other motoring public by driving tired. Driving tired is the same as driving drunk. It is impaired driving. Rest areas are built to allow a person to rest. The issue arrives in that some governments have passed ordinances to set the maximum time at a rest area to two hours to cut down on vagrants. This is mostly along the east and west coast. The heartland seems to realize that it is a long way to travel and a person needs to rest.
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    Truck Drivers have no problem pulling into a rest area and "resting" when they have hit their time limits. What may be illegal is putting out the slides for very long.
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    Minnesota has a 10 hour limit on Commercial motor vehicle operators to accommodate the national guidelines for down time. All others are limited to six hours and no overnight camping. The "camping" portion is not well defined in the state law so the concept of pushing slides out may or may not be illegal.

    It's likely each state has similar laws for "resting".
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    We dont extend the slide outs.

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    When I stopped to rest I never put slides or awning out. If any one asked, I'd tell them I wasn't camped because my slides and awnings weren't out

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    Get yourself a Walmart Rand McNally map, and the addresses of all Walmarts are listed.

    Maybe you could catch a few of their parking lots on Interstate exits along the way.

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    We have stayed at Walmarts...We find less of those now allow overnighting.

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    Have you tried the app Allstays? We love it and it has helped up with long travels to our family. It tells you the Walmarts that do not allow stops and gives you the phone #s of the ones who do, but would like for you to call first. There are wonderful helps with this app (and no, I get nothing from this plug) I just have enjoyed having it and at less than $10 bucks, I think it is a bargain. There may even be a free one to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveling Piper View Post
    Have you tried the app Allstays? We love it and it has helped up with long travels to our family. It tells you the Walmarts that do not allow stops and gives you the phone #s of the ones who do, but would like for you to call first. There are wonderful helps with this app (and no, I get nothing from this plug) I just have enjoyed having it and at less than $10 bucks, I think it is a bargain. There may even be a free one to try it out.
    X2 on this! I tried another app and it wasn't as up to date. This one is worth the small amount of money which you more than get back in one night of saved camping fees.
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