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Old 04-12-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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Just dont park where the trucks are supposed to park..
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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It may sound ridiculous but here in CT there are signs in at least some rest area parking lots that state "No Sleeping in Cars". My wife once pulled over for a nap in a smaller rest area, on a highway where commercial vehicles are not allowed (Merit Parkway) and was roused by a police officer that told her that it wasn't safe to sleep in a car and it was not allowed.

She explained that it was a better option than falling asleep behind the wheel and he agreed and said nonetheless, it wasn't allowed. He said, Stretch your legs, wake up a little and go find a motel to sleep in.

Rest areas indeed!
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:00 AM
 
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Unfortunately, most of the time when you try this it is either way too hot, or way too cold to actually sleep and I would never leave the engine running while doing so.

If it is temperate and I am traveling with friends, I will ask them to give me 2o minutes while they walk around and take a bathroom break or get coffee and I will snooze. That is usually enough time for me to recharge so I can do another 400 miles or so.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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It may sound ridiculous but here in CT there are signs in at least some rest area parking lots that state "No Sleeping in Cars". My wife once pulled over for a nap in a smaller rest area, on a highway where commercial vehicles are not allowed (Merit Parkway) and was roused by a police officer that told her that it wasn't safe to sleep in a car and it was not allowed.

She explained that it was a better option than falling asleep behind the wheel and he agreed and said nonetheless, it wasn't allowed. He said, Stretch your legs, wake up a little and go find a motel to sleep in.

Rest areas indeed!
Side note...

My pop used to pull off the road to find a secluded place to park his Cadillac and snooze. Most cops would leave him alone because they knew there was not motel we could go to - every once in a while some would harass him... Fortunately things have improved. But I never thought about or realized why he was doing this when I was a kid and learned from him to do the long haul without needing a motel.
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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I have taken daytime naps (never overnight or after dark) at those big convenience/travel station/restaurant/gas station/truck stop type of places along the interstate. No problems. There's a pretty nice one in southern Kansas along I-35. I would rather nap at a place like this than a roadside rest area.
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:43 PM
 
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What small town hotel prices have risen rapidly?
LOL ...

you haven't seen what happens in the winter months when the main interstate highways are closed due to weather conditions on short notice in the Rocky Mountain region.

the normally discounted room rates can rise to rack rates in a matter of minutes, and can sometimes reach multiples of that if it looks like the place will sell out quickly. Not uncommon for the small towns along the I-80 corridor to sell out in an hour or two, especially if interstate truckers have been pulling off the road in a town with comfortable accomodations, food, and entertainment rather than just finding a one stop sign town to get a room to wait out the storm.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:01 PM
 
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Truck stops are decidedly not dangerous. Go inside by something, have a quick bite, leave a good tip, and point out your car to the waitress, and ask her to keep an eye out. I have slept in them repeatedly, alone and as a woman. I used to lay flat the back seat of my SUV and zonk out. Cheap, safe, and quick.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:41 PM
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It may sound ridiculous but here in CT there are signs in at least some rest area parking lots that state "No Sleeping in Cars".
That has been similar to my experience traveling around the mid-south and gulf coast area too, for quite a number of years now. Although I think mostly it's "No overnight parking" because I have taken catnaps during the day without being hassled.
If I needed to overnight and had no money for a room I'd much rather go to a busy 24 hour store or truck stop.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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Must be saving money for the lot lizards!
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:36 PM
 
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Or trying to avoid bedbugs from cheap motels!
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