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cjmorin 07-13-2018 06:27 PM

Picking up our Skoolie! Need place to park for two nights in Indy end of August
Hey all!

Happy to announce that my girlfriend and I just purchased our first skoolie! We are really excited to break away from the expenses of our current apartment complex. Now is the time to kill off this debt that has been haunting us since high school! What an exciting feeling...

I have a conference that I am attending in Indianapolis from Thu 8/23 to Sat 8/25. We will be flying out from Boston Wed night 8/22 and meeting our new bus when we arrive. The current owner lives near Iowa City and generously agreed to meet us with the bus in Indy.

It would sure be nice to have an inviting place to park while we are there! I don't know a ton about Indy, but I would like to be close enough to Lyft my way into the city.

The bus is self-sufficient. Shower, composting toilet, fresh and gray tanks and full solar, so we should be good to go without the need for shore power or anything like that. Any suggestions for parking lots or rest stops that are safe and comfortable would be awesome! Even better if somebody lives there and wants to host our rig for a couple nights!

Thanks in advance and looking forward to hearing back!

Chris & Liz

o1marc 07-13-2018 07:09 PM

There's always the Walmart parking lot.:thumb:

cjmorin 07-13-2018 07:16 PM

Is Walmart an option for more than a single night? I've heard it's only 1 night at a time, or else they may hassle you...

brokedown 07-13-2018 07:50 PM

I've spent lots of time at walmarts around the country. My advice: Don't be a nuisance, don't park in a "good" spot, and go somewhere else when the sun comes up. If you're gonna be in a town for a while, rotate walmarts.

Dapplecreek 07-14-2018 12:11 AM

Welcome to the gang! For your current dilemma, I would encourage you to go to and subscribe. It will cost you $24.95, and well worth it in my opinion. You type in your location and it pops up with options nearby. They even have an app you can use on your smartphone.

Here's the map of Indianapolis I just obtained from their site. The green pins are places that let you stay overnight, and each has details similar to the panel at the right. Other colors indicate "no parking" or "just Elks members" or some such.

cjmorin 07-15-2018 08:11 PM

Thanks so much for directing us to that site! I will be spending some time on there for sure.

Versatile 07-17-2018 08:23 AM

Run an ad on Craig's List in Farm and Garden and change it a bit and run it under the Wanted Section also. Easy way to wind up a t a rural location etc. You said you don't need shore power. That is great. What about rest stops along the freeway?

cjmorin 07-17-2018 09:28 AM

Great idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

Drew Bru 07-17-2018 12:38 PM

I believe (in addition to Wal Mart) you can overnight at Cracker Barrel and Cabela's too.

cjmorin 07-17-2018 12:54 PM

I read this, too. I actually did sign up for OvernightRVParking and a lot of the sites are Wal-Marts or Cracker Barrel, among other things.

cjmorin 07-17-2018 12:55 PM

We actually confirmed the Indiana State Fairgrounds just north of Indy for the two nights that we will be in town! Like $20 for simple hookups, $30 for full hookups, and no reservations necessary. It's 15min from my destination and will make a great start to our experience. My girlfriend will get to spend some time meeting other RV folks and learning what she can!

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