Ohio Turnpike Rest Stop - Portage

Milepost 196, Portage, Ohio
Rest Area
3 reviews


  • Water
  • Electric
  • 50 Amp
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Big Rig Access



Pulled in with a 45' motorhome towing a truck expecting to get an RV spot. Sign said 40' max and looking at the spaces, I knew they meant it. Continued on to the truck area and parked. Slept well.

“Accepts $20 just fine”

Machine accepted our $20 fine so maybe they updated it. It is a small lot (less than 10 spots) and we parked our 40 ft 5th wheel and truck at the end so we didn't have to unhook. Wifi must be too far away so that isn't really available but we had 50 amp and a good nights sleep!  This is our 2nd time staying here and we will do it again!
Stayed: 07/10/15 to 07/11/15

“Beware the Machine”

Pulled into this rest stop at 11 p.m.  Had to do some fancy parking to fit our 24-ft. trailer and pick-up. (Sign says max 40 ft.). Then we went to the machine that issues the parking permits. In big numerals, it clearly reads $20 (which is really too much for one night of parking next to a highway with electric, but we were going to take it. COINCIDENTALLY, we're sure, Walmarts in Ohio don't allow overnight parking.)

So we feed it a $20 bill. Nothing happens. On very close inspection, on an unlit area of the machine in washed-out numbers, it says $1 - $5. So we were apparently supposed to feed it twenty $1 bills.  Apparently the state of Ohio has yet to be introduced to the credit card.  Way unimpressed. Not recommended. 

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