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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 04:47:43 PM »
I cringed a bit when I saw the link, but overall it seems to be a balanced report on the situation
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 05:21:58 PM »
I cringed a bit when I saw the link, but overall it seems to be a balanced report on the situation
lol X2

I was chatting with a Walmart store manager, and he allows it, but says others don't because of the illicit activity that occurs in their parking lots over night, and rather than say the good guys can, and the druggies can't, it's easier to just say no to all.


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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 05:47:51 PM »
In some cases the city, county or state has fallen for the Campground owner assn Bull that it's somehow "Unsanitary"  This is bolstered by the odd one or two who dump tanks on walmart's lots.    (may they rot in their own black tank).

I've only had problems at two wal-marts.  One was well marked. one the manager lied to me and claimed such an ordiance but the police later said "no such"  (I won't go back there again, Normally I'd not have gone there anyway but special needs applied)
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 06:00:51 PM »
Keep in mind Wal-Mart tends to have fairly high turn over of managers, so if told one time, it might be worth checking again in a year or two
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 06:21:20 PM »
I cringed a bit when I saw the link, but overall it seems to be a balanced report on the situation

I would expect nothing less from this news source.  :)
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2020, 06:43:28 PM »
Really?
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2020, 09:14:56 PM »
I call WalMart 'the Last Resort'.  I have stayed but never got a good night sleep.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2020, 09:47:55 PM »
I would expect nothing less from this news source.  :)
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2020, 10:46:34 PM »
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... never got a good night sleep.

I've never had that problem Bill. But it might have something to do with the fact that I've never had the need or the desire to camp overnight in a Walmart parking lot. Each to his own.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2020, 07:43:36 AM »

 Over the years we have "over nighted" at WM and found them well lighted, clean, and problem free.. Would not hesitate if allowed..>>>Dan
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 08:50:09 AM »
I call WalMart 'the Last Resort'.  I have stayed but never got a good night sleep.

I agree.  We stayed at a Walmart once.  The noise, the movement of vehicles outside the rig, and the general unease I felt killed it for me.  We ended up leaving around 3 am.  I wasn't sleeping anyway!
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 11:25:34 AM »

 You obviously don't remove your hearing aids at night.. ::) ::)>>>Dan
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2020, 12:10:38 PM »
Over the years we have "over nighted" at WM and found them well lighted, clean, and problem free.. Would not hesitate if allowed..>>>Dan
Same for us. Walmarts, Cabelas, Lowes and Cracker Barrel are all one night go to for us.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2020, 12:11:09 PM »
We've been cross-country several times in the past ten years and have been full-timing for the last three. Sometimes we're just trying to get to a destination and only need a place for one night - easiest thing for us is to drive until we feel like stopping (usually about 150 to 250 miles), call the local Walmart a few miles ahead and ask permission to stay the night.
Some allow overnights, some don't. Either way it's no problem and certainly not a big deal.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2020, 03:15:57 PM »
Same for us. Walmarts, Cabelas, Lowes and Cracker Barrel are all one night go to for us.

We stayed at Cabelas in Billings Montana this year. The rv and truck parking area had  a horse corral with straw and dog kennels with free dump and freshwater . Its right along the highway and a bit noisy until nightfall. Then it was nice and did not bother us at all.

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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2020, 03:21:06 PM »
I've never had that problem Bill. But it might have something to do with the fact that I've never had the need or the desire to camp overnight in a Walmart parking lot. Each to his own.

Times two here !

 I never could understand why someone that can afford a gazillion dollar motor home wants to sleep in a Walmart parking lot

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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2020, 03:30:03 PM »
Times two here !

 I never could understand why someone that can afford a gazillion dollar motor home wants to sleep in a Walmart parking lot

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Forget for a minute that spending money for a regular campground may come into play. Throw that out the window.  There are times that your preferred or intended distances does not yield you a  country club resort that mirrors one of those gazillion dollar motor homes.  This is the case with my  rambling wreck TT anyway when choosing a Cracker Barrel or Cabelas. Both of those are much better than most Walmarts in my opinion anyway. Its more a matter of convenience in many cases even though I have only personally stayed in one walmart parking lot for about four hours for a rest.  But they are really nice for a mid day lunch stopover and in most cases are located without having to drive a ways off the beating path of an interstate or a small town highway when traveling the back roads.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2020, 03:42:47 PM »
I call WalMart 'the Last Resort'.  I have stayed but never got a good night sleep.

Like any other area that allow free overnight parking including many rest areas, situational awareness is necessary.  We've been in one or two Walmarts where the first thing we did was to find an exit and leave.  In the vast majority of others where we've spent a night there was minimal concern.  While I prefer a darker environment for sleeping, in a Walmart lot, some light is a good thing.  For me, the concern today and until the economy is moving again, will be the increased number of folks that have no options.  Together with the half million or more homeless, it can easily get dicey.  Especially in highly populated urban areas.  Areas we choose to avoid.   
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2020, 04:15:51 PM »
Sometimes you are just multi-day going to an "area" or destination. I use Campendium to plan the trip looking for free places to overnight. Walmart would be my last choice but if I do I will use the trick I learned when cross country trips involved hotel overnighting stops.

Look for a hotel or Walmart near a Border's bookstore - There aren't any Borders book stores in the dodgy parts of town. Before that it was hit and miss among 3 locations.  The "south side of town" where all the car dealerships are - not bad but isolated, Felony street, and by accident the ones next to Border's books...
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2020, 04:28:40 PM »
Quote from: garyb1st
... situational awareness is necessary ... it can easily get dicey. Especially in highly populated urban areas.
Quote from: Ex-Calif
... it was hit and miss among 3 locations.  The "south side of town" where all the car dealerships are - not bad but isolated, Felony street, and by accident the ones next to Border's books...

Chris does most of the driving of our coach, and occasionally used to say "let's stay at that Walmart over there". My response always was "We don't  know this town, and don't know this part of town." I'd then get out the campground book and plan/call ahead to the next campground.

When we just want a place to rest for the night, we'll still find a campground, but not bother to unhook the toad, deploy jacks, or connect utilities/hookups.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2020, 06:04:22 PM »
CNN
Why bother click the link?
I live in the real world.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2020, 06:45:42 PM »
after hearing how great it was to stay free in Walmart I tried it. While it was not horrible, nor did I feel I was risking my life, I probably will not do it again. The lights made it feel like 7am all night. There were at least 12 other RVS, most running generators, but the worst part was when I got up some idiots felt that plopping their tents down within 5 ft of my bumpers, one in front of me and one to the rear, was the best choice they had. I purposely went to a far corner by the garden pickup area and luckily swung my truck out from the curb when I parked or I wouldn't have been able to leave til they moved. The one in the rear had 2 very aggressive dogs that went ballistic when I tried to take my dog for a walk, he didn't even hit the ground before I thought they would attack. When I asked them to take their dogs into their tent you would have though I ask them for all their money. The ones on front poured out of their tent when they heard the truck start 5 ft from their heads and decided I was the devils scourge for waking them up. It was 8:30 am... this was the third time I have come across tent campers in the last 3 months that feel they have a right to whatever and where ever they want and you are in their way, even when you were there first. 

I believe there is an RV'ing community that runs by an acceptable set of rules of conduct, but there are even more ungrateful, inconsiderate, pieces of trash out there that will make your life miserable if they get the chance.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2020, 07:27:30 PM »
CNN
Why bother click the link?
I live in the real world.

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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2020, 07:47:37 PM »
CNN
Why bother click the link?
I live in the real world.

I get some news from CNN, but if I want the latest on the pandemic the President and I go here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LxcTueCnwA
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #25 on: August 01, 2020, 08:14:42 PM »
I would expect nothing less from this news source.  :)

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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2020, 06:36:24 AM »
We’ve stayed at Walmarts on several occasions. I won’t stop unless there are other RV’s parked there. We are destination campers so I will drive until about midnight and stop and rest for a few hours. If the store is open before we leave I make it a point to spend a few dollars at the store.
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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2020, 07:02:56 AM »
Our preference would always be a campground. But they're not always available and when they are they're usually too expensive for a quick overnight stay. We found a campground I think it was in NC near the VA border, that had overnight camping for a reasonable $10. We stayed there instead of the local Walmart. There were no hookups and you were limited to one night and you had to be gone by 8 am. We've stayed in some CG that we felt less secure than some Walmarts. Yes, I know I could have just moved, but at the end of a day I don't want to be moving from CG to CG looking for a safe place to stay. And to be honest even the worst place we stayed at (in Ft. Laramie, WY it was like a Bates Motel for campers) we never had any problems. Casino's is another place for an overnighter, but even though it's free it can be quite costly! Don't ask me how I know.  :'(
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« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2020, 07:38:47 AM »
I get some news from CNN, but if I want the latest on the pandemic the President and I go here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LxcTueCnwA

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Re: CNN Article on camping at Walmart
« Reply #29 on: August 02, 2020, 10:14:54 AM »
For a night or two I usually find a church parking lot. Phone call to the church is usually well received. A lot of churches have a evening meal on Wednesdays of which we often receive an invitation. Easy and no worries along with the password to their wifi.

Still works during this virus crap (except for the meal part)

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