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Walmart
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:32:27 PM »
Protocol for staying the night at Walmart.
Do's and don'ts while at Walmart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heh-KyvfL54
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 07:37:32 PM »
It is an interesting video. However, I would question one of their rules. They stated that you should never extend your slides. On my 5er, with the slide in, I can get to the rear couch, but not much else. I CAN NOT get to the frig, the bathroom, the bedroom, the closet, the kitchen sink, or the pantry unless I extend the slide. With the slide in, the RV is pretty much useless.  I am fairly certain that this is not a unique floor plan.

When I stop at a Walmart, I try to park along an edge of the parking lot, facing in a direction such that the extended slide does not protrude into the lot. What do others do?

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 08:00:44 PM »
On my 5er, with the slide in, I can get to the rear couch, but not much else. I CAN NOT get to the frig, the bathroom, the bedroom, the closet, the kitchen sink, or the pantry unless I extend the slide.

One of the 1st things I looked at was whether I could use the 5er with the slides in.  If I couldn't get in the frig without extending the slide, I looked at a different model.  I have total use of my unit with the slides in.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 08:50:37 PM »
I have total use of my rv with the slides in. The only problem we have when the slide in is if someone goes to the bathroom hey have to step into the bedroom to open the bathroom door enough to get in. :o
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 09:09:56 PM »
We open the slides as needed when at a Walmart, always being careful that they don't protrude into a traffic area. Generally that means the bedroom slide and one of the two lounge slides.

As you can see, I don't buy into the "no slides" part of the recommended etiquette. I don't think opening a slide - or not - has much to do with being a low profile guest.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 09:15:18 PM »
I feel the most important thing to do is ask to speak to a manager even if there are already RV's parked in their parking lot. I also usually have a shopping cart with me with something in it. I open a slide but I make sure in not in the way of vehicle movement.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2014, 08:21:40 AM »
I did not see anything in there about using a generator. Do any of you use one when there. I have a Cpap machine and need AC power at night. I run a Honda 2000 so not loud but wondered if it is a good idea to run at places like this and other free night stops.

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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2014, 08:30:33 AM »
Your Honda will be gone in the morning, sooner or later, if not at the first Walmart.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2014, 08:38:04 AM »
A friend of mine has a CPAP that run on 12 volts and it pull very little overnight on the battery.

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2014, 08:48:39 AM »
They better bring a big set of cutters to cut the cable and lock. Most thieves are to lazy for that. I hear what your saying and it is one of the reasons we have never done the free stay. I would only do it in a pinch which has not happened yet. I used a invertor in my last camper but the new one does not have the 12 volt ran to the bedroom.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2014, 09:10:27 AM »
Inverter would be the best option. No noise and worry about someone stealing you expensive generator.

I've never stayed in a Walmart yet but have stayed in a WinCo parking lot. Like the video make sure you go inside the store and find a manager and ask about staying before you do. Exactly my case I was on my way up north and was getting tired of driving so we made camp at a WinCo, got dinner supplies and left in the morning.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2014, 09:44:20 AM »
What I usually do when I'm traveling is I don't use the CPAP. It's not the end of the world for me. If I had to use it, I would plug it into the 12 volt plug receptacle in my bedroom closet which is set up for a 12 volt TV. If I didn't have that option, I would purchase a inverter
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2014, 11:11:07 AM »
I have not had to use it yet, but I have a twenty five foot 12V cord that plugs into the dash that will power my CPAP.  It is a real comfort knowing it is available, if needed.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2014, 11:20:30 AM »
We open the slides as needed when at a Walmart, always being careful that they don't protrude into a traffic area. Generally that means the bedroom slide and one of the two lounge slides.

As you can see, I don't buy into the "no slides" part of the recommended etiquette. I don't think opening a slide - or not - has much to do with being a low profile guest.

X2 what Gary said.   Plus I have started observing RVs in Walmart lots (7 in this area) and all RVs but one with slides had at least one slide out.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2014, 11:47:54 AM »
We extend all 4 slides at Wal Mart. If its crowded or tight we may only use the slides on the curbside so as not to intrude, or we just go somewhere else.  We try to park where the trucks are parked if we can. We also use the generator. 15 - 20 feet from the coach you can't hear it, and no one would know its running.

Becky always calls ahead when we are within an hour of the WalMart to ask if its ok if we park overnight, even if AllStays says its ok. The management appreciates the call and sometimes tells us where they would prefer we park.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2014, 12:24:44 PM »
We stop frequently at Walmarts. We try to be unobtrusive and take up as little space as possible. A lot depends on the size of the parking lot. We prefer parking along the perimeter where we can put the slide out over the landscaping area if we want to. And like others, our unit is totally useable with the slide in. In fact, when looking at new RVs, I've had the salesman pull in the slide so we can see just how useable it is.

We have run the generator at Walmart but shut it off by 11 pm in consideration of others (and because I don't like listening to it run either). And as for that Honda outside, cabled to the RV, I guarantee you there are plenty of thieves out there with bolt cutters just looking for something like that (generator, bicycles, etc). One of the casinos in Indio has outside generators stolen frequently by bolt-cutter-wielding crooks.

Mike has a CPAP which runs quite nicely off the inverter. I think someone here even has a separate small inverter just for his CPAP. And I'm pretty sure that Mike won't die if he doesn't use his CPAP for a night.


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Re: Walmart
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2014, 12:37:23 PM »
We have a WalMart a couple of miles from our house (I guess these days who doesn't) with signs all over the place saying no overnight parking. It is not unusual to see a RV parked with its slides out, bar-b-que pits, lawn chairs and the like sitting out. Last weekend we went by and there was a family out in their TT enjoying their grill, and frolicking out in the parking lot...I thought that was a little much.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2014, 12:55:42 PM »
I can't imagine a CPAP taking more wattage than your furnace fan.  Go for a small invertor and use it without the generator.  A good night's sleep for both you and your better half is worth it--both for the restful night's sleep itself and being well-rested for your drive the next day.

It would be worth adding a 12v receptacle if your bedroom doesn't already have one, and investigate a 12v power supply for it so you could even avoid the invertor!

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2014, 01:01:46 PM »
All slides should be in, no excuse.
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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2014, 02:29:31 PM »
We have a WalMart a couple of miles from our house (I guess these days who doesn't) with signs all over the place saying no overnight parking. It is not unusual to see a RV parked with its slides out, bar-b-que pits, lawn chairs and the like sitting out. Last weekend we went by and there was a family out in their TT enjoying their grill, and frolicking out in the parking lot...I thought that was a little much.

I know most Walmarts don't mind RV's parking overnight in the lot because the RV community does use Walmarts often to replenish goods. We have been told at a few Walmarts we've parked overnight at to not setup a campsite in the parking lot. I'm surprised the Walmart manager didn't tell the RV to leave, especially with a full on campsite setup.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2014, 04:03:14 PM »
I have used the inverter setup before for tent camping. You have to haul a batt in but works fine. Also have 12 volt set up that was used with my last camper. For this you have to have the 12 volt plug in the room. The question was can you use the generator and is it a good idea. I have been thinking of running the wiring to install the 12 volt plug anyway but was just interested to see what others did. As far as not using a CPAP when you should be YES it can kill you.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2014, 09:53:34 AM »
All slides should be in, no excuse.

I respectfully disagree. We need at least one bedroom slide out to get around the bed. Its not an excuse, its just necessary.

Like Wendy said, we generally make sure we only put the slide out curbside over the landscaping. Not intruding on anyone. We would NEVER sit outside, fire up the grill, or frolic around. It is 100% more likely that we'll go rent a Red Box movie, spend another $20 or $30 in the store, run the generator only to make coffee in the morning, and then leave.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2014, 10:24:10 AM »
All slides should be in, no excuse.
If Walmart doesn't care and there is no local ordinance against it, what some self-described RV expert, TV show Host or RV Club decides/says you should do really doesn't matter.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2014, 12:24:20 PM »
     Please obey all rules Wal-Mart has posted on their lots
and web site while overnighting at one of their stores. This
includes but not limited to having slides out. You should
spend around $40-$50 while there. Keep slides in.
    Its just like taxes, we all just do it.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2014, 12:54:53 PM »
I've only been RVing since 2004, and in those 10 years I've never even considered staying in a parking lot overnight. When we travel I make certain of our nightly stops. I would rather spend $25.00 to $50.00 supporting a small business, i.e., local campgrounds and RV Parks. I have not been on a trip in the Western USA that I did not pass up a CG or RV Park when it came close to shutting down for the day.

In Susanville, CA I have noticed Motor Homes in the Walmart Parking lot at night while the RV Park across and down the road has available spaces.

I cannot say I'd never stop at a Walmart to catch some rest while on the road, but it won't be my preference.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2014, 01:02:41 PM »
     Please obey all rules Wal-Mart has posted on their lots
and web site while overnighting at one of their stores. This
includes but not limited to having slides out. You should
spend around $40-$50 while there. Keep slides in.
    Its just like taxes, we all just do it.
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WalMart has no rules about having slides out.
http://corporate.walmart.com/frequently-asked-questions#Park_RV

That said, keeping your slides in is a courtesy to ensure that WalMart continues to extend the courtesy of allowing yourself and future RV'ers to continue to park overnight in WalMart parking lots.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2014, 01:10:47 PM »
In over 25 years of RV'ing, we've never stayed overnight at a WalMart, rest area, or truck stop. We've had countless discussions on the subject, and the various pros and cons, do's and don'ts. Some folks look for Cracker Barrel restaurants to stay overnight, but I've yet to see one that has space we'd put our coach.

Several years ago, singer songwriter Cliff Rodman "observed" some of these discussions, and wrote/recorded/published "Waltzing through WalMart". You can hear a snippet of this and other Cliff Rodman "RVing songs" at www.rvsongs.com
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2014, 01:16:55 PM »
In over 25 years of RV'ing, we've never stayed overnight at a WalMart, rest area, or truck stop. We've had countless discussions on the subject, and the various pros and cons, do's and don'ts. Some folks look for Cracker Barrel restaurants to stay overnight, but I've yet to see one that has space we'd put our coach.

Several years ago, singer songwriter Cliff Rodman "observed" some of these discussions, and wrote/recorded/published "Waltzing through WalMart". You can hear a snippet of this and other Cliff Rodman "RVing songs" at www.rvsongs.com

Tom,

I liked the song...and I wholeheartedly agree with you, I see no need to stay in a parking lot.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2014, 01:20:14 PM »
We parked in the WalMart section of Orchard Park Shopping Centre Kelowna, BC. After obtaining permission to overnight at this Shopping Mall, we were advised that a copy of their rules would be placed on our windshield in due course:

"For your convenience, self-contained units are permitted to park on
our property under the following conditions:

1. Overnight parking is permitted for one night only.

2. Parking is restricted to the perimeter of the parking lot. No parking is permitted on landscaped areas.

3. All activities such as cooking, eating etc., must be done inside the vehicle. Picnic tables, lawn chairs, tents, etc., are not permitted on the property.

4. Dumping of garbage on the property is not permitted. All waste material must be kept within the vehicle.

5. Plugging into light poles is not permitted.

6. Trailers are not to be disconnected.

We reserve the right to ask you to remove your vehicle from the property at any time and for any reason whatsoever. "

The rule that really disappointed me, was the one about using their electrical hookups!  ::)
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2014, 01:41:15 PM »
Never say never ... we came as close as we've ever come to overnighting at a WalMart in Brinkley, AR several years ago. After setting up the coach in a "campground", I looked at the gaping hole in the fence behind us, and realized we were sharing a non-fence with WM  :o  Story and photo here.
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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2014, 01:48:08 PM »
Never say never ...

You're right, of course.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2014, 01:49:09 PM »
I've only been RVing since 2004, and in those 10 years I've never even considered staying in a parking lot overnight. When we travel I make certain of our nightly stops. I would rather spend $25.00 to $50.00 supporting a small business, i.e., local campgrounds and RV Parks. I have not been on a trip in the Western USA that I did not pass up a CG or RV Park when it came close to shutting down for the day.

In Susanville, CA I have noticed Motor Homes in the Walmart Parking lot at night while the RV Park across and down the road has available spaces.

I cannot say I'd never stop at a Walmart to catch some rest while on the road, but it won't be my preference.


You and I think the same.  Only once did I use W/M as a stop for a couple of hours to do an emergency repair in the far corner of the lot.Luckily there was an AutoZone nearby.
 Other times were always a shopping stop.Supporting the entrepreneur makes me feel good.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2014, 02:04:35 PM »
Tom,
I must have been handy having the hole in  the fence. It saved walking around.  That was back in 1997. I'm sure things must be much better now at that place!!!
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« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2014, 02:11:17 PM »
Quote from: Rene T
I'm sure things must be much better now at that place!!!

I suspect the hole in the fence will be larger, and fewer electric hookups will be working in the campground :(
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« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2014, 02:24:35 PM »
Try to find convenient open campgrounds in the Northeast in early April.  The closest to my route was 50+ miles in the wrong direction.  I will stay at a WalMart, and have had to on my last trip.  The ones I've stayed at have been open 24 hours, and sometimes have other RVs there.  I always ask permission to park and then where to park.  As our bed requires me to put out the bedroom slide, I also ask if this is alright to do.  I haven't been refused yet.   Unfortunately, at our last stop, there was an RV with all slides out, chairs, grills, etc. spread around it.  We got a late start the next morning - 8 AM, and they were still all spread out.  I think that we should come in near the end of the day and leave fairly early to not disturb their major business time.  Be courteous to them as they are to us.
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« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2014, 02:27:06 PM »
I guess I'm a low life who has over nighted in a Walmart parking lot on a few occasions.  It was seldom a relaxing and restful experience but served it's purpose and I may well do it again in the future.  I do much prefer a Cracker Barrel for the occasional overnight stop, however.  I've had many Cracker Barrel managers tell me that I should/could park anywhere in the lot after their 10pm closing time.

I try to keep as low profile as possible both coming and going.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #37 on: April 30, 2014, 03:09:18 PM »
Wal-mart is as safe as any. Yummy food too.
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« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2014, 03:31:06 PM »
I love Walmart too, and who knows maybe one day we'll be forced to stay in a parking lot for a few hours, when and if I do, I hope I am both welcome and unobtrusive.

My position is that small private/state/federal campgrounds & RV Parks struggle to stay afloat, I believe it behooves us as "Active Campers" to support these facilities as much as we can so that we can keep them in business for OUR fun and pleasure. Just saying. 
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« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2014, 03:51:24 PM »
I love Walmart too, and who knows maybe one day we'll be forced to stay in a parking lot for a few hours, when and if I do, I hope I am both welcome and unobtrusive.

My position is that small private/state/federal campgrounds & RV Parks struggle to stay afloat, I believe it behooves us as "Active Campers" to support these facilities as much as we can so that we can keep them in business for OUR fun and pleasure. Just saying.
John, I can agree to a point, but I'm a "Traveler" and not an "Active Camper."  As such, my typical overnight stop is <8 hours.  My position on this subject is that if the CGs or RV Parks want my occasional short overnight business, they will have established a reasonable 'overnight rate' to entice me to use their facility.  (even if the accommodations are as sparse as a Walmart parking lot.)  I think you will agree that the opposite is generally true.  Discount rates, convenience  and the Welcome mat are usually reserved for longer term tenants.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #40 on: April 30, 2014, 03:52:39 PM »
We stayed at a Wal Mart once, and it had a sign for No RV parking, so when the Police Patrol unit stopped to run me off, I just told him to look in the window of the coach, as my wife was inside working, and the store  manager had placed a sign on the coach that said "Store Employee." He even signed it. I guess the Cop wasn't authorized to read.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #41 on: April 30, 2014, 03:58:59 PM »
John, I can agree to a point, but I'm a "Traveler" and not an "Active Camper."  As such, my typical overnight stop is <8 hours.  My position on this subject is that if the CGs or RV Parks want my occasional short overnight business, they will have established a reasonable 'overnight rate' to entice me to use their facility.  (even if the accommodations are as sparse as a Walmart parking lot.)  I think you will agree that the opposite is generally true.  Discount rates, convenience  and the Welcome mat are usually reserved for longer term tenants.

I see your point too...no argument here. And it makes a huge difference, in that we are occasional campers. We are NOT anywhere close to being considered a "traveler" and that IMO makes a difference.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #42 on: April 30, 2014, 06:17:56 PM »
I love Walmart too, and who knows maybe one day we'll be forced to stay in a parking lot for a few hours, when and if I do, I hope I am both welcome and unobtrusive.

My position is that small private/state/federal campgrounds & RV Parks struggle to stay afloat, I believe it behooves us as "Active Campers" to support these facilities as much as we can so that we can keep them in business for OUR fun and pleasure. Just saying.

When I am traveling, I am putting in 500 to 600 mile days. At night, I need a place to sleep for a few hours. I don't need electricity. I don't need water. I certainly don't need a sewer hookup. If those small private/state/federal campgrounds & RV Parks that struggle to stay afloat want my business, then they could charge a rate that is commensurate with my needs. However, I object to paying $30 to $50 to rent a parking space for a few hours.

On the other hand, I have heard about one camp ground at Lake City, FL that has decided to compete with Walmart. They will be offering low priced, overnight sites with nothing but a pad and electricity. I'll check them out when I head south next winter.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #43 on: April 30, 2014, 06:48:48 PM »
We just got home from a 5200 miles round trip. Outward and return journeys we were 'travelers' on a mission to reach our destination. We didn't have or feel any need to find a WalMart.

Several of the campgrounds honored the 50% Passport America discount, some even advertising it on their web site and listing it on their 'self check-in' price list on the office door. Several campgrounds offered a la carte options - you decide what services/hookups you want, and even the size, location and orientation of the site, and pay (or not)accordingly. Most were easy in/easy out with ready access from the freeway. Although I called all campgrounds from the road, none required reservations. One didn't even take reservations (first come, first served). Only once or twice did I even need or bother to deploy the jacks (sites were pretty darned level).

At our destination, we had full hookups for the coach, and were also given a bed and meals, all free.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #44 on: April 30, 2014, 07:42:37 PM »
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We didn't have or feel any need to find a WalMart.
I'm not sure what 'feeling the need' would consist of.  I prefer to think it's done by choice even when expending resources are considered in the decision.

I might add here that when our travel spans more than a couple of days, we too, will utilize a campground for a day/night stop every couple of days, to do some local sight seeing.  At 76 years of age, two consecutive days of driving is about all the body can take. 

With that said, our usual seasonal travel consists of destinations an average of one overnight stop apart.  Those stops are usually at our favorite Cracker Barrel, friends drive way or a WM/SC parking lot.  Different strokes for different folks.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #45 on: April 30, 2014, 07:51:57 PM »
If you like to stay at Walmart, stay at Walmart.

If you don't want to stay at Walmart, don't stay at Walmart.

Isn't freedom of choice grand ?

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #46 on: April 30, 2014, 08:00:25 PM »
That sums it up Wendy. Every time this subject comes up, there's always a defensive posture from the folks who prefer to stay at WM that has me scratching my head; Rationale for this and that, and always challenging the folks who  prefer to use campgrounds. Hasn't changed in 20 years, neither has our personal choice or rationale. It's one reason I normally stay out of these discussions.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #47 on: May 01, 2014, 06:07:03 AM »
If you like to stay at Walmart, stay at Walmart.
If you don't want to stay at Walmart, don't stay at Walmart.
Isn't freedom of choice grand?
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #48 on: May 01, 2014, 08:11:58 AM »
The amount of passion this subject always stirs up IS indeed amazing. And it's not just here - the result is the same wherever it comes up.

The oddest thing is that the "victim" of the affair, if any, is Walmart themselves and they have repeatedly expressed their happiness to have RVers stay the night where local regulations permit. Yet RVers on both sides dive into the debate at every opportunity.  We humans really are a strange breed!  ;)
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #49 on: May 01, 2014, 08:38:17 AM »
We humans really are a strange breed!  ;)

I cannot recall who it is, but one of the forum members has a caption in his signature line that reads, (paraphrasing) "nothing is as interesting as something that is none of your business". The bottom line (for me) is that it is none of my business, and yet I am always drawn to "look over" "scrutinize" some other person's setup whenever I see them at a Walmart. I  need to start carrying a camera to my local Wally World because we do get some, shall I say, different sort of characters using the Walmart parking lot.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #50 on: May 01, 2014, 08:47:24 AM »
I have seen the same rig "overnighting" for a couple of days  ??? Staying at a campground is a cost of RVing....

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #51 on: May 01, 2014, 03:11:31 PM »
Kittery Trading Post (Kittery, ME) allows overnight parking in their lot. We've stayed there a couple of times on the way farther north, although it would be cheaper staying in a campground. Lot's of cool toys in that store!

Last time we passed through, there was a travel trailer set up in the back lot. The guy said he was staying there for a few days before moving on to Cabela's in Scarborough.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #52 on: May 02, 2014, 01:11:55 AM »
I'm surprised that Walmart allows it. I'm glad they do.
I love Walmart, spend 60% of my Money there.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #53 on: May 02, 2014, 07:19:31 AM »
I'm surprised that Walmart allows it. I'm glad they do.
I love Walmart, spend 60% of my Money there.


Why shouldn't they? It doesn't cost them anything and it brings in extra business.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #54 on: May 02, 2014, 05:22:35 PM »
My wife and I stay at Wal-Mart's at times We do put a slide out if possible and like the others have said open the slide away from any customers I do need to run the generator because of my wife's heart issues. She needs the ac if it's hot out side. We always go in and ask and never put out chairs or anything else. We also get going as early as possible thankful for a good nights rest.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2014, 02:40:56 AM »
Never say never ... we came as close as we've ever come to overnighting at a WalMart in Brinkley, AR several years ago. After setting up the coach in a "campground", I looked at the gaping hole in the fence behind us, and realized we were sharing a non-fence with WM  :o  Story and photo here.

Hi Tom and all,

Did you have the camera club with you and sneak in the WM parking lot camando style?   ;D
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #56 on: May 04, 2014, 09:28:13 AM »
6. Trailers are not to be disconnected.

On our 6,200 mile round trip out to Yellowstone in 2007, I needed an oil change. We stayed at one WM on the way out and another on the way back. Our 2nd stop was perfect timing so in the morning I disconnected the truck and drove over to the WM auto center and walked back to the TT. Just as I got back, the manager was (understandably) rapping on the door! Once I told him what I was doing, he was fine with it - we even had a good laugh together.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #57 on: May 04, 2014, 10:08:26 AM »
I completely agree with Oscar Mike.  If we felt we had to spend $40-50 to park overnight at Wally World, we'd go to a locally run park where we could have a hook-up. For the amount of money, we'd probably get a nice hot shower too!  Or we would have joined the Elks & we'd stay in their lot.     
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #58 on: May 04, 2014, 10:55:24 AM »
Oil change or not, don't drop your trailer.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2014, 09:02:49 AM »
WM's were great overnight stops during our cross country road trip last summer. We stopped at several along our trip to get a good nights sleep and restock our supplies so I'm sure WM is happy having the RV'rs stopping by since many of us do park out of the way for a night to rest and purchase supplies for the road.

We just need to remember that WM is still a parking lot stop not a campground so we shouldn't make it a camp out by laying out the rugs, chairs and BBQ grills while staying the night. If RV'rs do this too much then they may very well begin to charge fees to stay in which many of us that do use them won't use them anymore because it would be more cost efficient to use a campground with hookups at that point.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #60 on: May 05, 2014, 10:23:42 AM »
Walmart will never charge for overnight parking, but if it is abused too much at any particular store, they'll just prohibit it.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #61 on: May 05, 2014, 10:56:57 AM »
Walmart will never charge for overnight parking, but if it is abused too much at any particular store, they'll just prohibit it.

And jurisdictions keep placing stricter and stricter ordinances on where you can park overnight when the privilege is abused.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2014, 01:17:26 PM »
Oil change or not, don't drop your trailer.

The 10' high overhead door opening at the auto center would not have been kind to me with the TT in tow!  :o
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #63 on: May 05, 2014, 04:00:18 PM »
Oil change or not, don't drop your trailer.

Supposin I could drop my toad go out for a meal?  35'MH is hard to fit in small parking lots.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #64 on: May 05, 2014, 04:05:57 PM »
We live in a small town that is a suburb of a larger city.  Our local Walmart parking lot on the weekends is inhabited by numerous 18 wheelers who park there for the weekend while they are home.  Some have just left their trailers and taken the tractor home and  others leave the whole rig.  Last weekend I counted 11 rigs parked in our local Walmart lot (and zero RVs).  I would think they would be the first evicted due to size and likelihood of not shopping in the store.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #65 on: May 06, 2014, 08:28:45 AM »
Walmart will never charge for overnight parking, but if it is abused too much at any particular store, they'll just prohibit it.

I have only heard of 1+1 cases of Wal*mart prohibiting overnight parking.
One was "Neighborhood Wal*Mart stores,  These small stores have "Hours' (not 24) and small parking lots,  Not really enough room to park an RV.

The other was a Wal*Mart next to a used car dealer who used the Wal*mart lot for his excess inventory.. HE was the reason.

I have heard of many cases where a City, Township, County or even state (NE) has banned overnight parking save in a licensed campground.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #66 on: May 08, 2014, 03:29:19 PM »
Yes you can unhook the toad but, not the trailer.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #67 on: May 08, 2014, 05:38:39 PM »
If I had a truck and trailer and was stopping at Walmart for a lube/oil change or tires or other service AT WALMART, and management said it was ok, I would park in their lot, unhook the trailer leaving it in the lot, and take the truck in for the work. I doubt that any Walmart would say that I couldn't.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #68 on: May 08, 2014, 05:53:39 PM »
Special Case Wendy/Mike.  The trailer wont fit the oil change bay.... Thought you had a Class C.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #69 on: May 08, 2014, 05:57:05 PM »
JID, reread my post. Hypothetical case based on what a previous person posted. And no, we do not have a Class C, we have a Class A since 2004.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #70 on: May 08, 2014, 06:38:59 PM »
Yes you can unhook the toad but, not the trailer.
Just curious, when did you get elected appointed to the rules committee for Walmart overnight parking?
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #71 on: May 08, 2014, 10:49:30 PM »
I'm not, I have an opinion just like everyone else.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #72 on: May 08, 2014, 11:30:34 PM »
Yes you can unhook the toad but, not the trailer.

That does not sound/look like an opinion. It looks more like a statement of fact.

JMHO!

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #73 on: May 09, 2014, 01:57:36 PM »
darn it! You got me, its a fact.
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« Reply #74 on: May 09, 2014, 02:05:45 PM »
darn it! You got me, its a fact.
I liked it better when it was your opinion, 'cause you know what they say about opinions.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #75 on: May 09, 2014, 02:11:53 PM »
"When I stop at a Walmart, I try to park along an edge of the parking lot, facing in a direction such that the extended slide does not protrude into the lot."

Exactly.  This is our routine as well, countless nights at Walmart, always look for a perimeter to extend the side in.  Have never been asked to leave, have always purchased something directly after arriving, have always left the area parked looking same or better than we arrived.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #76 on: May 10, 2014, 01:52:58 PM »
The amount of times anyone stops at Walmart
should be limited. Maybe twice a year? I wish Walmart
could keep track of how many times people camp.
What do you think?
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #77 on: May 10, 2014, 01:55:07 PM »
I liked it better when it was your opinion, 'cause you know what they say about opinions.

What is said about opinions? Just Lou has one??
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #78 on: May 10, 2014, 01:57:03 PM »
The amount of times anyone stops at Walmart should be limited. Maybe twice a year? I wish Walmart could keep track of how many times people camp.
What do you think?

I think you're more concerned than Walmart is.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #79 on: May 10, 2014, 02:31:49 PM »
The amount of times anyone stops at Walmart
should be limited. Maybe twice a year? I wish Walmart
could keep track of how many times people camp.
What do you think?

You're just full of opinions on this subject. Is there something magic about the number 2? Is it any better than any other number? Why should there be any limit to the number of nights in a year? What earthly difference does it make to anybody if I spend 2 nights at Walmarts, or if I spend 50?

Actually, it does make a difference to somebody. Walmart would probably rather that I stayed 50 times rather than 2. When I stay at a Walmart, I am buying my groceries there rather than at some other supermarket. I can't conceive of any reason why it should make a bit of difference to you.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #80 on: May 10, 2014, 04:49:03 PM »
We open the slides as needed when at a Walmart, always being careful that they don't protrude into a traffic area. Generally that means the bedroom slide and one of the two lounge slides.

As you can see, I don't buy into the "no slides" part of the recommended etiquette. I don't think opening a slide - or not - has much to do with being a low profile guest.

I absolutely agree.  Putting out the chairs, building a campfire, making s'mores and singing camping songs in a Walmart parking would be a bad thing.  It doesn't make sense OTOH, that the same Walmart that would extend the courtesy of an overnight stay, would object to my opening a bedroom slide on the sheltered side so we can go to bed.  When we stay at Walmart, we don't open any of the other slides.
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« Reply #81 on: May 10, 2014, 05:17:32 PM »
I limit the times I go to walmart to twice a year...not to camp or stay-over but to shop..cant stand the crowds.
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« Reply #82 on: May 10, 2014, 05:39:41 PM »
What Joel said, why on earth do you care how many nights I stay parked in a Walmart parking lot ? We never abuse the privilege, we don't "camp" there, and we always ask first. And we try to take up as little space as possible so there's room for others to park, too.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #83 on: May 10, 2014, 11:56:58 PM »
Such a passionate thread....
I've never received a two time voucher pass from Walmart.  ;D
They've always asked me to park on the perimeter of the lot near the fence. When I roll my shopping cart all the way to my MH chock full of purchases, I do remember to take the empty cart back to the cart corral. Everybody wins.
Frankly, I don't understand what all the hoopla of made up rules is about.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #84 on: May 11, 2014, 05:35:31 AM »
Such a passionate thread....Frankly, I don't understand what all the hoopla of made up rules is about.
Wow!! Bob is right.  I am just getting into using our RV and it is good to know that in a pinch there is WM, CB, and others that you can stop at if needed.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #85 on: May 11, 2014, 07:38:39 AM »
Such a passionate thread....
I've never received a two time voucher pass from Walmart.  ;D
They've always asked me to park on the perimeter of the lot near the fence. When I roll my shopping cart all the way to my MH chock full of purchases, I do remember to take the empty cart back to the cart corral. Everybody wins.
Frankly, I don't understand what all the hoopla of made up rules is about.

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Re: Walmart
« Reply #86 on: May 11, 2014, 10:51:54 PM »
My Rand MCNally has been very helpful for us finding Walmart's along our trips and whether or not they allow overnight parking. We did come across a couple that didn't allow overnight parking on our cross country trip last year but we called anyway to make sure and the manager told us at two of them that they didn't have enough space for overnight parking. Most of them do tend to cater to the RV'rs since many of us do shop in the store while parking for the night.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #87 on: May 11, 2014, 11:52:12 PM »
The "Allstays" app is also pretty good at finding Walmarts and indicating if overnight parking is available.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #88 on: May 14, 2014, 12:45:27 PM »
Why do folks get so upset about
This Walmart thing? (Shrugs) (throws hands up)
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #89 on: May 14, 2014, 12:49:46 PM »
I'm always surprised at the topics that generate the most passion and discussion!........
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #90 on: May 14, 2014, 12:57:30 PM »
Why do folks get so upset about
This Walmart thing? (Shrugs) (throws hands up)
No one was upset about "This Walmart thing".

Some folks just felt that you came on a little strong with stating rules that they must follow.

You can state what you do, or would do, without dictating rules to folks that you have NO standing to enforce.  Okay?
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #91 on: May 14, 2014, 01:01:21 PM »
Lou,
You hit the nail right on the head. I agree with you 100%.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #92 on: May 14, 2014, 01:06:26 PM »
The amount of times anyone stops at Walmart
should be limited. Maybe twice a year? I wish Walmart
could keep track of how many times people camp.
What do you think?
That is a stupid idea. Why are you so hung up about people overnighting at Walmart? Sam Walton was an RVer all his life and he wants the RVers parking in his parking lots. We don't need your rules. I have overnighted hundreds of times at Walmart and it never hurt anyone. So what if someone unhooks a trailer in the parking lot? Big flapping deal.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #93 on: May 14, 2014, 01:25:25 PM »
OK folks, let's calm down and focus on the subject not on individuals. The overlapping subjects of overnighting/staying/camping/fulltiming at WalMart do seem to bring out strong opinions & emotions on both sides, and they have done for the 20 years this forum has been around.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #94 on: May 14, 2014, 04:15:05 PM »
How about locking this thread? Getting out of hand.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #95 on: May 14, 2014, 04:23:04 PM »
It didn't have to get out of hand!!!!
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #96 on: May 14, 2014, 04:36:22 PM »
How about locking this thread? Getting out of hand.

Ahhh come on, no way!!! This was just starting to disintegrate nicely and we are getting ready to invite people over to watch the posts sink further... 8).  It's almost as good as Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge or better yet those obnoxiously loud Champion Generators!!! :o
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« Reply #97 on: May 14, 2014, 05:11:18 PM »
    Just shopped at Walmarts #1 store in Rogers ark.
So nice reminded me of a Target store. I asked nicely
that my neighbor pull in his big slide.
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« Reply #98 on: May 14, 2014, 05:16:55 PM »
    Just shopped at Walmarts #1 store in Rogers ark.
So nice reminded me of a Target store. I asked nicely
that my neighbor pull in his big slide.
Bet he invited you in for a cup of coffee and Danish after that. ;D
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #99 on: May 14, 2014, 05:20:59 PM »
Bet he invited you in for a cup of coffee and Danish after that. ;D

   No he didn't, but he was pulling his slide in as
I stood there and  watched.
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #100 on: May 14, 2014, 05:27:18 PM »
   No he didn't, but he was pulling his slide in as
I stood there and  watched.
....and your purpose in bothering him was?
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Re: Walmart
« Reply #101 on: May 14, 2014, 05:28:34 PM »
OK I guess this has gone far enough.

 

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