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Title: Walmart guide
Post by: Jim @ Fran on February 17, 2012, 01:25:33 PM
Told there is a guide that shows all Walmart locations and if they do or do not allow overnight parking....Can someone advise if they exist and where I can get one??/   Many thanks....
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: mnmnutswer on February 17, 2012, 02:11:50 PM
Walmat has a map books listing all walmarts and sams clubs locations. With that you can call each one.
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Lou Schneider on February 17, 2012, 02:32:40 PM
Wal-Mart sells the Rand McNally Road Atlas with additional pages giving the locations and features of all of their stores in the US, Canada and Mexico.

As far as which ones allow overnight parking, there's no official listing but several groups have their own lists of stores where overnight parking is not allowed.  They're assembled by volunteers so take them with a grain of salt - it's always best to ask permission at the store itself.  Google "wal-mart overnight parking" and you'll come up with a half dozen or so listings.
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Rancher Will on February 17, 2012, 03:14:11 PM
Allstays.com has a pretty good web site that lists Wal-Mart locations and indicates those that do not/cannot allow overnight camping.
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on February 17, 2012, 04:38:24 PM
My favorite is  www.overnightrvparking.com/

It's not free, but the site is very comprehensive (over 9400 locations, and not just Walmarts) and all data is verified by the editor and is updated daily.  I think for $24.95/yr it's a good deal.

Another site, http://www.onfpg.com/ , has an ebook you can download for $20. It too gets updated periodically.

Allstays has an online list of Walmarts that are reported to have free overnight parking. Not sure if the list is validated though.
http://www.allstays.com/c/wal-mart-locations.htm
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: NY_Dutch on February 17, 2012, 05:21:28 PM
The "WalmartRVing Yahoo Group (http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/walmartrving/?yguid=346683261)" has free listings in their files section that are regularly updated. The listings are various formats, including POI files for GPS users.
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: MN Cake Eater on February 17, 2012, 08:55:03 PM
Allstays also has a smartphone app that costs $2.99.  Nice to have a mobile way of checking out Walmart stops. 

Search "Walmart Overnight Parking" on iTunes. 
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: DAN L on February 17, 2012, 09:06:20 PM
as rancher will said, allstays has a pretty good website. below is a link. this is a free website that is kept up to date by users. :) i have found that when i ask wm management or security if i can park overnight and where to park, most of the time they say that i am welcome to stay overnight even when allstays says otherwise. every time i stay at a walmart i update  info about that particular walmart. allstays also has other types of parking and camping listed.

http://www.allstays.com/c/wal-mart-locations-map.htm
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Jim @ Fran on February 18, 2012, 09:23:50 AM
Thank you all for the info...as usual this forum has answered my question....Appreciate the responses...
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: jje1960 on February 18, 2012, 02:38:08 PM
Gotta say... Walmart has been a real savior over the years... Tired, can't drive anymore, need a place to just park, period.  Yea, better planning.. however their parking lot's have been there countless times, that's for sure.  We always buy something when we stop, just makes us feel better.  In fact, we actually have planned leaving stuff to buy when we stop, just makes us feel better for the 'free' parking.  Get amused.. maybe even animated... when I read some complaining about 'problems' with certain Walmarts... Not a 'right' in our mind, that's for sure ... 'Gift horse...' comes to mind.... At any-rate, we have never been asked to leave, however we have never been inconsiderate enough to pull into a Walmart and expected it to be a campground, like outside of a major event, like Nascar track, where they would obviously need to control their property. 
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: diehard on February 22, 2012, 07:00:10 AM
If you're looking for a pocket guide for times when you don't have internet access, I believe this is what you're looking for.

http://rvbookstore.com/shop/detail.aspx?p=1280&m=2 (http://rvbookstore.com/shop/detail.aspx?p=1280&m=2)
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Jim @ Fran on February 23, 2012, 09:15:23 AM
Perfect....exactly what I was looking for...Many thanks.....
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Karsty on April 15, 2012, 05:33:16 PM
I have recently downloaded the Truck & Travel APP from AllStays.com. It list all the Walmart's as well as a huge selection of gas station and service centres, including the Flying J, Pilot, Love and many other independent dealers. In both Canada and the US. Many that allow parking and list other annuities as well. (Convenience stores, truck washes, repairs centres, showers, and the list goes on.)

The APP also shows low clearance warnings, rest areas and Welcome Centres. Needless to say ... almost everything the travelling RV'er would need. It is based on a GPS system. I have checked it out. Seems to work well in this area and I have checked other areas as well. I also have my GPS systems which will list the various Walmart and other POI (Points of Interest). But I have to say I am suitably impressed with this APP.
Title: Re: Walmart guide
Post by: Wendy on April 15, 2012, 07:18:21 PM
The AllStays app also lists Elks and other Fraternal lodges.

Wendy
Holbrook Elks Lodge
Title: Re: Walmart guide ALLSTAYS APP
Post by: casey3830 on November 02, 2013, 03:26:49 PM
I downloaded the ALLSTAYS app and the Campground portion does not work on my IPAD.  I sent an email and was told that would not work on IOS7.  FYI