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Old 07-28-2009, 11:05 AM   #197
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We are not close to either of the interstates that run into Atlanta so I wouldn't expect the Wal-Mart in our community to get too many wanting to stay overnight. However, local statute prohibits the practice in our town. There is a police station in the mega-strip shopping center where our Wal-Mart is located so it would be hard to get away with it.

Having said all of that, I went to the Florida State Rally (WBCCI) in February. I considered staying at the Wal-Mart near by for the night before checking in at the rally, but I wouldn't have stayed without shopping and figured I can't get out of Wal-Mart without spending at least $20 and there wasn't anything I really needed so I opted to stay at Rivers State Park about 20 miles from the rally site. It was a great state park and only cost $18 for the night plus I did have a dump station to empty my tanks before heading to the rally...something the Wal-Mart wouldn't have had.
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:04 PM   #198
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Last year about this time I was on my way to Rochester from Woodstock Ontario had fuel pump problem in Buffalo. I stopped in a Wal- mart parking lot and asked if I could Leave the 325mh overnite, They gladly helped me park ,and the security person said he would keep an eye on it . The staff at this were unreal ,If you get permission they are great!!
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:31 PM   #199
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Walmart still good choice

This trip was 3 wks+ only stayed at Walmarts 3X all were as good as most CG's for traveling stops with the differences being no utilities but on the other hand very clean bathrooms and better shopping. Last one was just off I85 and the night shift guard circled all night, more light and protection than Ohio State Park CG where we didn't see ranger after checking in for 6 days.
MH makes it easy to use Walmarts as long as we don't need dumping, water or electric. All sites are pull thru, level and paved
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:20 AM   #200
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Walmart has been RV friendly for years but RVer's have taken this benifit over the edge by leaving trash - dumping sewage - you name it. We are slowly losing this perk!
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:31 AM   #201
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Walmart has been RV friendly for years but RVer's have taken this benifit over the edge by leaving trash - dumping sewage - you name it. We are slowly losing this perk!
I, too, am afraid that this perk is going to go away because of abuse by some RVers. We were traveling in New Mexico this spring and observed a group of about five RVs in a Wal Mart parking lot with their awnings and chairs out have a barbque. Of course, they were from Florida!

Wal Marts are for overnighting, not camping!!!!

These abusers suffer from acute cranial rectumitis, and don't realize the outcome of their behavior. I'm afraid that they are about to spoil it for the rest of us. These butt heads will also complain the loudest when when Wal-Mart says "the end".

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Old 07-31-2009, 08:45 AM   #202
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There are abusers out there among the average RVers, but my feeling is that it may be the homeless living in "hunter's special" RVs who may be the worst problem. We have one in Taos: There with his broken-down Class C practically every morning that I've been down in Taos, using all amenities that Walmart has to offer (namely, the bathroom).

Obviously, we, as a country, have never done exactly the best job of dealing with the homeless, but while ideas are rampant, workable, affordable solutions are hard to come by.


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Old 07-31-2009, 10:25 AM   #203
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I've overnighted at a few Wal-Marts after getting permission from the manager and, so far, it's been good. Typically I just catch a nap, and move on. On my latest trip throughout the Midwest (last two weeks) we opted for state parks. They were reasonably priced and beautiful. After being a park ranger for 25+ years I truly appreciate the security, but provide my own. I can say from experience that high visibility patrol is good (and preferable to most), but if you don't see a ranger it doesn't mean they aren't there.

Something I quickly learned: Most state parks I visited with reservation systems charge, what I consider to be, a rather pricey reservation fee (8.00+). During week days there were plenty of sites available at every park, and drive-ins were welcome. Save the fee if you can. None of it goes to the parks.

Two parks I highly recommend are Graham Cave State Park, near Montgomery City, MO, and Barkcamp State Park, near Belmont OH.
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:57 PM   #204
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Old 08-03-2009, 07:18 PM   #205
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We just finished a 11 State vacation and stayed at a Wal-Mart several times withut any problems. Usually we will call the Wal-Mart before we arrive to verify if overnight parking is ok. We were only turned down once. On one of the overnight stops we spent $150.00 in the store.

True happeness is a Wal-Mart with Full hookups.
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I can not tell you how many times in the past 2 years and 22k miles of towing a walmart has been home, usually coming in around midnight, and leaving early and with significant business to the host. Beats a truck stop anytime!! I never even put my stairs out, just pull in and out and gone. We always stay in rv parks but when the next sales call is just down the road, well, empty black and grey and full fresh water may require our friends from Arkansas to help out American small business prosper.

One that gets me was Park city Utah, we saw campfires, awnings, generators and it was just abuse of the system. No one complained, looked like BLM camping in Quartzite, only all pavement and mountains. I wanted to to say to all of them get real, but was just too tired.

Currently in Pennsylvania, in a walmart parking lot......
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I wish I had known about the Walmart in Park City. There's one private campground that charges a lot for crappy sites (all the nice ones are owned by individuals with giant MoHo's) and some state parks pretty far away.

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I just checked with the mgr of our local WalMart to see if Rv's were still welcome. Because the city in which it is located(on I 70) is Towing Commercial Vehicles off WalMarts lot. I ask about it and was told it was not WalMarts choise. It was a city ordiance. NO PARKING OF COMMERICAL VEHICLES
But I was told RV's are Welcome,"just let us know you are out there"
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Overnight parking

We are traveling through the Pacific Northwest (home is Cape Cod). We had a problem and needed a place to stay. We found the part we needed at Camping World and I asked them if we could stay in their parking lot for the night. The lady at the cash register said, "Absolutely!" We were one of about a half-dozen rigs parked for the night. Local authorities paid us no mind; we looked like we were lined up for service the next day. Keep Camping World in mind if you need a place to hang out for the night. Dick & Claire
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I overnighted at a CW in Spartanburg, SC. Also, some Cabela's have overnight camping, and some have dump stations.
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