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Old 10-17-2009, 08:07 AM   #239
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Exact tipping point that makes someone classless?

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My personal opinion:
Overnight parking at Walmart should be limited to a few hours, just long enough to get enough sleep to safely continue to your destination.......any longer than that is, quite frankly, classless, and contributes to giving R/Vers a bad name.

You describe people who stay at Wal-mart for more than "a few hours" as classless. Is it "classy" to stay at a Wal-mart for 3 hours but "classless" to sleep 8 hours? If you're talking about defining people as essentially scum or wonderful, you need to write back and tell us what you think the tipping point is in terms of time and, much more importantly, why. If your concern is giving RVers a bad name, please allow me to suggest that postings like yours give you a bad name at a minimum. If I thought that most RVers shared your harsh views of people who get a full night's sleep versus "a few hours," I'd get rid of my rig very quickly.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:15 AM   #240
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I think about the potential for building your business. Truck stops have showers, fast food, grocery stores and let truckers and RV travelers stay the night. Walmart now has gas stations, supermarkets, and fast food restraunts. Why is it OK for truck stops to have the variation in services and not Wal-mart? I look at the potential for increased business by building a RV section with showers at a Wal-mart or any other like business. Why not?

I do not disagree about the big chain stores driving small business out of the market, but I do not see the big stores going away any time soon. Many of us have very busy lives and need to be creative when it comes to traveling so Wal-mart with security, truckers and other RV's sounds good to me.

40 years ago the average american had much more leisure time.. Each year that gets cut. Many of us get to work at 6:30 A.M and feel like we are leaving early at 4:45 P.M. When I go somewhere for a short period time I don't want to spend most of my time trying to get there.



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Old 10-17-2009, 08:29 AM   #241
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Not Walmart's

We tried to stay at the WalMart in Destin, Fl. A knock came on the trailer door at 1:00 as we were just drifting to sleep. We had tried to find an empty RV park and the State Park with no luck. So we along with about 3 other trailers al had to move due to local ordinances that prohibited overnight stay. It was our first try at this and we were on our first trip with the trailer. We went another 100 miles and found another WalMart with no problems. Destin Fl won't be on our next travel plans and the local Denny's lost our money for breakfast as well as the Valero station.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:10 PM   #242
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I suppose that this reminds us that it's a good idea to go into the store and check with the on-duty manager of the Wal-Mart to make sure it's all right to stop overnight in his lot...

Plus, they may have TP on sale!
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:47 PM   #243
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the is always the Flying J Truck Stops as well
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:23 PM   #244
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the is always the Flying J Truck Stops as well

Flying J's rock. The last one we were at had a dump station, and separated the areas for trucks and RV's.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:40 PM   #245
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Hasn't Flying J been in bankruptcy and recently bought out by another big truck stop organization?

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Old 10-17-2009, 02:55 PM   #246
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TA (Travel America) has had problems. I believe the real estate is separately owned and rents had to be cut if I remember that situation correctly. I haven't seen anything on that or Flying J recently.

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Hasn't Flying J been in bankruptcy and recently bought out by another big truck stop organization?

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The "tipping point" for me is simply, Is it day, or night? (It's less embarrassing to slip in and out under the cover of darkness).
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The "tipping point" for me is simply, Is it day, or night? (It's less embarrassing to slip in and out under the cover of darkness).
Not much of an answer, was it? I didn't expect much, though. Maybe you should consider avoiding Wal-marts altogether and especially avoid telling others that they're classless if they violate your own ill-defined standards. Usually in life it's best to be able to communicate coherently before making incendiary pronouncements as you did.
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One person will look at glass of water as half empty while another looks at the same glass as half full. Staying at Wal Mart is a win, win situation for me when I am trying to get somewhere.

I did not know that people thought citizens who frequent Wal-Mart were lacking class. I guess I lack class to some peoples standards. If so I am glad. I will continue to spend the night at Wal-mart if I have permission by the store. I will also use Wal-mart products and shop there.

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A Conciliatory Note

I took fmrcaptevil's comment as Walmart's parking lot should not be used for a campground---just a parking spot. Meaning...no lounge chairs, no barbecues, no trash!

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What I saw was the 'evil is embarrassed to be seen at a Walmart and fears that people will judge him as without class. Sneaking in late at night and leaving before dawn is his compromise. Since he is judging himself, no need for anyone else to do it for him.

I still don't like Walmart and still buy some things there as it is easier or it's hard to find it elsewhere, sometimes because they drive locally owned businesses out of business.

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