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Old 10-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #253
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We have had great experience using Walmart for late evening stops and early morning departures. Many of the lots are patroled and we feel they are safer than parking in rest stops. The convenience of stocking up our AS during our stop makes it a win-win. Observing signs and checking with store management is a simple courtesy to avoid any issues.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:52 AM   #254
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We have had great experience using Walmart for late evening stops and early morning departures. Many of the lots are patroled and we feel they are safer than parking in rest stops. The convenience of stocking up our AS during our stop makes it a win-win. Observing signs and checking with store management is a simple courtesy to avoid any issues.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:32 AM   #255
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I agree, Wolverine--------Key phrase being "late evening stops and early morning departures."
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:04 AM   #256
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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.
We live near the Destin WalMart. Unfortunately, the City of Destin was forced to pass the ordinance that prohibits RV parking at WalMart and other similar locations within the City of Destin. Because the Destin WalMart is directly across the street from from the public beach at Henderson State Park, RVers would camp at WalMart and go to the beach even when there were campsites available in the park. It got so bad that local WalMart shoppers could hardly get through the lot.

This is a classic case of the cheap and stupid ruining things for everyone.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:22 PM   #257
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Destin Wall-Mart

Thanks for the clarification on that. It was out first shot at a Walmart stay. We wanted to stay at the State Park but it was full. We drove around looking for RV parks and they were full or closed or just a grassy field loaded with 40' Motorhomes back to back. So Wal-Mart was a desperate attempt for some sleep. I think the store was closed or closing as it was after 12:00 so there wasn't any go ask the manager option. So we'll know better next time to plan the route home a little better, especially at a busy place like Destin. We really wanted to see the beach, maybe next time.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:02 AM   #258
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I have decided to plan out my trips and investigate all the different possiblities to spend the night. The trip and time frame will be my indicator which will determine where I will have down time from driving. If I locate wal-marts with in an area where I have decided to rest I will call in advance and find out their spend the night policy. I will always do this a couple weeks in advance of a planned trip.

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Old 10-28-2009, 03:51 AM   #259
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:42 AM   #260
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All northern NY Walmarts* are OK for parking.
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Smile Wal Mart + Starbucks = WIN

We too, have enjoyed the hospitality of Wal Mart parking for late night stops & early morning departures for all the reasons previously stated in this thread.

In Rock Springs WY there is a Wal Mart that permits overnight parking. Down a little grass knoll within 100' of the RV parking area there is a Starbucks. This is a win as we have registered our Starbucks card for their free wifi access. So, when we do our overnight stop at this Wal Mart, we use Starbuck's wifi to check email, shop for a few supplies at Wal Mart, and have our hot lattes waiting for us at 6AM!

We also encountered a similar Wal Mart/Starbucks proximity along I15 in Utah near Payson, although the Starbucks was a greater distance from the parking lot (I had to sit by our rear window to receive the wifi signal!)
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:30 AM   #262
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We have had exceptional experiences at wal Mart, Steak and shake, Open 24-7 and McDonald's that have truck parking.

We try to plan for rural area like the Wal Mart at Berea Ky or any other state for that matter.

As we were bringing our 345 home from Texas we stopped at a Wal Mart on the East side of memphis that was fully patroled and had a special area for trucks.

It was late afternoon, HOT and I was looking for a new TV. my wife was very tired and needed an hour or Two of sleep as we wanted to get on closer to Nashville.

I told the security guard that was cruising the Lot along with 2 others our situation and she said she would alert the others and keep an eye on the coach and my Napping wife.

All was well and after a 2 hour break, cooler temps and lighter traffic we moved on East. So even with a High populated area we found a safe haven at a Wal Mart

Thank you Memphis Tenn.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:49 AM   #263
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Nothing NEW !!!

Back in the 50's I had a farmer friend that built a truck camper and traveled from Indiana to Alaska and back. A 3 month trip.

He said that each evening he would stop at a rural gas station, fill up with gas, maybe eat at their restaurant and ask to spend the night. He said that most did not want any $$$ because he would provide security for the station and most left the restroom open for him to use during the night.

many ran a hose out for him to fill his small tank of fresh water also.

He said that 50 cents was the most he paid but a quarter would usually do if he paid anything at all.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:45 AM   #264
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On cross-country jaunts, we'll use a rest stop for some nap time o'night when available...usually our first choice, if you can put up with the semi's refer compressors running all night!

We've also done the WalMart thing if traveling late, for that quick o'night rest - then buy a few things from them in the morning...

If we're on a more leisurely pace, we'll try to find an RV facility or public RV campground, etc., if it's earlier in the day...

Some WalMarts in busier areas have a limit to their parking lot size, and parking restrictions aside, I can understand why they can't allow RV o'night parking because of space...some of their store's parking lots are almost always close to being full with autos, at least out here in the West - they're just too busy! We have a 24hr/Supercenter WM in our town, and it's lot seems to be even half-full in the wee hours...

In any event, it's always good 'manners' to spend a couple of bucks at your 'free' o'night host's facility - after all, those parking lots are really for their paying, in-store 'customers', right!
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I feel compelled to point out that WM started out as one of those small town businesses. They donít run anyone out of business. WM became big because you the consumer vote every day. Your votes (dollars) say that you prefer WM over the little mom-n-pops. When they were a smaller company, everyone loved them, couldnít get enough. Now society has determined that big corporation = evil so it's become popular to hate them.

Many businesses actually thrive when WM comes to town. They diversify and donít try and compete on price. Some stores actually deliberately locate near WMís to take advantage of all the traffic. Others, such as the sporting goods store here in my town (Clarkís All Sports) is a category killer in all things sporting, hunting, camping, etc. They canít compete on price, so they donít try. WM canít compete with them on the selection.

Hardware/Paint is another category. WM brand paint is one of the top rated consumer brands for quality and price, but their ďhardwareĒ department is extremely basic. I much prefer the selection at Lowes or Home Depot. (Oops more big box evils). We donít have either one in town, so Iím stuck with the overpriced local guys for my hardware and lumber needs.

Sorry, I donít mean to rant - Iíll step off the soapbox now and return you to your regularly scheduled forum.
I do agree with you 100% G.P.
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We spent about four weeks camping all over California this past spring. We did notice a scarcity of Super Wal-Marts in California. We were surprised at the number of old fashioned Wal-Marts in California. Do they have some kind of law against Super Wal-Marts in California?

Here in Florida, old fashioned Wal-Marts are just about extinct. The last one that I know of in the Florida Panhandle just closed in Panama City last week.

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