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Old 11-01-2009, 07:46 AM   #267
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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? ... Brian
I can't speak for California, but here in NM permission to build a Walmart or to change from regular to super is up to local zoning boards and councils.

In Taos, WM wanted to convert to super, but council decided that they could do it only if the separate parts of the super store were physically broken up into smaller stores. WM, of course, refused and threatened to build a new store outside of town limits. It turned out to be an empty threat, apparently.


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Old 11-01-2009, 11:19 AM   #268
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Since 2000, I have enjoyed the hospitality of Walmart's and FlyingJ's for overnight sleep stops without incident.

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Both offer ease of entry and exit, (Important for us bigger rigs.) There is nothing worse than trying to stock up on groceries or fill up with gas than finding yourself in a small tight congested area where you may discover you can't find a parking lot large enough to get into or gas station that you can't turn around in!

Cabales, Bass Pro Shop, Cracker Barrel and Camping World also offer overnight parking in a pinch.

Plan to arrive late and shop early at Walmart as to not impact regular customers is just using common sense.

Same goes for other retail locations mentioned. FlyingJ, anytime if you can stand the noise.

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Remember, these are not camping spots or destinations but "rest stops" of a sort.

With more and more states closing "Rest Areas" I've added GPS locations of all the above and more, into my NAV system, this way I always know where to fill-up, pick up groceries, visit a girlfriend or make a quick overnight stopover!
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Since 2000, I have enjoyed the hospitality of Walmart's and FlyingJ's for overnight sleep stops without incident.

Both offer ease of entry and exit, (Important for us bigger rigs.) There is nothing worse than trying to stock up on groceries or fill up with gas than finding yourself in a small tight congested area where you may discover you can't find a parking lot large enough to get into or gas station that you can't turn around in!

Cabales, Bass Pro Shop, Cracker Barrel and Camping World also offer overnight parking in a pinch.

Plan to arrive late and shop early at Walmart as to not impact regular customers is just using common sense.

Same goes for other retail locations mentioned. FlyingJ, anytime if you can stand the noise.
Thanks for the summary, ArtStream. I have no doubt that this will come in handy on more than one occasion.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:30 AM   #270
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WM and made in China

"check the labels on the cloths you're wearing , from the top brands down to the bottom. This is not a WM problem , this is an America problem , there are too many things we don't make anymore."

I just wanted to mention I heard every product that goes through the Chinese port gets a "made in china sticker". Even if its made somewhere else. Something to do with advertising. I can not stand the Chinese government nor WM. I try very very hard not to use them at all. We recently drove to Farmington NM just to avoid going to WM in Durango CO. But I do understand it. When I had my last child I didnt want to be registered there but my MIL said there were family who would be unable to go to a target or shop online due to there ONLY being a wallmart in their town. This is very sad but true. So to each his own. I will continue to seek out the small buisness owners but you can shop and camp anywhere you please. We have not done much parking lot stays but from reading these posts we will look for Flying Js etc. Any maps with all of their locations listed?
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...... We have not done much parking lot stays but from reading these posts we will look for Flying Js etc. Any maps with all of their locations listed?
Yep, check their website. I use them on occasion. Price is right, and if you are making a cross country speed run, its hard to beat for convenience, but it can be loud.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:40 PM   #272
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Amen!

It's also a good idea to introduce yoursef to the parking lot patrol, if possible. I do so whenever I can, and always thank them in advance for keeping an eye on us for our safety.

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Old 12-08-2009, 03:31 PM   #273
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Yep, check their website. I use them on occasion. Price is right, and if you are making a cross country speed run, its hard to beat for convenience, but it can be loud.
Hey we arent just boondockers we are boonRockers!! loud is just life for us with 3 kids etc!!
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I want to remind everyone of something when parking at a truck stop and that is to park only in the customer lots, NOT IN SEMI TRUCK PARKING LOT.
If you park where the semis have to park you take a limited parking away from someone who needs it to rest and force them down the road when tired. Trucks are very restricted as to where they can park because of laws, size, etc, unlike campers can for the most part park just about anywhere.
As a retired Truck Owner/Driver I can not tell you how many times I could make the proper rest stops which include meals, Rest, Required Legal stops, because of spaces taken by those that have no business being in those spots.
Many of the truck stops have small lots they use for Campers, Hotshots, General Public and these are what should be utilized.

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A few years ago we took a two week trip and I made a list of Walmarts that would be at points where all we needed was an overnight stop. I even went so far as to call those stores in advance to make sure there wasn't any local ordinance agianst staying in their lot.

First night was spent at the Walmart in Junction City, KS. Worst night in the AS ever. Allow me to elaborate...

Warm night so we had to leave the windows open (no generator to run the AC) so plenty of bright parking lot lights shining in. The lot also had an amazing amount of traffic all night. To add to that noise were some near-by railroad tracks with trains rolling by what seemed to be every hour. Topping it all off, once I was finally able to drift off to sleep near dawn, a street sweeper truck came in to clean the lot.

Well, I got a free place to stay for the night, but I got what I paid for. The other overnight stops we had to make on that trip were at campgrounds where I gladly paid just to have a quiet nights rest. Even at a noisy KOA near Springfield, MO I was able to run the blower on the AC and drown it all out.

For heavy sleepers, check out Walmart. For me, it will only be used as a last resort.

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I want to remind everyone of something when parking at a truck stop and that is to park only in the customer lots, NOT IN SEMI TRUCK PARKING LOT.
If you park where the semis have to park you take a limited parking away from someone who needs it to rest and force them down the road when tired. Trucks are very restricted as to where they can park because of laws, size, etc, unlike campers can for the most part park just about anywhere.
As a retired Truck Owner/Driver I can not tell you how many times I could make the proper rest stops which include meals, Rest, Required Legal stops, because of spaces taken by those that have no business being in those spots.
Many of the truck stops have small lots they use for Campers, Hotshots, General Public and these are what should be utilized.

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Great advice, Sarge. Many people don't realize truckers are required to stop. Whenever possible, we get as far away from the truck parking area as possible. Flying J's are a good example. They separate the cars/campers from the trucks.
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I want to remind everyone of something when parking at a truck stop and that is to park only in the customer lots, NOT IN SEMI TRUCK PARKING LOT.
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Many of the truck stops have small lots they use for Campers, Hotshots, General Public and these are what should be utilized.

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I always ask where to park, so far 100% of the time they have directed me to the truck lot. I go where I'm told.
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I always ask where to park, so far 100% of the time they have directed me to the truck lot. I go where I'm told.
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Of coarse they would tell ya that, they are only interested in your money.. But that dont necessarly make it right or safe.

Think about this; To save 10-25 dollars you park in a place that is needed and place someones life in danger, and someday that life could be yours when a truck driver falls asleep because he could not stop to sleep because of a camper that has many places to park and a truck does not. So you are saying that a person or childs life is only worth 10-25 dollars.

Trucks get tickets in most states for stopping on ramps, rest areas are usually full, Trucks are out lawed in most store parking, trucks can not park in campgrounds, In fact it is state and federal law for a truck to park within 10 foot of any roadway.

Please use some common sense is all I am asking.

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So you are saying that a person or childs life is only worth 10-25 dollars.

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That is outrageous and I find it deeply offensive.
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Well to make this a little lighter a unique experience. I find most rest stops are full after say 11 p.m. with truckers. I found a little opening around 11 in a rest stop on I40 in Oklahoma, squeezed between 2 refer trucks. Now, when just one kicks in it shakes the streamer, but 2 and well it was like an earthquake all night. Waking up the next morning I had what only can be described as the riding on a large single cylinder motorcycle all night. Feet, hands and head were tingling from the vibrations. It took well over the next day for it to go away.

I have a simple question, how do they put up with that for a career? I mean it seems to me to require hazardous pay or something. How much rest does he get, and the long term fatigue must impact safety. I hope and feel confident the inter-modal system will start to reduce truck volume. No matter how one looks at this subject, way too many trucks on the road and the train system is going to impact this army of semis on the road. Trust me on this, I see huge incentives in my business to use over the road alternatives.

As far as taking that spot. I paid taxes to use that rest area. No guilt trip here. Its called sharing the road, if some trucker wants to fall asleep on the road then his company and dispatcher have real problems,not me. And if flying J or some other private enterprise says ok, then its mine. It is up to the trucking companies to make a safe trip for all involved,not me.
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