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Old 08-04-2012, 09:08 AM   #463
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One thing we learned the hard way about overnighting at WMT, do not park near the loading docks, those bad boys arrive super early with the big rigs.
Used both apps last night outside of Salt Lake and ended up at the WMT in Ogden as everything nice was booked and our awesome freebie site at Middlefork got taken over by rowdies so we scooted, too late by then for most other options. Never thought I would say Thank Goodness for Walmart. I am thinking a RV'ers rati g for the various WMTs would be helpful. What do you think?
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:09 PM   #464
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Continued use and promotion of WalMart as a cg is probably not what is good in the long run. The more it is used as a regular cg, the more pressure from Municipalities to ban the practice.
As an emergency stop, I think it is great to be able to use these places, but that "privilege" will disappear with abuse.

Use discretion and common sense when finding your overnight stop.

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Used both apps last night outside of Salt Lake and ended up at the WMT in Ogden as everything nice was booked and our awesome freebie site at Middlefork got taken over by rowdies so we scooted, too late by then for most other options. Never thought I would say Thank Goodness for Walmart. I am thinking a RV'ers rati g for the various WMTs would be helpful. What do you think?
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #465
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I would think that WM along with other business should be used only as a last resort. WM is not a destination, but I have seen MHs and Trailers with their toads/TV detached, slide outs extended and even rugs and chairs on the ground all setup. It was obvious that they were camped for several days.

On our recent 6K mile trip we spent most nights in state parks and found them reasonably priced (under $20), had 30 amp power (it was very hot out) and most had great showers. Many state parks have lost funding recently and I chose to support them.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:04 PM   #466
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I would think that WM along with other business should be used only as a last resort. WM is not a destination, but I have seen MHs and Trailers with their toads/TV detached, slide outs extended and even rugs and chairs on the ground all setup. It was obvious that they were camped for several days.

On our recent 6K mile trip we spent most nights in state parks and found them reasonably priced (under $20), had 30 amp power (it was very hot out) and most had great showers. Many state parks have lost funding recently and I chose to support them.
You know, we have met a fair number of people whose goal every night is to park for free ( it's not really camping, is it, in a Walmart parking lot?).

It might be a finances issue---that's what I'd like to think. If not, it is a chosen lifestyle that I just don't understand.


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Old 08-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #467
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You know, we have met a fair number of people whose goal every night is to park for free ( it's not really camping, is it, in a Walmart parking lot?).

It might be a finances issue---that's what I'd like to think. If not, it is a chosen lifestyle that I just don't understand.

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I agree that it is not a great first choice, in our case each time we have pulled in very late and left very early as we are in route and putting on 600+ miles on some days. Last night the NFS campgrounds were already full. We will spend over $2500 this summer on campground fees, as owners of a campground always competing with free sites, we realize we need to provide value to earn business. Our most expensive campground this year just outside of Quebec City was $43, no hookups, next to a highway and dump station. They are listed as a Good Sam park, but don't honor the discount, certainly was ot a good value. Camping in addition to the cost of fuel is no longer an inexpensive proposition.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:47 PM   #468
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Continued use and promotion of WalMart as a cg is probably not what is good in the long run. The more it is used as a regular cg, the more pressure from Municipalities to ban the practice.
As an emergency stop, I think it is great to be able to use these places, but that "privilege" will disappear with abuse.

Use discretion and common sense when finding your overnight stop.

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Keep in mind the Walmaet benefit generously. In our case we normally spend between $25 and lose to $100 a stop, last night it was $38, more than the cost of most campgrounds. K Mart began the practice long ago, Walmart picked it up later and they both post if it is not permitted. On the other hand, the truck stops welcome RV's and have the advantage of showers.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:15 PM   #469
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Continued use and promotion of WalMart as a cg is probably not what is good in the long run. The more it is used as a regular cg, the more pressure from Municipalities to ban the practice.
As an emergency stop, I think it is great to be able to use these places, but that "privilege" will disappear with abuse.

Use discretion and common sense when finding your overnight stop.

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I've used WM a few times to catch a nap and make it a point to meet someone in management or security. Please clean up around your RVs!!! Many managers are tiring of garbage and waste being left by PIGS! This type are ruining the WM goodwill toward the RVer community. I once saw evidence of waste water dumping at TN Walmart! A Real SHAME. We made sure we parked far away from that pig.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:15 AM   #470
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I recently just parked temporarily in a Walmart parking lot (to wait to have lunch with a friend) and I was disturbed to see that someone had disposed poop/toilet paper on the ground. I was parked in an area where campers were parked. I had my 'stream with me. I was hoping this was not from a RVer. I was very disappointed. I think Walmart will slowly stop this practice because during my three-month trip from Georgia to Alaska and back, I saw a lot of abuse of this practice. We spent a few days in the Yukon Territory and the Walmart parking lot up there looked like a campground every night. A lot of Class A's (saw the same campers) used it every night like a campground. The lot was packed with campers. Some of them had even put out there lawn chairs and plants, I kid you not. There were no shortage of campground space because the campground that my caravan stayed in had plenty of sites left over. It was an example of campers being cheat. I can understand taking advantage of staying overnight at a Walmart because you are passing through an area....but camping out for days...and taking advantage of Walmart....is not fair. There are always some who will ruin it for others.
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That is disgusting and uncalled for.

If I knew who had done it, this might warrant a call to the local gendarmes to take appropriate action.



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Old 08-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #472
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We were traveling up the Mississippi River Roads on the way to Duluth, MN and Lake Superior, from St Louis. We stopped the first night near prairie du chein. It was pretty late (10ish) I was looking for a Walmart. None there, but found a Cabela's center. It was a pretty good sized place. I thought, I've spent a lot of $$ at Cabela's over the years, I'm pulling in. Found a nice level spot in the lot and called it a night.. No problems, except it turned out to be employee parking. The first shift came in at 6:00. Ha, we had to get out of there, or we would have been trapped in. Never heard anything from Cabela's.
Found a campground up the road the next morning! Oh well..
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Wow! After reading the previous posts about pig RV'ers I'm afraid to over night at the Walmart. First off I'd like to say that, if I must, ill stay at a truck stop while traveling because I get up early gas up and get on the road. One thing I have noticed about truckers is that, many times, I see them dumping their pee buckets onto the parking lots.
That being said, I plan a trip into Oregon next month. I wanted to overnight at the WM in Troutdale so I could do a major food shopping before committing to the trip. Almost all other over nighters are planned, scenic, and paid for. Does anyone know if Troutdale WM off of 84 and 30 is an option?
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Wow! After reading the previous posts about pig RV'ers I'm afraid to over night at the Walmart. First off I'd like to say that, if I must, ill stay at a truck stop while traveling because I get up early gas up and get on the road. One thing I have noticed about truckers is that, many times, I see them dumping their pee buckets onto the parking lots.
That being said, I plan a trip into Oregon next month. I wanted to overnight at the WM in Troutdale so I could do a major food shopping before committing to the trip. Almost all other over nighters are planned, scenic, and paid for. Does anyone know if Troutdale WM off of 84 and 30 is an option?
Nope, the wal mart there does not allow over nights. Most in the bigger cities don't. But exit 17 has a truck travel center you could stay at.
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Around here we are seeing a lot of homeless folks set up semi-permanent camps in or near the various "super" stores ... caution is in order as many are quite bold with their pan handling and the AS appears to be an easy score.

It is probably not a good idea to assume that because you see another RV parked, it is OK to spend the night in a parking lot. That can translate into a short night's sleep when security or local PD knock on the door and ask you to move on ... suggest checking with the retailer's management team before settling in for ther night. Another option when school is not in session - is the acres of parking in public school sites...
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Around here we are seeing a lot of homeless folks set up semi-permanent camps in or near the various "super" stores ... caution is in order as many are quite bold with their pan handling and the AS appears to be an easy score.
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