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Old 10-23-2013, 06:19 PM   #519
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We have never stayed at a Walmart or any other open parking area. We did recently stop at one to pick up some supplies and noted two huge diesel pushers w slides out. It is my opinion that if you can afford an expensive rig and open your slides, that you can afford to park it in a real campground where slides are allowed.
We always stop in mid afternoon so spending a night in a parking lot does not sound reasonable to me. I would rather have a relaxing evening in a secured campground than in a parking lot. I consider the camping fees part of the vacation costs.
I generally agree with that - but when traveling a long way as we do each winter, it is nice to cover a lot of miles the first night to get quickly to warmer weather. On those occasions, we generally leave home around five an plan to stop at a Flying J early to mid evening - no time wasted checking in, unhooking the trailer etc. A quick dinner at Denny's (at the FJ) , fill up with diesel and coffee early next day, and we are on the road again at maybe 7 am.

Second day and from there on I follow your plan of stopping at a campground mid afternoon, flushing out the antifreeze, and having a relaxing evening.


We have never tried Cracker Barrels or Flying J's and probably shout to increase our options. Never had any problems at FJ's though. They can be bright at times and maybe a bit noisy but we are generally too tired after the long drive for that to present the slightest problem! I actually think the bright lights and activity outside at the pumps are a bit of a plus.

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Old 10-25-2013, 07:42 AM   #520
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We've never stropped at a parking lot (Walmart, Flying J, etc.), but did stay on a suburban street once because we were visiting my wife's relatives. I guess it was ok legally if we didn't stay long (and didn't). Hearing morning commuters driving a few feet away from our pillows early in the morning was strange.

It felt weird. I think some of the fear factor with staying in unusual places is that it is different than what we are used to. Campgrounds seem normal, but I'm not sure they are safer than parking lots or stopping at the side of the road.

Parking lots do not feel like part of a vacation or road trip to us. Maybe decades ago it would have been fine, but we have gotten used to creature comforts.

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Old 10-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #521
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We've never stropped at a parking lot (Walmart, Flying J, etc.), .....

Parking lots do not feel like part of a vacation or road trip to us. Maybe decades ago it would have been fine, but we have gotten used to creature comforts.

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We think of it only a place to get some sleep. We wouldn't pull into a WalMart late in the afternoon (or early evening) and stay there overnight. That would be weird to us also. But, on the other hand, when one of us has to work on our departure day, it is nice to get there very late in the evening sometime around 11:00 pm - 12:30 am, sleep until 6:00 or 7:00 am and hit the road bright eyed and bushy tailed and arrive at our campground in the late morning to mid-afternoon. This works for us, YMMV.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:44 AM   #522
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I haven't stayed at a Walmart yet but believe it is and should be an option. My concern though is misinformation. I talked to the manager of one of our Walmarts in Fort Myers, FL and was told that the county passed an ordinance banning parking of RVs anywhere that was not a campground. He then shared how that campers left trash out and emptied water out on the lot so it was no loss. Of course I took the pro camper stance but did not matter to him. I contacted the county and was told there was no ordinance that the person I spoke with was aware of. A year earlier I saw a class C parked in the Home Depot lot across the street from Walmart. The only thing I can think of as a reason for ordinances is to prevent people from parking anywhere. Interestingly when I served on a HMA board in the same county, we were told that the county had no jurisdiction over our streets in ownership (for paving) as they were owned by the association and, that association rules governed them - speed limit, rights, etc. yet in the by-laws they are referred to as public (perhaps by use).
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:03 AM   #523
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The only thing I can think of as a reason for ordinances is to prevent people from parking anywhere.
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Yes. I think these kinds of "no camping" ordinances are driven by the same rationale as the many new kinds of vagrancy laws. Like, "no sleeping on public benches" and other such things passed by many big cities to control people who roam and have no official home. "They make a mess!" is going to be the battle cry of those in favor of these laws. "They're not hurting anyone!" will be the reply.

I've read there is considerable concern about the growth in the number of people who are, shall we say "rootless," and are wandering around the country a bit like "gypsies." It's an economic problem. The national ethic is not friendly to such ideas in general, so there will be a lot of movement to control it. If you wander in an RV and can pay $50 a night for a resort, and eat in local restaurants, that's wonderful. If you don't have $50 a night and just want the wandering part, that's going to be made into a crime. That kind of free spirit stuff is not part of our national ethic, IMO. I am against all such laws, although I realize that "private property" is perhaps the single most sacred idea in all of western civilization. I favor opening public space for more public use.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:15 PM   #524
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c'mon mstephens, I started mandolin lessons right after getting the airstream - Horray for the Gypsies!
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #525
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c'mon mstephens, I started mandolin lessons right after getting the airstream - Horray for the Gypsies!
Hey, I am all for Gypsies - really. If I could, I'd be one.
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Ran across this article in the Santa Fe Reporter:

http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/ar...lmartians.html


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We've been boycotting Wally World for months now and it's like having a new lease on life. They allow it and encourage it locally. Unfortunately, there are some Wal Marts that you couldn't pay me enough to stay in their parking lots.
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We've been boycotting Wally World for months now and it's like having a new lease on life. They allow it and encourage it locally.
They allow and encourage you to boycot Walmart?
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They allow and encourage you to boycot Walmart?
By their actions they certainly do. And don't get me started.

I'll give you that one.
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By their actions they certainly do. And don't get me started.

I'll give you that one.
My kid brother has worked at his local Walmart for the last 25 years. That as much as anything is plenty of reason for ME to boycot Walmart!

Only reason I ever go to Walmart anymore is to get prescriptions filled. Living in an area where hurricane evacuations are possible, getting prescriptions filled at a national chain only makes sense, and my family hometown in Oklahoma doesn't have a CVS or Rite-Aid, and only recently got a Walgreens. Walmart Pharmacy seemed like a good idea.
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Thinking about the situation in Santa Fe (article linked above), it may be no great surprise that the new superstore permits RVs while the other one does not: Whenever I went to the place while living in SF, it was practically deserted. They have this parking lot that will fit many hundreds of cars, and you'd see maybe 15 or 20. (The good part was that you could go to Walmart and never wait in line for anything.)

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We have overnighted in Wal-Mart/truck plaza parking lots a number of times. We have done this only when a campground is not a viable alternative. We took a two week long trip to New England in October/November, 2011. We found that once we got north of Virginia, very few campgrounds were still open. It was either Wa-lMart or the side of the highway. We always asked for permission from the store management. We never felt unsafe on any of these stops.

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