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Old 05-09-2017, 07:13 AM   #941
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Propane is available in Canada at most Costco stores. Several of the smaller chains of gas/diesel also dispense propane.
There is not a Costco in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. That would be 10 hours or almost 900 km round trip for, say, a tourist staying in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The government publishes this list (PDF below) of propane suppliers in the province. The problem is, most of them are bottle exhangers only, even if the list says otherwise - in other words, they are unable to physically fill a tank. Even Sydney might not have propane availability depending on equipment outages, personnel availability, and whatnot.

https://www.novascotia.com/sites/def..._july_2016.pdf
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Common courtesy says that you always ask permission to park and to say "Thank you".
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:49 AM   #943
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From the Walmart corporate web site.

http://corporate.walmart.com/frequen...stions#Park_RV
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:55 AM   #944
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Walmart Parking and Cracker Barrel

I just returned from a 3000 mile round trip and can report that I too stayed at Walmart and Cracker Barrel. I used the Allstays app as my guide.

Heading north, from Texas to Ohio, I overnigthted at a Walmart in Jackson, Tennessee. I did not call ahead or go inside to ask, but there was already an RV parked when I arrived (8:00 PM). One more RV (at least) arrived in the night while I was asleep. The Walmart was right off the interstate but didn't seem at all loud to me. No issues.

Still heading north, I stayed at a Cracker Barrel just south of Columbus, Ohio. They had RV parking in the rear that just fit my TV/TT combination (FC 19). I parked and went in to eat dinner. While eating, I asked the manager if it would be ok to overnight and she said that it would be fine. It was quiet and shady, and I was the only RV there. Personally I would prefer more RV'ers. Anyway, no issues, and I even got a shower in.

Heading south I overnighted at a Walmart in Chandler, Oklahoma. This one is about 5 miles off the interstate. There were several semis in the lot and I stayed amongst those. Ther were no RV'ers.

Along the way I felt like all of the rest areas and truck stops were mostly fair game for RV'ers. But these location fill up fast after dark and will more than likely be very busy and loud... I am ok with that, I just never chose to stay at those places.

In summary, planning your overnight location at least a few hours ahead is probably the best bet. And having a couple of options in mind is a good idea too.
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:45 AM   #945
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"Walmart Moochdocker Club"

I added capital letters for formality!



I have yet to do this but I feel at some point it could be a useful "amenity" when doing significant amounts of travel.
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:58 AM   #946
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We stay at Walmart all the time when traveling, it makes sense if you want to get a head start on your trip and generally always get some groceries while we're there. This policy is one of the only things I like about Walmart. You can park at any Walmart overnight except for the ones listed on the link below. Others are Cracker Barrel, although lots of the lots are tight, and camping world also allows it in most locations, free for good Sam members, and some supposedly even have hook ups.

http://www.walmartlocator.com/no-park-walmarts/

Another piece of advice is look at yelp or google reviews for the Walmart before getting into the parking lot... we went to one in Norfolk va, and immediately felt uncomfortable. While deciding if we were crazy we witnessed an apparent drug deal in the works. We started looking for the next closest Walmart, in the process we realized that people review the Walmart, while generally not specific to camping there the reviews will give you a sense of the type of patrons to expect. We do this now BEFORE we get there and have to sit awkwardly while looking for which direction to head. For reference and not surprisingly all of them have pretty low ratings, but there is a big difference in a 1 star and a 2 star Walmart. You can also look at the surrounding businesses and restaurants to get a better idea of the neighborhood.

Also you can look at google earth or other satellite image of the location to get an idea of how easy the parking lot will be to get in and out of. Also I know from experience that some of the ones on the no park list have inaccessible parking lots for trailers.
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Holy cow! There are thousands of replies to this thread....so what's one more gonna hurt. Here's our experience. It was during a cross country trek from western Montana to Ohio and West Virginia and all the states that lie in between.

We did four overnight stays at the following:

Cabellas: This location was in Rapid City, South Dakota. Best setup I've ever seen as they provided a designated place to park, fresh water to fill your tanks, a dumping station, a lockable kennel for your dogs and a "horse corral" for your horse should managed to get one into your tow vehicle or coach.

Bob Evans Restaurants: Arriving late in Portsmouth Ohio one evening Walmart said no, Kroger's said no so on a whim I called Bob Evans and the said yes.

Cracker Barrel: Everytime I called them they said yes....but only after their evening dinner rush was "over". They turned out tobe our primary source.

Walmart: More often than not our stays were very limited due to the fact that nearly all of them when contacted by phone....speaking to manager..said "no". Only exception was Billings Montana.

Here at home in Missoula, Montana, there are signs all over the two Walmarts that say "no overnight" parking. Yet, their lots come evening time are full of RV's. Can't quite figure that one out.

To summarize....best bet for "dependable" overnights...Cabellas and Cracker Barrel's. Rule of thumb: "ALWAYS CALL AND ASK FOR A MANAGER" when choosing any of these save Cabellas if their location is "obvious". The smaller Cabellas "Outpost" stores don't seem to offer the amenities their larger stores do.

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You guys can do as you please, but why spend huge amounts of money for a AS just to sleep in a parking lot? In a rare occasion, yes, but why plan a trip around it.? Wher do you dump your tanks?
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It's my launchpad into Canada - where I pick up everything I need before crossing the border, including propane which is almost impossible to come by in eastern Canada.


Try Costco in Saint John for propane. Great service and reasonable price. About $15 Can bucks for a 30 lb bottle.
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You guys can do as you please, but why spend huge amounts of money for a AS just to sleep in a parking lot? In a rare occasion, yes, but why plan a trip around it.? Wher do you dump your tanks?
I found it convenient when on the move to a faraway destination. No need to drop anchor and do all the hookups. Pull in and park. Sleep. Depart in minutes flat. And there's usually a Starbucks nearby that is open at 5 am to help get you alert and on the road.
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If we are traveling we just hook up the electric at the cg.
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There is not a Costco in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. That would be 10 hours or almost 900 km round trip for, say, a tourist staying in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The government publishes this list (PDF below) of propane suppliers in the province. The problem is, most of them are bottle exhangers only, even if the list says otherwise - in other words, they are unable to physically fill a tank. Even Sydney might not have propane availability depending on equipment outages, personnel availability, and whatnot.

https://www.novascotia.com/sites/def..._july_2016.pdf
Regrettably, that list published by the NS tourism folks is a joke. I've not camped in NS (yet), but a google search shows other places. What I find annoying is that Google Play Store has apps for finding propane in the EU, UK & India, but none in either Canada of the US. I recall an older version of Gas Buddy showed nearby LP & CNG filling stations.
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Gas Buddy was recently given a complete update and look. Propane availability is listed.
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You guys can do as you please, but why spend huge amounts of money for a AS just to sleep in a parking lot? In a rare occasion, yes, but why plan a trip around it.? Wher do you dump your tanks?


I don't camp at Walmart as a destination, only as a place to sleep on a 2+ day drive. Drive till you get tired, stop, pick up anything you may need for the trip. Wake up early and keep going. It works for us, I'll definitely keep doing it.

I wouldn't consider doing this for a place to stay after reaching our destination so no need for power dumping, etc. we do it lots of times and leave after work, drive a few hours and sleep, then get where we are going sooner and at a more relaxed pace. It's nice to get to your vacation spot 8 hours away at noon after only driving 4, and with no added cost, plus it's convenient to buy the groceries and load them straight from the cart into the airstream.
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I don't camp at Walmart as a destination, only as a place to sleep on a 2+ day drive. Drive till you get tired, stop, pick up anything you may need for the trip. Wake up early and keep going. It works for us, I'll definitely keep doing it.

I wouldn't consider doing this for a place to stay after reaching our destination so no need for power dumping, etc. we do it lots of times and leave after work, drive a few hours and sleep, then get where we are going sooner and at a more relaxed pace. It's nice to get to your vacation spot 8 hours away at noon after only driving 4, and with no added cost, plus it's convenient to buy the groceries and load them straight from the cart into the airstream.
That makes sense!
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Stayed at several Super Walmart's and have never been turned down. But as a courtesy I always restock there. I always ask permission.
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:43 PM   #957
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Good article FYI:

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I was just about to post that article. A good one.
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The comments on the article show a pretty horrifying one-sided view of who might be living in their RV. Apparently we're all impoverished and beaten down. Even retirees would rather be at a home on the 4th tee and are only living in a $250K class A because they have no choice. And certainly aren't vacationers that have the house on the 4th tee AND the class A. O_o
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There's WalMarts and then there's WalMarts.
Would I spend the night at a WalMart in L.A. or Miami? No.
Would I spend the night at a WalMart in Kansas? Sure.
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