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Old 03-21-2015, 11:18 AM   #673
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:34 AM   #674
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Our Airstream is used for very long trips that include many overnights while moving from point-A to point-B. I have stayed in many Walmart's and it has nothing to do with being a cheapskate!

(mind you, being one is NOT a bad thing in my mind) - its all about convenience.

If I'm pulling in late and will be gone again by 0700 why the heck would I consider buying a parking place at a camp site. For those who say we should not be doing this, you really don't know anything about travelling on long trips as camp site offices are closed early and open late. So you couldn't pay for overnight parking in a camp ground even if you wanted to.....

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Old 03-21-2015, 01:18 PM   #675
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I would appreciate thoughts on overnights at travel rest stops, state welcome stops and truck stops. I've stayed at Walmarts and found that just fine. We need to make a couple of quick overnights on upcoming trip and was thinking about rest stops or truck stops. The good, bad, and ugly any one?


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Old 03-21-2015, 01:46 PM   #676
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How can one run air at WalMart? We are full-timers and do not run anything like air unless we have electric. Maybe we are clueless as usual...HELP
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We have done them all over the years. Wal-Marts, Truck Plazas, and rest areas. We have found them all good. There is no bad or ugly.

We make these overnight stops only when we are traveling through, stopping late and starting early. It's not a matter of saving money. It's a matter of convenience and efficiency. Arriving late at a campground is always problematic. The office is closed, the site is hard to find, and the maneuvering in the dark is always difficult. The campground always manages to give you a site that is too short to stay hooked-up. When this happens, it is a real production.

By the time I could get settled in a campground, I could have an hour's sleep under my belt at Wal-Mart.

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Old 03-21-2015, 02:00 PM   #678
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How can one run air at WalMart? We are full-timers and do not run anything like air unless we have electric. Maybe we are clueless as usual...HELP

No AC, water or sewage at Walmart. I suppose you could run a generater. Personally I would not leave one sitting out. I have a feeling it might disapear quickly.
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No AC, water or sewage at Walmart. I suppose you could run a generater. Personally I would not leave one sitting out. I have a feeling it might disapear quickly.
I have used my Honda 2000 generators at Wal-Mart and the other locations on numerous ocassions without any problems. I do chain them to the Airstream or the tow vehicle while I do this.

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Doug and I overnighted at WalMart a half dozen times over the years, and I have stayed a few times in my solo travel. We do not take up a stretch of parking spaces, but pull over to a side or rear area, out of the way.

It is an occasional overnite, not a way of life.

You could run your generator for AC, if you needed to, but might disturb others not running theirs.

We have never felt unsafe nor ever had anything stolen. I set my little bicycle out wherever I am, next to the Interstate, and have never had a problem. The parking lots are well lit and have security cameras.

I don't think one is in any more danger of being robbed in a WalMart parking lot than in any other place.


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How can one run air at WalMart? We are full-timers and do not run anything like air unless we have electric. Maybe we are clueless as usual...HELP

I will get in a corner all by myself and crank the generator...


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Unless there is a noise ordinance the generator shouldn't be a problem. This is a parking lot after all. Chain the genny down fire it up and enjoy the air. Jim
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Doug and I overnighted at WalMart a half dozen times over the years, and I have stayed a few times in my solo travel. We do not take up a stretch of parking spaces, but pull over to a side or rear area, out of the way.

It is an occasional overnite, not a way of life.

You could run your generator for AC, if you needed to, but might disturb others not running theirs.

We have never felt unsafe nor ever had anything stolen. I set my little bicycle out wherever I am, next to the Interstate, and have never had a problem. The parking lots are well lit and have security cameras.

I don't think one is in any more danger of being robbed in a WalMart parking lot than in any other place.


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That's probably one of the biggest objections I have in parking in these types of places. If you don't know the neighborhood, you could be at risk. We have one in the area that looks great. You have no idea of the crime and poverty in the area behind the store. Within the view of the Interstate. So it would look great as a traveler. Thankfully the municipality is on their toes and they do not allow Rv overnight parking.
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There is a way to make a rough determination of what kind of neighborhood a certain Wal-Mart is in when you are in a strange city.

Take a look at the ground in some of the parking spots closest to the building. Generally speaking, the larger the oil spot, the worse the neighborhood.

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I have stayed in Welcome Centers, and rest areas and truck places. Last fall I packed up a festival and hitched up and drove out of Pittsburgh about 8 pm. I drove to the second rest are East of Pittsburgh( the first had no room left) .i was very lucky to get one of the last spots of over 200. I park, unplug, go in, pull curtains, make dinner, go to bed. In the morning, I go in and spend some money, and get on the road. We all have camp days and travel days.
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