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Old 03-21-2015, 06:24 PM   #687
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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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But what if a lot of the locals drive early real VW Bugs, MGs or Harley's? I have owned them all. Never worried until they stopped leaking oil.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:33 PM   #688
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But what if a lot of the locals drive early real VW Bugs, MGs or Harley's? I have owned them all. Never worried until they stopped leaking oil.
If vintage Volkswagens were the culprits, the oil spots would be at the back of the parking spaces. People with vintage MGs would probably want to park out by the street so they wouldn't get door dinged. The Harley riders would want not want to park there either as large oil slicks and two wheeled vehicle are not a good combination.

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Brian, LOL, too much logic for me.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:52 PM   #691
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Good information. I've been focusing on free camping options including Walmart. I am finding that it is slim pickings in FL but there are options if planned ahead. I made a series of calls regarding truck stops too. I see RVs parked all the time at my two Walmarts and both are on the list for no park.
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I asked a friend who owns a large trucking company about relative safety of parking areas. His company hauls loads valued at over $2M so he wants his trucks as safe as possible. Safest parking: commercial truck stop, like Flying J, Pilot, Petro, etc. He even instructs drivers as to how to find the safest spot in a truck stop. Well lighted, near office, able to see truck from restaurant, so as to have the most activity around the truck. He stated rest areas are not as safe.

While Walmart's are well lighted, the level of traffic may be minimal in middle of night.

Anyway, that is what he said.


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A couple years ago we took a 27 state 10,000 mile trip and stayed in Walmart lots 35 nights. Never a problem. We were turned down in Florida (somewhere south of Clermont) the only time we tried in Florida. Lot in Rutland VT didn't lend itself to overnighting. A few places were posted NO OVERNIGHT PARKING but when I asked was told it was fine and told where to park. Several other trips we've spent a night here and there in Walmart. Run off once in Yuma AZ that's the only place.
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From a safety standpoint, we prefer tuck plazas. The Police frequent these places during the night and everyone knows that. We don't mind the truck noise. It is almost like a white noise in the background.

There is a large Petro Truck Plaza on I-81 near Scranton, Pennsylvania that we have frequented for overnight stops over the years. They have an RV area with 30 amp electric for a small fee. Every time we have stopped, there are always police vehicles there when we get up in the morning.

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We stayed in a WM in a "questionable" area outside of Syracuse NY. The manager said you stay at your own risk. I asked a x-country 18 wheeler driver how he felt about staying there. He said to park directly under the lights and you should be OK. We were fine.
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Also at Walmart are security cameras on some of the light poles or the building. Parking under a light pole within view of a security camera can't hurt, if you are concerned about safety of a particular location.
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We've never parked overnight at a Cracker Barrel, but we have stopped about 3 times for breakfast. Each time the breakfast was greasy, so we haven't tried them in many years.

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We have explored the overnight possibilities at Cracker Barrel at several locations. We found their RV parking spots to be quite limited, usually six or less. We also found the RV spots to be somewhat short for our 48 foot total length. We have never overnighted at a Cracker Barrel because of these issues.

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A fellow on another forum pulled into a rest stop for a couple hour nap. He climbed unto his small teardrop trailer still attached to his pickup. He woke up when he heard someone trying to uncouple his trailer and steal it. This was the first time I have heard of that happening, but I think about it while sleeping at Walmart.
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