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Old 08-03-2015, 04:12 AM   #757
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On our recent trip to Yellowstone, we discovered that Cabela's stores are quite accommodating to RV's. Some have dump stations and water available. They even have free outdoor dog runs and horse corrals available.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:43 AM   #758
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Yep, I never stay anywhere that I can not corral my horse.🐎
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:53 AM   #759
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Always ask manager before assuming that you can. Some do and some don't. Also, if someone knocks on your door in the middle of the nite, it might be to rob you. Personally, there's so much crime in Walmart parking lots these days, I wouldn't overnite in one. Truckstop would be better choice, if you can put up with noise.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:50 AM   #760
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I've done overnight stays at many Walmarts since 2010 when I started RVing. I've only seen THREE Walmarts that had signs posted, warning that overnight parking was prohibited. I've seen one Walmart that actually had a sign directing RVers to park in a particular section of their parking lot! If I see other RVs parked, I don't bother to ask permission. There was one Walmart outside of Denver, CO that had no signs and, NO parked RVs. I went in and asked if I could park overnight. The assistant manager told me there was an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking but, there was another Walmart five miles down the road where I could overnight. I thanked the manager and drove to the next Walmart. There were NO RVs parked so, I asked the manager of that store and told him what the first manager told me. He laughed and said that both stores were in the same municipality and, there was NO such law! I thanked him and then, spent over $100 in his store! When I woke the next morning, there were other RVs parked.

All in all, you'd never be wrong in asking for permission. Otherwise, you risk being awaken in the middle of the night by a local constable who may, at best, direct you to leave and at worst, ticket or arrest you. I remember reading somewhere online about an RVer who would phone a Walmart while he was still miles away. He was almost always given permission and, he then had the name of a manager he spoke with should the next shift have a different policy. If you choose to overnight at a Walmart (or any other business that is not a campground) PLEASE follow the guidelines promoted by the Escapees RV Club: https://www.escapees.com/parking/overnight-parking
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:41 AM   #761
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Always ask manager before assuming that you can. Some do and some don't. Also, if someone knocks on your door in the middle of the nite, it might be to rob you. Personally, there's so much crime in Walmart parking lots these days, I wouldn't overnite in one. Truckstop would be better choice, if you can put up with noise.
We have stayed overnight in WalMart parking lots a number of times, all over the country, and I have stayed a half dozen or so times since traveling alone with the dog these past 17 months.

It is unusual, in my experience, but for heavily populated areas, for overnight parking to be prohibited. WalMart gets a great deal of business from RV'ers, and I believe strives to be friendly and accommodating.

I also disagree with the assessment that there is a lot of crime in WalMart parking lots. I believe these instances to be unusual to rare, and, in 8+ years, we/I have never been accosted nor had a frightening experience.

I also live in a community with two WalMart Supercenters, and can't remember the last time there was a robbery in one. These do occasionally occur in grocery store parking lots...all of them.

When there is an incident, it always gets a lot of publicity.....especially here....but you just don't hear about them often, and you could be accosted by a desperate person or lunatic almost anywhere.

WalMart parking lots are generally very well lit and have security cameras, making them safer than some boondocking spots we used before which I don't choose to frequent since traveling by myself.


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Old 08-03-2015, 11:06 AM   #762
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Maggie, there are at least 7 WalMarts in the Va. Beach area. Two - you couldn't pay me to park at - very rough neighborhoods. If you wonder where People Of Walmart - Funny Pictures of People Shopping at Walmart : People Of Walmart gets its photos, well...

The others are generally fine. I DO notice that two which used to have specific legal notices for no overnight parking have taken down their signs (perhaps because the economy is getting better and there are fewer homeless people trying to look like regular campers.
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Old 08-03-2015, 11:29 AM   #763
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Yep, I never stay anywhere that I can not corral my horse.🐎
Yeh, but it is always a problem getting the horse back onto the back seats of the pickup when we leave. The horse always wants to do the driving and get into the front. Be sure to have diapers for your horse or cover the seats with Visqueen.

In Grand Junction, there's a sign that says no RV parking, but we do see RV's parked there, slides and chairs out. The crime at that Walmart is from people shoplifting—the 2 Walmarts in GJ have someone arrested for shoplifting just about every day.

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Old 08-04-2015, 06:57 AM   #764
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In the Mesa, AZ area, all the Walmarts have signs no parking over night. Having said that, I pulled in their lot in October of 2012 with the new Airstream 25FB in tow. I went in bought some stuff and asked if I could rest in my car until the RV storage unit opened around 9 am. No issue, I stayed in the driver's seat for a few hours and then went out and took some sunrise photos of the new trailer.

The unique lighting photo in my "images" was taken at the Apache Junction Walmart.
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This probably will sound pretty grumpy, but....We have only tried "camping" (use the term loosely) at a WalMart parking lot once... and that was because we were just too tired to travel further to the next "regular" campground. Susanville, CA. It was awful. Lights shining in everywhere, (I like it very dark when I sleep) and about 3:00 a.m. the parking lot sweeper came running through! Noisy, dusty, did I say noisy? Couldn't get back to sleep... ugh... I would have happily paid for a "regular" campground if one had been available! Truck stops are much easier to deal with...but with that said part of having a trailer is to "camp"....we can park on asphalt anytime... we truly prefer being in the outdoors and nature.
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Hi, almost all of the Wal-Marts that we stopped at don't allow overnight parking. The one that we did stay at, cost us $80.00 so we didn't save anything there.
I have to ask.. Why did you pay $80? Was it a ticket issued by the local police?
I've never paid that much for a night camping anywhere, let alone a walmart lot..

FYI, we've stayed in Walmart lots several times without problems. We drive until late, sleep, get up and go.. If there are several RVs already parked, it's a bit more reassuring.
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Walmarts are a last resort for us. Too tired or too late, then any port in the storm. Remember they are parking lots and set up and maintained that way. Difficult for me to complain about something that is free and only available because WM allows it. Make the best of the situation, it is only for one night. If you have to take a longer break during the day for a nap.
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I agree, avionstream.


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We continue to use Walmarts during our cross-country travel without any problems. It's like any overnight stop, look over the surroundings and if it doesn't feel right, move on. The lights are bright and this is good for security, as are the lightest security cameras. Park away from the grocery section, that's where the cars come and go all night, and away from the trucks who let the engines run all night.

It depends on your camping needs. Walmart is certainly not a camping destination, but it may the nearest, most convenient overnight stop to a site we want to visit in the morning as we move about the country.
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I like the Cracker Barrel Restaurants. Park, sleep, get up and have breakfast, move on.
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