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Old 08-24-2016, 01:40 PM   #855
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You mean like this, from the Less Expensive Airstream thread?

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Old 08-24-2016, 01:40 PM   #856
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But I'm having a difficult time understanding those who expect and actually trip-plan-for a free camping space on business property in their $50K Airstream and $40K TV. ...
I like to stop at "free" locations when trying to put miles under the wheels, as opposed to visiting a place and taking in the sights.

However, rarely is it actually free. Rather than pay $40 at an RV park when I won't even unhook and maybe use $2 of electricity, I would prefer to put my $40 into the local economy by staying at WM and buying groceries, or at CB and dining in, or a truck stop and buying fuel and using the dump facilities. YMMV
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[QUOTE=Boxite;1840396]OK...so a person misjudges their travel-plans and find themselves sleep-deprived and needing a couple hours rest in order to continue the trip safely. I can see how that might occur.
But I'm having a difficult time understanding those who expect and actually trip-plan-for a free camping space on business property in their $50K Airstream and $40K TV.
Are these the same people who denounce poor people on "welfare"&&&&&&&&&& I agree, everyone should pay their way. Sleeping in a parking lot is not anywhere close to what we want to do. Only if it was an emergency or a rare occasion. Planning a trip for free camping in a parking lot is so totally alien to us. How cheap can one be? You you don't want to pay much try state or federal cgs.
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But I'm having a difficult time understanding those who expect and actually trip-plan-for a free camping space on business property in their $50K Airstream and $40K TV.
Not everyone who buys an Airstream and a tow vehicle has buckets of money left after their purchase. "You can afford this, so surely you can afford those other things, too," is a fallacy.

I for one can understand that some people will splurge on one nice thing even if it means scrimping and saving elsewhere— such as buying an Airstream and then looking for free camping to stretch whatever budget is left over. Beats buying a cheaper SOB just so you can afford to stay at expensive commercial campgrounds!

I have taken advantage of free courtesy parking from time to time, but haven't stayed at a Walmart parking lot. But despite not having done it, I can still understand why some people would.
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:11 PM   #859
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Hi, we stayed at Wal-Mart about 3 or 4 times during our cross country trip of 3 1/2 months and over 13,000 miles. The money we saved from a camp ground was spent in the stores for supplies. [ mostly food items]

There is a big difference between someone who financed their Airstream and tow vehicle, than someone who could afford to buy them outright. Just because the two different kinds of buyers have the same $50,000.00 Airstream and the same $40,000.00 tow vehicle, doesn't mean they have the same amount cash bulging out of their pockets.
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I easily understand why some prefer to overnight at a WalMart, and it doesn't have anything to do with money.

If one is just looking for a quick stop for the night, with no traveling to a more distant campground, not having to remove sway bars before backing into a campground pad, no hooking up to pedestals or getting out hoses, and a place that's close to the interstate that you'll be on in the morning, why not a WM?

I totally get it.
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I easily understand why some prefer to overnight at a WalMart, and it doesn't have anything to do with money.

If one is just looking for a quick stop for the night, with no traveling to a more distant campground, not having to remove sway bars before backing into a campground pad, no hooking up to pedestals or getting out hoses, and a place that's close to the interstate that you'll be on in the morning, why not a WM?

I totally get it.
And don't forget you can go inside for supply's.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:23 PM   #862
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:25 PM   #863
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My best wife -- I figure I can say that because she often calls me her best husband -- has been complaining for some years that she wants to stay at the WM in Farmington so that she can shop until she drops all night long.

Good thing we never did it. For reasons unknown to me, we wind up with rig problems every time we go through Farmington. Full hookups welcome under the circumstances. (But circumstances change. Especially when you finally discover what had been causing problems for years in the Airstream.)


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Oh, i don't see it as a problem. Lots of folks use WM and the like as a convenient stop-over. We certainly have!

And, speaking of dead horses, the one in Farminton is smack in the middle of the trek from here to ... Dead Horse Point. But I'll still recommend staying at Mom And Pop's RV Park, which is just a block or so away from a pretty good breakfast place!



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This thread is okay in my book, Heck its started in like 04'. The next generation reading it nowadays. LOL

Don't click on it if you don't like it. It's a way better thread than arguing over tires and trying to convince everyone that 'ecoboost' is going to last as long as a V8 and a diesel.

I'm still laughing at the story of pulling in late at night and parking beside RV's at night and next morning seeing the 'For Sale ' signs.

Crazy 'China-Mart' ( that's what I call them) in Dublin Virginia is a stones throw away from I-81 and it has signs all over the place that says"Absolutely NO overnight RV or Tractor-trailer parking "

So someone must have abused that.

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Old 08-24-2016, 08:34 PM   #867
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Folks are going to do what they want to do. Assuming that they're regular vacationers (and not economic refugees), price of rig has little to do with it, at least in our experience.

What I do feel sad about is those economic refugees that you see living in their busted-up RVs at Walmart, etc. Personally, I would not mind paying more local tax if the community would set up a park of sorts specifically for these folks. It's part of our American credo:

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Agreed.

If you want to put money into the local economy, stay at a local CG. Spending money at a Walmart is convenient and we have done it too, but most of it goes to shareholders and the Wall family. Employees are underpaid and many have to use government assistance to survive.

I guess after a long day on the road, we want to stay somewhere nice even if we sleep most of the time and hardly use any electricity or water. Anyway $2 worth of electricity is hardly the only cost for a CG—property and other taxes, mortgage, maintenance, employees, cable TV, wifi, water and sewer, etc. For the income they generate, a CG uses a lot of real estate and property tax would be a higher proportion of their costs than for other businesses. Older CG's near city centers pay especially high property tax because often the town has grown around them and the land is worth more than the business.

It is usually quieter in a CG than free parking at a chain store or gas station. It feels safer even if it isn't. If there is safety in numbers, there will be more RV's around in a CG than a chain store or a rest stop.

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OK...so a person misjudges their travel-plans and find themselves sleep-deprived and needing a couple hours rest in order to continue the trip safely. I can see how that might occur.
But I'm having a difficult time understanding those who expect and actually trip-plan-for a free camping space on business property in their $50K Airstream and $40K TV.
Are these the same people who denounce poor people on "welfare"?
Funny stuff. My Airstream and TV cost me half of your estimate. Not a fan of big box parking lots myself. But I can see where sometimes there is no choice but to park it where ever you can if the need arises. Also I think anyone on welfare should do some sort of public work such as the old CCC program and take madatory drug test.
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