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Old 09-13-2017, 07:01 AM   #29
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I fully understand the occasional overnight at a Walmart / Cracker Barrel after a long day of driving. When I read / hear about people who plan their whole trip so they can camp in one Walmart / Cracker Barrel parking lot after the next Walmart /Cracker Barrel parking and then brag about how smart they are
because they figured out how to take advantage of the system and some businesses generosity it strikes me as cheap and
WRONG !

Again if you can afford a $50K trailer then you can afford to pay for camping.

There are too many people in our society that are always looking for a free ride at someone else's expense .Example they leave their trash in the Walmart / Cracker barrel lot for someone else to cleanup or dump their black tank in the parking lots storm drain.

A Walmart parking lot is not a campgrounds nor is it an entitlement and just because something is free doesn't mean you should take as much as you possibly can .

Today they are handing out free bread and cheese at the local church , I won't be there to make sure I get my fair share .
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:25 AM   #30
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On the one occasion where we have overnighted at a Walmart it was late at night and done for convenience (finding a campground at 11PM can be difficult). This stop was on the way home (one day to go) at the end of a long trip where I miscalculated where I would be that night.

I really try to finish days early with a plan on where we are going to stay. But on the way home sometimes I get the "time to get home" fever.

As bad luck would have it, all the rest areas that might be last night or first night trip stops have short time limits in our area of the country. We typically will be in one of these states: TN. KY, IL and IN, that all have short limits. We have worked out where to stay in IL, which is our most common heading west first night stop. We haven't figured out KY or TN yet for convenient, relatively quiet, places to spend one night.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:37 AM   #31
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Just a couple of weeks ago on a trip south from Alberta to WY to pick up a new (to us trailer), we drove on our second day from Great Falls, MT to Casper, WY, and then back with the trailer from Casper, WY to Billings, MT. By the time we arrived in Billings (after about 1300km of driving that day), it was near mid-night and I was super tired. In Billings, we welcomed the opportunity to pull into a Walmart parking lot with our new trailer and catch a few hours sleep. We were gone again by about 7am to continue our journey home.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:40 AM   #32
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We have overnighted at Cracker Barrel's a couple of times. Our stops had nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with safety. We always plan to overnight in a campground but sometimes events beyond your control take over. The one time we stopped at a CB just before closing I went in and asked if it was OK if we overnighted in one of their RV spots. I was told "sure, honey, that's what they're there for! We'll have your breakfast ready at 6:00." In the morning there were two other RVs that arrived after us. Mike
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I think Ed Harris said it best: this is a slippery slope on both sides.

I have no particular opposition to the practice, nor how often you take advantage of the privilege, provided you come in late, leave early, and don't leave a mess. I will never know you were there, as I don't make a habit of shopping at Walmart late at night. I think that describes everyone participating in this conversation. As Tom says, sometimes ya just gotta get there.

Anything "free" eventually attracts abuse, and it doesn't take much to create enough ill will to provoke a reaction from the store or the local community. That's what we're in the midst of now. The '08-'09 recession was something of a trigger point, producing a substantial new class of folks living out of RVs (and we're not talking late model Airstreams). A number of them squat at our local Walmart and Home Depot throughout the cool summer months. It's probably only a matter of time.

Enjoy it while it lasts. I don't see the current Walmart being particularly committed to the ideals of its founder, whether it be RVing or retailing. But that thought is a slippery slope, too...
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:55 AM   #34
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On the one occasion where we have overnighted at a Walmart it was late at night and done for convenience (finding a campground at 11PM can be difficult). This stop was on the way home (one day to go) at the end of a long trip where I miscalculated where I would be that night.

I really try to finish days early with a plan on where we are going to stay. But on the way home sometimes I get the "time to get home" fever.

As bad luck would have it, all the rest areas that might be last night or first night trip stops have short time limits in our area of the country. We typically will be in one of these states: TN. KY, IL and IN, that all have short limits. We have worked out where to stay in IL, which is our most common heading west first night stop. We haven't figured out KY or TN yet for convenient, relatively quiet, places to spend one night.
Everybody has ignored the signs at the rest areas in IllAnnoy for at least as long as they have existed. Unless you set up residence you will not be rousted or bothered. If you stop there to sleep... better stop early because they fill up early with overnight sleepers in trucks and RVs.
One point... park far enough back in your parking spot so that the big rigs will see you as they approach. This will avoid a possible accident or having a straight truck running two feet from your bumper all night. As for the other states mentioned its pretty much the same.
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Steve Dunham;
I know that your perspective has no malicious intent and is really aimed at unappreciative abuse, which really is not all that common.

Anytime you come south, give us a call. We are located just a few hundred yards off I-80. We have a flat driveway, electricity and water available and invite you to overnight with us as our guests while on your way, for FREE!
We would love to have you and you can stay as long as we like.

If you wish to pay it forward, you can give something to the charity of your choice or stop to help a stranded motorist.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:18 AM   #36
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The Walmart in Colorado Springs is now posting signs that say no Truck, RV or Trailer parking overnight. I thought they were RV friendly
So, which Walmart(s)? There are several in the Springs.

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The Walmart in Colorado Springs is now posting signs that say no Truck, RV or Trailer parking overnight. I thought they were RV friendly
A point just occurred to me...
The problem of squatters or abuse of privilege must be much more pronounced in "destination" areas rather than in "in transit" areas, and in cities rather than rural areas.
That would explain why we have always been welcome where we stop and why we haven't witnessed the problems described in this thread.
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Steve Dunham;
I know that your perspective has no malicious intent and is really aimed at unappreciative abuse, which really is not all that common.

Anytime you come south, give us a call. We are located just a few hundred yards off I-80. We have a flat driveway, electricity and water available and invite you to overnight with us as our guests while on your way, for FREE!
We would love to have you and you can stay as long as we like.

If you wish to pay it forward, you can give something to the charity of your choice or stop to help a stranded motorist.
Thanks Floyd , you are correct my frustration is with the few who screw it up for the many . I admire people who are frugal but not the people that are cheap at the expense of others.
I've got 2 cord of firewood to unload and stack so back to work.
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A point just occurred to me...
The problem of squatters or abuse of privilege must be much more pronounced in "destination" areas rather than in "in transit" areas, and in cities rather than rural areas.
That would explain why we have always been welcome where we stop and why we haven't witnessed the problems described in this thread.
That's it exactly. I live in a "destination" area, and squatters are an issue 5-6 months of the year. They disappear from one parking lot and reappear in another. They are rather territorial, laying claim to the shady corners of the lot. During the day they man every entrance and exit with signs asking for money.

I try to remind myself that I should be grateful to have a house to live in AND an RV to travel in rather than judgmental toward those who live in an RV by necessity, not choice. They probably can't move on, or at least not far, due to the cost of fuel.

For now it's an uneasy truce at the local Walmart. As long as they keep everything inside the unit and the panhandling low key, the community seems inclined to look the other way. But it would probably only take one serious criminal act to tip the balance.
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I just recently went through hurricane Harvey here in Angleton TX. and it was more rain and flooding than I have ever seen. I noticed that there were quite a few travel trailers and motor homes that had taken refuge in our Walmart parking lot during the storm and for several days afterword as many of the roads out of town were flooded. I know there is a lot of people that bad mouth Walmart but to me they stepped up to the plate to help people out when they were under no obligation to do so.
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Why does any Walmart or Walmart manager have to put up with people seeking free overnight camping? Are you entitled somehow?

It's called "good business". Most of us that use Walmart on occasion spend money in Walmart. Some are too snooty and stay at RV resorts.
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A year ago my wife and I spent 17 days in August in Alaska. We rented a motor home. The first night we spent in the parking lot of a Walmart in Anchorage. When we returned to Anchorage at the end of our trip, we intended to stay in the same one. However, in the meantime, the city had stopped the privilege at the request of RV parks in the area that said it was an unfair advantage. It was a real scramble to find a place at 10 pm.

Staying in the Walmart lot that first night was very handy. Since we bought toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates etc there and it was about 8 pm when we finished.
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