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Old 06-27-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Interesting article about Walmart camping.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...mart.html?_r=1
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:07 AM   #2
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I can't figure out what the article is trying to say about those who overnight at WalMart parking lots. The majority of the pics sure don't represent 95% of the peeps I have seen there.
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I can't figure out what the article is trying to say about those who overnight at WalMart parking lots. The majority of the pics sure don't represent 95% of the peeps I have seen there.
As you often say, "consider the source."

I wouldn't really call it a article, but more like a photo essay focusing on the more unusual cases, some of which appear to violate Walmart's usual polices regarding overnight stays.

The very thought of sleeping overnight in a Chevy Spark makes my back hurt!
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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A very interesting slice of American Life....not everyone can afford a fiberglass RV....nice that Walmart is kind enough to provide a free overnight spot for those who can use it...I see plenty of RVs parked in my local Walmart....for a simple overnight spot that is both safe and free..?WHY NOT?

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Most of the people appear to be a bit more down on their luck then the people I've encountered at Walmarts. I've also overnighted at truck stops but I didn't see many RVs there.

Having said that I've seen many more people on youtube posting about living out of their vans. And, in California, people getting out of apartments and into RVs as their normal accommodations as they work.
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....................for a simple overnight spot that is both safe and free..?WHY NOT?
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You need to explain to me. How is WalMart camping safe?
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Of course, it depends on the Wal-Mart. Most are well lot and patrolled by security. Often, I park near other RV's.
Sometimes, there are essentially homeless folks trying to stay long term - they are rousted by the local police. I've had police suggest I not park near those rigs and to call them if I have any problems.
They aren't dark at night and can be a little noisy. I've found walmarts to be an acceptable place to catch a few zzzz's.
I generally travel alone - never felt unsafe.
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You need to explain to me. How is WalMart camping safe?
You could stay home and face the higher probability of a home invasion?



I always consult with the Holy Spirit before stopping for the night...
then l let my angels stand watch while I sleep peacefully.


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I've probably spent 100 nights at WalMarts over the years and about the only problems I have encountered were a few noisy locals racing around the parking lot. In my opinion they are as safe as most campgrounds and I feel safer there than in most Highway Rest Areas.


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I'm pretty sure they're covered by security cameras, something most campgrounds and some rest areas do not have.
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And, you're not supposed to camp at Walmart. No slides out, no propane fire pits or barbecues, etc. It's a place to stop overnight for sleeping hours, not days.
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Not philosophically aligned with Walmart, but

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And, you're not supposed to camp at Walmart. No slides out, no propane fire pits or barbecues, etc. It's a place to stop overnight for sleeping hours, not days.
We agree with Donna. If the locality permits overnight parking (some don't), we find Walmart a good place to get off the road when traveling with a trailer. They are easy to find and easy to navigate. They are probably more secure than most rest areas. The biggest downside to us is noise, as they are always in high traffic areas. The noise is no worse than a typical KOA.

We once got into heavy snow in New Jersey and with the help of GPS, found a Walmart closeby. It may not have been the best of neighborhoods, but we felt safer there than we had on the slick freeway. They are a good place to meet friends for a passing-through meal, when camper parking isn't available near the friend's home.

We seldom shop at Walmart when we are at home as we don't feel them to be in the best interest of a healthy economy. When traveling, they are close to the highway and offer a quick option for groceries, gas, and many RV supplies, so we feel we pay them back for occasionally using their remote parking space by shopping with them. We always confirm with the store that overnight parking is allowed and park as far from the entrances as possible.
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I enjoyed the article. Like someone above said, it's really more of a photo essay (and a good one, IMO). I think it shows the wide spectrum of people wandering the highways and byways enjoying life or looking for a better life. The photos showed that on any given night you can probably find well off people and not-do-well off people over-nighting at WalMarts. I for one, although we've never taken advantage of a WalMart parking lot, am happy that the company allows it as long as local laws don't prevent it.
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same here Evergreen....

have not used them overnight but am happy..real happy they are there available.....the bad for the eonomy bit?...well that horse has left the barn..time to live with the new reality I would think.

I liked the comment: "The photos showed that on any given night you can probably find well off people and not-do-well off people over-nighting at WalMarts.".....I'm thinking that would probably be a good thing...for both groups....you can never have too much tolerance/understanding in this world of ours...
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