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Old 10-14-2013, 12:44 AM   #15
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This one is a pay resource but could be helpful. I'll probably try it this winter. Overnight RV Parking
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:43 AM   #16
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I had emailed Cracker Barrel a couple years ago to ask about overnight parking and was told they didn't allow it. Of those that have done it, did you get permission first?
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:03 AM   #17
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That sounds like California...In the U.S.?...Not so much!
It also sounds like Wisconsin
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:14 AM   #18
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We've used this method several times over the years and it never fails. It's gotten later than you wanted to drive and you're nearing a small town. We drive around until we find the police station or an officer on patrol. We tell him/her we are tired and ask where we can pull over and get some rest. They have always directed us to a safe location many times offering to allow us to park in their lot with the patrol cars. I had one officer tell me he appreciated us getting off the road when we were tired. Wal-Mart's and Cracker Barrel's are great and we've never been bothered anywhere we've decided to stop but we are very much aware or our surroundings. Mr. and Mrs. Colt and the Dobermans we travel with do give us some peace of mind too!!!
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:30 AM   #19
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It's true that the Wal-Marts in the western states are more apt to have no OP, seemingly mostly due to abusers, which leads to local ordinances against OP. For example, I believe all of Maricopa County, AZ (PHX) is NO OP.

About two years ago the Wal-Mart in Brea, CA one of the last within 30 miles of the beaches/DisneyLand and my house (which is a bit like DL sometimes) to still allow OP, finally went NO OP after a rather beat-up looking class "A" not only caught fire, but the owners proceeded to dismantle it for salvage in the middle of the parking lot.

Unfortunately ratty RV's & less desirable occupants (whatever that means) seem to go together in our warm weather, sometimes with very negative results, leading to bad press for the rest of us.

And YEA, the Grand Canyon is again open, but first snow should fly within the next 6 weeks.....
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:42 AM   #20
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I have found that parking in front of a jewelry store ensures a safe night's sleep.

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Old 10-14-2013, 09:25 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Bob Miller But as more and more Wal-Marts are built local ordinances are frequently invoked to prohibit them offering said parking. And, when local ordinances don't prohibit OP, owners of larger shopping centers where Wal-Marts are frequently usually prohibit OP.

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That sounds like California...In the U.S.?...Not so much!
Not just California, There are a number of them in Washington, Oregon and Nevada as well as BC that I know of that you cant overnight at and when the topic has come up previously others have mentioned it to be that way on the East coast both US and Canada as well.

It seems to depend a good deal on how developed the area is the Wal-Mart is located, the same with Cabela's, Bass Pro etc. The larger the town is the more unlikely it is you will be allowed to overnight in the parking lot or if the store is located within a large shopping center.
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BTW: Contrary to Post #13, California, "The Golden State" etc. etc., is in the US of A.

Also; WM's in or near popular tourist areas are less apt to be able to allow OP. For example, Chelan, WA, a small Tourist oriented town on a beautiful lake, just got a Wal-Mart, but only after the town council insisted that there be no overnight parking allowed as a condition.

And anywhere near CA beaches... not gonna happen
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BTW: Contrary to Post #13, California, "The Golden State" etc. etc., is in the US of A.

Also; WM's in or near popular tourist areas are less apt to be able to allow OP. For example, Chelan, WA, a small Tourist oriented town on a beautiful lake, just got a Wal-Mart, but only after the town council insisted that there be no overnight parking allowed as a condition.

And anywhere near CA beaches... not gonna happen

Are you sure CA is in the USA? Many years ago I have migrant working telling me it wasn't possible the CA and the rest of the USA were not part of same country.
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Are you sure CA is in the USA? Many years ago I have migrant working telling me it wasn't possible the CA and the rest of the USA were not part of same country.
He was actually correct. ca is the international code for Canada
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I think most folks are looking for "in transit" overnight parking rather than at destinations such as beaches or attractions.

I don't think you can generally beat a truckstop from a security standpoint, as long as it's not surrounded by bars, massage parlors or "gentelman" clubs. Prior post about checking out the area applies.

So much depends on the area and not knowing the area entails some risk. Asking a cop is good advice.

Some rest areas are popular with long haul truckers, see a line of parked semi-trucks and I would consider it safer to stay there than some urban rest areas that only get "quick stop" traffic and are empty late at night. Same for rest areas in the middle of nowhere that are empty. Might be peacful but may also look like an opportunity to a criminally inclined person also just passing through.

Those air horns are intense at close range, and they and whistles will draw attention, assuming there is anyone around.

Sad we have to worry about this sort of thing at all. But our brains are the best weapon we have so a little thoughtful worry is a good thing I guess.
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Those air horns are intense at close range, and they and whistles will draw attention, assuming there is anyone around.
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If your car has an alarm system its a good bet that one the back of the key fob there is a red panic button which will set off the car alarm. Keep your keys within reach when doing short stop overs & your at all concerned.
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I think there's less to worry about when stopping overnight than driving on the highways.
We've stayed in Rest Areas, truck stops, Walmart parking lots, and casinos. The general rule is to NOT set chairs, etc. or any way give the appearance of camping. Some states don't permit overnight parking in rest areas, but if there was a line of truck parked late at night I wouldn't hesitate to slip in amongst them. Truck stops, they will usually put you someplace other than with the trucks. Another good rule to follow for Walmart, truck stops, and casinos is to ask before crawling into bed.

In all these place I've felt pretty safe. The worst night was someplace in TX, near Houston, in a Walmart parking lot right across the street from a fire station. There was at least two maybe three call outs during the night. When those sirens go off you wake up.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:24 PM   #28
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We had a new Wal-Mart and Sam's Club built in the last seven years. As part of securing the zoning and building permits they had to overcome the objections of neighbors. Issues such as lighting, trucks idling and overnight parking were all negotiated. As you might guess occupied overnight parking was banned. The neighbors were picking on the known Wal-Mart policy to allow overnighting. What is interesting is the ban in our community only applies to Wal-Mart and Sam's. The ban was part of the permit process, drive 1/2 block away and it is perfectly legal to overnight in the Home Depot.

Goes to show you can never know for sure, that is why one of these phone apps is handy to check out what others experience has been. I believe I read somewhere that there is a published version of Wal-Mart overnight parking spots. Handy for those with out internet connections.
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