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Old 01-29-2014, 09:02 AM   #15
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The very first night we ever spent in a trailer was at a (not 24 hour) Wal-Mart in Lonoke, AR. We had no trouble whatsoever. We still laugh about how strange it was to take a shower the next morning in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Many more nights since then all over the country. Never a problem.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:58 AM   #16
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We have often stayed at Walmart (seldom costs less than $25)
Although we have seen a few "Walmart people", we have never been subjected to your list of undesirables!

And seldom have I, .... BUT... as those areas that are attractive to the less fortunate and/or whatevers, are also high ranking on the NOP listings and we don't get to overnight there anyway.

In the past I have seen literal shanty towns appear on WalMart parking lots. The WM on Imperial Highway in Brea, CA allowed overnighting until they had to deal with campers trying to set up housekeeping for a week at a time. When a class "A" caught fire one night, because they had no ins, the owners proceeded to dismantle the hulk in the middle of the parking lot for salvage, that location also went NOP.

WalMart corporate policy allows for "Overnight Parking" of RV's, subject to the managers discretion and local ordinances. In many cases it has been the abusers of this policy that leads to that opportunity being lost forever.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:45 AM   #17
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And seldom have I, .... BUT... as those areas that are attractive to the less fortunate and/or whatevers, are also high ranking on the NOP listings and we don't get to overnight there anyway.

In the past I have seen literal shanty towns appear on WalMart parking lots. The WM on Imperial Highway in Brea, CA allowed overnighting until they had to deal with campers trying to set up housekeeping for a week at a time. When a class "A" caught fire one night, because they had no ins, the owners proceeded to dismantle the hulk in the middle of the parking lot for salvage, that location also went NOP.

WalMart corporate policy allows for "Overnight Parking" of RV's, subject to the managers discretion and local ordinances. In many cases it has been the abusers of this policy that leads to that opportunity being lost forever.
Fortunately 99%+ Walmarts are clean and hospitable places with lot cameras and friendly patrols. We feel at least as comfortable stopping for the night as we do stopping to shop, or staying at rest areas, or state parks, campgrounds, etc....
Besides, they have Delis,and doughnuts, and Redbox and quiet little islands wth grass and a tree!
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My reply concerned why so many Wal Marts in SoCal don't allow overnight parking, and was not intended to refer to conditions or hospitality at WalMarts.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:44 PM   #19
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Fortunately 99%+ Walmarts are clean and hospitable places with lot cameras and friendly patrols. We feel at least as comfortable stopping for the night as we do stopping to shop, or staying at rest areas, or state parks, campgrounds, etc....
Besides, they have Delis,and doughnuts, and Redbox and quiet little islands wth grass and a tree!
My experience too, Floyd!

And I'd like to add that no trip with my Grandkids is deemed a success unless/until we spend at least one night at "Camp Walmart". I well remember one night I spent at a Walmart less than thirty miles form my own house just because the kids reminded me on the way home from a week's camping that we hadn't "camped" at Walmart yet!
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I usually will pull into a Pilot (or similar) truck stop and park off way to the side. Then in the morning, run in for a shower ($5-7), cup of coffee and donut before shoving off. Most good truck stops will provide towel, soap and shampoo. Can also fill up with gas. I do not carry water in the tank due to weight. The convenience is worth the small amt. of money to me. Much less than what I would possibly spend at Wal-Mart.
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An acquaintance was telling me about a Wal-Mart stopover, where they were awoken in the morning asking them to move, because the trucks were rolling in to set up a midway.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:02 PM   #23
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Well I've done the overnights at 5-6 ones that are not allowed. 3 of them due to needing a repair part. (Southern Alabama, Florida) I won't do them again I guess. . Then a RV park in S Alabama to dump tank and water up.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:26 PM   #24
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I like truck stops, but then I'm generally just catching a few hours nap rather than 8 hrs. and breakfast. I think generally the fact that truckers are coming and going makes it a safer place.

It pays to scope out the area and use good judgment if the area seems sketchy or the store has heavy security move on. If the clerks at the gas station are all behind bullet proof glass what do they know that you don't?
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:41 AM   #25
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Have not tried a Wal-Mart yet. We try to find a cabellas or camping world. Some Camping worlds actually have electric hookups on a first come basis.
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Overnighted at two Cabellas, most recently the one next to I-25 in Lone Tree, Colorado, just south of Denver. Absolutely no issues except I was in the regular parking lot, it snowed that night, and the plows came early and often. The other Cabellas was in Nebraska. That one had a real RV camping area. Pristine bathrooms. When in the morning I went to settle up and mentioned we hadn't hooked up to any services they waived any fees, wished me bon voyage.

Guess I have overnighted at a couple dozen WalMarts over the years, from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Never had a problem, have nothing but the highest regard for their inside amenities. Found truck stops like the Flying J, TA, by comparison, very very truck noisy.
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