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Old 03-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #29
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After 5 years of Scamp use I finally spent the night in a Wal-Mart Parking lot. We had picked a couple of places to stay and headed for them only to discover there really wasn't any place we could stay. So we stopped at Wal-Mart store, asked about spending the night, did a bit of shopping. We did notice that was a person sitting inside at the only door you could get in in the middle of the night. He always spoke and smiled when we came in to use the facilities.
I read someplace that if anyplace doesn't allow you to spend the night in your RV at a Wal-Mart store it's not Wal-Marts idea. They claim it's always local ordinances that prevent it.
Some RV resorts attempt to stop Wal-Mart from allowing overnight parking. I heard of at least one that backfired. Billings, MT was getting pressure from RV park owners, RV groups promoted boycotting Billings. Apparently the boycott worked and Billings amended an old law to allow 10 hours of parking on commercial property(Wal-Mart) by RVers.
It's nice to know you can usually find a place to spend the night. We've spent more night in interstate rest areas than in Wal-Mart Parking lots, but that could change within the next few months.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:59 AM   #30
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Compliments to Adrian for putting pads under the trailer levelers!
Asphalt gets REALLY soft in hot weather, and our leveler feet will sink in it.
Only inconsiderate "guests" leave behind holes in the asphalt- if they can extract the feet and leave at all!
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:55 PM   #31
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Adrian, you had that whole lot and couldn't find a level spot?
NO! it seems, Not that I remember, At least not were we wanted to park.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:42 AM   #32
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Know Before You Go - Wal-Marts - Yes or No for Overnighting
Walmart Locations - Wal-Mart Parking Guide

But Nothing is 100% Correct, I would would assume.

The Trinidad, CO Wal-Mart was a nice one as well:
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The Walmart Supercenter in Pierre, SD was a nice one.
1730 No Garfield Road, Pierre SD 57501
605-224-8830

As was the one in Liberal, Kansas
250 East Tucker Road, Liberal KS 67901
620-624-0106

Both Wal-Marts in Las Cruces, New Mexico allow Overnights & they have Security Roaming
Off I-25, West Side: 1550 S Valey Dr, Las Cruces NM 88005
575-523-4924
Off I-10, East Side: 571 S Walton Blvd, Las Cruces NM 88001
575-525-1222

We have used the one in Las Vegas, NM 3 times, always had a nice quite night.
2609 7th Street, Las Vegas NM 87701
505-425-5242
Adrian,

You mixed up those two MalWarts in Cruces; just swap I-10 and I-25.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:35 PM   #33
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We have stayed at Wal-Mart all over the country over the last 10years or so.
We look for signs which refuse overnight parking and consider their absence to be tacit permission.
We never deploy awnings, outriggers, lawnchairs or other trappings which imply "Camping" [we have no slideouts.]
We park in a reasonably level, inobtrusive spot, near other campers or one of those sod islands,[think minipark] and settle down for a movie from the redbox and a hot meal from the deli.
In the morning, it's return the movie, grab some breakfast,a few supplies, and get on our way, leaving the place as we found it without ever having been noticed.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:55 PM   #34
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That's me all over, Floyd!
The published lists are useful but they do seem to change from time to time.
On-site "conditions" like other RV's and signs work real well as indicators....so far!

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:29 PM   #35
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I saw my first Wal-Mart Campers in Dickinson, ND.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:35 PM   #36
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. HEY DONNA D.

How about telling us again (think 2007) about going to Wal-Mart!
Only this time we're going to pick up a free stopover Atlas...or even already parked to stay overnight in the lot!

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Adrian,

You mixed up those two MalWarts in Cruces; just swap I-10 and I-25.
Yes, I did. Thanks!

Wal-Marts in Las Cruces, New Mexico allow Overnights & they have Security Roaming.

West Side of Town: Off I-10; Exit 140 (Avenida De Missilla), 1550 S Valey Dr, Las Cruces NM 88005
575-523-4924

East Side of Town: Off I-25 (Lohman Ave); Exit 6, Just off Lohman Ave: 571 S Walton Blvd, Las Cruces NM 88001
575-525-1222
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:11 PM   #38
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we've benefitted from walmart's generosity many times. we've been the solo trailer a couple of times, one of just a few on a number of occasions and one of a large group (greater than 20) only twice. we ask permission because that is what it requests RVers to do on the walmart corporate website.

we've been awakened once at 0300 or so by their parking-lot sweeper machine.
no problem...we were happy for the company as it one of the times we were "solo"....

but---we've also seen many lawnchairs, bbq's, slides, even tent trailers opened up (pop-ups)..and this is really taking things too far. but by far the worst was when we saw someone dumping their black water tank in the back part of the parking lot....the store manager, once we alerted him to this abuse, said that he wasn't surprised, since this same Rv had been "living" there for over 3 weeks!!!
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How many of us have taken advantage of Wal- Mart's generous though unpublished policy of permitting RV's to overnight in its parking lots? This is an invaluable resource for anyone who needs to overnight unexpectedly, or even as part of a travel itinerary. Wal-mart has very nearly realized its goal of having a store within 40 miles of every American. This may not sit well with some folks, but for those of us who need a place to park for a spell, it's an oasis. With security!
You tell your "Camp Wal- Mart' stories, and I'll tell mine!
There was just a story about this on the news. Walmart and some municipalities are limiting camping in their lots in some locations due to a large population of homeless people living out of their cars and RV's. The problem is, some folks are dumping their waste in the parking lots.
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Those are lazy homeless people, aren't most wal-marts 24 hrs? and I'm pretty sure they all have restrooms. There are a lot of people down on their luck and homeless, jobless but if they are too lazy to go in to useb the restroom, then it's no wonder they can't find work.
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I think somebody pointed out earlier in this thread that most of the anti-overnights-in Wal-Mart-Lots campaigns are begun by local RV "Camps" that want to be the only place in town to overnight.
For their profit, and at their price.
"The Homeless peeing in the bushes" is one of the usual "problems" they cite when trying to get their local municipalities to pass these ordinances.
This hospitality and the return business it earns for Wal-Mart are important corporate assets that are unlikely to be abandoned anytime soon.
That having been said, I'll once again encourage all of those out there who appreciate this resource to say so.
Please take a minute to send a thankyou note to your NO-CHARGE host, Wal-Mart

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Old 06-23-2011, 01:42 PM   #42
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My wife and I rode to Indiana for a bike event and stopped at a WM for some snacks and muffins for breakfast. This was a 24hr store and had a off duty armed police officer sitting at the front door (it was quite late at night) we asked him for dirrections to the campground we were booked into and he advised us not to stay there as it had basically become over run with tweakers crackheads and vegrants because it was old and in an urban area and we would be better off staying there. I informed him we were on a motorcycle and were tenting it he said to set up on a grass island and he would make sure noone bothered us. I'm so glad that he encouraged us to stay when we checked out the campground we discovered that he was not exagerating at all and it more resembled a shanty town. Now i'm ex military, and served overseas and it takes quite a bit to put me off but this place certainly did.
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