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bluedurango
Hi Everyone! We have been camping most of lives. However we just recently bought a travel trailer. We have always used tents or pop-ups. I have noticed several of you have mentioned parking at Walmart. Could you explain this or am I missing an RV joke? Thanks!
beastdriver
biggrin.gif biggrin.gif It's no joke. Wal-Mart (most of them, but not all) very kindly allows RV'ers to park in their lots overnight. The understanding is that you will park away from the main part of the lot, in the furthermost corner, and that you won't take up residence--the courtesy is understood to be a one-night thing by most of us. I always make it a point to go in and ask the manager for permission, and thank him or her for the courtesy, and we always restock our supplies while there. It's a safe, clean place most of the time.
Yooper
laugh.gif I don't know about you, but for me Walmart is the most expensive camp site around. I can't stay for less than $100 a night.
John Blue
Bluedurango,

You can park at "most" Wal-Mart stores if you wish. Everyone that we have been to has a sign that reads "no over night parking". Local cops may ask you to leave at 3:00 am or write you up. We use Wal-Mart as a food store and other things we need in our travel and move on. We have never spent a night at Wal-Mart. We see the same RV people for days on end at Wal-Mart stores. Tow off motorhome, dog outside, bar-Q out, sat. dish on ground, this is camping on Wal-Mart. This will kill overnight parking at some point in time. Your call! Like Beastdriver said in a post "no 50 amps or sat. dish is roughen it".

Have a good time camping!
freedomrider
I know for a fact that most Wal-Marts do allow parking in their lots but do ask that you not abuse their kindness. The ones that don't, I am told, are those stores that are in communities where they have passed an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking at businesses, and it is there that Wal-Mart posts signs. I do agree with John Blue, however, that the privilege is abused by many and that this abuse may cause the loss of this convenience. I know that in our hometown there are anywhere from five to fifteen RVs parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot each night, there are no signs prohibiting it, and there is no local ordinance against it. Sadly, the Wal-Mart parking lot is better than many of the so-called RV Parks in this country. tongue.gif smile.gif
BBear
You learn something new everyday....I always thought references to Wal-Mart were a joke...you know, sites are so close together that you may as well camp in the Wal-Mart parking lot biggrin.gif and of course the lack of trees as well....I never actually thought people stayed overnight in Wal-Mart parking lots...then again maybe some find those to be more comforting than some of the parks they've been at sad.gif .
Cheryl
The principal behind Walmart parking is that it is a convenient/safe place for overnight parking when it is going to take more than 1 day of driving to reach your destination. Most rest areas on major highways do not allow overnight parking. And, you can't always find a campground if you are not in a tourist area.
Vicki
We spent our first nite in a Walmart parking lot in Perry Georgia on our way home from wintering in Florida. We had plenty of company. I went into the store and asked one of the managers if it was ok, when she said yes I proceeded to buy dinner at the deli. Spent more than a nite at a campgound would have cost. Hubby had just had surgery and I just wanted a place to stay that was close to the freeway where I had plenty of room to park the thing. I was driving a 32' motorhome, for the first time, towing our Jeep behind. It was instresting to say the least.
seabirdrv
Keep in mind that when you camp at a Wal-Mart, small RV parks suffer. White Horse RV in Alaska lost a major part of their business when a Wal-Mart openned up it's parking lot near by. White Horse City Council is trying to write a ordinance to stop overnight/multi-night camping in store parking lots.

Lucky for us, the nearest Wal-Mart is 32 miles away. Small RV parks really do suffer when large stores open their lots for overnight and some multiple night stays. This forces small park owners to raise prices on extended stay discount rates and some seasonal rates. Just something to think about next time you stay for free at Wal-mart.

SeaBird
Cheryl
The reason some people stay at the Walmart is because they just need a place to sleep on the way to their destination. If the "small" RV parks would have lower rates for those people that will not be using ANY of the facilities, maybe more people would use them instead of walmart. The could charge a lower rate for people checking in around 9:00pm and leaving by 8:00am or so.
John S.
I have stayed at walmart many times. It is not that I am opposed to small CG owers or wish to take business away from them but it is just the convience of using them. I arrive after dark around 9pm or so and will leave at 5 am. I will go in and shop and buy some supplies or dinner items or breakfast when I am there and it will cost us more than a site at a campground would too. Think aout us pulling in with the diesel roaring, (well slowly anyway) unhooking the jeep since there are no pull throughs left, finding the site in the dark, dodging the branches and other obstacles and then starting the whole thing all over again if 6 hours. I guess the guys in the popup next to us would never sleep that night. I do use a campground when I get to my location but rarely use one when traveling from point A to B. Interstate RV parks have been showing up but the two I have seen still require unhooking the toad. This makes it a poor option in my opinion too. It is just more work. I have spent many nights at truck stops and rest areas and outlet malls but Walmarts are everywhere and ususally is very convient. I guess you could say we destination camp and that is why we have a motorhome.....
Cheryl
John,
You said it much better than I did! We basically do the same, except the 5:00am leaving. We have a diesel dodge truck pulling a 34' 5th wheel.
John Blue
John S.

Welcome to the group. I see you found it. Less BS here than other boards.
lcarnold
We too have enjoyed the hospitality of Wal Mart at various times for a quick and convenient place to stop for one (and I emphasize one) night. We do not put out our awning, slide or disconnect the vehicle. We always check with the manager and of course we purchase merchandise. I have heard many complaints from RV Park owners. I have also heard responses to them of how about a non-hook up place to pull in for a reasonable fee. Just about all the RV Parks - at least in the 30 or so states we have travelled through - charge an average of $25 to $30 a night. At that price, we will continue to use the Wal Mart and purchase goods which we would need anyway. biggrin.gif
lkthaler
We have stayed at Walmarts numerous times over the years but have come to the point where we stay less and less. We are embarassed by what are known in RV circles as "Walmart Slugs" which are those staying for several nights, leaving their motorhomes and driving off in the towed vehicles, putting out their slides, awnings and generally setting up camp. We do not wish to be associated with these RV'ers who are giving us all a bad name and ruining a good thing for those who use common sense. I do agree that the fees charged by most rv parks are outrageous for an overnight stay, but their are better ways. We belong to Passport-America and average $11 per night over the course of a month.
traveler1500
New to the RV thing. I thought I would jump in on this one. THis was before I purchased my pull behind but I was in Gatlinburg a couple of years ago. I had to stop at the Wal-Mart in Seveirville and to my dismay their was someone "Camping" in a RV and was emptying his sewage tank onto the parking lot. THe smell was terrible. I will gladly pay to stay at a campground because I do not want to stay in a Wal-Mart parking lot as I would not feel safe for my family in one of those places. Just my $.02 By the way this is a great board, I'm fixing to write up our first camping trip!!
Cheryl
I hope you notified the authorities or at least the Walmart manager. Not only is that totally disgusting, but also potentially very dangerous. No telling what kind of germs/diseases were "floating" around in there.
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CHERYL

You are absolutely right.

Dumping raw sewage has nothing to do with "camping" at Walmart.

It is illegal to do in any part of town.

Please, ANYONE, if you see this done at ANYTIME, take the liscense # and notify the store or property manager, or wave down a cop. ohmy.gif
Cheryl
As a side note, most campgrounds and state parks will allow you to dump your holding tanks for a small fee.
BBear
QUOTE(Cheryl @ Jul 6 2004, 11:05 PM)
As a side note, most campgrounds and state parks will allow you to dump your holding tanks for a small fee.

You're absolutely right...and I don't know about other states, but even on the PA turnpike at the travel plazas (rest stops) some of them have dumping facilities that can be used for a small fee...but unfortunately for some they have a problem with the words "small fee"...and would rather do it for free elsewhere. I think if anyone caught doing this should have their camper seized from them plus be responsible for the cost of the clean up.
RedHatter_B
We stay at Walmarts when it's just too long to get from point A to B in one day, we never pop out all three slides, just the bedroom so I can reach the closet. We leave the living area closed up and the trailer hooked to the truck. Husband used to be a truck driver and says Walmarts welcome truck drivers too. I think as far as $$ goes, we always stock up so our stays reap Walmart more than a hundred dollars a stop from us too.
We have to agreee to another's quote: "The principal behind Walmart parking is that it is a convenient/safe place for overnight parking when it is going to take more than 1 day of driving to reach your destination. Most rest areas on major highways do not allow overnight parking. And, you can't always find a campground if you are not in a tourist area. " It is not meant to be a destination stop or vacation stop where you unhook and leave the RV during the day. The principal thing here, stay with the RV.
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racertech62
I too have used the Walmart parking lot on several occassions. Mostly when i'm too tired to safely drive any further and there is not a camp site open. It's been my experience that most small camp facilities close their gates at 8:00 pm or earlier. Interstate rest stops are full with truckers and crime is a problem. At 3:00 am and your seeing double, that well lite parking lot looks very inviting for a few hours of shut eye and yes! we too stock up on supplies before heading out on the road again in the morn. I for one am very gratefull for walmarts RV parking policy when availible. wink.gif
MBageant
When I saw some other discussion areas talking about staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot overnight, in your RV, I too thought it was some sort of "inside" RV joke! Maybe one of those "urban legends"! laugh.gif We've just started doing the camping thing. I was flabbergasted when I read this thread verifying that people DO actually stay overnight in Wal-Mart parking lots in their RV's. blink.gif I've been to a lot of Wal-Marts in Maryland, and I have NEVER seen RV's there. I guess the areas I've been in have laws against that. However, thanks for the information, and I will have to keep this in mind for the future if we are traveling out of state and need to find an overnight place in an emergency.
seabirdrv
Small RV parks will often offer reduced rates for cutomers who don't require hook-ups, simply a place to pull off to park and sleep. Our park offers a $12 overnight parking rate. This allows you a space, without hook-ups from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am. You are also allowed use of the Dump/Cleaning station when you depart in the morning.

We understand that sometimes you just need to rest before pushing on to your destination. Most owners are willing to work with customers if asked about reduced (no hook-ups) overnight rates. We truly do not want any of our spaces to just sit empty.

If you ever find yourself pushing a late leg on your trip through the southwest coastal region of Oregon, we hope you remember us.

Sheila Sparlin
Owner, Sea Bird RV Park
Cheryl
Last month on our way to Myrtle Beach, we stopped at PARAMOUNTS KINGS DOMINION CAMPGROUND. We pulled in after 2:00AM and left before 9:ooAM just to sleep. Never unhooked, used their electricity, but nothing else. They had plenty of unused sites. We were charged full price ($34.00) for the site, even after we told the person what time we had pulled in. It was the only campground advertised in the area. It was too hot not to be able to use the air-conditioner. So we paid, but that is a perfect example of why people use Walmart.
Chief801
Along I-5 in Washington State the Department of Transportation has set up several
dump stations located in rest stops. Its free to dump and also have potable water stations just in case your low. biggrin.gif
bayoubengal
QUOTE(seabirdrv @ Jul 27 2004, 11:58 AM)
Small RV parks will often offer reduced rates for cutomers who don't require hook-ups, simply a place to pull off to park and sleep.  Our park offers a $12 overnight parking rate.  This allows you a space, without hook-ups from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am.  You are also allowed use of the Dump/Cleaning station when you depart in the morning.

We understand that sometimes you just need to rest before pushing on to your destination.  Most owners are willing to work with customers if asked about reduced (no hook-ups) overnight rates.  We truly do not want any of our spaces to just sit empty.

If you ever find yourself pushing a late leg on your trip through the southwest coastal region of Oregon, we hope you remember us.

Sheila Sparlin
Owner, Sea Bird RV Park

Sheila, Don't know if you get many takers for $12 with no hook-ups. Our state parks only charge $12 with hook-ups (water and electric) and we've stayed in some PA campgrounds with full hook-ups for as little as $6. Maybe you should cut that price in half and get more takers. smile.gif
seabirdrv
QUOTE(bayoubengal @ Aug 3 2004, 08:17 PM)
Sheila,  Don't know if you get many takers for $12 with no hook-ups.  Our state parks only charge $12 with hook-ups (water and electric) and we've stayed in some PA campgrounds with full hook-ups for as little as $6.  Maybe you should cut that price in half and get more takers. smile.gif

The $12 allows you use of the bathrooms/showers(forgot to mention in last post) and use of the dump/cleaning station as you depart. We get plenty of after hours customer parking at the $12 rate. Compared to other parks and resorts that charge the full daily rate $12 seems very reasonable for secure overnight parking.

We have Harris Beach State Park just down the road from us and they charge $18 for water and septic hookup. No reduced rate for a "no hook-up" site. It is a wonderful State camp ground overlooking the ocean. Full hook-up site runs $22 per night. So I think we are in a range equal to, sometimes less, then most local parks. Thats the great thing about this area you really have a big variety in service levels.

Appreciate you feedback
Sheila
Brembo
QUOTE(seabirdrv @ Aug 4 2004, 12:09 PM)
[The $12 allows you use of the bathrooms/showers(forgot to mention in last post) and use of the dump/cleaning station as you depart.† We get plenty of after hours customer parking at the $12 rate.† Compared to other parks and resorts that charge the full daily rate $12 seems very reasonable for secure overnight parking.

We have Harris Beach State Park just down the road from us and they charge $18 for water and septic hookup.† No reduced rate for a "no hook-up" site.† It is a wonderful State camp ground overlooking the ocean.† Full hook-up site runs $22 per night.† So I think we are in a range equal to, sometimes less, then most local parks.† Thats the great thing about this area you really have a big variety in service levels.

Appreciate you feedback
Sheila

Hi Sheila
Iíd say that Sea Bird RV park is the exception rather than the rule. What happens at your park if I pull up at 10pm? Is there a list of available spots? Are there any statements about just parking w/o hookups? Iíve been to parks with security gates that were absolutely closed after 8pm. You can only exit after that. What Wal-Mart offers is a quick easy place to sleep a few hours. Iíve never actually stayed at one, but plan to on my next trip, and only as a rest stop. I like the RV park experience, but only when Iím not in a hurry to get to my destination.

Thanks.
Fleg
I myself have only stayed at a Wal-Mart once but I know exactly the type of "Wal-Mart Slug" that will ruin it for the rest of us.
Living in Albuquerque every October we see the same thing. See, October is when the International Ballon Fiesta takes place. Campgrounds tripple their pricing overnight and hotels are booked a year in advance. So where do all the people that can't find a place to "camp" go?? Well Wal-Mart of course!! Most stay only a couple days, some stay the entire eleven. Slides all extended, tow'd unhooked, awnings down and folding chairs scattered about. It makes me sick. It's only a matter of time before Albuquerque and the neighboring towns do something about this.
Thanks to the few that ruin it for everyone.
seabirdrv
QUOTE(Brembo @ Aug 4 2004, 04:54 PM)
Hi Sheila
  Iíd say that Sea Bird RV park is the exception rather than the rule.  What happens at your park if I pull up at 10pm?  Is there a list of available spots?  Are there any statements about just parking w/o hookups?  Iíve been to parks with security gates that were absolutely closed after 8pm.  You can only exit after that.  What Wal-Mart offers is a quick easy place to sleep a few hours.  Iíve never actually stayed at one, but plan to on my next trip, and only as a rest stop.  I like the RV park experience, but only  when Iím not in a hurry to get to my destination.

Thanks.

We have a Manager that resides at the park. There is a sign on the office door for after hours folks to ring the door bell and the manager will assist you with an available space. We also list the open spaces and rates for after hours customers and a time stamp video camera at the Park entrance records license numbers of those who park without ringing the manager, he will then greet you in the morning for the space rental.

We took in six after hours customers just last night and one customer only stayed for about three hours and left the $12 in a envelope slipped under the office door with their license number written on the envelope. We have only had one customer in the last five years drive off without paying. We sent them a bill with the image of their rig entering and leaving the park and they sent us payment.

If you are ever in the area we hope that you will stay with us.

Sheila

P.S. I hope everyone understands that we are not saying that you should never overnight park at Walmart. We want all RVers to be safe and if that means parking in a Walmart lot for some sleep to continue your trip safely we are all for that. biggrin.gif
Zabidoo75
Hi I have a really silly question...don't laugh too loud! Here goes...Does Wal-Mart parking also include pop-ups? I really can't see myself popping one up in the lot, but just to pull over and catch a few winks! What do you think?
compokel
I saw a pop-up at one Wal-Mart that I stayed at.

Wal-Marts are a great chance to catch a few zzzz's on the cheap. We needed to cross from Oregon to Mass. pretty quickly and the Wal-Marts that we stopped at were ideal for that purpose. And they were better than some of the rest stops/service areas that did allow overnighting. As a 38 footer w/toad, we've had to park next to semis (which smell sad.gif & run their engines all night). Not fun.

To the Campground owner in OR, we did stay at a couple of small camps along the way. Now mind you, we came across during off, off, off season. We got one discount ($13), which provided no water, no elec., no sewer, not much fun. I could have spent that at Wal-Mart on a sweat suit to keep myself warm for the night.

I recommend the following books for quick overnighters: The RVer's Friend, Diesel & Parking Directory, as well as Rest Areas & Welcome Centers Along US Interstates, which includes Wal-Mart listings. No RVer should be without them! biggrin.gif
stanleee
Sheila, you sound like a campers dream as far as Campground owners are concerned. Wish they were all like you folks and if I ever get to your part of our country I will look you up.-Stan
seabirdrv
Thank you Stan. My husband and I love to travel in our RV and we try to run our Park in a way that we would want to be treated when we travel. We want to make our guests feel welcome when they arrive and satisfied when they leave so they will come back and visit us when they can. Our Park is not a fancy one but our manager and hosts keep it clean and tidy with well maintained hook-ups. This allows the guest more time to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that make our part of the country a great place to visit.

We are always adding new things to our website (This is a new thing for us) so feel free to visit it and see all the things this area of the U.S. has to offer.

Thanks again Stan.

Sheila

PS - To everyone else - Sorry for getting a little off topic everyone. rolleyes.gif
maggie
I really can't believe that this topic has gotten so many responses!! This is going to encourage Wal-Mart to either start renting their parking spaces or building campgrounds!! All these responses have been very interesting but I think we all know by now that you can park and sleep at Wal-Mart, and I personally would like to see a new subject posted! (Hope I didn't offend anyone, and if I did I apologize!!)
catadams44
The Wal-Mart Corporation has an official statement regarding RV parking at Wal-Mart stores. Here is the complete statement (as of 8/30/04) from the Wal-Mart Website:

"Wal-Mart permits recreational-vehicle (RV) parking on our store lots, as we are able. The ability to accommodate RVs is determined on a store-by-store basis, contingent upon available space, local regulations and ordinances".


In another RV forum I saw, the members there had a discussion about about RV parking at Wal-Mart and came up with a list of etiquette that they all would observe if they should stay at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Here's some of what I remember:

(1) Always go in and ask for permission if you arrive during store hours. If you arrive after the store is closed for the evening, park in the furthermost corner away from the store. Be prepared to be asked to leave during the night if you don't have prior permission. You might also be issued a citation by the local law. If you'll be arriving after hours and already know that you'll be staying at the store, call the store ahead of time for permission. Always get the name of the person you talked with.

(2) It's okay to open the slide-outs, but do not put down stabilizer legs, supports or jacks as they damage the asphalt parking lot surface.

(3) Never cook outside of your rig.

(4) Never put outside any chairs, or other personal belongings. Do not open your awning. In otherwords, the only thing you own that should be visible is the RV and the tow vehicle.

(5) No loud music or tv. Try to be as quiet as possible.

(6) It's okay to use your generator in very short intervals. Never run it for more than absolutely necessary, and never after 10pm at night or before 7am in the morning.

(7) If traveling with children, do not let them run around and play in the parking lot.

(8) The dumping of ANY tanks in the parking lot is not okay. Report anyone who does to the store management right away.

(9) Don't unhook your tow vehicle or towed-vehicle and leave the RV. This is not a campgound. It is okay to unhook however, if you have repairs that need to be made to the tow vehicle and you are taking it to a local shop for the repairs. Put something under your supports so they don't damage the parking lot surface. Discuss it with the store manager so that they know what is going on and they also may be able to direct you to a local reputable repair shop.

(10) Never do any repair work in the lot yourself.

(11) Be good neighbors to the store. Purchase something during your time there.

(12) Never stay more than one night. Period.
If you have a reason that it's absolutely necessary, discuss it with the store manager.

(13) Leave the area cleaner than you found it. Don't ever leave any trash.


It all makes very good sense, doesn't it? We the RVers, should do everything possible so that Wal-Mart continues this gracious policy in towns where there aren't ordinances prohibiting it.
LeviLady
During the Hurricane Charley, we decided the best thing for us was to get out of town along with hundreds of thousands of others. Leaving at 1pm on Friday the 13th, left us with little time to make arrangements for a campsite. Arriving in W. Palm Beach around 3pm we noticed a Wal-Mart super center being built near the W.Palm Beach airport. Due to lack of being able to find a camp site, motel, hotel room we pulled in to Wal-Mart. Their security guard was making his rounds. We stopped him to ask if it was ok if we waited out Charley in the parking lot. Well he spoke NO English. Soooooooo we parked waited and more RV's started pulling in. Wasn't long before the Asst. Managers came knocking on our door. Two wonderful, lovely ladies. The first words out of their mouths was WELCOME to Wal-mart. They also offered due to the fact there was tornado warnings in the area that if we got into trouble or felt unsafe, to please go to the main doors. The workers would be there all night and would let us stay inside Wal-mart for the night.

All I can say is YEA!!! Wal-mart biggrin.gif
AnnaBanana
Our local newspaper did a story on RVers a while back. It did mention campers staying overnight at Wal-Marts during their trips. One word of caution that the story mentioned..... Many criminals are starting to target these overnight campers. They understand that most campers have cash on hand, and they have been known to just simply walk up to a travel trailer, knock on the door, and rob people at gunpoint. ph34r.gif I don't know about you, but this scared me somewhat. Even though it's a hassle, I'd still rather pull into that campground.
denicelit
We also stay overnight in Walmart. Most nights we arrive after 9:00 or 10:00 and we're on the road by 6:00. My thought is why pay $25.00 to $30.00 to stay overnight when once again, we are not using any of their services. It's a great place to rest while getting from Point A to Point B. We do put out our bedroom slide of our motorhome, but nothing else. We feel safe with our fellow RV'ers in Wal-Mart. Mind you when we wake in the morning we find Semi-Trucks as some our neighbors. I would rather people pull over for a few hours of sleep and arrive safely at their destination rather than drive tired. cool.gif
bluedurango
Another Update: Sam's Clubs also will let you park!
John S.
AnnaBanana,

I have stayed at Wal Marts many times. I will not open the door with out looking out first and the dogs are a great aid in hearing any problem in the night. I have only had one bad experience and that was stopping at a rest area for lunch on the highway. I did not stress over it but I did have a means to discourage the guy ready at hand. Supercenter are open all night and have people and lights. Many of them have security too. I beleive that many criminals still believe the RVrs carry guns and usually stay away from them. This is not intended to turn into a gun issue but many people I know who travel alot have some means to defend themselves in the unit. I will say a Class A or C is easier to get away if their is a problem.
Cheryl
QUOTE
Another Update: Sam's Clubs also will let you park!

Makes sense, since they are both owned by the same corporation. But, I would feel safer at a Supercenter Walmart that is open all night.
WPB
How come the only people I see "camping" in Wal-Mart parking lots are driving quarter and half a million dollar motorhomes?
kennard04
QUOTE(seabirdrv @ Aug 20 2004, 10:54 AM)
Thank you Stan.  My husband and I love to travel in our RV and we try to run our Park in a way that we would want to be treated when we travel.  We want to make our guests feel welcome when they arrive and satisfied when they leave so they will come back and visit us when they can. 
Sheila

I think it's great that you offer the less-expensive rate. I am looking forward to making the trek down to your CG this year, we're always looking for nice spots to camp in for a week with the kids. I wish more CG owners were of a like opinion, but most are not. Which is driving us family-types to seek out WalMarts and rest areas. I think what's worse is the CG that take your reservation with a deposit, then misrepresent their parks with fancy pictures or descriptions. A 24 hour notice of cancellation means as you pull up and immediately see that there isn't a chance in the world you even drive through, let alone spend one night, you know your deposit is a goner, and you then realize why the CG was so pushy to have you leave it. I do see people in our local Walmarts abusing the privilege of the free parking lot, it will ruin the offer for all of us. Sometimes when you're hustling to get somewhere it's nice to have a safe place to pull off the road at night. We don't set up, we just sleep. We shop at that Walmart, we leave no mess, in fact we will pick up trash from previous low-lifes in hopes of keeping a good relationship with the chain. We have also spent $35 for 6 hours of sleep at other CG's, no hook-ups, no nothing, parked in an overflow lot somewhere, but full price. And even then I felt like I was stealing something from the way the manager or owner treated me for daring to ask for a spot at 10 PM. Thanks for your comments, I read them with interest, I hope to come see you this year, Ken
RVman3252
We have stayed a few times at Wal-Martís. Like said before, when traveling and need a place just to catch some sleep, they are normally very convenient. We just pull in usually around 9:00 PM to Midnight, and go to bed! We are up early the next morning and are goneÖ other when I go in and ask the manager if we can sleep a few hours on their lot, no one can tell we have ever been there.

I donít like to pull into a campground that late, try to find a site, and safely back into it. First I know I will be waking up everyoneÖ plus when in an unfamiliar campground that late and being tired, there is always a chance you may do damage to your rig or the site. It just makes sense to me to overnight at a Flying J, Rest Area or somewhere like Wal-Mart.

There is a lot of controversy over this, but it works for me. I am usually on a time schedule to my destination (Iím not retired and still have to work) so I donít stop in the afternoon each day. Everyone has their choices on how to travel, this happens to be mine!

Enjoy the Camping season.

RVman
compokel
It's been months since I've logged on here and I can not BELIEVE this discussion is still going on! Park it already.
kennard04
QUOTE(compokel @ Apr 21 2005, 11:27 PM)
It's been months since I've logged on here and I can not BELIEVE this discussion is still going on! Park it already.

park it ? sure, as soon as we discuss it a couple more months,,,,, you may be long past this post's topics, but some aren't, so we gotta talk about it. You know how it is, wink.gif
campbud
We have never used a Wal~Mart for over-nighting but if we ever are out of the road and it is late and there is not campground near, we will pull into the nearest Wal~Mart to over-night.
buddybleau
I'm just waiting for Wal-Mart to start opening their own campgrounds. It's coming, just a matter of time. Then these overpriced bums can all shut down. Fine with me. I love Wal-Mart. I can do without shopping for groceries and such, but got to have my fishing gear. Wal-Mart keeps all my fishing gear for me until I need it. Life is grand!! wub.gif
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