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Old 07-26-2013, 10:52 AM   #43
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Lets stay on topic here , please. The op wants to know if we keep our slides in or out at rest areas and Walmarts.


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Old 07-26-2013, 11:33 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Clifftall View Post
Lets stay on topic here , please. The op wants to know if we keep our slides in or out at rest areas and Walmarts.
To answer that directly...Slides in except if we need to open them for accessing something then we close them. If the slide is subject to traffic, one of us stands outside to protect it until we close it.

EXCEPTION: If we can open the slide over a curb and it is reasonably discreet (out of normal view) we have opened those.


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Well, now that Cliff took all the fun out of the thread (I know, you had to get it back on track-just kidding), I guess I'll just have to answer as he suggested.... LOL

I do not put my slides out at Walmart, because I've never stayed overnight at Walmart, however; if I had a question or issue with it, I'd bring it up when I checked in with the Store Manager, and as others here have said, keep the coach as far away as possible, using the curb for slides. Jacks, with my plastic leveling pads.....

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Old 07-26-2013, 01:00 PM   #46
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I keep reading about how it supposedly is "rude" or "inconsiderate" to extend slides when parked in a rest area or a Walmart lot. Frankly, I don't get it. Why would the simple extension of a slide or two be considered bad form? It doesn't inconvenience anyone else in any way...which is why I don't get this supposed taboo.

We cannot use the bedroom in our coach unless we extend the bedroom slides.

I need enlightened...
We overnight at Wal-Mart, often. Rest stops, seldom. Slides, always. Jacks, always.

Common sense is the common rule. WM has no rules regarding slides and jacks. I've asked and I suggest you do, too. Usually you get an odd look as if, "why would you even ask?"

I have never seen depressions in the blacktop from jacks. Not saying it can't happen, most likely in a very warm location, but I've never seen it. I've even asked for pics in the previous WM thread and no one provided any. Slides, obviously, should be deployed where they are not an obstacle to anyone else.

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I don't feel comfortable in Walmart lots, #1 because of length and #2 I usually don't see a place where slides would not be obtrusive...this is a personal choice...power to those who do.

I have started to stay at Pilot/FJ twice, only to leave...no room for slides...many times must back into a spot (unhook toad), noise, and diesel smell...personal choice...power to those that do.

I have stayed at casino parking areas because they afforded space to extend slides, usually are out of the way of the main action, and not as many truck engines running all night...personal choice.

And, jacks can punch through asphalt.
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I have been staying overnight at walmart on long trips since 1986 back then my coach did not have a slide. I have never had a problem the security guys are always nice and tell me if im parked in a good spot I do put out my slides never had anyone complain in all these years. Walmart mgrs. seem to love it rvers spent money . Never heard anyone complain till now, still not sure whose complaining.
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The ones complaining are the ones who are afraid to overnight in Walmarts with their slides out

Originally Posted by Dale Pruitt View Post
I have been staying overnight at walmart on long trips since 1986 back then my coach did not have a slide. I have never had a problem the security guys are always nice and tell me if im parked in a good spot I do put out my slides never had anyone complain in all these years. Walmart mgrs. seem to love it rvers spent money . Never heard anyone complain till now, still not sure whose complaining.
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I have only stayed in 2 Walmarts so far, but both encouraged our using the slides in the out position. We made purchases at both. The management was accommodating to RVers. Those that do not allow overnight parking is most likely due to the municipality or property owner not allowing it. I guess most Walmarts own their lots so that is generally not a problem.
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We travel the entire nation and use Walmart for our overnight stop as we move from project to project. In the owners manual of my coach it states that the coach must be level before extending the slides. We have to open up before we can cook or go to bed so the jacks must come down. We find a discreet and out of the way place to park and set up when it looks appropriate. We have never had a problem and I have been doing this for 7 years. (Just a mere fledgling to many of you folks.) If the pavement is fresh that will present a problem because the jacks may damage the fresh hot top. Find another place to overnight.

We look for the "Security cameras in use" signs. Security and vigilance is always wise at any public place. We don't want to be headlines dome day.

So, bottom line (and in line with so many of you fine folks) enjoy your courteous overnighter at Walmart and stock up the frig as your fee.

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This good neighbor parking policy letter has been a widely-accepted guide for the RV industry for many years. It does not address slide-out use.
It all boils down to using common sense and courtesy.
The reason for a MH manufacturer to state the unit must be level prior to extending the slides is to reduce the chance of damage from the MH frame being in a twist while the slide mechanism is operated. On paved surfaces this "twist" is negligible, and I do not hesitate to use the slide when we require its use. OTH _ when we decided on our requirements in a MH, complete access when the slides are closed was #1.
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We have stayed at WalMarts and truck stops and put our bedroom slides out. Need to do that so we can get into the bedroom. We never park in a truck spot. I used to be an over the road trucker and with them have limited hours I rather find somewhere that does not make them drive illegally. Never stayed in a rest area.
Those WalMarts that have the bars across are to keep truckers from pulling into the parking lots. I just go where the big trucks enter and get my things I need. If I want to spend the night I just ask the manager. I have never been told no. They always tell me where to park.
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Slides out in Rest area? Only if you are brave. or parked next to an island.

Walmart --Slides out and generator on. (I don't travel in cold weather) If others don't like it so be it. They got wheels so move on.

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We have not stayed at a Walmart and that's only cause I don't shop at one unless it's the only place available.
That being said, we have stayed at rest areas, truck stops, welcome centers, campgrounds, resorts, his mom and dad's driveway for a week, and the street in front of a friends house one night. No slides on this coach, the next coach will have them, when we do have them we will find a spot so that we can put them out in order to do what we need to do. We have run the generator all night at times and others did not need to run it at all.
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