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Old 03-19-2014, 02:27 PM   #57
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:50 PM   #58
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We have overnighted at Camp Walmart before. I did put out the passenger side slides, but no levelers went down. Would stay there again, nice solid surface that is pretty level, great little dog walking areas and the price was right. What's not to like?? In all seriousness, I would only stay on those rare occasions where our travel plans got interrupted with no other choice and I would never take advantage of their property.

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Old 03-19-2014, 06:52 PM   #59
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So what is a good way to find the Walmarts that have plenty of room to get into. I have found some on my RV parky app and we were lucky that we made it out. There were so many cars and it was so narrow that I wasn't sure we could maneuver. And I used to drive a semi over the road.
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So what is a good way to find the Walmarts that have plenty of room to get into. I have found some on my RV parky app and we were lucky that we made it out. There were so many cars and it was so narrow that I wasn't sure we could maneuver. And I used to drive a semi over the road.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walm...352818407?mt=8

If you don't have a smart phone, you can still use the info:
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I also use Google maps (satellite view) to scope out spots. You can not only see the size and shape of the parking lot, you can see what's nearby.
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If has not been mentioned, the ALLSTAYS app. It has all Walmarts, including those who allow parking and those that don't. The best ones to stay at are the Super Walmarts that are open 24/7.
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Wallyworld welcomes you because it adds to their security in the parking lot. I've seen people throw their trash out and drive away. That's a big NO-NO. My wife says someone did a study and found where there are trash cans, there is a lot more trash thrown on the ground. Where there are none, people tend to take it with them.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:53 PM   #63
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The new Walmarts seem to have much smaller lots that are difficult to get a large RV in let alone a long stretch of spaces to park it.

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I amost never stay in a Walmart. I do not see anything wrong with it but it is not as quiet as most campgrounds and I have to run the generator. I stayed there last week because the Freightliner dealer had closed before I got there and I did not want to drive back home an hour each way. I stayed at Walmart got up early and drove back to the dealer. We were near an interstate and it was very noisy. I live in Arkansas and if you look at my bank statement from my debit card Walmart is very very prominently mentioned in those statements. I have a Walmart credit card to buy diesel for my MH and my pickup because they have cheaper diesel than most places and up to a nickel off per gallon if you use the card. I do not feel any problem at all with staying there I just do not choose to very often.

I made my post about the size of tires versus jack pads because so many of these discussions use arguments that are not fact based just what seems to be reality but often is not. I have not done the math but if you are just putting your jacks down to stabilize how is that going to sink into the pavement. I ride a motorcycle. Most motorcycle riders never think twice about putting their motorcycle on the kick stand in the spring or cooler temps. If it is 110 degrees out I always put mine on the center stand because soft pavement will let the kick stand sink in and the bike can fall over. Same way with jack stands in hot weather I would be a bit leary about taking the weight of the bus on them but if they have the same area as a tire it would not matter. I just would be reluctant to do that. I am not aware that Walmart will tell you not to put jacks down or slides out. According to the one poster they do not mention it. I noticed a lot of posts about security. I have not seen a lot of security guards in parking lots where I have been. What they do have is cameras every where in the parking lot. There has been a lot of publicity about those cameras being used to solve crimes and I believe that puts criminals on notice.

There is a case where someone sued Walmart. They were camped out overnight and someone broke into their camper. The husband shot the intruder and killed him. The family sued Walmart under the allegation that the intruder had been hanging around the parking lot all day and Walmart should have realized that and done something about it. Law Suits are the one that that will get the privilege of staying taken away faster than anything. Walmart does not like law suits.
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Link in box 7 can bring you a problem.

The link provided in #7: Overnight parking etiquette - Walmart Atlas provides great info. However because I liked the data so much i decided to try and download it. When I did, using Explorer 9 with Norton intstalled, it downloaded and installed four unrequested programs. When I unistalled them I ended up with my Explorer 9 no longer working (it wouldn't connect any longer), but I could still access the internet and Firefox would work. After trying all the normal tricks and fixes, I finally restored my computer to an earlier point before the four programs were installed == it worked as it was supposed to and my Explorer was finally working normal again. It only took me 3 hours of effort to fix my Explorer. I don't think there is a problem looking at the links...just don't try to download and save any files from this site.
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So what is a good way to find the Walmarts that have plenty of room to get into. I have found some on my RV parky app and we were lucky that we made it out. There were so many cars and it was so narrow that I wasn't sure we could maneuver. And I used to drive a semi over the road.
I always call ahead and speak with the Asst Mgr regarding parking overnite and ask where they prefer I park. I try to get off the road around 4:30 in the afternoon before rush hour traffic and to beat those stopping at WalMart on the way home allowing me space to maneuver my RV and park for easy exit in the morning when the lot is near empty.
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I even saw one inconsiderate guy open his grey water valve and empty his tank on the parking lot. He wasn't too happy with me when I hollered over to him and told him he needed to find a dump station.

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I have stopped at WalMart a few times. Once a security guard knocked on the door and told us we had to be gone by 7AM or risk towing. We were happy to comply and hit the road after a long nap with plenty of time to spare. I do not believe in taking advantage of Walmart's generous policy despite my general dislike for Walmart. I see no reason to put out slides to sleep. The bed sleeps fine, in or out and you just have to crawl in from the front side if it's in. I have no intention of "camping" at Walmart and would only stop to sleep for a few hours...no need for extending slides for that. Actually I never extend slides at any unpaid rest area or Walmart type place. Only a paid campground or someplace like a casino where camping is explicitly encouraged. Many Walmarts are unable to accommodate RVs due to limited space and local ordinances. They are usually kind enough to put signs up to let you know, and as always, a little etiquette goes a long way. Don't park if the lot's full or you can't do it without disrupting traffic or impeding their business in any way. Don't take advantage. (Really, who the heck wants to hang out at Walmart????) Don't leave anything behind. Don't make yourself unwelcome...in any way. All common sense.
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I made my post about the size of tires versus jack pads because so many of these discussions use arguments that are not fact based just what seems to be reality but often is not. I have not done the math but if you are just putting your jacks down to stabilize how is that going to sink into the pavement. I ride a motorcycle. Most motorcycle riders never think twice about putting their motorcycle on the kick stand in the spring or cooler temps. If it is 110 degrees out I always put mine on the center stand because soft pavement will let the kick stand sink in and the bike can fall over. Same way with jack stands in hot weather I would be a bit leary about taking the weight of the bus on them but if they have the same area as a tire it would not matter. I just would be reluctant to do that. I am not aware that Walmart will tell you not to put jacks down or slides out. According to the one poster they do not mention it.
The size of the tires vs jacks is not a valid criteria because tires conform to the pavement and jacks do not. I have personally had my jacks sink into asphalt. Since that happened I will not use jacks in WM unless the slope is severe, and then only with a 2" thick wooden pad under my jacks.
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This is a timely thread for us as 4/23 we'll be heading to see Mickey and are planning on stopping at the Walmart in Harrisonburg Va. at exit 247A off I-81 for the night. This will be our first time since we started motorhoming in 1988 that we've not stayed in a campground. Anyone stopped there in there travels?
We stayed there for 2 days one time in a snow storm. No one was around but 2 canadian campers.
It was not a 24hr WM at the time.
We prefer the 24hr stores.
One walmart employee said to me once that the ones staying at WM were called "Slow Shoppers"
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