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Old 09-19-2014, 07:37 PM   #15
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When traveling on a multi-day trip, why not stay at a Walmart overnight? Why pay $30+ to park for the night at a campground? I won't use the pool, the showers, their bathroom, miniature golf, or whatever other amenities they offer. Park at WM in the evening, stretch legs around in the store, then to bed. Next morning we hit the road to continue our travels.
I completely agree. Plus it is always nice to buy things that you may need. If it's a super store you can do your grocery shoppping too.
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And the parking lot is much cleaner. And there is a store just a couple hundred feet away that has all kinds of interesting goods.
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Just to clarify a couple of things for the OP:

-- it is the national corporate policy at WM that their lots are open to RVers. Each individual store manager has the discretion to override for cause, usually in the case of local ordinance or business/security considerations. The policy includes Sam's Club locations, with the added benefit that Sam's Clubs usually hire private overnight security.

-- in certain times of year (spring and fall) staying at a Walmart can be truly free. But in high summer or winter, a $25 or $30 dollar campground will be more economical than running your generator for 10 or 12 hours.

-- a WM overnight is almost always far more convenient than other alternatives. We always park at the far edge, with the left side to the curb beside trees or bushes. That way we can extend our LR & BR slides without inconveniencing anyone and often without being visible.
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We stayed in one for the first time 2 weeks ago. . .

Weather was hot and A/C in the truck hasn't worked in years, so we waited to leave until around 7:30 PM. By 10ish I was pretty frazzled so we pulled into the Chehalis WA Walmart, picked up some groceries and a couple of things we'd forgotten, and camped out for the night with at least 7 other rigs.

Yes, the parking lot was brightly lit and there was a bit of traffic all night, but it worked out great, except for being downwind from a dairy. That I could have done without.
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Weather was hot and A/C in the truck hasn't worked in years, so we waited to leave until around 7:30 PM. By 10ish I was pretty frazzled so we pulled into the Chehalis WA Walmart, picked up some groceries and a couple of things we'd forgotten, and camped out for the night with at least 7 other rigs.

Yes, the parking lot was brightly lit and there was a bit of traffic all night, but it worked out great, except for being downwind from a dairy. That I could have done without.
We've stayed there more than once. A few years ago we were venders at a cat show at the fairgrounds there and it started to snow. Drove north to the Shell station and got propane, then back south to that WM. Went in to call the DOT for road conditions, while in the store they announced that the freeway was closed. Walked over to the Starbucks and got a nice cold Frappachino then holed up for the night.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:44 AM   #20
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We find Walmart "camping" great when we are doing multiple long travel days. The Overnight Walmart app lets us locate the friendly ones. Feel safer than in rest areas and quieter too. For shorter days, prefer non-private campgrounds and BLM lands when out west. Really not much to see at the Walmarts!
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:01 AM   #21
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There's even an app for Walmart locations . It shows Wal-Mart's along your route and if you click on any one Walmart it tells you of you can stay there by the color red= no staying green= stay also gives you address, phone# and reviews from people that stayed there. Works real well and one of my fav RV Apps
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Looking at camping reviews and found a site that had 3 or 4 different people talk about staying at a Wal-Mart super center. What the hell is that all about??
Walmarts LOL is where some of us stop shut our eyes for a couple of hours go in the store and shop then go on our way. While others set up camp and stay all day.
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For the first time in out travels, we were asked to leave a Wal-mart and not stay the night. The DW was picking up a few things we needed and I was tring to track down the store Mgr. and by the time the DW was done, we were informed that we couldn't stay the night. We noticed a Cracker Barrel on our way into Wally World, so we drove back around the corner and parked. I went inside, located the Mgr. and asked if we could stay the night. Was told by all means havens yes, so we ordered to dinner specials to go and had a very pleasant night. 1st time at a Barrel and it was very nice. Most Wal-marts are rather nice about Rv'ers spending a night or two. We have always done this and will continue as long as they allow it. We always, "Always" ask for a on duty Mgr. Prior to leveling and opening the slides, only seems right.
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Walmarts LOL is where some of us stop shut our eyes for a couple of hours go in the store and shop then go on our way. While others set up camp and stay all day.
Reminds me of the joke of the fellow who wanted to be buried at Wal Mart so his wife and kids would visit him every day.
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As an emergency ok.Just cant see myself planning a 2 week outing and locating Wal-Marts to stay at. Probably pretty noisy anyway.
Most people that use WalMart use them as a transient spot. Pull in ask manger if Ok; park out of the way; go to sleep for a few hours; head out early the next morning. Also some will re-provision as well. No awnings; no slides; no grills; etc. Not always true because I have seen jacks down, awning out and grill going before. To each his own though.
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Perhaps the OP was confused that WalMart would be written up in a campground review site? We wouldn't expect it to be mentioned either. We consider WalMart as a one night stopover place, not a campground.
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We have stayed at 15 Walmarts, some more memorable than others. We like to use them at the end of a long travel day, but never twice in a row. The next night has to be full hookup with a hot meal and showers. I asked for manager permission the first time. After that I look on-line to find the ones NOT on the no-parking list. I have asked the roving security patrols if it is OK to park it where I have stopped. We run the generator for A/C, dinner and TV, but shut everything off to sleep. Never jacks and slides. Arrive late, leave early. Some parking lots are tricky to maneuver with a 62' long rig. Plan your exit, park on a level spot that is out of the way, under a light and camera.
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Glad to see you are on this site and actually asking about Walmart.
There are rules (guidelines) about overnight PARKING (not camping).
The rigs you see still on the lot at 10:00 am with slides out, jacks down
are the ignorant ones that eitheer think the rules are not for them or
do not wish to inquire.
Go to Allstays | Campgrounds | RV Parks and read the guidelines.
They also have listed which stores are not allowed.

Make sure you ask permission to park overnight.
Common courtesy goes a long way.
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