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Old 09-21-2014, 04:46 PM   #29
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It's about convenience. You can stop and get sunscreen, food, toiletries, all kinds of supplies, and even meds. And while you're there you can nap the night away. Some of them even have security patrols in the lot. \ken
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WalMart threads are the best
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We like to stay at WM when we have a long trip trying to get to point A for B in a short time. I have some of the reflective material cut to size for each window, just slide it between the glass and D/N shade, stick one of those pillow thing in the roof vents and it's nice and dark. Back on the road after breakfast.
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When planning a longer drive such as 350 -600 miles, I scoop out any rest area or a Wally-dock about 300 miles away. The only reason is for 4-6 hours of shut-eye. Might leave home at 6 or 8pm and drive till midnight or 1am and look for a rest area. Many times the rest areas are small with limited parking. Many of the smaller rest areas have limited parking for trucks, at which I don't really want to park next to an idling truck with the noise and fumes. So I'll have a few WM's penciled in for a stopping spot. Some larger rest areas are my preferred stop, because at that time of night I can swing the tt & truck over to a quite area of the car section of the lot to rest.
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I've stayed at many Wal-Marts. It's just far too dramatic for us to stop overnight at a campground just for some sleep -- for that reason, sometimes I wish we had a much smaller setup so that would be a better option.

Many scoff at truck stops like Flying J, but I don't mind them at all and have never had a single issue staying there (knock on wood.) Easy on, easy off. I try to find an end spot or a dropped trailer to back in next to -- minimize the risk of a tired trucker backing into me.

If a Wal-Mart is available within reasonable distance to the expressway, that's a good go-to spot for us.
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Like every Walmart thread, I'm sure we'll have folks bringing up their "Made in China" objection, others will claim it harms campgrounds, safety, it's not camping, etc.



We've stopped overnight at Wallie World from Maine to Washington state, and the money it's saved us has bought a couple of tanks of diesel. The only issue we had was in Pennsylvania where from 7:30 to past 9:00 pm a fire truck was giving kids rides around the parking lot with accompanying sirens. Another nice thing about Walmart, the parking lots are large enough you don't have to be parked next to others. At a Flying J, we fueled up and parked for the night in the RV parking area. During the night another RV parked close enough our door would have hit their mirror. About 5:30 am we awoke to exhaust fumes, seems their generator tail pipe was aimed right at our open bedroom window. Another time at a FJ there was no RV parking, so I went into the back, wide open truck parking. We woke up to find trucks on either side and one across the front. We had breakfast and when one of the 'friendly' truckers left, we were able to pull out. Much of the parking area still had lots of space, the kind truckers were just shielding us from the wind, I guess.
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