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Old 02-07-2016, 09:14 AM   #29
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Rarely see any newer rv's, maybe because they only stay one night. However, there are a couple of 30 to 40 year old rigs that are there week after week.....I don't believe that's what WalMart had in mind.
Wouldn't suprise me if they limited the stay or did away with it entirely.
These rv's that stay look like they are barely still in tact....dirty, dripping liquid, etc.
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If there are already rvs parked for the night, no signs prohibiting overnight parking and my research tells me that overnight parking is allowed. ........ I say why bother the manager when I know what the answer will be. If I were manager I wouldn't want to be bothered every five minutes needlessly.
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We stay at Walmart from time to time. Most everywhere we've seen a mix of equipment in terms of size, age, condition, etc.

1. I always call ahead to verify policy. I always go into the store, spend $20 or so on stuff we need, and look up the duty manager to say thank you. They always seem pleasantly surprised.

2. Many stay at Walmart because they do not charge a fee. But many others- including us- sometime stay there because it is convenient: usually close to the highway, easy in easy out. If we use Walmart at a time of year when we need a lot of generator time, it could cost more than a local RV park. It's the convenience that tips the scale.
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If you do spend that much, it is NOT "free camping," and makes me wonder WHY people stay there in the first place. As you can see if you travel through small American towns, Walmart is destroying everything from local downtowns to the local RV park. I can't blame some towns from imposing legislation against alleged "free" camping at Walmart.
I don't think that was part of the OP's question!
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:36 PM   #33
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Rarely see any newer rv's, maybe because they only stay one night. However, there are a couple of 30 to 40 year old rigs that are there week after week.....I don't believe that's what WalMart had in mind.
Wouldn't suprise me if they limited the stay or did away with it entirely.
These rv's that stay look like they are barely still in tact....dirty, dripping liquid, etc.
We are still constrained by time so a quick stop for some rest at a Wal*Mart is needed while traveling. Near the freeway, well lit and welcome. We do patronize the store while there and check in with management.

Here is the industry Good Neighbor policy:
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1. Stay one night only!
2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
3. Obey posted regulations.
4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills.
5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
7. Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
8. Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.
Following it will help preserve our welcome!

Sorry, but we've stayed at Wal*Marts and I don't think our rig looks bad! In fact we pulled in next to a Prevost at one. Also, it's up to the store to police the parking lot if someone overstays their "welcome". They can call the police and have them moved.
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I called a Wall-mart in Fredricksburg TX. if I could use their lot. They said it was ok but there was a city ordinance against it. My thought, why is the coppers going onto private property to roust people?
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That response wasn't to the OP, was it?

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I don't think that was part of the OP's question!
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Lol. RV Parks run by American entrepreneurs are also convenient, well-lit, and don't require an "Industry" policy for camping in parking lots.

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We are still constrained by time so a quick stop for some rest at a Wal*Mart is needed while traveling. Near the freeway, well lit and welcome. We do patronize the store while there and check in with management.

Here is the industry Good Neighbor policy:
Following it will help preserve our welcome!
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early on we spoke with someone at Walmart, if we could even find anyone, but really have never since worried about it. one time there were signs announcing 'NO Overnight Truck or RV parking' - but manager said that it was just for semi's with long trailers, not concerning us good customers who happened to park in the lot overnight.
Funny, though, several semi's with extra long trailers came in during the early evening - parked, stayed overnight, and even then no one apparently said anything to them either - I even saw several police cars during the night providing some 'security', but never asked anyone of us to leave.

The worst that can ever happen is that they ask you to leave. Having 4+ wheels under our coach makes that pretty easy, if ever needed.

Don't fret it.
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Cool

by the way, to add:

we've been in over 50+ wally world, lowes, home depot, corp buildings, and church parking lots over the last 18 months - was only every asked to leave one, a church - apparently they didn't allow 'overnight' parking, even though they had 3000 parking spaces and no gates or signage saying so. oh well. of course, the next day at church they preached about how great their 'outreach' ministry was! : /
several other churches, though, went out of their way to give us 30/50a hookups, water, and sewer connections and loved the idea that they could have us stay there... sweet.
We, of course, try to attend churches where we park : )


One time a nice young wally world manager asked us to move several spaces to stay out of the way of any delivery truck coming thru overnight. Another time behind a large corporate building a security vehicle stopped and asked if we needed anything for our night's stay(and enjoyed discussing our 'rig' that he apparently liked!) - but all-in-all we've never seen too many situations at any parking area that really would keep you from staying there - if you show respect for their lot, park in a unseen or rear lot area, and not look too much like you're 'living' there.

Rarely have we ever asked permission ahead of time. That sometimes can create more problems than it can help.

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Rarely have we ever asked permission ahead of time. That sometimes can create more problems than it can help.
Completely agree. We've probably stayed about 10-15 times over the last year at Wal-Mart. We tried a few times to go in to ask permission, and both times it either seemed unnecessary or confusing. The most interesting was the Wal-Mart near our home. We store our RV about 30 minutes away, so before a trip we've started parking it at the local Wal-Mart the night before. We spoke with the roving security, and they were very (*very*) familiar with the parking rules and very nice/helpful. That wasn't just true with one, but with all the others we've had contact with at this Wal-Mart. On the other hand, when I went inside the first time to ask formal permission, the manager (I suspect not a very senior one) didn't seem to know the policy and at one point we were told we couldn't park there! Went outside and talked again to security and they just laughed. In fact, later that nite when I saw the next security guard he had been informed about us from the earlier one.

Very different experience at Cabela's (we actually prefer them if available), where the manager's seem much more familiar with policy. Nevertheless, we don't worry if we don't call/ask permission with them either or arrive late.
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Lol. RV Parks run by American entrepreneurs are also convenient, well-lit, and don't require an "Industry" policy for camping in parking lots.
Yes, the major RV establishments such as FMCA, Escapees, etc. recommend this list of reminders. Many RVers don't know how to be considerate to a night of free camping. We've seen messes left behind and it will only ruin it for others. Think of the many national forest sites now closed to RVers and 4-wheelers. . . all because some trash the property and create their own roads.
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We haven't spent the night yet at WM. But always look to see what rigs are parked whenever we go by a WM. The most interesting one was the WM in Monument, CO. There were several set up for ft living. We were staying at the AF Academy & went several times to WM & the rigs were there every time we visited over a 3 week period.
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I always call and ask. It just seem like the courteous thing to do. They are doing us the favor after all.

I just want to thank them ahead of time.
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