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Old 10-16-2018, 01:49 PM   #1
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Walmarts changing overnight policy? Widespread?

We just returned from a 6 week trip. On the way north, two Walmarts that we have slept at before have changed their overnight policy. Is this widespread?

To our surprise, the Walmart at Dalton GA had signs posted so we kept heading north. We pulled into the Walmart at Kimball TN, and a mall security guy in a pickup with flashing light told us we could not park there. It was close to 2AM.

We went over to the Cracker Barrel in front of the Walmart and found thier RV spaces too hard to get in (33 ft motorhome towing a full size pickup). A Cracker Barrel manager was leaving and told us to go behind the building, which we did and had a good nights sleep (with earplugs because the interstate is close!) followed by Cracker Barrel breakfast!

We have always bought something at Walmart when staying to sleep. I guess they don't want our business at these locations.
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I ran into the same thing in Northern IL, WI, and MN on trip to S Dakota....I hear a few "not so nice campers" took advantage of them, so it has ruined it for all...typical
...stayed too long
...left a mess
...old MH's jacked up to do repairs week at a time...
and the list goes on and on
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In addition, many cities have passed ordinances that prohibit overnight camping 'anywhere' within their city." If that's the case then Walmart isn't to blame.
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We just returned from a 6 week trip. On the way north, two Walmarts that we have slept at before have changed their overnight policy. Is this widespread?

To our surprise, the Walmart at Dalton GA had signs posted so we kept heading north. We pulled into the Walmart at Kimball TN, and a mall security guy in a pickup with flashing light told us we could not park there. It was close to 2AM.

We went over to the Cracker Barrel in front of the Walmart and found thier RV spaces too hard to get in (33 ft motorhome towing a full size pickup). A Cracker Barrel manager was leaving and told us to go behind the building, which we did and had a good nights sleep (with earplugs because the interstate is close!) followed by Cracker Barrel breakfast!

We have always bought something at Walmart when staying to sleep. I guess they don't want our business at these locations.
Check for city ordinance changes, I've been told to call ahead to Walmart stores, changes to city ordinances prohibit overnight stays at Walmart's that used to allow it. I don't know if this is wide spread but based on the behavior of half our country it would not surprise me. Lack of manners and human decency in our citizen's is our worst enemy. (Can't believe some of the stuff I've seen)
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This is becoming more common all the time. People who insist it is their right to do whatever they please are p*ssing off their hosts and the hosts are getting tired of it. Very sad.
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In addition, many cities have passed ordinances that prohibit overnight camping 'anywhere' within their city." If that's the case then Walmart isn't to blame.
I work in local government (for 2 more months anyway = "Retirement!") and more often than not this ^ is exactly the case. The larger the City the more likely they are to have an ordinance prohibiting overnight camping anywhere except permissible zones. And more and more small to medium size municipalities are also doing the same thing.
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I ran into the same thing in Northern IL, WI, and MN on trip to S Dakota....I hear a few "not so nice campers" took advantage of them, so it has ruined it for all...typical
...stayed too long
...left a mess
...old MH's jacked up to do repairs week at a time...
and the list goes on and on
Re the Northern Illinois Walmarts: Our local (Glen Ellyn, IL) Walmart no longer allows overnight parking of any kind. Actually, it is because of a village ordinance brought about by the large amount of semis that would park there overnight. At times there were a dozen trucks idling away in that parking lot, which is right next to a residential area. I seldom saw RVs there.
I imagine the neighbors complained to the village about the noise and diesel stink, can't say I blame them.
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Good! I was at Wal-Mart in my town yesterday. There was Cab-over camper on a piece of crap truck with the hood up and things tied all over it. A 1970s Winnebago that looked like it didn't run, and a 1980's Dodge camper van. I would bet anything none of these people are on vacation. I'm sorry for the legitimate people that use wal-mart for an over night stay. But I don't want to see this junk every time I go shopping. Sorry but I'll gladly pay for an overnight stay if it means I don't have see this kind of stuff in my town.
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We've used WM's when enroute to distances longer than we want to drive in 1 shot. I use Allstays to check but always call to verify it's OK to overnight. Same as the OP, a couple we've stayed at before now no longer allow overnight parking for RV's due to abuse by former overnighters.

It is sad because we usually spend over $100 stocking up on supplies (more expensive than any RV park reservation we've had!). If it isn't due to an ordinance, I'm sorry the store no longer accepts us & it's the result of the inconsiderate people that lead to their decision.

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Good! I was at Wal-Mart in my town yesterday. There was Cab-over camper on a piece of crap truck with the hood up and things tied all over it. A 1970s Winnebago that looked like it didn't run, and a 1980's Dodge camper van. I would bet anything none of these people are on vacation. I'm sorry for the legitimate people that use wal-mart for an over night stay. But I don't want to see this junk every time I go shopping. Sorry but I'll gladly pay for an overnight stay if it means I don't have see this kind of stuff in my town.

Yeah, I'm sure that is exactly the kind of life these folks have been dreaming of living since the 8th grade. You know, leave the McMansion with the maid and gardner and go slumming with the un-choiced houseless.


/sarc, satire, other literary devices


I'm not saying this is desirable from either a private property or social policy perspective.


Thank your lucky stars or the god/goddess of your choice that you were blessed with enough of 'whatever it took' to get you where you are right now. Have compassion for strangers and offer them hospitality. The original Samaritans were travelers, too.
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Yeah, I'm sure that is exactly the kind of life these folks have been dreaming of living since the 8th grade. You know, leave the McMansion with the maid and gardner and go slumming with the un-choiced houseless.


/sarc, satire, other literary devices


I'm not saying this is desirable from either a private property or social policy perspective.


Thank your lucky stars or the god/goddess of your choice that you were blessed with enough of 'whatever it took' to get you where you are right now. Have compassion for strangers and offer them hospitality. The original Samaritans were travelers, too.
First off I'm not blessed with the things I have, I earned everything I have. Yes there are a lot of people, families that for one reason or another have fallen on hard times. But that doesn't give them the right to park their crap where we all see it. Then when they leave, theirs a nice pile of garbage because they were to lazy to walk to the garbage can. I love my little town that we live in, but guess what the first thing you see when you pass the City limit sign, Wal-marts campers right in plane view from the HWY. So no I don't have compassion for these people. For a lot of years I was maybe a pay check away from being homeless, and I'm grateful it never happened. But I assure you if it did and I found myself homeless or living in a beat up RV I wouldn't abuse it. I wouldn't park right out in the open with my crappy vehicle, I wouldn't leave garbage on the ground or in a shopping cart, I wouldn't let my dog run around the parking lot. Sorry but in my world it doesn't matter how much $$$ you have, it's how you act, or how you treat others and their property.
Tell me do you think Wal-Mart is changing there overnight policy because people on this forum abused it? NO
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In addition, many cities have passed ordinances that prohibit overnight camping 'anywhere' within their city." If that's the case then Walmart isn't to blame.
Yep, seen that, not WM's fault.
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First off I'm not blessed with the things I have, I earned everything I have. Yes there are a lot of people, families that for one reason or another have fallen on hard times. But that doesn't give them the right to park their crap where we all see it. Then when they leave, theirs a nice pile of garbage because they were to lazy to walk to the garbage can. I love my little town that we live in, but guess what the first thing you see when you pass the City limit sign, Wal-marts campers right in plane view from the HWY. So no I don't have compassion for these people. For a lot of years I was maybe a pay check away from being homeless, and I'm grateful it never happened. But I assure you if it did and I found myself homeless or living in a beat up RV I wouldn't abuse it. I wouldn't park right out in the open with my crappy vehicle, I wouldn't leave garbage on the ground or in a shopping cart, I wouldn't let my dog run around the parking lot. Sorry but in my world it doesn't matter how much $$$ you have, it's how you act, or how you treat others and their property.
Tell me do you think Wal-Mart is changing there overnight policy because people on this forum abused it? NO

I think you missed my 3rd paragraph.


The general disregard for the property of WalMart or anyone else kind enough to grant temporary trespass is not specific to the previously homed. Have you ever owned rental property? If so, you'll understand why I asked...


Even in sticks and bricks homes there is no shortage of owners who don't keep up their property in the manner others do. That some of *those folks* are similarly negligent in the upkeep and general good-neighborliness is unfortunate... and again I think this is where you (and (I) got more of "whatever it is" than they did. Commons sense, decency, civil behavior... the name isn't especially important... but some folks don't have that in spite of mom's best efforts or efforts of society.


Do I *want* to look at that? Not really, but does not seeing it make it go away? No. Does passing an overnight camping law fix homelessness, addiction and/or poverty? No.
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I think you missed my 3rd paragraph.


The general disregard for the property of WalMart or anyone else kind enough to grant temporary trespass is not specific to the previously homed. Have you ever owned rental property? If so, you'll understand why I asked...


Even in sticks and bricks homes there is no shortage of owners who don't keep up their property in the manner others do. That some of *those folks* are similarly negligent in the upkeep and general good-neighborliness is unfortunate... and again I think this is where you (and (I) got more of "whatever it is" than they did. Commons sense, decency, civil behavior... the name isn't especially important... but some folks don't have that in spite of mom's best efforts or efforts of society.


Do I *want* to look at that? Not really, but does not seeing it make it go away? No. Does passing an overnight camping law fix homelessness, addiction and/or poverty? No.
I guess I did miss it.
My county is recovering from a devastating wild fire last year. So now we have more RV'S (Homeless people) then I've ever seen in this county, I've been here for 47 years. I feel for these people, I hope I'm never in their shoes, We donated a good chunk of $ last year specifically designated for fire victims in my county. But I'm so tired of the people who think that because they got dealt a bad hand, that entitles them to CRAP anywhere they choose. As far as helping out, If I gave $ to every person who either asked or held a sign at the stop light I would go broke.
Anyway I guess it hit me wrong because I'm tired of looking at the mess at my local Wal-Mart.
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