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Old 05-15-2011, 10:26 AM   #1415
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Has anyone stayed at a WM because of a reservation mixup and you couldn't get into a popular resort campground or you just didn't make reservations and there was no room at the end or a campground that used to be there was suddenly closed?
Back a few years ago about the first part of October we were traveling from Rapid City, SD to Tucson, AZ. We stopped in this popular southwest city and discovered there was annual event scheduled to start the next day and it just so happened to be on our bucket list.


We called around to various RV parks and quickly found that there would be “no room at the inn” anywhere in the area unless you had reservation. Obviously this event wasn't just on our bucket list. So we drove to a Wal-Mart about 40 miles from the event.


We were amazed when we drove into the parking lot to see about 20 other RV's not counting the truckers. Our first thought was to move on but since we were already there we might as well go talk to the manager. We explained our situation and asked if we could stay the night. Without hesitation he said sure, no problem, just park on the outskirts of the parking lot and don't block traffic. The parking lot was huge made even larger by the lack of the usual barriers that separate the lots of the adjoining stores.


To make a long story short, with the permission of the manager, we stayed a week and had one of the best times of our fulltiming experience to date. At the end of our stay we went back into the store to thank the manager for his gracious hospitality and apologize for any inconvenience. He said it's no inconvenience at all our bottom line is always it's highest this time of year.


Did we take advantage of the situation? I would say we did but for some reason staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the permission of the manager added to the overall experience. At the end of the day there was always a group of RV'ers available to discuss the day's activities.


Oh, one other thing. I'll bet you can't guess what event we were attending.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:25 AM   #1416
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Back a few years ago about the first part of October we were traveling from Rapid City, SD to Tucson, AZ. We stopped in this popular southwest city and discovered there was annual event scheduled to start the next day and it just so happened to be on our bucket list.


We called around to various RV parks and quickly found that there would be “no room at the inn” anywhere in the area unless you had reservation. Obviously this event wasn't just on our bucket list. So we drove to a Wal-Mart about 40 miles from the event.


We were amazed when we drove into the parking lot to see about 20 other RV's not counting the truckers. Our first thought was to move on but since we were already there we might as well go talk to the manager. We explained our situation and asked if we could stay the night. Without hesitation he said sure, no problem, just park on the outskirts of the parking lot and don't block traffic. The parking lot was huge made even larger by the lack of the usual barriers that separate the lots of the adjoining stores.


To make a long story short, with the permission of the manager, we stayed a week and had one of the best times of our fulltiming experience to date. At the end of our stay we went back into the store to thank the manager for his gracious hospitality and apologize for any inconvenience. He said it's no inconvenience at all our bottom line is always it's highest this time of year.


Did we take advantage of the situation? I would say we did but for some reason staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the permission of the manager added to the overall experience. At the end of the day there was always a group of RV'ers available to discuss the day's activities.


Oh, one other thing. I'll bet you can't guess what event we were attending.
The biggest thing I can think of around here is the Gem & Mineral show but that's in February. The Walmart in Marana (NW Tucson) always has a few overnighters and there is a Starbucks next to it so you can wi-fi as well. When we travel I often like to drive at night as everything seems to run better and cooler, I also like to stay off the beaten path so for convience a walmart is often the best choice late at night. As you said " behave like a guest" after all we all are just guests on this planet.
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We stop overnight at Walmart whenever it is convenient I will add a picture as soon as I look up how
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I saw this several years ago on another forum; can't remember the website. It was funny then and it is funny now. By now they have built a Walmart where the tree used to be!
OH! My bad, I thought this WAS a WM parking lot...
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The biggest thing I can think of around here is the Gem & Mineral show but that's in February. The Walmart in Marana (NW Tucson) always has a few overnighters and there is a Starbucks next to it so you can wi-fi as well. When we travel I often like to drive at night as everything seems to run better and cooler, I also like to stay off the beaten path so for convience a walmart is often the best choice late at night. As you said " behave like a guest" after all we all are just guests on this planet.
Nope. We weren't in Arizona yet.
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Hopefully this is a picture of us parked at a walmart.We were not alone.
Hi Bob,
I found that Wal-Mart is very accommodating in BC even for those stores with smaller parking lots.
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Hopefully this is a picture of us parked at a walmart.We were not alone.
OMG!


I count at least SEVEN entitlement claiming, no-account, cheapskate, freeloaders in that picture...

STOP THE PRESSES
  • POST YOUR OUTRAGE ON THE INTERNET
  • CALL THE MEDIA
  • CALL YOUR LOCAL CITY COUNCIL
  • CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN
  • CALL THE WALTON FAMILY
    (Oh Yea, I forgot, the Walton family invited them )
For those who don't quite understand "sarcasm"...The preceeding is a

JOKE

So don't get Ur knickers in a bunch

I "park" at WM on almost every trip!

OMG I am an entitlement claiming, no-account, cheapskate, freeloader too! I was sooooo deluded!
And here I thought I was just a value minded, contentious, CUSTOMER and GUEST of the Walton Family...WHEW! I am so glad for that intervention...
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Back a few years ago about the first part of October we were traveling from Rapid City, SD to Tucson, AZ. We stopped in this popular southwest city and discovered there was annual event scheduled to start the next day and it just so happened to be on our bucket list.


We called around to various RV parks and quickly found that there would be “no room at the inn” anywhere in the area unless you had reservation. Obviously this event wasn't just on our bucket list. So we drove to a Wal-Mart about 40 miles from the event.


We were amazed when we drove into the parking lot to see about 20 other RV's not counting the truckers. Our first thought was to move on but since we were already there we might as well go talk to the manager. We explained our situation and asked if we could stay the night. Without hesitation he said sure, no problem, just park on the outskirts of the parking lot and don't block traffic. The parking lot was huge made even larger by the lack of the usual barriers that separate the lots of the adjoining stores.


To make a long story short, with the permission of the manager, we stayed a week and had one of the best times of our fulltiming experience to date. At the end of our stay we went back into the store to thank the manager for his gracious hospitality and apologize for any inconvenience. He said it's no inconvenience at all our bottom line is always it's highest this time of year.


Did we take advantage of the situation? I would say we did but for some reason staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the permission of the manager added to the overall experience. At the end of the day there was always a group of RV'ers available to discuss the day's activities.


Oh, one other thing. I'll bet you can't guess what event we were attending.
All those Hot air baloons are a sight to see in that great state of N.M.
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Nope. We weren't in Arizona yet.
Hope it was an Octoberfest!
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Hope it was an Octoberfest!
Nope, but I think your zeroing in. I'll give another clue on the next guess.
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Nope, but I think your zeroing in. I'll give another clue on the next guess.
Has to be the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
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Well DAMN - there goes another USA-American "Entitlement" down the drain...
Good to see you're coming around, Gary. It IS a shame to see the Wal-Mart entitlement of doing business the way they see fit go "down the drain." It's a wonder ANY business can make it with all the government interference and restrictions placed on them. We really need a few more busy-bodies imposing their ideas on Wal-Mart and other businesses of how they should conduct themselves.
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