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Old 06-12-2011, 04:27 PM   #1723
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Just curious how much electric $10 will buy in a 10-12 hour period. 2 roof air or 2-3 1500 watt heaters, electric hot water, microwave, electric fry pan, and / or electric refrigerator. Does it leave any money for grounds maintenance, or trash disposal, and not to forget the initial costs for land and capitol improvements of stone or paving. Don't know about elsewhere, but electric around east coast is quite expensive. Of coarse no one would expect to use all these amenities.
I'm a fulltimer staying in Austin, TX(HOT). I use 2 A/C's, microwave, lights, TV, refrigerator, computers, router, hot water, and fans. Last months electric bill was $105. $105/30 = $3.50/day.
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I'd pay $10 for a pull through (with electric) for 10 hours sleep!
When the survey said "no frills," I think they meant NO frills at all. No hookups, no restrooms, no amenities of any kind -- just a place to park and sleep for the night. But the survey question is open to interpretation.
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...How many weekenders or infrequent RVers even KNOW that Walmart is an overnight parking option?
Unfortunately, many weekenders an infrequent RVers believe (wrongly) that they can spend a night in any Walmart, that they can set up a campsite (instead of just parking for the night), and that they don't have to get permission from the store to park overnight (which is specified in Walmart's Corporate Policy on Overnight RV Parking.
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Since spending the night at Wal-Mart is a bargain I guess we could call it a fire sale. Stop Shop and Roll.
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Hopefully just a slight disruption for factual information in the midst of the lighter banter.

Referring back to the posts of a few days ago in this thread about the WM in Wenatchee, WA, we pulled in there June 2 to find their sign asking that no one park overnight while they are in the midst of their remodeling. Not knowing that was a topic of this thread until I read through it tonight, I do not recall seeing a target date to complete the remodeling and reopening the parking lot.

We jumped over to the nearby Home Depot, but it was too unlevel for parking, so we motored on another couple of hours eastward on US 2 until we found a gravel parking lot suitable for overnighting in the wide-spot-in-the-road otherwise known as Wilbur, WA, between Billy's Burgers drive-in and the local little league field where a game was in progress.
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I'm a fulltimer staying in Austin, TX(HOT). I use 2 A/C's, microwave, lights, TV, refrigerator, computers, router, hot water, and fans. Last months electric bill was $105. $105/30 = $3.50/day.
Be thankful, we pay 17 cents per KWH. here in NJ. Guess your bill would be almost 1 1/2 to 2 times over here.
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We have stayed a Wal-Mart the last 4 nights (4 different ones) and it has gotten down to 41 degrees. I have to run the generator to charge up my AGM batteries to run the propane heater fan as well as my sleep apnea machine. Probably doesn't save that much money, but it sure is easy. One night, we had somebody in a tag axle Fore Travel run his generator all night and also had spotlights on all four corners of his rig. Strange.
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Be thankful, we pay 17 cents per KWH. here in NJ. Guess your bill would be almost 1 1/2 to 2 times over here.
You bet I am, $0.10 per KWH here in Austin but it seems to vary throughout Texas.
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I thought SE Michigan was high @ 0.10/kwhr. I dont think Ill move to NJ anytime soon. Plus Michigan has all the clean...fresh water we can ever use too....
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Geeeee............

I thought SE Michigan was high @ 0.10/kwhr. I dont think Ill move to NJ anytime soon. Plus Michigan has all the clean...fresh water we can ever use too....
861 kwh $149.27 = $0.173 electric
Highest auto insurance rates also.
Don't even ask about taxes.
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Unfortunately, many weekenders an infrequent RVers believe (wrongly) that they can spend a night in any Walmart, that they can set up a campsite (instead of just parking for the night), and that they don't have to get permission from the store to park overnight (which is specified in Walmart's Corporate Policy on Overnight RV Parking.
How many?
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If I can't afford a campground, I'll stay home. Parking lots are not the scenic view I wanted when I bought a coach.
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Have stayed a good number of nights at Walmart. Always shopped, sometimes asked the manager (if it was convenient). Used the slides, always put the coach where we were out of any customer parking areas. Walmart trucks park in remote areas of their parking lots. Thats where we go. Generators seem not to both anyone. No awnings, chairs, grills, outside activities. Walmart really allows a great value for RV'ers that are traveling through an area. This is something all RV'ers should respect and use with care.
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