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Old 09-04-2011, 08:34 PM   #2339
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I s'pose this is the wrong place to post this, but the next night we did find a Highway Department rest stop at Brookings, just north of the California border. Nice one, too, with a dumpstation and water to fill a rig. Overnighting allowed- I think the difference is jurisdictional. State Parks manages most of the more northerly rest areas.
After the ordeal of the previous night, I paid real close attention the rest of the way south. I also noticed that beginning at about Bandon the "no overnight parking" signs disappeared...
I spoke to a few folks that were overnighting in a spot near "Bob's Creek", and they said there'd been no problems.

And by the way, we spent the night at the Coos Bay Walmart on the way back home!
Whew!
Guess that makes me still "on topic!"

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Lincoln City, Newport are are very unfriendly to RV's, but as you get further South on 101 there are lots of places. The Casino at Florence Things are luckier here! - Three Rivers Casino and Hotel is one of our favorites.

If your are further north then Oregon Casino Resort, Hotel, Lodging, Oregon Coast Events | Spirit Mountain is a casino that will welcome you (they even have a dump station)

So there are alternatives when counting on a Walmart camp spot doesnt pan out.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #2340
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Slickest1, the reason you don't hear from Walmart employees on this thread is Walmart doesn't pay them enought to own an RV
Had to get the dig in, didn't you?

Actually, I know a number of Wal-Mart employees who have RV's, and it might surprise you to know that a lot of the early workers at Wal-Mart retired very wealthy, having occasionally taken stock instead of pay, when the company bank account was short.

On the other hand, I lived in Benton County (Gentry, AR), where Bentonville is located, when Sam built store #16 in Siloam Springs, AR, and the company headquarters was a farmhouse on what was US71 at that time.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:43 AM   #2341
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Yea we heard from a Walmart employee, keep up the good work! Did not intend to offend.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:15 AM   #2342
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I have used the "free" WiFi from a nearby motel while overnighting at Wal-Mart. I have a USB antenna that will bring in the signal. Didn't have the nerve for the free breakfast though,
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Wish I had my camera on Saturday, when we stopped at W/M to get some supplies. They had a sign posted in a section of the lot which said 24 hour parking permitted in this area. There were about 8 rigs of all different age, model, type in the designated spot. On the East side of Loveland, Colorado.
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You can park for free in a motel parking lot and get free WiFi, ice and use their pool and gym all for free. Heck, some even give ya a free breakfast just for shown up!
Thanks for the idea!
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I have done wal-mart overnight parking. I will put out my side over the outer lot edge or island. I will get a way fron everone so I can run the gen if needed. The truckers run the motors and refer's all night long in the parking lots so why not us?
I stopped late one afternoon in a marked RV spot, before I could get out of the RV, security came. Told me I should move over to a different spot so I could run my slide out. Told him I was only stopping to get supplies and would be moving on. I thank him for the information. Now, if Wal-mart security is telling me to park in a certain spot so I can run my slide out, Why do you nay sayers keep telling us we should not put out our slides? I don't set up camp, I only put our my Bed slide and Livingroom/ Table silde (all one side). Any time my jacks go down I have board under them, wheither on concret, blacktop, dirt, in my yard, campground, or parking lot.
As far a feebies, Yes i will overnight at Wallies for the convinence, my question to all the complainers do you stop during the day to have a bite to eat? Do you stop at a paid Campground to luncH? or do you get a freebie stop. Think about it, what is the difference?
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We have stayed at many Walmarts in the US and Canada without problem. Recently we stopped at a Walmart at the east side of Barstow, CA right off I-40 to buy some groceries (not stay overnight). While my wife was shopping a security person came over and told me I could not park my RV. I asked where I could park it and she said nowhere on the Walmart property. I told her my wife was grocery shopping and we would be on the road as soon as she finished shopping. That did not seem to matter and I was again told I needed to move off the Walmart property or they would call the police. I was off to the side of the parking areas and not (in my opinion) blocking customer parking. I looked around and found that I could park across the street in a dirt area so I moved over there. I did think about asking for a supervisor or manager but felt that would only raise the (or my) anger level so I moved my RV and left as soon as my spouse came back with groceries. I would presume that the security person was new and that RV's can park there to shop but if other RV'rs have a similar problem with that store we need to pass the word. I'll coninue to shop and stay at Walmart but not that one.
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Write a letter to wallymart about your encounter at Barstow. Obviously that is a situation that needs fixing.

Places frequently don't like rv's to park because there are folks who full time in them, but not in the sense that most of the folks here do. They are of a criminal element and the number of meth labs found in motorhomes is rather high. (no pun intended.) Someone probably told the security guard that they did not want MH's loitering in the lot...he took it as NO MOTORHOMES. sad.
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I would have let security call the police. Teach them a lesson. The last time I knew there is no law that says RV's can't shop at Wal-Marts.
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I would have let security call the police. Teach them a lesson. The last time I knew there is no law that says RV's can't shop at Wal-Marts.
If they ask you to leave and you don't then you could be charged with trespassing... I would have moved the RV and then gone inside to talk with the manager, depending on what he said I may have gotten hold of the wife and left my cart of groceries sitting in the aisle.
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We have stayed at many Walmarts in the US and Canada without problem. Recently we stopped at a Walmart at the east side of Barstow, CA right off I-40 to buy some groceries (not stay overnight). While my wife was shopping a security person came over and told me I could not park my RV. I asked where I could park it and she said nowhere on the Walmart property. I told her my wife was grocery shopping and we would be on the road as soon as she finished shopping. That did not seem to matter and I was again told I needed to move off the Walmart property or they would call the police. I was off to the side of the parking areas and not (in my opinion) blocking customer parking. I looked around and found that I could park across the street in a dirt area so I moved over there. I did think about asking for a supervisor or manager but felt that would only raise the (or my) anger level so I moved my RV and left as soon as my spouse came back with groceries. I would presume that the security person was new and that RV's can park there to shop but if other RV'rs have a similar problem with that store we need to pass the word. I'll coninue to shop and stay at Walmart but not that one.
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I would have let her call the cops. Then gone inside to help with the grocerys and told the manager (with my full shopping cart) about what happened and stood there while the twit was fired.
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I would have let her call the cops. Then gone inside to help with the grocerys and told the manager (with my full shopping cart) about what happened and stood there while the twit was fired.
I stopped at this Walmart back at the end of May this year we parked and a very nice Security Guard in his truck came by and told us the only overnight parking was along the driveway on the north end of the property. We told him we were going to shop and eat a bite and would be back on the road, he said thank you and did not bother us further
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We have had numerous positive interactions with Wal-Mart security. Some seem to be lonesome. I have had them look at our brag map and discusses various states. Once in Winter Haven, FL, we hooked up the toad about 10 PM because morning rain was predicted, He came over and asked if there was a problem since we were leaving so late. He thought they had done something wrong. Many of these guys are retired and want to go on an RV trip someday. I have also found the employees of Cracker Barell are especially nice.
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