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Old 09-11-2011, 08:53 AM   #2395
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We're new at this and considering stopping at a Walmarts in northern Ohio (Sandusky?) tomorrow night. So what are the rules? No slideouts? Do we put the landing gear down? Are we better off in a rest stop on the Ohio Turnpike? We are 39 feet plus the pickup if that makes a difference. Suggestions appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:04 AM   #2396
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Rest stops don't have the usual roving security guard that WM has.
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I am neither for nor against parking at Walmart.

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Does that mean you are pathetic. Sorry couldn't resist.
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We're new at this and considering stopping at a Walmarts in northern Ohio (Sandusky?) tomorrow night. So what are the rules? No slideouts? Do we put the landing gear down? Are we better off in a rest stop on the Ohio Turnpike? We are 39 feet plus the pickup if that makes a difference. Suggestions appreciated.
You can call ahead to confirm overnight parking is OK Walmart.com - Store Detail
Here is what Walmart has to say.
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While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.
It is best to not look like you are just parked overnight, not camping.
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It'd be my luck that my MH got broken into when I was at home on my rocking chair.
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sdennislee, I like your post about WM parking. Some people are just not happy unless they have something to complain about.

Just go to any site that has reviews about a product and read some of them. There could be 100 people that love a product, but there will always be one poster that hates it or call it junk. Always. Try it and see for yourself. Go to Walmart, Amazon, HD, Lowe's, Sears, etc and pic any product, i.e. lawn mower, lamp, 2X4, whatever. They must like to see their reviews online.

You're probably right about waiting for an intruder. If it happens again, I'm putting bars on my windows.
Be careful that the bars don't injure the intruder, in today's America you end up being sued. What is happening to us?
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We are back from touring NW Idaho and NE Washington. Spent some nights at WM as well as at a casino, a truck stop and R&R RV's in Spokane. Our first WM was in Sandpoint, ID. The manager type person said "sure, park out front or over on the receiving side and enjoy your stay!" We found a great spot at the edge of the lot and next to a forest. Slide out, jacks down, dinner and a movie. Couldn't be better. Our next WM was in Omak, WA. We frequently stay there, so often that we don't even ask anymore. There are always many RV's in the lot and we know where to park and how to behave. We were visiting my wife's mom, so we spent two nights, though we did leave and came back each day as we don't use a toad. The first night we had picked up my mother-in-law and drove to Wally's to pick up some dinner. She likes their mashed potatos and gravy. We just ate right there in the lot, then drove her home and returned to stay the night. Next night it was just us and again, dinner and a movie.

I don't want to get too far off topic, but we found that Home Depot has free wi-fi. We spent one night in their lot in Wenatchee and it was pretty nice. Great wi-fi signal, quiet. We may seek out more HD's in the future. (Note to Francesca: The HD is on the same street as Wally's and has more room and the great wi-fi, might want to check it out next time you're in the area.)

We are glad all of these places are available to RV'ers. So much more convenient than campgrounds when you're just touring and not spending any length of time in a particular area. No reservations needed, just call ahead for permission. Works for us!
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I don't want to get too far off topic, but we found that Home Depot has free wi-fi. We spent one night in their lot in Wenatchee and it was pretty nice. Great wi-fi signal, quiet. We may seek out more HD's in the future. (Note to Francesca: The HD is on the same street as Wally's and has more room and the great wi-fi, might want to check it out next time you're in the area.)

If you park at Wenatchee Walmart get as close to the McDonalds as possible for free wifi...(pro tip)
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Since no one answered your questions yet, I will tell you MY rules that apply ONLY to ME.
1. I park near a grassy area and put out my bedroom slide. I leave the living room/kitchen slide in since I can cook etc comfortably with it in.
2. I have only stayed at WM 3 times but each time the lot was almost perfectly level. I get there late and leave early so I never felt the need to put out levels.
3. I ran my gen once because I needed AC. The other times I did not.
4. I asked the manager for permission and he told me certainly. He requested that I not block truck entrances/exits. He said WM encourages their RV customers to use the lot for relaxation. I like that word as opposed to camping. I stopped to relax. I was not camping. I relaxed for about 10 hours, 8 of it vertically. I have seen lots of RVs at WM. I have never seen anyone put out awnings or lawn chairs. I think that would be tacky. Some people claim to have seen this.
5. Two times I bought dinner. The other time I spent nothing. But I was on my way to Sturgis and during the week I spent there at a campground at $60 bucks a night, I made two trips to the Rapid City WM.
Now my advice to you.
1. Do what you think is right. There are no rules. Lots of people like to make rules for everybody else to follow, or they believe everybody should follow the rules they make for themselves. Read through this thread. One lady said, If only everybody did what we do..." I ain't you lady. People without generators, say,NO genreators. People without slides, say no slides. Tuff nuggies.
2. Do what you think is right.

Like I always say, Everybody is entitled to their own stupid opinion, this is mine.

Good luck.

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[QUOTE=Boeing Guy;955659]Since no one answered your questions yet, I will tell you MY rules that apply ONLY to ME.

Who asked questions, Jim?
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Since no one answered your questions yet, I will tell you MY rules that apply ONLY to ME.

Who asked questions, Jim?
Newleaf did, up in message #2395. I would think it would be easier to look back a few messages than typing a reply and posting it, but having been a teacher, I've seen the lengths kids will go not to do a reading assignment....

Now, as to WalMart parking, when I was delivering to their stores, I had something that would be great to have, but probably impossible to get. I had a directory to all the stores served by that distribution center, with directions on how to enter each store with a truck, whether overnight parking was allowed, and what restrictions there were, if any. That's some really good information. It will tell you such things as that the New Boston, TX, store does not allow any trucks or RV's on the front lot, there is a police station right in front of the store, they will run off any parked trucks or RV's (even WalMart's own trucks), and they may ask a trucker to show them a bill of lading before they allow him to enter the lot. While much of the information is not RV specific, some of it can save you a bundle, such as warning the the West Shreveport store has low-entry bars protecting the front parking lot; you might not see them in the dark, and they can do a world of damage to a truck or RV. I don't have my directory any more; I quit working for GreatWide, the company that delivers most of WalMart's frozen and refrigerated groceries, about 4 years ago now.
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Yes, Newleaf asked questions and asked for suggestions. I answered his questions and gave him suggestions. I apologize if the irritated you Madrona. Stupid me. I thought the purpose of this thread was to exchange information about overnighting at Wal Mart.

I hate this thread. 172 pages of the same old thing over and over and over. 2400 threads of nothing but the same old information. Please stop posting here, so I can cure my addiction. But no, every morning I get a emails about recent postings, and what do I do first thing? Go to the Wal Mart thread. I hate this thread.

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