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Old 12-13-2011, 03:53 AM   #3361
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My last trip to Arizona I planed the trip 300 miles a day it was a 900 mile trip.
My first night was in Bakersfield at a campground not Walmart, I could put the slides out have a nice dinner little wine watch a little TV and relax, next morning 300 miles stopped at Kingman AZ at a campground not at Walmart.
Next moring drove to final destination campground then went to walmart to shop not to sleep.
I guess what I'm trying to say is plan your trips from what I read on this thread, It seam like people get in there rv and just drive until they get tired.
I have stayed at walmarts a few times because of where we had stored our rv they did not open until 9am so I would get the rv the night before and and stay at Walmart did not get a good night sleep at Walmart with cars going by the trailer all night.
We have moved our RV to a storage where we can pick it up 24/7 so I plan
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And we thank you for not wasting a space at a Free Walmart.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:12 AM   #3362
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My last trip to Arizona I planed the trip 300 miles a day it was a 900 mile trip.
My first night was in Bakersfield at a campground not Walmart, I could put the slides out have a nice dinner little wine watch a little TV and relax, next morning 300 miles stopped at Kingman AZ at a campground not at Walmart.
Next moring drove to final destination campground then went to walmart to shop not to sleep.
I guess what I'm trying to say is plan your trips from what I read on this thread, It seam like people get in there rv and just drive until they get tired.
I have stayed at walmarts a few times because of where we had stored our rv they did not open until 9am so I would get the rv the night before and and stay at Walmart did not get a good night sleep at Walmart with cars going by the trailer all night.
We have moved our RV to a storage where we can pick it up 24/7 so I plan
my trips

Different strokes for different folks... No one can fault you for the way you like to travel, just as no one can fault the people who over night at a Wal*Mart or any other (free) place to park. There is no wrong or right just a means to an end destination...
We prefer to skip the camp ground while traveling, we don't need their services and can comfortably have a nice supper, relax with a little TV and a good night sleep at a Wal*Mart or truck stop . After thirty years of driving and owning tractor trailers we can sleep anywhere...
The money saved goes towards fuel, a nice meal or just having a good time.
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Has anybody asked a WM manager his opinion on slides, jacks, chairs, BBQs, etc?
We do all the time and 99% said no problem. We let them know we have 16" x 1" thick pads under our jacks and park as far as the lot allows from the main parking/shipping.
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Yeah, I figured. I guess if you don't block anything or anybody and spend some money, they don't care. Some other RVers might not like it, but there are always those that are not happy if they are not complaining about something.
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My last trip to Arizona I planed the trip 300 miles a day it was a 900 mile trip.
My first night was in Bakersfield at a campground not Walmart, I could put the slides out have a nice dinner little wine watch a little TV and relax, next morning 300 miles stopped at Kingman AZ at a campground not at Walmart.
Next moring drove to final destination campground then went to walmart to shop not to sleep.
I guess what I'm trying to say is plan your trips from what I read on this thread, It seam like people get in there rv and just drive until they get tired.
I have stayed at walmarts a few times because of where we had stored our rv they did not open until 9am so I would get the rv the night before and and stay at Walmart did not get a good night sleep at Walmart with cars going by the trailer all night.
We have moved our RV to a storage where we can pick it up 24/7 so I plan
my trips
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It took two readings to "get it". Very funny. Quite appropriate.

Early in this thread, some lady wrote in and basically said, "If everybody did things the way we do them, everything would be better". Well, duh!!! I feel the same way.

I plan my trips also. I am planning my next trip. I plan to leave and I plan to return. How 'bout a little pat for me??????????????
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My last trip to Arizona I planed the trip 300 miles a day it was a 900 mile trip.
My first night was in Bakersfield at a campground not Walmart, I could put the slides out have a nice dinner little wine watch a little TV and relax, next morning 300 miles stopped at Kingman AZ at a campground not at Walmart.
Next moring drove to final destination campground then went to walmart to shop not to sleep.
I guess what I'm trying to say is plan your trips from what I read on this thread, It seam like people get in there rv and just drive until they get tired.
I have stayed at walmarts a few times because of where we had stored our rv they did not open until 9am so I would get the rv the night before and and stay at Walmart did not get a good night sleep at Walmart with cars going by the trailer all night.
We have moved our RV to a storage where we can pick it up 24/7 so I plan
my trips
Soooo.... You're pretty much just like the rest of us, but less spontaneous? Is that your point?
We, too, drive about 300 miles per day, give or take. When we are ready to quit driving, we, too, stop for the night, put the slides out, get comfortable, have a little dinner, watch TV or a movie, take a shower, get a good nights sleep and do it again the next day.
You seem to prefer the confines of a campground, we prefer the wide open parking lot at Wal-Mart or some other accomodating establishment. Or, we might just pull over along a river or out in the woods, but it's always where and when we prefer. We never have to make plans or reservations. Just stop when we want and enjoy our self-contained motorhome.
As far as cars driving by all night, I'd have to step outside to see that. We have excellent insulation and window coverings. Can't see or hear anything outside.
As far as final destination, that's home! We travel when and where we want, for as long as we want, then we go home.
But, I've probably misunderstood the motivation behind your post. However you like to travel and spend the night, I hope you can continue it and enjoy it for years to come. I'm sorry we won't meet up with you some night, but we'll be looking at the same stars so we'll be thinking of you!
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I don't think you misunderstood the motivation of his post. I didn't.
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We've done both, used Wally World parking lots and stayed at CGs. I personally think CGs are missing an opportunity. I would be glad to find a CG that had an area where we could park for the night and get a little electric (don't have an onboard Genset), wouldn't need water or sewer and only be charged 10 to 15 bucks, but to pay 35 to 55 bucks just for the night is a bit steep in my book. We have used Passport America and it only took several stays to pay for it's self, but often they aren't anywhere near our routes. Just my 5 cents worth
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I have stayed at walmarts a few times because of where we had stored our rv they did not open until 9am so I would get the rv the night before and and stay at Walmart did not get a good night sleep at Walmart with cars going by the trailer all night.
I sure see a lot of camp grounds a stones throw away from a major highway. Seems like that would be a lot noisier than a Wal*Mart parking lot.
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I sure see a lot of camp grounds a stones throw away from a major highway. Seems like that would be a lot noisier than a Wal*Mart parking lot.
Quite true. More than half of the CGs we have stayed at are within 1/8 mile of an Interstate.

At least the lot sweeping machine doesn't come around the KOAs at midnight like at Wally's.
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It's simple, if you don't want to overnite at Walmart don't!!
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It's simple, if you don't want to overnight at Walmart don't!!
And don't complain about those of us who do!

See, now we can close this thread!!!
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