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Old 01-12-2012, 08:16 PM   #3515
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I received an article that disturbed me.. EVERYBODY DOES IT, so I wasn't aware there were actually LAWS AGAINST IT!!! HOOKING UP TO AN 'OPEN INTERNET MODEM' IS AGAINST THE LAW AND CAN GET YOU A FELONY CONVICTION!!! Also, it is a way of 'STEALING' IDENTITY !!! We all use WalMart's and never think about it or even asking if we can... There are other 'BAD' things that can happen too, also!!! Fines, jail-time, lose your equipment!
If the Wi-Fi is provided by a company/business for public use (say, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King, etc, etc, etc..) then it is NOT stealing to use it. It is there FOR YOU TO USE.

The pediphile that got arrested had the cops come out for trespassing/loitering and got areested for child porn, again.. Just using a Wi-Fi that is provided to the public cannot get you arrested...
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:19 PM   #3516
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First of all, if the wifi is not password protected then it is considered open. If Walmart has wifi, and you can use it, it must be unlock. If it is unlocked,
Then they know someone else is using it. I lock my home wifi with a password. Anyone who does not do so is foolish.
I do not think you could consider Walmart foolish. They welcome your use.
Not quite.. Residential internet users who have Wi-Fi, password or not, are protected from theft. As are others who do not specifically provide Wi-Fi to the public for free...
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Sorry about the newbie mistake, yes it was Boeing guy, I love the information on this site, hate WM, I'll stay in there lot but wont go thru the door
Wow... Stay for free at a place you hate....
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Usually costs me money to stay at a campground I hate. When I stay at Walmart I always patronize their store and pick up a few things. If they are good enough to let me overnite there then the least I can do is shop there.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:58 PM   #3519
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Wow... Stay for free at a place you hate....
When our closest WM opened (about 3 yrs ago I think) most people were against it and for a long time there wasn't a lot of cars in the lot. Now it's hard to find a place to park and that's not just for an RV. I haven't seen many of them.
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I never put my awning out at a WM but that's more to do with the fact it's not that easy to do thanks to a problem and .. Well I don't need it at night, and I won't be there much after sun up in the morning.

Slides though.. I have to put them out, Can't get in bed if I don't. I may or may not put out the "Main" slide. But I do put out the bed and wardrobe. No choice.

I never spend more than a night in a Wall mart lot though. The "longest" I've spent was technically 3 days but I spent a night in WM, the day elsewhere (about a mile away) that night still somewhere else (Chruch a diffferent mile) the next day back at Mc D's where they had wi-fi, and the next night back a WM. and the following day.. in an RV park. (The same one I'm in now in fact) But if you find me in a WM lot during the day (Say WED next week) Expect to see wife and/or I returning to the rig with a shopping cart that needs emptying.
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I am trying to follow the thread and figure out what "Boeing Guy" or Jim from Belleville is being agreed with, or accused of. I hope it is something good. I did get that someone thinks I do not stay or shop at WM. Not true. I have shopped at WM for years. I never considered staying at WM in the motor home until I found this site. I became a WM convert last year on the way to SD. I use it, when we travel, for overnite stays. Bedroom slide out, Genny when needed, one day at a time. That is just me.
I don't like all of their business practices, but the same can be said for Microsoft and yet I still use Windows.

What I don't get is, this being a "staying at Wal Mart thread", why would people spend their time putting it down. Stay or don't, shop or don't . Leave those of us who Wally dock alone. We are not hurting anyone. We save a few bucks (unless you count trips into the store) here and spend it there. Who gets hurt.
I have never stayed at Target, but on my last trip, I saw a motor home parked along the periphery of the lot. I assumed they spent the night. I might become a Target docker one of these days. But my Next Exit book lists WMs near interstates and that works for me.
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What I don't get is, this being a "staying at Wal Mart thread", why would people spend their time putting it down. Stay or don't, shop or don't . Leave those of us who Wally dock alone. We are not hurting anyone. We save a few bucks (unless you count trips into the store) here and spend it there. Who gets hurt.
I have never stayed at Target, but on my last trip, I saw a motor home parked along the periphery of the lot. I assumed they spent the night. I might become a Target docker one of these days. But my Next Exit book lists WMs near interstates and that works for me.
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Jim, it's as I say, "Just a case of good ole' nose so high you could sniff yer own behind" syndrome for alot of folks on alot of RV forums when folks talk about staying at walmart.
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Some will say, people buy a fancy RV and then cheap out and stay in Walmart lots over night. They probably drive their expensive car there or to a fast food restaurant. What's the difference?
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I don't stay at a Walmart to "Camp" but only as a place to get a few hours sleep when I am traveling. It doesn't have anything to do with saving money, but if I am traveling on a really long day I don't want to be pulling in to a campground at 9:00 at night.
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I never put my awning out at a WM but that's more to do with the fact it's not that easy to do thanks to a problem and .. Well I don't need it at night, and I won't be there much after sun up in the morning.

Slides though.. I have to put them out, Can't get in bed if I don't. I may or may not put out the "Main" slide. But I do put out the bed and wardrobe. No choice.

I never spend more than a night in a Wall mart lot though. The "longest" I've spent was technically 3 days but I spent a night in WM, the day elsewhere (about a mile away) that night still somewhere else (Chruch a diffferent mile) the next day back at Mc D's where they had wi-fi, and the next night back a WM. and the following day.. in an RV park. (The same one I'm in now in fact) But if you find me in a WM lot during the day (Say WED next week) Expect to see wife and/or I returning to the rig with a shopping cart that needs emptying.
I'm not sure I could follow that with a map and new GPS.
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Wal-Mart for me is to add supplies get a few hours of sleep, then move on. The same at rest stops and truck stops. If a camp ground would allow me to pull in for a few hours and not use any of their resources, ill go there. Walmart has been a good option for many....
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I agree with Geejdee. Moreover, as I previously stated in this thread, it is generally not possible to get overnight accommodations at a campground (during the summer) on a Friday or Saturday in New England. A brief overnight stay in WM can be a very big help. However, those who abuse the the privilege and convenience of this offering should stop and consider the negative impact that their less than courteous behavior will have on their host (WM). Please be considerate of your overnight neighbors as well.
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Howdy! Ruthie and John from Kerrville, Texas here.

We'll be making our first ever RV trip soon from South Central Texas to the Tampa Bay area. We target around 350 miles a day on this first trip - more or less. Anticipate stopping at Walmarts along the way until we feel a park stop is necessary for dumping, mental adjustments, mistake reviews, making up, etc.

We've checked out lists of OK-to-Park Not-OK-to-Park Walmarts. But do any of you have suggestions on how to avoid Walmarts that may not necessarily be in safe sections of town?

Thanks for your help.
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