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Old 01-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #3613
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Just think what would happen if it were raining while going down the road ...
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Just think what would happen if it were raining while going down the road ...
...on the way to Walmart!! (Bringing us back O/T.)
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To get back on topic, what source do you use to find a Wal Mart for overnighting. I generally use Next Exit. About two hours before our projected stop, I (or my bride)get into the Next Exit book and find a suitable WM about 120 miles down the road. I don't mean to complain because it is or favorite, but it can be cumbersome if going from state to state or highway to highway. You have to do some math while paging around. Also, it is only good for interstates. Occasionally we travel secondary roads (divided, interstate type roads, but NOT interstates, therefore NOT in Next Exit). We each have smart phones and IPads so apps would work but like most cheapos on this site, I didn't mind paying $$$$$ for the Rv but too cheap to pay 40 bucks to overnight. I didn't mind paying $700 for the IPad, but I am too cheap to pay for an app. I prefer FREE apps (ad supported). BUT, if someone tells me a pay app is really useful, lists every (most) WMs, tells which allow Waly docking, gives phone numbers to call, directions, etc, I MIGHT break open the wallet, watch the moths fly out, part with a few dinero, and pay (forgive me) for an app.
Here's to Wally dockers everywhere. Where are the entepreneurs out there. We need an IRV2 Wally Docker sticker so we can identify each other at WM. Then again, maybe we don't want to be recognized.
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The Allstays app for Iphone and Android is $4.99 (maybe $3.99) and is wonderful. It has almost all the camp grounds, Wal-Marts, truck stops, and just about everything else. It interfaces with you phone GPS and will lead your right to their door. I used to ask my wife how far until the next Wal-Mart. She would say about an hour. Now she reply's, "44.6 miles or 56 minutes followed by complete directions". It is updated frequently and worth the money. We love it.
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All this "Walmart App" talk reminded me of something that happened on our last trip. We were traveling through Louisiana and decided to look for a Cracker Barrel to stop and have something to eat. I punched "Cracker Barrel" into the GPS app and lo and behold, one appeared at an exit about 8 miles away. We followed direction to a "T", through the exit and down a couple of convoluted side-road turns.

The GPS announced "You have arrived at your destination"...and so we had. A small "Cracker Barrel" CONVENIENCE STORE. (I forgot that in Louisiana, there's a chain of 7-11 type stores called "Cracker Barrel.")

So, we went to Walmart instead. (Not really, but must keep O/T.)
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All this "Walmart App" talk reminded me of something that happened on our last trip. We were traveling through Louisiana and decided to look for a Cracker Barrel to stop and have something to eat. I punched "Cracker Barrel" into the GPS app and lo and behold, one appeared at an exit about 8 miles away. We followed direction to a "T", through the exit and down a couple of convoluted side-road turns.

The GPS announced "You have arrived at your destination"...and so we had. A small "Cracker Barrel" CONVENIENCE STORE. (I forgot that in Louisiana, there's a chain of 7-11 type stores called "Cracker Barrel.")

So, we went to Walmart instead. (Not really, but must keep O/T.)
You'll get the same effect if you punch in Cracker Barrel while in Portland, Oregon. There's one cracker barrel market, not related to the chain, out on sauvie island that's a combination convenience market and bait shop just across the bridge on Sauvie Island, but we do have an RV park or two a little further down the road, IF you can find a spot .
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Smile Recent Wal-Mart Long Stay Experience

We live in Western Washington where snowfall is rare and usually limited to an inch or two accompanied by media hype and school closures. Recently we had snowfall of 6" to 2' within about a 30 mile radius. On Tuesday night the power went out. We spent the night in the motorhome with all it's warmth and conveniences. By morning, we had the beginnings of an ice storm. By evening, it was far worse. We live on acreage that consists almost entirely of 100-150' fir trees. You would hear "snap, boom!" Small trees and big branches, and I mean big like up to 40' long were falling all around us and all over the property. We decided to get out as quickly as we could.

We drove towards the local Wal-Mart, noting lights out all along the way. No house lights, no street lights, no traffic lights, businesses closed. Just darkness. As I crested the hill I could see lights! It was Wally's and it was like an oasis! Parking lot lights on, store lights on, everything bright and shiny. Well, not the businesses surrounding WM, they were all dark and closed. I pulled into the lot and found a spot on the outskirts where the snow had been plowed. There was just enough room for us to pull in and still be out of the way. I parked perpendicular to the lines, taking up about four spots, door to the grassy area, slides towards the lot. I was able to get over far enough that opening the slides would still be within the lines and out of traffic.

I went into the store and found a manager. I explained the situation and asked permission to park. She walked with me to the door and I showed her where I was. She said, "sure, you're out of the way, stay as long as you like."

I returned to the motorhome and set the jacks and extended the slides. We went into the store for groceries. That is when I found out they were operating on generator power! I was amazed at the amount of light in the store to say nothing of the lot being completely lit! Though there were lots of shoppers snapping up everything they could find, they had a good selection of food to choose from. However, no chicken or prepared foods. Alas, we would have to cook! We found several selections to hold us over for the next couple days. Even bought a few DVD's to occupy our time.

We ended up coming home on Sunday after the power was restored. We will be eternally grateful to Wal-Mart for making what could have been a tough few days, easy!

Next time you see the same RV in a Wally's lot for more than a night or two, consider they may have permission and they may have a good reason. We shop at Wally's on a regular basis and this experience has convinced me we are going to be regular customers for a long time to come.
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To get back on topic, what source do you use to find a Wal Mart for overnighting. I generally use Next Exit. About two hours before our projected stop, I (or my bride)get into the Next Exit book and find a suitable WM about 120 miles down the road. I don't mean to complain because it is or favorite, but it can be cumbersome if going from state to state or highway to highway. You have to do some math while paging around. Also, it is only good for interstates. Occasionally we travel secondary roads (divided, interstate type roads, but NOT interstates, therefore NOT in Next Exit). We each have smart phones and IPads so apps would work but like most cheapos on this site, I didn't mind paying $$$$$ for the Rv but too cheap to pay 40 bucks to overnight. I didn't mind paying $700 for the IPad, but I am too cheap to pay for an app. I prefer FREE apps (ad supported). BUT, if someone tells me a pay app is really useful, lists every (most) WMs, tells which allow Waly docking, gives phone numbers to call, directions, etc, I MIGHT break open the wallet, watch the moths fly out, part with a few dinero, and pay (forgive me) for an app.
Here's to Wally dockers everywhere. Where are the entepreneurs out there. We need an IRV2 Wally Docker sticker so we can identify each other at WM. Then again, maybe we don't want to be recognized.
Allstays Walmart Overnight Parking app has worked well for us, can't remember if it cost anything but has all locations displayed via map and relative to where you are. Also updated as to whether or not they allow overnight parking
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All of the AllStays Apps cost between $1.99 - 4.99 on Android.
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We live in Western Washington where snowfall is rare and usually limited to an inch or two accompanied by media hype and school closures. Recently we had snowfall of 6" to 2' within about a 30 mile radius. On Tuesday night the power went out. We spent the night in the motorhome with all it's warmth and conveniences. By morning, we had the beginnings of an ice storm. By evening, it was far worse. We live on acreage that consists almost entirely of 100-150' fir trees. You would hear "snap, boom!" Small trees and big branches, and I mean big like up to 40' long were falling all around us and all over the property. We decided to get out as quickly as we could.

We drove towards the local Wal-Mart, noting lights out all along the way. No house lights, no street lights, no traffic lights, businesses closed. Just darkness. As I crested the hill I could see lights! It was Wally's and it was like an oasis! Parking lot lights on, store lights on, everything bright and shiny. Well, not the businesses surrounding WM, they were all dark and closed. I pulled into the lot and found a spot on the outskirts where the snow had been plowed. There was just enough room for us to pull in and still be out of the way. I parked perpendicular to the lines, taking up about four spots, door to the grassy area, slides towards the lot. I was able to get over far enough that opening the slides would still be within the lines and out of traffic.

I went into the store and found a manager. I explained the situation and asked permission to park. She walked with me to the door and I showed her where I was. She said, "sure, you're out of the way, stay as long as you like."

I returned to the motorhome and set the jacks and extended the slides. We went into the store for groceries. That is when I found out they were operating on generator power! I was amazed at the amount of light in the store to say nothing of the lot being completely lit! Though there were lots of shoppers snapping up everything they could find, they had a good selection of food to choose from. However, no chicken or prepared foods. Alas, we would have to cook! We found several selections to hold us over for the next couple days. Even bought a few DVD's to occupy our time.

We ended up coming home on Sunday after the power was restored. We will be eternally grateful to Wal-Mart for making what could have been a tough few days, easy!

Next time you see the same RV in a Wally's lot for more than a night or two, consider they may have permission and they may have a good reason. We shop at Wally's on a regular basis and this experience has convinced me we are going to be regular customers for a long time to come.
That's a pretty nice story!! I was a good safe place to be during a storm. Much better than the naysayers at the RV parks with no power!
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We live in Western Washington where snowfall is rare and usually limited to an inch or two accompanied by media hype and school closures. Recently we had snowfall of 6" to 2' within about a 30 mile radius. On Tuesday night the power went out. We spent the night in the motorhome with all it's warmth and conveniences. By morning, we had the beginnings of an ice storm. By evening, it was far worse. We live on acreage that consists almost entirely of 100-150' fir trees. You would hear "snap, boom!" Small trees and big branches, and I mean big like up to 40' long were falling all around us and all over the property. We decided to get out as quickly as we could.

We drove towards the local Wal-Mart, noting lights out all along the way. No house lights, no street lights, no traffic lights, businesses closed. Just darkness. As I crested the hill I could see lights! It was Wally's and it was like an oasis! Parking lot lights on, store lights on, everything bright and shiny. Well, not the businesses surrounding WM, they were all dark and closed. I pulled into the lot and found a spot on the outskirts where the snow had been plowed. There was just enough room for us to pull in and still be out of the way. I parked perpendicular to the lines, taking up about four spots, door to the grassy area, slides towards the lot. I was able to get over far enough that opening the slides would still be within the lines and out of traffic.

I went into the store and found a manager. I explained the situation and asked permission to park. She walked with me to the door and I showed her where I was. She said, "sure, you're out of the way, stay as long as you like."

I returned to the motorhome and set the jacks and extended the slides. We went into the store for groceries. That is when I found out they were operating on generator power! I was amazed at the amount of light in the store to say nothing of the lot being completely lit! Though there were lots of shoppers snapping up everything they could find, they had a good selection of food to choose from. However, no chicken or prepared foods. Alas, we would have to cook! We found several selections to hold us over for the next couple days. Even bought a few DVD's to occupy our time.

We ended up coming home on Sunday after the power was restored. We will be eternally grateful to Wal-Mart for making what could have been a tough few days, easy!

Next time you see the same RV in a Wally's lot for more than a night or two, consider they may have permission and they may have a good reason. We shop at Wally's on a regular basis and this experience has convinced me we are going to be regular customers for a long time to come.
Impressive! Would take a SERIOUS generator to keep power to all that! I am glad that you had a safe place to go. I wouldn't stay, with trees falling either.

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Impressive! Would take a SERIOUS generator to keep power to all that! I am glad that you had a safe place to go. I wouldn't stay, with trees falling either.

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We have generators at my work that would put what it would take to run a walmart to shame .
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