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Old 02-09-2010, 12:00 PM   #351
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This is a helpful hint that I picked up at www.allstays.com This is a great web site that has lots of RVing information.

Please keep in mind that this is parking and NOT camping. Abuse ruins it for everyone. There is a growing trend against banning this privilege so lets try to keep it as long as we can. Don't put your slides out. Don't use your awnings, grills or jacks. Don't leave garbage behind or drain tanks on the blacktop. Don't even leave your steps out. Many stores use this as the definition of allowing it. It should appear like you just ran into the store for something like any other shopper.
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This is a helpful hint that I picked up at www.allstays.com This is a great web site that has lots of RVing information.

Please keep in mind that this is parking and NOT camping. Abuse ruins it for everyone. There is a growing trend against banning this privilege so lets try to keep it as long as we can. Don't put your slides out. Don't use your awnings, grills or jacks. Don't leave garbage behind or drain tanks on the blacktop. Don't even leave your steps out. Many stores use this as the definition of allowing it. It should appear like you just ran into the store for something like any other shopper.
I think that's an excellent summary. However, the trend is against allowing this privilege due to abuse by RVers who don't know any better or just don't care. In addition to "don't drain tanks on the blacktop," I'd add "or in storm drainsor anyplace else, other than an RV Dump Station."
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Why are these walmart threads so popular
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Why are these walmart threads so popular
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I think some people get on the Walmart thread and make OUTRAGEOUS statements causing others to feel compelled to respond
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I think some people get on the Walmart thread and make OUTRAGEOUS statements causing others to feel compelled to respond



I think that these Walmart threads engender a lot of participation for several reasons.
  • LOTS of RVers are looking for places to park overnight for one night, just to sleep, on the way to their destination.
  • Many RVer prefer paying for a campground or RV park for these overnight stops.
  • Many other RVers prefer not to pay for RV park amenities that they don't need and won't use.
  • Opinions on what is and what isn't appropriate when parking overnight at a Walmart vary widely:
    • Some RVers think it's a right, not a privilege.
    • Some RVers think that all Walmarts allow Overnight RV Parking.
    • Some RVers think that most or all Walmarts really don't want RVers to park overnight there.
    • Some RVers think they should never ask permission from the store.
    • Most RVers understand Walmart's policy, which says that:
      • Walmart allows its managers to offer Overnight RV Parking, at the manager's discretion, within the scope of applicable laws, zoning regulations, etc.
      • RVers should alway ask permission from the store.
    • Some RVers prefer not to park overnight at Walmart.
    • Some of the RVers who prefer not park overnight at Walmart don't think anyone else should park there, either.
  • And, as stated above, all of the above opinions make this the perfect place for trolls to post outrageous messages, just to stir things up, make other people mad, and get lots of replies.
Internet trolls don't care how many people's time they waste or whom they hurt -- they're interested only in getting their jollies at the expense of other people's feelings. Fortunately, the trolls I've observed here on irv2.com are far less impolite and far less vicious than some I've seen on other online RV-related discussion groups.
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Good answers. Now theres two Walmart threads for the trolls to patrol.
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Well I just bought my first popup trailer and am planning a long roadtrip with it. Walmarts will be convenient while we travel to our destination. However, when I have time to check in earlier I prefer a state park or campground where I will be able to build a fire and cook dinner outside.

If I stay at a walmart I think I prefer staying at one that has 24 hour openings. Unfortunately with a popup I have to open the extensions or I can't get into the trailer. Still, I think there is quite a small footprint as most popups including ours are quite small.
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Rick, I would be concerned about safety in a pop up as well as the "set up" look.
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Prior to upgrading to a MH we had a Hybrid and stayed in the canvas end of the pop out all the time at Wal-Mart's. Now as for security we had a watchdog with us and were adequately armed at all times.
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Rick welcome and congrats on the new pop up. You are just as welcome at walmarts as any other RV. Don't let the snobs tell you any different.
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Rick, I'm with RV Wizard with this one. I would be more concerned with security. Stay in a well lit area, if you must and have some protection. Lots of strange things going on any more. Home invations happening in different places. Just pays to be extra cautious. Good luck...
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