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Old 02-24-2012, 04:21 PM   #3851
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If you're too lazy to get permission, STAY AWAY!!!!!
Sometimes it is not a matter of being lazy. I am disabled, and to park far away enough to be away from everyone else would make it difficult to walk that far. Another BIG factor for me would be that I am a single female. I would not want to walk across the parking lot and back alone. That being said, I have never overnighted in a Walmart parking lot. The two reasons mentioned above contribute to that. I did overnight once in a truck stop where there was nobody to check with and I parked out of the way. I did not leave my motorhome so nobody could see who was inside. I have used Walmart parking lots for afternoon naps but not overnight yet. I have a directory with phone numbers and would CALL to ask permission if I ever have the need to Wallydock.
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If by chance this thread is still going come September, I may need to start adding pictures of my Wally-docking as I cross the northern united states
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Okay people, Iv'e read enough. WALLYWORLD is not the only overnight parking lot!!! Home Depot, Lowes, and some CHURCHES except on weekends, will allow overnight parking as long as you ask and stay away from truck access lanes on commercial property. If you're too lazy to get permission, STAY AWAY!!!!!
One advantage of Home Depot is that they all seem to have wi-fi available. You may not be able to get it out in the parking lot, with the doors closed, however.
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That must be a thing they do in other states, none of the Home Depots around here have Wifi, and neither do the Lowes.
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We overnighted in a Lowes parking lot in Mansfield, PA a few weeks ago. We were headed to New York, to pick up a new-to-us fifth wheel. The store was closed when we got there, so we couldn't ask permission. We had the local LEOs ride around us twice, but didn't stop to say hello. We got up early the next morning and left when the store opened.

Had the store been open when we got there, I would have gotten permission.
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Sometimes it is not a matter of being lazy. I am disabled, and to park far away enough to be away from everyone else would make it difficult to walk that far. Another BIG factor for me would be that I am a single female. I would not want to walk across the parking lot and back alone. That being said, I have never overnighted in a Walmart parking lot. The two reasons mentioned above contribute to that. I did overnight once in a truck stop where there was nobody to check with and I parked out of the way. I did not leave my motorhome so nobody could see who was inside. I have used Walmart parking lots for afternoon naps but not overnight yet. I have a directory with phone numbers and would CALL to ask permission if I ever have the need to Wallydock.
Your reasoning is valid and you are wise to be aware and careful, Barbara. There is one little trick that can help when leaving your RV. Leave a light on inside and say something like "I'll be back in a minute" loud enough for others to hear and give a little wave, too. You might feel a little foolish, but looking at it from the perspective of someone watching and it appears perfectly normal. But, I understand the desire to leave your RV being somewhat limited when you have to put up with pain or other inconvenience so your call in to the store would work well.
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That must be a thing they do in other states, none of the Home Depots around here have Wifi, and neither do the Lowes.
I know at least Home Depot has free Wi-Fi in at least parts of Washington state. We spent the night in their parking lot in Wenatchee and had great reception about 200 feet from the front door. They leave it on all night, too!
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If by chance this thread is still going come September, I may need to start adding pictures of my Wally-docking as I cross the northern united states
Let the picture posting begin!!
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Our Nascar discussion group has just completed an survey asking the question "how many have overnighted at a Walmart parking lot?" With 876 responders, the answer was a whopping 86 percent. I guess you can't buy good seats and beer and pay for campgrounds. Most Walmarts, near tracks act as staging areas to pick up supplies before going into the track camping.
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I know this is a Mart thread, but please bear with people listing alternatives. Just something else for us to consider. I normally just stay at Wal mart but I like to hear of other's experiences so I can have a choice. As David Letterman would say, "Here are my top ten reasons for overnighting at Wal Mart:

10. Can easily be found in my Next Exit book or Ipad apps
9. Near interstates or just off of secondary roads
8. I always feel welcome
7. Often there are other campers/truckers nearby
6, Wal Mart chicken
5. 24 hour access to 100,000 products
4. Often there is a Redbox to rent a movie
3. Uh! Did I already mention Wal Mart chicken
2. I'm too lazy to plan ahead
1. I'm cheap

If anyone has other more appropriate reasons, I would like to hear them and will modify my list. Such as, "remove number 5, and replace with, "Everyday is Halloween at Wal mart."
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I too like our camping stays at Wal-Mart.

10. Big trash cans out front to dump a week's worth of our trash in.
9. Free snacks off the shelves to munch on while shopping.
8. Observe the latest fashion trends.
7. Free multiple black water dump grates in the parking lot after 3AM.
6. Late night BB gun target practice at the pole lights in parking lot.
5. Sunsets over the Garden Center.
4. Free shower flip-flop trades in the shoe section.
3. Letting the kids follow you around the isles on a store's bicycle.
2. Fishing in the runoff pond.
1. Mickey D's

Those are just a few of the many reasons we like camping at Wal-Mart...the parking lot panhandling to offset fuel costs ain't bad either. Bob
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I too like our camping stays at Wal-Mart.

10. Big trash cans out front to dump a week's worth of our trash in.
9. Free snacks off the shelves to munch on while shopping.
8. Observe the latest fashion trends.
7. Free multiple black water dump grates in the parking lot after 3AM.
6. Late night BB gun target practice at the pole lights in parking lot.
5. Sunsets over the Garden Center.
4. Free shower flip-flop trades in the shoe section.
3. Letting the kids follow you around the isles on a store's bicycle.
2. Fishing in the runoff pond.
1. Mickey D's

Those are just a few of the many reasons we like camping at Wal-Mart...the parking lot panhandling to offset fuel costs ain't bad either. Bob
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Scenic route!!!!!
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...probably noth'n that those of us who frequent the place haven't seen before, but thanks. Hollywood isn't the only place where entertainment is manufactured. Bob
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