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Old 05-12-2012, 06:14 PM   #4061
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There is no medical reasons to justify running one all night at a Walmart when there are so many other easy options.
Ever try to run a CPAP or oxygen concentrator off a currant bush? Those two are VERY legitimate medical reasons.
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The other options are a Flying J or the boonies.
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Yep, one of which is not to put slides out, or make it look like you're staying long term like chairs, awnings , BBQ's etc, but nothing about running a gen.
The two times we stayed at a WM we spent an average of $250. We opened our slides and BBQ 'd and had our chairs out. They told us to come back real soon.
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If it is warm out - generator runs all night! That's why I purchased a motorhome and not a travel trailer. Kudos to the guy with the portable Honda!

You know you're parking in a parking lot of a business that is open 24 hours a day when you pull in.
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When my wife and I travel, about 8000 to 10000 miles per year, we plan our routes around Walmart and Macdonalds locations. Walmart has quiet secure stopping places, and MacD's has Breakfast. We always park in the outer lot with the other MH,s and big rigs, and we always try to leave the place cleaner than we found it. In the mid-west and Western States, the Entrance way and parking lots at the MacD is usually big enough for the big rigs to fit. We do all our shopping at Walmarts even if we aren't stopping there for the night. At one Walmarts we stopped at there were 10 big rigs and 23 MH's in the parking lot, and more came in after we got there.
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Ever try to run a CPAP or oxygen concentrator off a currant bush? Those two are VERY legitimate medical reasons.
Yep, DW uses her Cpap on a small inverter plugged into the batteries in either TT or slidein camper..
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Just got back from a trip from Ottawa to Halifax NS and back. Stayed at Walmarts in Edmunston NB, Halifax NS, and Brewer ME. Asked at each place for rules, basically were none I was told. Slideouts and Gens were Ok. Edmunston said there was a town ord that gens couldn't run after 11pm which was fine with us.

We ran the gen at all for a couple of hours to watch tv but was usually shutdown before 11, but no one else was there. We didn't run at Brewer as there were 4 other trailers.

Spent money at each walmart and picked up a stray cart or 2 in the morning when going in for a paper.
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Heh..looks like a trailer park in the back.. oh the shame
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Running a generator consumes from .5 to .8 or gallons an hour. This is more expensive than a campground, A good alternative is to go to sleep running the generator and AC and the first person up during the night can cut them off. This can save $25 of fuel.
Boy, your generator gets horrible fuel economy, my little champion will run my a/c for 4-6 hours on a gallon and a half of unleaded.
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Maybe it is because it is a little one. Mine is a 5500 watt. Each AC requires 1350 watts and on start up, they pull about 26 amps. Many generators are a lots bigger than mine.
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The two times we stayed at a WM we spent an average of $250. We opened our slides and BBQ 'd and had our chairs out. They told us to come back real soon.
I was stating what is generally acceptable by the RV'ers themselves, not what was said at an individual store location. Both Good Sam and FMCA have a Code of Conduct when parking at Wal*Marts and other locations. Good for everyone that takes advantage of the offer.
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Overnight parking etiquette FMCA and some of the most respected RV consumer clubs have joined together to support your right to park on private businesses’ parking lots overnight under the following code of conduct. The code pertains to establishments that permit "dry camping" on their lots. Dry camping means camping without the use of external hookups for electricity, water supply or waste disposal.
Industry-Sanctioned Code of Conduct (RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy)
1. Stay one night only!
2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
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4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills outside your RV.
5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
7. Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
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If your plans include touring the area, staying for more than one night, or necessitate conduct not within the code, please relocate to a local campground. It’s the right thing to do!
Most of the complaints lodged regarding RV parking on business parking lots have to do with aesthetics and perceived abuse of the privilege. There are a variety of competing interests that were balanced to arrive at this industry-sanctioned code of conduct. As you can see, this Code of Conduct is nothing more than an RVers’ “Good Neighbor” policy.
Not following the code has serious consequences and is detrimental to the rights of all RVers. Already, some municipalities have passed ordinances to prohibit parking on private business property overnight.
Please do not take offense to this letter; it is only provided as a reminder that RVers must be perceived as good neighbors, or there will be more pressure to institute state, county and local ordinances to prohibit parking on private business property.
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Yep, DW uses her Cpap on a small inverter plugged into the batteries in either TT or slidein camper..
Not everyone has an inverter. And I'm not sure a concentrator will run very long on batteries.
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Not everyone has an inverter. And I'm not sure a concentrator will run very long on batteries.
My Bi-Pap runs on a 400 watt inverter which can be bought inside a Wal-Mart for about $40. I can run it for 3 night with my great batteries. You could easily test the oxygen concentrator and see what it's amp needs were.
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When my wife and I travel, about 8000 to 10000 miles per year, we plan our routes around Walmart and Macdonalds locations.
When you say McDonalds, do you mean to eat, or do you ever spend the night on their lot?
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