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Old 05-19-2012, 05:49 PM   #4117
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I like to run my genny just about anytime I want and not upset anyone around me. I added this to my existing Onan muffler and it lowered the noise by 1-2 db and made the exhaust tone more mellow. The guy in a hole-in-the-wall muffler shop wanted $20 for it. I told him that nobody else was going to buy it and offered him $10. He bit.

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #4118
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Back to the OP.........

There's been a time or two where stopping for a night at Walmart would seem to be a good solution for a nights accommodation. We've never done it and try to plan so it's not necessary. We thought most folks planned as we do. That was until we visited several (many) Walmarts in the course of our travels.

I wish I'd recorded what I saw, but I can condense what I saw down to this.

We were staying in a nearby RV park and made several trips to Walmart. Day after day there was a pick-up with a cab-over towing the chopped off bed of another pick-up with another cab-over. They were there at least 5 days! With a blue tank laying on the parking lot pavement!

That's not what it's about!

He wasn't the only abuser we've seen, but was representative of the blatant.

I hope this freeloader doesn't wreck our chance for a one nighter in Walmart. But his memory keeps us from even trying.

Good luck to the rest of you.

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #4119
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We thought most folks planned as we do.
We used to plan, but determined that we found way too much along the way to stick with any rigid plan. Having the ability to stay at Wal-Mart makes this easier. I can't tell you how many times we have changed our plans. It is the norm and many, many RVers do it.
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SSteve reported that he saw lots of violations on some lot. I wonder if it is advisable to notify management of the violation (blue tank on private lot).? It might show management that most of us care enough to report such violations and show that we want it stopped too. We aren't the cops here, just the extra eyes.
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If you need to run a generator for medical reasons you can always choose a spot away from the other RVs parked there with people trying to sleep. WM doesn't demand that all RVs be packed together. There is always enough parking space to avoid keeping others awake or waking them up if later in the night by pulling up and running a generator among them. After all, you don't know what health problems they may have and sleep may be very important to them.
The RV generators are, for the most part, very quiet and make less noise than most of the cars. You can run yours or not, if we need it we run it while WallyDocking, as do many others.
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SSteve reported that he saw lots of violations on some lot. I wonder if it is advisable to notify management of the violation (blue tank on private lot).? It might show management that most of us care enough to report such violations and show that we want it stopped too. We aren't the cops here, just the extra eyes.
Unless there's a local law against it there was no violation. If the store allowed it then it must have been OK with them. After all, he was containing his waste. Now, if he dumped it in the drains there would be a law broken, be we don't know that. And neither does anyone else here.
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I've stayed at a Walmart only once and, even at that, felt sort of guilty abot being on someone else's property. I'm sure I'll get over that, of course ;-), but that's not my point. The idea of paying back the favor is a very good one. While I was out walking the dog (and picking up after her!) I also picked up four carts that were strewn all over the parking lot, so that's another way we can help keep the Walmart and town folks on our side. I am always stunned by the number of carts left sitting in the parking spots when you could usually reach the cart placement area with 4 beers and a good bladder! Not to mention all the coffee cups and fastfood wrappers. But that may be a rant for another time.
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Back to the OP.........

There's been a time or two where stopping for a night at Walmart would seem to be a good solution for a nights accommodation. We've never done it and try to plan so it's not necessary. We thought most folks planned as we do. That was until we visited several (many) Walmarts in the course of our travels.

I wish I'd recorded what I saw, but I can condense what I saw down to this.

We were staying in a nearby RV park and made several trips to Walmart. Day after day there was a pick-up with a cab-over towing the chopped off bed of another pick-up with another cab-over. They were there at least 5 days! With a blue tank laying on the parking lot pavement!

That's not what it's about!

He wasn't the only abuser we've seen, but was representative of the blatant.

I hope this freeloader doesn't wreck our chance for a one nighter in Walmart. But his memory keeps us from even trying.

Good luck to the rest of you.

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There are, say, 'traveling temporary workers' who kinda depend on Walmart and others for a place to stay during their brief time off the Welfare and/or Unemployment rolls.. Watch who you call 'freeloader'.
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Not to mention all the coffee cups and fast food wrappers. But that may be a rant for another time.
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I like to run my genny just about anytime I want and not upset anyone around me. I added this to my existing Onan muffler and it lowered the noise by 1-2 db and made the exhaust tone more mellow. The guy in a hole-in-the-wall muffler shop wanted $20 for it. I told him that nobody else was going to buy it and offered him $10. He bit.
Any idea what that muffler is off?

By the way, most Walmarts that prohibit parking on their own are in resort areas where the abuse was just too ridiculous.
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I think more he was of the belief that it [his very noisy generator] wasn't of an obtrusive level and likely wasn't to 99% of the rvers there.
I think you're half right. I think he really believed that because his generator noise was well insulated from the interior of his Class C, it was well insulated from the outside as well. It wasn't.

The generator noise was in fact highly obtrusive to 50% of the RVers in this Walmart lot on that particular morning. There were two RVs in the lot: the Class C with the noisy generator, and us.
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Any idea what that muffler is off?
The muffler had some mounting flanges and a heat protector that I cut off. I have no idea what it was for or the brand. The numbers on it are I 190588. I also added the 1 1/2" tip on the end.

OMG! I Googled that part number and my previous post on it came up on forums I have never been on.
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and RV.net, which I did post it on.

I don't remember anybody asking me for permission to cross post it on other forums.
Maybe RV.net makes money by selling their database. I wouldn't doubt it.
Just like these sites that have a privacy policy saying they won't sell or give your data away. B.S.
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The generator noise was in fact highly obtrusive to 50% of the RVers in this Walmart lot on that particular morning. There were two RVs in the lot: the Class C with the noisy generator, and us.
I admire you for your math skills.
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By the way, most Walmarts that prohibit parking on their own are in resort areas where the abuse was just too ridiculous.
While many Walmarts in resort areas and other "tourist destination" areas do not allow Overnight RV Parking, there are numerous exceptions.

And "No Overnight RV Parking" Walmarts are by no means limited to these tourist destination areas.

With something in the neighborhood of 8,000 Walmarts and Sam's Clubs in the USA, and with the decision on whether to allow Overnight RV Parking in the hands of individual managers, it's really difficult to make any accurate generalizations about what the policy may or may not be in a given store.
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