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Old 11-03-2009, 03:20 PM   #43
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:21 PM   #44
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We've used Wal-Mart lots several times while traveling. Only problem is finding them. Can anyone recommend a good source for Wal-Mart locations?

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wal mart atlas list all stores including sams
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For the record;

Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, officially extended an invitation to all RVers that they are welcome to spend a night at Walmart when passing through. At one time the invitation was on their website.

The policy is still in effect, but local ordinances may prevent overnight parking.

There is NO freeloading involved as we are invited guests.

Unfortunately, IMO, some take advantage of this hospitality by abusing our welcome by setting up camp or staying too long. Those folks do indeed give us all a black eye and result in local ordinances prohibiting overnight parking.

The Escapees club came up with a Good Neighbor Policy for boondocking on private property with the FMCA and several other organizations adopting the policy. This letter is also intended to be given to abusers of our welcome, but many have reported when handing this letter to abusers, they become hostile.

As noted by others, it's the few who are ruining it for all.
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This yahoo group WalMart RVing is a great source for finding Wal Marts and their OP status. There is a downloadable file avialable and updated frequently listing every US store and NOP is noted.
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I suggest getting the Walmart atlas, so you can call ahead and ask if they are "RV friendly".

This way you can know before arriving if overnight parking is permitted, and also avoids the long line at customer service.
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Thanks for the tips on finding WAl-Marts. I'll check out the atlas.
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Hello All,
We "discovered " WalMart parking many years ago (1986). At that time we were on our first MH trip and spent numerous hours searching for Campgrounds where we registered, paid, never hooked up and left after only 4-5 hours of sleep to be on our way. On that first 10,000 mile summer tour we supported the Campgrounds with 60 nights of fees. As our experience grew we learned about Walmart-kmart etc. and took advantage of them. It has been a two way street we spend a large amount of money supporting the stores we stop at. We understand why Walmart has such a fully stocked RV section, something we did not initially realize.
While we are en-route we take full advantage of their hospitality, until we reach our final or intermediary destinations.
There are some abuses that we have seen on our recent trip. People living in their RV at Walmart as evidenced by their "Toad" with no means of towing (no tow bar or Dolly) and 3-4 flat tires. Cars with sleeping occupants and covered windows as well as the flat tires. The Economy is taking it's toll. There are children in some of whom with no obvious school enrollment. Our hearts go out to them. Walmart will probably have to act to control this or Authorities will start looking into it.
We have also met up with an interesting phenomina we were parked at a Walmart about 8:00 at night when another MH and two 5thwheelers pulled up very close to us. They knocked on our door and asked us to not use our Generator since they did not like the potential sound or odor. After our shock we politely told them that we were planning to use our Genset. Quiet Hour at Walmart??, we were parked in a side section of the Parking Lot away from the Traffic flow and customer parking. We try to park in the area that is on the side that the doors are usually closed at 10:00 by the store to avoid any interference with shoppers and always as far away as possible. By the way the MH put their 3 slides out and used their levelers looking as if they were staying for a week. We don't know how long they stayed since we were gone at dawn. As a side note there was a Culvers Burger place that provided Internet access right next to the Parking Lot. On this trip we were even led to a spot by a security truck reminded us of the Campgrounds where they lead you to your spot.
We were turned away at a Walmart in Carlyle,PA which is an area with potential for "camping abuse" due to the many swap meets and shows, we left there quickly with no shopping.
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we never stay at wally world, but do stop to get provisions or fuel from time to time
i have always wanted to hang my d/v parking tag so i could park up front in the accessible spots for a laugh.

one of our favorite private rv parks is in vernon texas the rocking A campground
they share a fence with wal mart, we walk over for stuff. the wally parking lot is always full of overnighters and otr trucks, they have even made a huge side lot just for this type of parking......
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We have also met up with an interesting phenomina we were parked at a Walmart about 8:00 at night when another MH and two 5thwheelers pulled up very close to us. They knocked on our door and asked us to not use our Generator since they did not like the potential sound or odor. After our shock we politely told them that we were planning to use our Genset. Quiet Hour at Walmart??
Got to admire some folks nerve. If you are looking for solitude a parking lot is not the place. My genset is on for dinner and TV watching till bedtime, back on for breakfast. Also if it is to hot to do with out AC through the night it stays on for the duration. I also park out of the way so when I put my slides out it will not cause a problem. I paid good money for these push button conveniences when I traded up from my TT and intend to use them.
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If overnighting at WM is freeloading, why am I about $60-$100 poorer afterwards?
barrier2, That was quite nervy of those folks, you were already there. I would have lost all resemblance of politeness at that point. Last WM we overnighted at, we awoke to discover 2 MH's,1 pickup/cargo trailer, 3 semi's aligned with our rig, one with engine idling. We never even knew they were there until awakening.(we use a white noise generator -I snore)
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Just went to our local Wal-Mart Super Center in Eureka and the lot was packed with Snow Birds. Went in to shop and halve the shelfs were bare. Asked the manager about a couple of products that were gone and he said they stock the shelves at night, but the had a run on goods. You know who from?

He says he welcomes them thru here every year and damn glad to have them.

I have had the pleasure to stay at a Sam's store in Rapid City for the last three years. We get in about 8 pm after driving all day and we stock up when we get there. We've always called ahead and they welcome us but the restriction is only one night.The Wal-mart across the street is packed and there is usually only 4 or 5 on the Sam's lot. Our destination is Custer just South of Rapid city, but it isn't very safe driving down thru the parks at night (ELK)

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We've used Wal-Mart lots several times while traveling. Only problem is finding them. Can anyone recommend a good source for Wal-Mart locations?
The next time you are in Wal-Mart, stop by the Rand McNally map display and pick up one of their maps. Every (almost) Wal-Mart location is listed inside.
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We bought a 1982 Sportscoach CrossCountry to park at a little place we got on THE Tippecanoe River. The plan was to winterize it and only move it to fill the propane tank or to avoid the occasional flood. My youngest daughter got into a bad spot in Phoenix, Arizona so one week before my vacation we started preparing our beast for the road. Had breakdowns, broke the bank and had to call in all favors just to get there let alone back to Hammond, IN. This wasn't a pleasure trip but a rescue mission; there were three grandchildren involved! We stayed in WalMarts, rest stops and truck stops and even spent one night alongside a highway in Texas while we replaced a u-joint we blew out. All I can say is thank God for WalMarts. We stayed there several times, tried to buy tires there, (Didn't know we had an odd size) picked up money there and shopped there. WalMart even ran a commercial about welcoming RVs in their parking lots. In Texas we parked in what appeared to be an out-of-the-way spot only to learn a valuable lesson; apparently Texans pay NO attention to parking lot lines and they were cutting through the lot to bypass a stop light! After watching several cars whipping around the neighboring RVs and almost colliding near them, we moved to a more remote corner of the lot away from the traffic flow, other RVs and semis. While torn about the living wage issue with WalMarts, (I'm a union man) I'll probably be a customer for life knowing I'll always have a place to overnight at WalMarts.
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