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Old 11-03-2012, 06:32 PM   #5811
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One of the main reasons they do is because of RV'er doing what you advocate to everybody. The camping, the awning, the lawn chair, the BBQing, circling the wagons and the rest
what are your thoughts on slideouts?
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:50 PM   #5814
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Walmart corporate policy is "It is ok with us so long as you ask" NOTE: this is only at 24 hour stores with large enough parking lots, There are some "Neighborhood Wal-Mart" stores that are smaller, way more compact, and do not have the room for RV's on the lot. Be kind to the folks there people.

HOWEVER. the policy continues "However we will comply with local laws ordinances"

There is at least one state, and there are many cities that have fallen to the Campground Owner's Assn, and have passed laws or ordinances prohibiting overnight camping ANYWHERE other than a licensed campground.. In some cases this includes your own back yard!!!!!.

In most of these cities the Wal-Mart lot will be posted.

NOTE: in at least one city the police, after consulting with the city attorney, have determined that they do not have the authority to come on to the store property for the sole purpose of enforcing the overnight parking ban unless the store manager invites them (This is the law in many states in fact) and since the manager is not buzzing the fuzz and saying "Come ticket them" they are turning ye-old-blind eye.

Of course sooner or later some over eager rookie will be hired.. but till then.

I have known a few over eager types.... I once had a chat with a trooper where I said something like "I heard about you Sixty tickets in one day", he responded that was true but he'd mellowed out some,, I told him I'd heard that too, he ask what I'd heard, I said "Sixty days and one ticket" After he got doon laughing, he admitted that was not far off. (I think it was 50 something).

NOTE: I could be off by 10 or 20 on both numbers.. still as a joke, don't matter, the story save for the numbers is, however, true.
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Can we keep this going to 6000? Or will Walmart close their lots to campers, parked RVs, sleepy travelers, displaced workers, homeless RV owners, or any other oversized parker first?
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"There's always Walmart" is used often. It seams Walmart is every where.
We buy a lot from them whether we are rving or shopping from home.
We just took a 2 week vacation and found Walmart quite accommodating. On the way to the smokies we found it quite convenient to pull into Walmart at Eatington, Georgia and rest until the next morning. Of course, we shopped and we also asked about overnighting.
It is a good thing we stopped for the night. The next morning the auto park went out and at Banks Crossing (Commerce, GA) I had to disable it before continuing. Jan did a great job being my PARK thereafter by placing chocks at the wheels. We continued the trip to "The Great Outdoors RV Resort". Then we went to "Bald Mountain RV Resort" before coming home.
The manager at the "Cracker Barrel" in Cordele, Georgia invited us to overnight in their parking lot on our returning trip. We were thankful but chose to find a more level place in the "Home DePot" parking lot.
It was nice there, out of the way and alone. But, I think there was a train with its loud horn about every 10 minutes. What a tired rest!
Walmart isn't the only business willing to offer a overnight place.
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We stay overnight in Walmarts quite a bit when going from point A-B. Personally I have never used our awning or grilled outside. But just about EVERY WalMart that I've parked at had them signs up on the light-poles that say "No overnight Parking". Sometimes I ask but most of the time I don't. Just park way off to the side and never have had a problem. Some get on here just to see how many they can rile up, and it seems quite a few get pretty upset. Anyway great thread keep it going, Just left the Walmart in Belleville Illinois-very nice and a nice LOWES next door. Never asked the walmart mgr permission and didn't have a problem! Safe travels
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We stay overnight in Walmarts quite a bit when going from point A-B. Personally I have never used our awning or grilled outside. But just about EVERY WalMart that I've parked at had them signs up on the light-poles that say "No overnight Parking". Sometimes I ask but most of the time I don't. Just park way off to the side and never have had a problem. Some get on here just to see how many they can rile up, and it seems quite a few get pretty upset. Anyway great thread keep it going, Just left the Walmart in Belleville Illinois-very nice and a nice LOWES next door. Never asked the walmart mgr permission and didn't have a problem! Safe travels

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Cannot believe you use Williston for your example. That is a man camp, not Rv'ers parking. Walmart is not the one who initiated the eviction, the local cops did. There were some bad apples there, as always, causing property damage, parties, prostitution, etc..
Williston isn't just a random Walmart that attracted a crowd. There is a very real and acknowledged problem there, and it has to do with the immense influx of labor in the area due to the oil boom there. The "city fathers" have a real poblem; they want the business, and they want the sales taxes, and they want the income taxes, and they want all those people to spend their money in Williston rather than sending it back to wherever home might be, but they don't want to take the steps necessary to provide what will almost certainly be temporary housing, even if it lasts 5 years.

This doesn't even belong in the "Wallydocking" thread, since it's not a case of RVers staying overnight at a Walmart on their way to somewhere, but rather a case of people looking for a semi-permanent place to live while they do local work.
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We stay overnight in Walmarts quite a bit when going from point A-B. Personally I have never used our awning or grilled outside. But just about EVERY WalMart that I've parked at had them signs up on the light-poles that say "No overnight Parking". Sometimes I ask but most of the time I don't. Just park way off to the side and never have had a problem. Some get on here just to see how many they can rile up, and it seems quite a few get pretty upset. Anyway great thread keep it going, Just left the Walmart in Belleville Illinois-very nice and a nice LOWES next door. Never asked the walmart mgr permission and didn't have a problem! Safe travels
I stayed at a Walmart one time where they had a no parking ordinance, because there were so many Rvs already parked for the night. I figured I would just blend in but we were all evicted in the middle of the night. So now if I see the signs I move on because I would not be able to sleep well knowing that I might get that knock.
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I have visited this thread on and off for some time and I even posted a few times early on to note my Walmat experience only to get frustrated with many of the posts and the personal comments/attacks so I un-subscribed. I have see many warnings such as yours from admins yet this thread is still going. What good is a warning if there is no enforcement? One would think that after 5000+ posts that all could be said on this subject and just a place for some to go to push peoples buttons.

If it was within my power I would of shut this thread down long ago. In MY opinion this is NOT what iRV2.com is all about! It brings out the worst in some people...
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As anything in life all good thing can (and often do) get abused. This what my wife and I
call taken the common sense out of it. Seem like there is so little common sense anymore.Now back to thread ,we are very new to this rving seem like something we can live out our last last days doing.If we park in a wal-mart lot overnite and get kick out thats alright we don't take it personal. We are wanting to go west this spring to see old relatives plan on staying a few nites along the way @wal-mart,FJ,truck stops and others.As a disabled vet with little income(bad investments Enron) Were just just trying to get thru with less pain as possible.Were glad we found this form. Don't like the personal attack do understand how one can get work up tho.
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