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Old 09-03-2010, 01:52 PM   #701
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Unfortunately, these Walmart threads seem to include a lot of jumping to conclusions -- people assuming they know what's going on, based on what they see. You may be making just this kind of inaccurate assumption...
No, I see them in town (it's a small town) and I see them in the parking lot, unhooking. I see them rolling their vehicle off of their dolly. I'm pretty sure that indicated they have a vehicle with them. We also see them ride around the plaza before ending back at the Semi-Super Wal-Mart to park (they aren't going to park on the side of the street... no room).

The town we are currently in is a very small town with a good sized college (New Mexico School of Mining) the roads are narrow and hard to maneuver in a big rig. Also since most of the housing is occupied by one or more students (mostly more, all with vehicles) the parking situation is a bit lacking in opportunities. There are few places to stay overnight in an RV here. We are in one of the two RV parks... others are mobile home parks that will accept RVs. Those are usually full with students. Our park has a lot of transcient working folks or often the "First Responders" who train here at the fire station (big nationwide program... firefighters come from all over country). There are a few sites usually open for the overnighters (no cable, no sewer and there are no bathhouses... they got trashed and park decided not to reopen them). Based on what I have read in this thread... many that have posted here wouldn't "lower themselves" to stay here. It is not a high end park. Oh, did I mention there are no signs on the north end of town indicating there is a campground/RV park at the south end of town? Most of the people working in the various restaurants around here are students and don't know about the RV parks. The other RV park is a county owned one. You have to contact the city hall to stay. They close up by 4PM (or earlier... it's a small town, mayor is a part-time job).

And we do sit outside in our lawn chairs. We don't leave them out but we do sit in them (I have a chair, David has a chair and our daughter who is traveling with us has her chair). Like I said before, we don't like to run the AC and our RV is set up to mostly sleep in. No couch, no chairs except for the driver & passenger seat. We have asked at many Wal-Marts if it is okay and they are fine with it. I don't think sitting outside constitutes "camping" otherwise you would be "camping" any where you parked your butt. when Wal-Mart says we can't sit outside in our chairs, then I will stop. BTW, was it "camping" when we sat in our chairs while a tire was being repaired at a tire shop?
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I dont need the FMCA to explain common sense to me........
And did you know that the link provided regarding FMCA is only one of many, many that have boondocking etiquette. Try searching on the words, rv parking etiquette, and see what you come up with. Singling out any one organization is unfounded.
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And you do realize that the "Parking Etiquette" is not a law or rule or anything but a list of suggestions on how to behave. And the only folks who know about it is the ones who post on the forums. That is a very small percentage of the RVing public. Personally, I do not see a problem with sitting in my little folding chair (it's not really a "lawn" chair but a folding chair). It is not left out (I don't want it stolen as I haven't seen many like it) and we don't roll-out the awning. And no place that we have parked at has had a problem with us sitting outside in our little folding chairs. Despite what any of you say, we will continue to sit in our chairs. :P
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Singling out any one organization is unfounded.
The link given singled out the FMCA. You google for me and let me know what you come up with. My agreement is with Walmart, not FMCA ABCD or any other organization.
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And you do realize that the "Parking Etiquette" is not a law or rule or anything but a list of suggestions on how to behave. And the only folks who know about it is the ones who post on the forums. That is a very small percentage of the RVing public. Personally, I do not see a problem with sitting in my little folding chair (it's not really a "lawn" chair but a folding chair). It is not left out (I don't want it stolen as I haven't seen many like it) and we don't roll-out the awning. And no place that we have parked at has had a problem with us sitting outside in our little folding chairs. Despite what any of you say, we will continue to sit in our chairs. :P
Since Walmart doesn't have a problem with you sitting in a folding chair. Neither do I.

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We are planning to stay at a Wal-Mart next weekend .We have stayed at this one several times it is one of our favorites ,we are not sure which night we will arrive so we probably won't phone ahead to make reservations but will just take a chance that they wiil have an open space.
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We are planning to stay at a Wal-Mart next weekend .We have stayed at this one several times it is one of our favorites ,we are not sure which night we will arrive so we probably won't phone ahead to make reservations but will just take a chance that they wiil have an open space.
And I thought I was the only one who made way-points in my GPS for my favorite Wal-Marts. On our yearly trip to see the Mouse down south I have ours plugged in and ready to go no call ahead necessary.
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When they put swimming pools in at wally world, count me in. Forget any negative post I may have made. I'm a commin !! Or do they have water features on display in the garden center ? That will do. I think I will drop by and check that out. If the do you will find me at wally world in the garden department in a water feature with my mask and flippers.
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When they put swimming pools in at wally world, count me in. Forget any negative post I may have made. I'm a commin !! Or do they have water features on display in the garden center ? That will do. I think I will drop by and check that out. If the do you will find me at wally world in the garden department in a water feature with my mask and flippers.

Heck! Why wait? You can always use your outside shower and you can start Wally docking right away

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I think maybe we should find a Wal-Mart that would host a Wally Docking rally. We could advertise, have guest speakers, and invite vendors as well.
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The link given singled out the FMCA. You google for me and let me know what you come up with. My agreement is with Walmart, not FMCA ABCD or any other organization.
Hmmm! Here I am working for someone else again!

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If you need further information on boon-docking etiquette I'm afraid you will have to search for it.

I have no problems with anyone boon-docking, dry camping, or whatever you may want to call it. I only commented because one organization was singled out. It is more than just one organization that recognizes that good etiquette is required if we wish to continue with the "privilege" of staying on some one else's property.

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It is more than just one organization that recognizes that good etiquette is required if we wish to continue with the "privilege" of staying on some one else's property.
Just what we need. More organizations telling us how to live our lives. One of them goes as far as putting their card (with their etiquette instructions) on the windshield of someone who is not conforming to their way of thinking.
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Just what we need. More organizations telling us how to live our lives. One of them goes as far as putting their card (with their etiquette instructions) on the windshield of someone who is not conforming to their way of thinking.
Georgetown350 -- i concur with you and offer that it is not an unusual occurance nowdays. From my homeowners association to FMCA, to etc, etc, etc, folks expect us to always conform to thier random selected standards. I am ok with that on a very broad spectrum but submit that every tom, dick, and harry cannot be a legislative agency.

PS: When we are loafing we generally patronize RV parks, but when we are just traveling we nearly always hang out at the Flying J, or Wal Mart. We always ask permission and have always been welcomed and frequently escorted to preferred parking spaces. In addition, we feel more secure in Flying J and WalMart than most RV parks.

I regret that some of us are so hung up on the degraded social aspect of patronizing Wal Mart. Just because we worked our butts off to afford a nice RV has not automatically promoted us to snobbery status. I worked very hard for this priveledge and am not about to forget where I came from.
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