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Old 11-15-2019, 12:10 PM   #1
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Walmart parking lots

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I'm a newbie and I'll be heading out on me first long distance trip in January. I was thinking of laying over in Walmart parking lots while in transit, and I wanted to hear from other members about their experiences. Any responses would help. Thanks.

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Old 11-15-2019, 12:35 PM   #2
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Why? There are plenty of RV parks. Much more comfortable, not to mention safer and quieter.

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Old 11-15-2019, 12:40 PM   #3
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Noticed you are kinda new on the forum and wanted to say hello!

Most Wal-Marts are fine, just depends on where they are located. You will find some that have signs saying no overnight parking. Those are from the city, not from Wal-Mart. Always go in and ask to speak to a manager to get permission before parking for the night. They will usually tell you where to park.

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Old 11-15-2019, 01:40 PM   #4
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Go with your gut feeling when you get to the WalMart parking lot or any overnight stop. I pulled into a WalMart parking lot in September that had a lot of unusual activity for 9-10 o'clock at night. I drove 30 more miles down the road to another WalMart that was quiet like you would expect.
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Old 11-15-2019, 01:52 PM   #5
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I have used Walmart lots (after going inside and asking) and truck stops (again after asking inside)

I have found the Walmart lots to be noisy compared to truck stops. But, that may have just been the locations I stopped at. One thing about the Walmart lots I have overnighted in is I noticed a non-stop, driving around, of a security vehicle in their lots I have stayed at. Might have been the neighborhood, might be company policy. No idea on my end on that.
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:00 PM   #6
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Some Walmarts allow it and some don't. You can also try Cabelas, Cracker Barrel, Lowes and Home Depot. Always ask permission.
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:03 PM   #7
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Download the RvParky App. It is not only handy to find campgrounds. The filters can be set to show all Walmarts, Cabellas, Crackerbarrels etc. The Walmarts listed will tell you if they permit overnight stays, and usually have some reviews put on by previous users. It will tell you the address, and can work on your phone with google maps to show you how to get there. We generally only stay at Walmarts as a last resort, or if we are traveling late. We don't like to show up at campgrounds after dark, or later in the evening. Park away from the main entrance away from routes the delivery trucks will need to use. Most times, there are several other rvs when you get there. I like to pick a spot along a grass curb if possible. I don't normally put out my slides or jacks, but my rv is pretty functional without the slide out.
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:14 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by drdit92 View Post
Why? There are plenty of RV parks. Much more comfortable, not to mention safer and quieter.
in jan most southwest parks are full due to snowbirds and it is a waste for just a night stop.

that being said it all depends on the walmart there are 6000 in the usa 5000 allow over night campers.

another thing is truck stops i have found them to be better for quick nighters, STAY away from reefer trucks they are to loud to get any sleep
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Old 11-16-2019, 07:49 AM   #9
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We were newbies about 22 years ago. We bought a Class C. On our first long trip we stopped at a Walmart in Georgia not really knowing what to expect. As we pulled in a security guard was directing RV's to a certain area and sais "Welcome to Walmart, glad your here, I will be on duty all night so you have nothing to worry about. Have a good stay!!"

Since then we've stayed at dozens of Walmarts on our travels all over the US and Canada. There were only a couple of times we felt uncomfortable.

Do a google search for NoParkWalmarts, there is a list out there that you can search by state/city.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:41 PM   #10
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It may or may not be a well kept secret. Pilot and Flying J truck stops usually have slots or RV Overnight right outside the convenience store. They are open 24/7.
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You must be getting very excited...just take your time and enjoy God Bless.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:53 PM   #12
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I've overnighted at wally world a few times. It's useful if you forgot some items or need to stock up while you there, but I don't like them. I prefer truck stops. Very easy to get in and out of them, and they always have hot food available in the store. It's not always world class food, but it's quick, easy and hot. The people working there have always been nice. Truckers will leave you alone mostly because they want to be left alone. They are just there for a shower and good night's rest. With Walmart, it's a crap shoot. Maybe you get a good one, maybe you'll get crack heads poking around all night long.
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As Good Sam members we try to use Pilot/Flying J stations as much as possible due to the 3 cent per gallon fuel discount. As an additional perk they normally will allow you to stay overnight on their property as long as you ask permission and park where they say you can. We did that a few times on long travel days and no other facilities were in the area. Other than the trucks coming and going at all hours it was just fine.
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We do it routinely when dead heading somewhere. Much more convenient than campgrounds and arguably better security. Having said that we prefer casinos or the right flying J’s / Loves.

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