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Old 05-31-2015, 06:44 PM   #15
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The shrubs are nice..... :-) you can not fix stupid .... laughing helps! .........They might be local RV camp owners under cover too ?? That seems to be really blatant ,,
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Well Gang,
As many of you know from reading on here, other RV forums, or, personal experience, there are many Walmarts that DO NOT ALLOW OVER NIGHT CAMPING, PERIOD! And, in many cases, it's not Walmart. It's the surrounding city that has the power to set the rules and regs for this sort of thing. We have one right here in Lake Havasu City AZ. There signs, on light posts all throughout that parking lot that state "No Overnight Camping" allowed.

And, in many circumstances, the denial for stopping/camping is a result of complaints from surrounding RV parks, campgrounds etc.

But, in the flip side, there are many, many Walmarts across the U.S. that still allow overnight stopping. As it is my understanding that Sam Walmart, stated one time, that he would welcome "Weary travelers" to stay in his establishments for a "REST" period. Well, that's what the original intent of the idea was.

But, as the OP shows and, many of us have seen it over and over again, "PEOPLE" will simply do what they want. Now here's the deal. Using numbers, of ALL the RV travelers out there, including Retired, still working, families, singles, groups(us) and more, in all the states, literally hundreds of thousands, how many are guilty of this "Infraction" of common sense?

I don't have a clue. But, if I had to guess, I'd say way less than .00001%, based on the amount of RV travelers out there. Now, this does not mean it's right, just because a few do it, not at all. No common sense, no common decency, no common courtesy, is prevalent in many people, including ones that operate RVs. In a case such as the OP presented, it's too bad but, most likely it would take a Walmart executive or, maybe even a "rent-a-cop" security guard hired by Walmart to simply make contact and explain, "This is not a campground" "it's an overnight stop"!!!
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I can see this privilege being taken away... its just a matter of time. The RV industry is booming, more and more people want this lifestyle, economy is unstable etc.... and there are tons of people who just don't care cause the universe revolves around them. Unfortunately, the few always ruin it for the masses.... part of life.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:24 AM   #18
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Do you realize that FMCA, Good Sam and Escapees (among others) have come out with the "Rules of the Road" for using free overnight spaces when allowed? It's published in their various publications.
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FMCA and some of the most respected RV consumer clubs have joined together to support your right to park on private businesses’ parking lots overnight under the following code of conduct. The code pertains to establishments that permit "dry camping" on their lots. Dry camping means camping without the use of external hookups for electricity, water supply or waste disposal.
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Industry-Sanctioned Code of Conduct (RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy)
1. Stay one night only!
2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
3. Obey posted regulations.
4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills outside your RV.
5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
7. Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
8. Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.

If your plans include touring the area, staying for more than one night, or necessitate conduct not within the code, please relocate to a local campground. It’s the right thing to do!
Most of the complaints lodged regarding RV parking on business parking lots have to do with aesthetics and perceived abuse of the privilege. There are a variety of competing interests that were balanced to arrive at this industry-sanctioned code of conduct. As you can see, this Code of Conduct is nothing more than an RVers’ “Good
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Not following the code has serious consequences and is detrimental to the rights of all RVers. Already, some municipalities have passed ordinances to prohibit parking on private business property overnight.
Please do not take offense to this letter; it is only provided as a reminder that RVers must be perceived as good neighbors, or there will be more pressure to institute state, county and local ordinances to prohibit parking on private business property.
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Hopefully they get on this topic and see themselves. My opinion no excuse pull in go to sleep get up and get out.
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Do you realize that FMCA, Good Sam and Escapees (among others) have come out with the "Rules of the Road" for using free overnight spaces when allowed? It's published in their various publications.
I have a feeling the people that abuse the privilege of being able to stay in Walmarts lot do not care about the "Rules of the Road", can't read or have never seen them. They are like padlocks, for the honest people.

BTW I agree with those rules and we already have been going by them for the most part because we appreciate somewhere to stop just to get some rest and get going.

Tom N, I would join you there if it was a half keg. 1/4 would not be enough
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My opinion no excuse pull in go to sleep get up and get out.
Sometime I do something else besides sleep, or should I say we do something else!
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I wonder if Wal-Mart has any rules printed about overnighting.

I would think a Campground based organization, would be, a little, biased.

I'll send them an EMail, tonight.
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All I can say... That is one NICE spot... I've paid good money for sites not as nice as that one...

I guess, after reading some of the posts, I've been doing things wrong.. I will usually pop out my bedroom slide... and I've been known to "level".. but I've never pushed out my main slide and I've never put my awning out.. Appears I might be one of those being complained about.. I'm sorry !!

We're usually pulling in VERY late and pulling out VERY early.. and it seems like we've ALWAYS gone inside to purchase something...
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All I can say... That is one NICE spot... I've paid good money for sites not as nice as that one...

I guess, after reading some of the posts, I've been doing things wrong.. I will usually pop out my bedroom slide... and I've been known to "level".. but I've never pushed out my main slide and I've never put my awning out.. Appears I might be one of those being complained about.. I'm sorry !!

We're usually pulling in VERY late and pulling out VERY early.. and it seems like we've ALWAYS gone inside to purchase something...
We can't walk around the foot of the bed with the slide in so if possible we try to find a spot at the curb where we can hang the slide over it. We have put out a big slide in the same manner but only to eat and relax for a bit then bring it in while sleeping. Never jacks, awning, BBQ or really anything outdoors.

Your not doing it wrong. If Walmart was upset about what was going on in their lot then you would hear about it. I guess the idea behind these "rules" are to keep it from looking like a circus so we don't lose the privilege.

We have only stayed at a Walmart once or twice and it was easy to find something we needed to buy.

EDIT: We also stay over at Flying J's and buy fuel on the way in or out even if we don't really need it.
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TV antenna is up also. Nice looking "site". I assume they have been, or are planning on, staying there for a while.
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Ever see those people of WalMart photos? This group is far less scary
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WalMart in Cody Wy has a designated area for overnighters. A few years ago and shortly after dark we counted twenty odd RVs. They were parked in orderly lines with lanes between the lines. No parking lot lights in that area, but lot of lights on the campers. Apparently in this area there it is accepted as normal.
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