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Old 10-12-2009, 08:05 PM   #29
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The local ordinances aren't meant to keep you from shopping at Walmart, but rather, camping. Easy for law enforcement to tell when they see the jacks down and the slides out.

I have yet to see any store that erected barriers to keep people with RVs out. I don't easily maneuver in these parking lots with 34 ft Mh and a 20 ft horse trailer, but never seen one that would keep me out.

One time I did pull into a gas station that asked me to move my rig to another pump so I did, of course, the pump was at another station.
Louisiana I-10 exit 64, Elton/Jennings, had overhanging barriers at 12' to prevent class A motorhomes from entering their lot. We had pulled off the interstate to stop there to buy a loaf of bread. The Wal-Mart is on a one way frontage so we had a considerable little jaunt to get back on the interstate in the direction we wanted to go. The only time we have stopped at a Wal-Marts while in the rig is to by supplies or replace something that broke. We have never stayed over night or for more than a couple of hours. They seem to be, for whatever reason, making it more difficult for RV's to feel welcome and do business with them. If I can't shop there while in my rig, I don't need to shop there when driving my car.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #30
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try, allstays.com to see a list of WM that allow parking or not. You can display a map by state or a list of towns by name. That should prevent a knock at the door in the middle of the night.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:20 PM   #31
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Wal mart, I40 Oklahoma City OK
On the other hand, I40 East of OK City you will find the Firelake's casino and they offer FREE 50 amp and water for 3 nights. Want to stay more, just go in and renew your pass. We were there for 10 days and had a great time in the surrounding areas.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:28 PM   #32
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Louisiana I-10 exit 64, Elton/Jennings, had overhanging barriers at 12' to prevent class A motorhomes from entering their lot. We had pulled off the interstate to stop there to buy a loaf of bread. The Wal-Mart is on a one way frontage so we had a considerable little jaunt to get back on the interstate in the direction we wanted to go. The only time we have stopped at a Wal-Marts while in the rig is to by supplies or replace something that broke. We have never stayed over night or for more than a couple of hours. They seem to be, for whatever reason, making it more difficult for RV's to feel welcome and do business with them. If I can't shop there while in my rig, I don't need to shop there when driving my car.
Don't forget that tractor trailers have to get onto the Wal-Mart lot to deliver their goods. We just follow the route to the truck entrance and then pull out front assuming that it looked like there would be room in the first place. The average "free" night at Wal-Mart usually costs us around $100 so I really don't feel real bad about staying there for a quick overnight.
By the way, no flames please! I am not suggesting that anyone else do what we do or that what I do is right or wrong. It's simply something to keep in mind when you are trying to get from point A to point B.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:39 PM   #33
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Better yet just stay at Cracker Barrels. Never had a problem there....They are usually along interstates anyways and typically not around housing.
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I'm sorry , but this is the best I can do, no jacks, no slides and no awning can't expect one who parks overnight at WM to have all the bells and whistles eh! now to call this camping one really has to stretch the meaning of the word to it's full extent.....

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Thanks, Willis. There were several pictures on the other forum posted and they are all much like yours. The critics of Wal-Mart parking keep saying "jacks down, slides, out, bar-b-que going" but have been unable to show pictures that demonstrate that, even once.

The point is that I see nothing wrong with your picture or parking overnight at Wal-Mart, especially if it is late at night and the stop was primarily for some rest. I have no doubt that there are abuses and some of them, including dumping tanks are horrible. I still suspect that the vast majority of RVers who end up on a Wal-Mart parking lot are respectful and appreciative of the chance to have a relatively safe place to park for a few hours. Wal-Mart continues to welcome us because they understand that.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:07 AM   #35
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I do not shop Wal-Mart, do not like Wal-Mart and would never consider parking there.
We did however did stop overnight at a Cracker Barrel, had a good meal and ask the manager for the stop over. The next morning went in and had breakfast then hit the road.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:36 AM   #36
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We often stay at Wal-Mart's or Cracker Barrel's when on a cross country trip. I can't see spending my hard earned dollars for a few hours of parking in a campground when I need no other services. As to jacks and slides I use them as long as there is room (slides) and no damage to the lot (jacks). I think the neighborhood complainers could care less about these two items, it's the MH they hate.

Yes I paid a lot for my MH but the reason I got it is so that I can stay just about anywhere I want to. Be that a high end RV park, a campground, or a relatives house for the holidays, or any where in between.
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I think the underlying reason for this "hatred" is that the non-RV public-at-large see us as..

NOMADS or
GYPSIES or
HOBOS or
HOMELESS VAGABONDS As like the "Okies" in the 30's....

THey just don't know who most of us are:

Their Parents,
Their Grand PArents,
Their children,
THeir Boss,
Their Dr.
Their Lawyer,
Their Police and Firemen
etc....
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To the person who said that people "camping "at Walmart seldom happens. Why do you think the city of Kissimmee FL banned overnight parking at WalMart. One Daytonna week, I saw many rigs at the Clermont and Kissimmee stores. awnings out, dogs tied, rugs down for days. Locally we had rigs dumping tanks in the storm sewer. The bad apples make it hard for everyone. We use Walmart sometimes. It costs more to stop there than any campground and I don't have to worry about pulling in after dark.
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Hope I'm not repeating someone else's post.
I was told by one WM manager," if WM is on mall property they have no say about RV parking, iF they are on WM owned property RV parking is usually allowed.
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I have a suggestion for the original poster.. Actually 2 of 'em

The first, I believe you did,, NAME THE TOWN in a public post..

The second one is to take out your map or invoke your map software and put a big red X on top of that town on the map

And next time you are passing through.. Take a different route that is more RV friendly

As more and more RVers take their money elsewhere... Either the town will be real happy that there are no more ugly RV's cluttering up their parking lots.. Or they will revoke the ordiance so as to get your money and tax it..

Oh, and don't forget to let 'em know why you are not returning.

A simple post card or two (one to the store one to the city manager/mayor)

"I stopped for the night at the local wall mart but was shooed off by the police.. I'll be taking my business elsewhere in the future, Have a good day" should suffice, 28 cents to mail a post card as of the last one I mailed.
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To the person who said that people "camping "at Walmart seldom happens. Why do you think the city of Kissimmee FL banned overnight parking at WalMart. One Daytonna week, I saw many rigs at the Clermont and Kissimmee stores. awnings out, dogs tied, rugs down for days. Locally we had rigs dumping tanks in the storm sewer. The bad apples make it hard for everyone. We use Walmart sometimes. It costs more to stop there than any campground and I don't have to worry about pulling in after dark.
What I meant by "seldom" is that it isn't wide-spread and constant across the country. I do understand that destination points like Kissimmee are more likely to have more than just a couple of people who ruin it for others. I know that we saw quite a few RVs at the Wal-Mart in Rapid City but, again, no one seemed to have jacks down or slides out. We've visited a lot of Wal-Marts during our travels and have yet to see a single RV that wasn't parked there just as we were, ready to pull out immediately. Perhaps ours is just a very limited view and the "camping" problem is more widespread that I think. The other forum's inability to pull up an offending photo or two seems to confirm what we've seen. Seldom certainly doesn't mean that it never happens.
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I agree with Dan L.
I always check the All stays web site Dan posted a link to. I call the number listed for that store and check that there has been no change in local ordinance and overnighting is ok. I ask if they have a preferred area of their lot for rv's. I always check in with customer service when I arrive to let them know I am there and if not a 24 hr location that I will be out of their lot by the time they open or soon there after.

This is a valuable option that Wal Mart gives us. Please do your part & help protect it.

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