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Old 10-20-2019, 07:41 PM   #1
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Overnighting at WalMart Etiquette

So, I have read thru the threads about parking at WalMart, and have some etiquette questions and/or affirmations. Please correct and add to this...

1) ALWAYS, get permission from the WalMart MOD (Manager on Duty) prior to parking overnight

2) Proper etiquette is to stay one night, don't abuse the privilege

3) ASK the MOD where the preferred parking spots for an RV are on their lot

4) Shop at the WalMart, quid pro quo

5) Leave your parking spot cleaner than when you arrived

6) ASK the MOD if okay to use slides and if ok, then try not to intrude on rights of way or other parking spots...park with the slides facing into green or other non parking areas

7) ASK the MOD if okay to use generator and if ok, be respectful of others around you

8) WalMart is not a campground, don't set up grills, camp-chairs, etc like you are staying a long time

What have I missed?

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Old 10-20-2019, 07:44 PM   #2
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I don't think you missed a thing...

NOW, if everyone could just abide by those.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:18 PM   #3
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Frequent Walmart boondocker

We use the Walmart parking lots for overnight stays on most of our trips when we are traveling in our RV. Because we have limited time and are making way to our destination, we transit LOTS of miles per day, (typically 600 to 800 miles per day). It just makes more since to stay there rather than pull into a RV park late at night and depart early the next morning. We also use Lowes, Home Depot, Cracker Barrel and lots of the truck stops.

Your list of etiquette guidelines is very complete. However, we NEVER contact the MOD. Our reason for not contacting the manager is that they are usually very busy. There is a website (Walmart locator) that clearly identifies the stores that DO NOT allow overnight parking. If a Walmart location isn't listed there, we pull in and park and have NEVER had a issue. Most Walmart parking lots that allow RV's always have a small group of RV's parked in the corner. Following the strength in numbers mind set, we feel safer being close to other RV's parking overnight.

OBTW, We always fuel and buy groceries/supplies when we stay at Walmart. While doing so, we tell store employees we are staying overnight. We never put out our slides and never lower our jacks. We just get a little rest and move on......
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:14 AM   #4
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We use the Walmart Locator https://www.amazon.com/Walmart-Locat...3044985&sr=8-1
We start calling ahead around 3PM and can avoid those that don't allow and pull directly into one that does. Especially handy in foul weather.
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We use Walmart parking lots for overnight stays when pulling in late and leaving early to get to our destination.

We no longer contact the MOD as they are usually busy and have to stop whet they are doing to come and talk with us. We do extend our passenger side slides, kind of need that to get to the bed. No do not lower our jacks, sit outside or cook outside.

The DW loves their rotisserie chicken, and me the creamy coleslaw so that is usually our meal and of course a bottle of wine both purchased at Walmart.

Depending on the length of our next stop we usually purchase the required supplies for that stay as well.
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So, I have read thru the threads about parking at WalMart, and have some etiquette questions and/or affirmations. Please correct and add to this...

1) ALWAYS, get permission from the WalMart MOD (Manager on Duty) prior to parking overnight

2) Proper etiquette is to stay one night, don't abuse the privilege

3) ASK the MOD where the preferred parking spots for an RV are on their lot

4) Shop at the WalMart, quid pro quo

5) Leave your parking spot cleaner than when you arrived

6) ASK the MOD if okay to use slides and if ok, then try not to intrude on rights of way or other parking spots...park with the slides facing into green or other non parking areas

7) ASK the MOD if okay to use generator and if ok, be respectful of others around you

8) WalMart is not a campground, don't set up grills, camp-chairs, etc like you are staying a long time

What have I missed?

Thanks.

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Sorry - IMHO and that of Wal*Mart, much of what is listed above is just plain made up.

Here is What Wal*Mart has written on their Web-Site - "While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV."

We have used this privilege often for over the last 20 years, while we observe many of the items on your list, they are not required or IMHO needed, as the Manager usually just will say Spending the night is fine - you might want to avoid this area, as the delivery trucks are using this for deliveries. Most are Busy and normally will answer quickly, inticating - Please, no more Questions.

Generally, I think following Corporate Policy is the Best Practice.

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As a general rule, if you need to put out a slide, park the slide along side a grass curb area. RVParky lists all Walmarts, and tells you if overnight parking is allowed. Common sense tells you to park far away from the main entrance. Parking along the sides and rear of the building is not a good idea, as large trucks have to make deliveries. Usually, there are already several rvs in the back corners of the parking lot by the time we pull in. We always shop in the store. By and large, we do all our shopping at Walmart, just because there parking lots are rv friendly. We do this if we need to stop along the way, even if we are not spending the night there. We generally only stay at Walmarts on long travel days. We like to be off the road by 3pm normally, and always get a campground. If we are running late, or are trying to make extra distance, Walmart is a good option. We never abuse the privilege, and leave it cleaner than we found it. I personally don't put my slide out, or jacks down.
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I always follow the common sense rules, no outside cooking, jacks up, ect. I do not ask manager, as I believe in the better to ask forgiveness rule. He might be in a bad mood or doesn't want to be bothered. Also we only stay in the ones indicated on Allstays. Most of the larger stores are 24 hr stores and they cannot stop you from parking there as its pretty hard to prove you are not shopping at any given time. We also buy all our supplies at WalMarts
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6) ASK the MOD if okay to use slides and if ok, then try not to intrude on rights of way or other parking spots...park with the slides facing into green or other non parking areas
Well, I say never use slides, even if over grass.

But what I don't understand is the "try not to" language. That implies that it's okay to do it under certain circumstances, and that circumstance could be someone just wanting to do it. No part of a parked vehicle should never intrude on the right of way.
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Sorry - IMHO and that of Wal*Mart, much of what is listed above is just plain made up.

Here is What Wal*Mart has written on their Web-Site - "While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV."

We have used this privilege often for over the last 20 years, while we observe many of the items on your list, they are not required or IMHO needed, as the Manager usually just will say Spending the night is fine - you might want to avoid this area, as the delivery trucks are using this for deliveries. Most are Busy and normally will answer quickly, inticating - Please, no more Questions.

Generally, I think following Corporate Policy is the Best Practice.

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