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Old 09-30-2016, 09:36 AM   #127
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Our Rand McNally GPS has all of the Walmart's listed. It only gives information whether or not overnight stays are allowed. No ratings.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:33 PM   #128
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Sure would be nice to compile a list of the "nice" Walmarts that are RV friendly. We are parked at one right now (Wasco, CA). We had three stops from Southeast TX. First was Amarillo, TX. Large parking lot with room to spare. Not outside 2 minutes and was confronted by a F/W (female, white) who asked to polish our wheels for ten bucks because she was stranded there and had no money. I then asked if she did not have any money why she was drinking a beer. None the less she walked off without any of my money. Lots of transients in the parking lot. I flagged down the parking lot security guard and gave him 10 bucks if he would make her and her transient friends leave. He ran her and all her friends off. Little peace of mind is all I needed I guess. Second layover was Winslow, AZ. In stark contrast MUCH nicer than Amarillo. Nice, clean parking lot but a little smaller than Amarillo. We were going to stay in Flagstaff but were told (we called ahead of time) that the parking lot was owned by the city and the police would make people leave around 5AM. All in all Winslow was nice. Third layover was supposed to be Bakersfield right off I-40. Not sure why but I just got a bad feeling. Started looking and found what appeared to be a nicer place in Wasco, CA. After passing by and seeing the one in Bakersfield we were going to stay at, it was the right call. Wasco is nice but dusty and the parking lot is not really conveniently set up for a MH and toad but we made it work. All in all I got to thinking. The town I work in has 2 super Walmarts. The one in my beat actually led the nation out of all the Walmarts for theft/shrink. So with all the crime at my home Walmart in all the years of working I have never taken a report of any kind related to anyone staying in an RV. Now with that being said our Walmart is out if the way and about 15 miles south of any major interstate. All in all in the future for layovers we will use Walmarts again. Just our experience.
This summer I twice stayed at the Flagstaff Walmart on Huntington, right in front of a no overnight parking sign, near 15 other RV's with no trouble. So nice to find a cool place in an Arizona summer.
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Winslow was not bad. It got in the 50's the night we stayed there but when driving through Flagstaff we seen why it would be cooler there in the summer. I just did not want to chance running into a officer who might have had a bad attitude and then have to leave and find somewhere else.
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I'm in Flagg right now. There are 2 walmarts here in town. One is "downtown" no overnight parking as it is in a "center of town" shopping center. The center of town one is a very small store, not a super Walmart. The other is out by the freeway, that must be the hunington store, where you can spend the night.

I'm at the kit carson rv park on the business 40, easy in and out for big rigs. they charge $35 for seniors over 65, full hook ups no cable tv, free wifi. it is a heavy forested area. Seems like the try to keep it up, but with the rains, well, nothing is paved. Most folks are pretty friendly and there are some perms here, mostly newer rigs. If you are into the "rv resort parking lot" this is not the place for you, but if you like camping in the forest you will love this place.

Flagstaff, old town, is located north of the 40. Like many rail road towns, there is the freeway, then the rail lines, and finally the town. It sits right at the base of some mountains. Old town on a warm night looks like the big shopping centers in Cali on the day after thanksgiving......

I didn't expect to have to spend 5 days here but wife came down with something. They local urgent care facilities seem to be good. Small town with many of the big box stores present that one could overnight at if needed, but they are spread out!
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The last few comments have talked about flagstaff
We have just stayed in town the last time was Super Bowl Sunday
Driving from Va to Las Vegas we didn't even try WM
Cracker Barrel was a little snow covers but very easy to pull in
Morning had 4 travelers
Came back thru 6 days later in morning had 3 travelers
Left for monument valley and returned 6 days later
Morning saw only us parked and that was the night of the great game
We are now in Quartzsite and will leave here at some time for Tucson and our plans to travel back east might take us thru Flagg again I see CB as stop over if needed

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Last time I stayed at a WalMart, I went inside and bought some DEF, too. The manager went into the order pick-up area and got it for me. I told him that I was grateful that RVs were allowed to stay the night in the parking lot and how much easier it makes my travels into areas I don't know. He smiled and said I was the first person that ever told him anything like that.

I made sure that he knew that for many folks, Wallydocking was part of our trip planning, and that Wallydockers are encouraged to buy anything they might need in the store. He seemed surprised that there was a place like IRV2 where these things are discussed.

If any of you get the chance, tell them how you really appreciate the free overnight parking. They might not have ever been told how helpful it is.
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Always cost us MORE to stay in a Wal*Mart than a RV park. We bought stuff inside and ate at a local restaurant if possible. Sometimes we even parked with the Newells and Prevosts there too.
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Sioux Falls Walmarts no longer allow overnight parking

I contacted all 3 Walmart stores in Sioux Falls, and was told they are no longer allowing overnight parking. I will be passing through there on my way to Yellowstone and don't really want to show up late and hook up in a campground just to leave out early the next morning.
Does anyone have any experience in staying at other overnight pass-thru boondocking locations in Sioux Falls SD ?
Thanks in advance.
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Looking over my Ohio to Alaska notes I have



~ I-35 Exit 214 in Iowa at welcome center just before you hit Minnesota

~ WalMart I-35 Exit 11 (Albert Lea) Minnesota

~ WalMart I-90 Exit 119 (Blue Earth) Minnesota

~ WalMart I-90 Exit 102 (Fairmont) Minnasota

~ WalMart I-90 Exit 43 (Worthington) Minnasota

~ Cabela's in Mitchell SD. (exit 332) I-90 (SE. side of freeway)

~ I-90 SD. Exit 170 SD. 500ft north of exit small dirt parting lot

~ I-90 SD. Exit 61 Flying J

~ I-90 SD. Exit 61 Cabela's 1000' west of exit on north side of freeway.
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I contacted all 3 Walmart stores in Sioux Falls, and was told they are no longer allowing overnight parking. I will be passing through there on my way to Yellowstone and don't really want to show up late and hook up in a campground just to leave out early the next morning.
Does anyone have any experience in staying at other overnight pass-thru boondocking locations in Sioux Falls SD ?
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I'd shoot off a quick e-mail to corporate and ask if they know that policy is in effect in Sioux Falls, and why.
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I contacted all 3 Walmart stores in Sioux Falls, and was told they are no longer allowing overnight parking. I will be passing through there on my way to Yellowstone and don't really want to show up late and hook up in a campground just to leave out early the next morning.
Does anyone have any experience in staying at other overnight pass-thru boondocking locations in Sioux Falls SD ?

We stayed at the Walmart Supercenter on S. Louise St back in October 2015. No problem then plus we shopped at both the Walmart and Sam's Club located right next door.

I would check with Sam's Club there to see if you can stay overnight.

Back in November last year I had a breakdown while on my way to Florida and had the coach repaired in Lynchburg VA. That night I needed a place to sleep so called the local Walmart. No deal but discovered that there was a Sam's Club right next door. I went in and talked to the manger at Sam's Club and he said no problem, glad to have you stay.

Then there are many other possibilities such as Gander Mountain, Cabela's, Camping World, K-Mart, Lowes, local shopping mall, Home Depot, one of the local food store chains, churches, truck stop, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I have never had ANY problem finding a place to park overnight anywhere and I am over 70 feet long with my 30 foot trailer behind me. Not an easy task but never been without a place to stay in over 7+ years of road travel.

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I'd shoot off a quick e-mail to corporate and ask if they know that policy is in effect in Sioux Falls, and why.
If all 3 say the same thing it's probably a local government ban on parking overnight. That is usually the reason why Walmart blocks it. In effect they are doing you a favor by telling you as the local authorities would probably give you a ticket.
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I'll repeat this, if the Walmart owns the property they will let you stay. BUT, some Walmart stores are located in shopping centers that they only lease the store space, so don't own the parking lot. SO, you would have to get permission from the shopping center owner if you wanted to stay. I wouldn't hold my breath on this one. Most of the wally world leased stores are very small and inner city parking on streets is pretty limited to so "drive on driver!" and look to the rural or edge of town locations.....I'd like to mention this observation, our local wallyworld moved from a small shopping center to its own location about 500yards away. When this happened all but 2 businesses have closed their doors in the shopping center. They have of course been replaced by other businesses, several times over. Our local wallyworld is posted with no overnight camping signs due to the local RV parks getting the city council to pass ordinance. I've never seen it enforced and the park lot usually has at least 4 rv's of all kinds parked in it overnight. If you ask permission they will tell you it is "ok" but to park away from the truck loading area as they have no interest in enforcing it.
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Walmarts DO NOT CARE if you overnight, only local ordinances require signage saying otherwise... you have 4 or more wheels to move if needed, it's easy.

We've never been asked to leave any Walmart, or other Big Box store like Lowes or HomeDepot, etc... and never asked to stay, in over 2 1/2 years of traveling and many, many, overnights in parking lots like these. Keep a good reason in your mind for being there overnight, such as 'planning on needing some items before we leave on our vacation in the morning', or 'had an issue with the motorhome and needed to get it repaired in the morning before we leave' type excuses, if it makes you feel better in the event someone does knock on your door.

Stay on the fringes of the property, out of the way of traffic, stay in stealth mode, and you'll be fine...

if you're in AshevilleNC anytime, stay at the Wmt there - they will not only allow it, but may even send by their security vehicle personnel to 'welcome' you there - "Ya'll staying overnight with us? Well, have a great evening! We'll keep an eye on things for ya!" They are very accommodating : )
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