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Old 09-01-2010, 02:39 AM   #29
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All - this subject makes me upset, and here is why.

You spent all those years working hard so you could afford that wonderful RV, you sweated, toiled, and what do you do, end up in Wal-Mart because you are too cheap to stay in a campground for the night.

I am not a campground owner, but I see their point. They have spent hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of dollars developing the land, putting in all the services, and then hanging out the welcome mat. What do you do, but try to be a cheapskate and stay in wal-mart or Sam’s club just so you don't have to shell out 15-20 dollars to stay in a place.

You life is not so busy; you need to get in late, and leave early. Most of us are retired, and can take it easy.

I hate Wal-mart, for a number of reasons, but letting people camp there is my biggest complaint. First every time I see a parking lot its looks like a bunch of poor white trash living there. Centralia, Washington comes to mind; everyone’s awing out, lawn chairs spread all over the place, place looks like a slum.

You bitch about wal-mart closing down free camping, but what if all the RV parks went bust, because everyone is staying in local wal-mart. Then you would bitch about that.

Keep the campgrounds in business, pay a few bucks and stay in one, negotiate with the owner, about the price, if you don't need sewer, ask them if they will cut the rate, if you don't need water, see if they will cut the rate. And if you are really cheap, you can always join Passport America, usually the going 1st night rate is 1/2 the normal rate. We went all the way across the country from Washington, to Florida and back last fall/winter/spring. We did not stay in wal mart once or anyplace free. We stayed in our membership campgrounds when they were available, or RPI places when they were available, and Passport America when they were available. We never had a bad experience, never paid more than 20 dollars a night, and met some wonderful business owners, who went out of their way to make us feel at home. We found one little county park in Heyburn, ID, which was the most expensive, but right along the snake river, what a view, nice walking trails, just a nice place, beat the heck out of any wal-mart. So what it cost 20 a night, it was worth it, such a nice host and his wife.

I hope every city, county, and state outlaws wal-mart camping, so you have to stay in a campground. If you must stay free, why the heck do you have an RV in the first place? Some on this forum have motorhomes costing in the millions, cheapskates, pony up to the bar and keep the campground owners in business, because every day I see them closing up, and city and county zoning is getting harder and harder to permit a campground, so you better keep the ones still in business or one day their won't be any.

I am off my soap box now.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:30 AM   #30
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Hello Old Rv'er very well said I could not have said it better myself
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:51 AM   #31
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Hello Old Rv'er very well said I could not have said it better myself
I was thinking that Gary and Old RV'er,but now can add Diesal Guy to form a team and travel from Wal Mart to Wal Mart and straighten out these sorry cheap skates who abuse the kindness of Wally World.Their might be one problem you might jump on someone who couldnt find a camp with open sites like,lets say Cody Wy. and maybe also some one who needed a couple hours rest cause they got a call to go Home cause some one needed them?
I would think a team could travel around and starighten out the problem with out calling other cheap on this tread!
Yes I think some screw it up for all on both sides of the issue!
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:23 AM   #32
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Ok now thats some serious venting on us cheapies, cheapskates, white trash, pony up ect ect...

I use Walmarts for the convenience but I also like the free price so I guess all the above insults are directed at people like me.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but I will still be camping at Walmart.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:14 AM   #33
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Let em vent all they want. I call it push button RV'ing. I pull into Wal-Mart push a few buttons and am all set for the night. No check in, no hookup, no hassle, push a few buttons in the morning and i am on my way.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:15 AM   #34
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... You spent all those years working hard so you could afford that wonderful RV, you sweated, toiled, and what do you do, end up in Wal-Mart because you are too cheap to stay in a campground for the night....
Vintage Class C and Converted Bluebird schoolbus... no we're just poor.

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We are NOT retired. We are self-employed. And yes, we are busy. We drag a food cart behind us. How many campgrounds do you think want to let us in? ALL of them? When we work an event, we could be pulling in anywhere between 9PM to 3AM. Let me know when you are near us. I will wake you up when we pull in. I'm sure all our current neighbors love us... They are mostly working folks who turn in early and get up early. We keep the latest hours.

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Keep the campgrounds in business, pay a few bucks and stay in one, negotiate with the owner, about the price, if you don't need sewer, ask them if they will cut the rate, if you don't need water, see if they will cut the rate...
But no one is around late or early. If it was as easy to pull into a campground for a few hours sleep as it is in parking lots, then perhaps more folks would stay in campgrounds. But it is a well know FACT that campground owners do not make it easy. The current campground we are in (long-term) is one we have stayed in before. We pulled in on a Sunday (office was closed until 4PM). I pulled thru 3 sites before ending up in the site we are currently in. And we were very familiar with this campground since we lived here last summer/fall.

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You are just a ray of sunshine, now aren't you. Do you own a campground? Are you against boondocking on BLM land? How about parking your RV on your own private land? We have an RV because we like to travel. We started out in the Class C back in 2006 because David was tired of living in motels & hotels and We were tired of living in two separate states. David was a carpenter that remodeled houses (we even parked the RV in one house's back yard for 5 months... so handy to keep an eye on a house that has the windows and doors removed and was full of very expensive woodworking tools). We were not and are not wealthy nor do we have lots of money to spend on campgrounds. Guess you think we should just get on welfare and stay put. That way we won't be in your way. But I'm sure we don't stay int he same type of campgrounds.

Even if the "WalMarts" do not allow overnight parking, we still probably would not stay overnight in a campground unless we needed to dump tanks and refill water. Truckstops will allow folks on the road to park and we can usually find a rest stop in states that allow parking for a few hours... of course I would then have to carry a loaded gun... the rest stop that is close to the town we are in now has spooked me during the day and it's not the only one out here that I have gotten an uneasy feeling over... I wouldn't want to park there overnight... the state troopers DO NOT patrol the rest stop.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:27 AM   #35
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Wal*Mart is not the only place you can park your RV for an overnight stay, but they are the #1. It would be sad if Wal*Mart corporate stopped permitting RV'ers from an overnight stay.

Does anyone have a list of other places that will permit RV'ers to park overnight?

Casinos? Home-Depot? Lowes? Sam's?

I second the mention above concerning how "not easy" it is to park at a campground for a quick stay.

Wal*Mart when traveling are many and easy to find, easy to park, no hassles, no pre-registration, many have security, Shopping right outside for restocking, etc.

Campgrounds should get the hint that RV'ers do not like the pain and suffering it takes to stay one night.

But they are in business not charity
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Hello Old Rv'er and DBOL count me in though I must say as you travel across country like I did in April 05 when I picked up my new Excel in PA ( I am from Alberta Canada ) I was travlling alone & in April I did find it hard to find a camp ground that was open so I was looking for a safe place to park after looking at the highway rest stops that I didn't like the look of after driving for about 10 hrs I too was thinking of a safe place to park over night I would have used a Walmart parking lot myself but only as a last resort I did find open campground & never did use Walmart I think there is nothing wrong with people using Walmart as a last resort but I am against setting up camp in a lot like some people do because as a last resort Walmart offers a safe place to park, let not screw it up for the rest of us. PS. geogetown350 if the shoe fits wear it.
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All - this subject makes me upset, and here is why.

You spent all those years working hard so you could afford that wonderful RV, you sweated, toiled, and what do you do, end up in Wal-Mart because you are too cheap to stay in a campground for the night.
You forgot to mention how much fun we have doing it.

Don't knock it till you try it. Oh and you might want to try getting a life of your own while you are at it.
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...Does anyone have a list of other places that will permit RV'ers to park overnight?

Casinos? Home-Depot? Lowes? Sam's?...
We prefer Sam's clubs over Wal-Marts. We have the business membership and can go in before normal operating hours. They have free coffee and sweets (danishes, muffins) in the mornings for the business customers. Sam's seems sooo happy for us to stay...

There are books on the Casinos that allow overnight parking. Home Depot & Lowes often allow overnight parking as well. Often their vendors are parking in their parking lots (longest I've seen was a week long stay). Just remember to always ask the manager for permission.

http://www.allstays.com/c/camping-ov...rv-parking.htm has a list of the various stores (far more than just Wal-Mart).
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Casinos with race tracks are excellent overnight spots.
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Thanks georgetown 350 I have a life & a fine one at that I don't need to spend my rving days parked at Walmart I pay my own way in life you should try it.
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Folks, the comments are getting personal which is not in keeping with our Mission Statement or our rules.

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