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Old 09-01-2010, 03:19 PM   #43
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:05 PM   #44
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IN the "for what it's worth dept".
When someone else buys my fuel,food & tires other than me - I'll park my rig where they choose; otherwise I'll park wherever I NEED to in order to be safe and off the roadway. It appears that some here have the BIG Govt."idea". "MY way is the rightest-brightest and most intelligent thought in the universe".See where that's heading. It might also be wise if you think people are abusing their privilege to use parking areas other than campgrounds to approach the rig and explain your reasoning as to why they should listen- repent and move to a campground. I would suspect if I had been dispatched to the ensuing free for all; I'd wait til everyone was wore out and tell somebody "they should have minded their own business"."W P A" (Warrant procedures advised)-10-8.
Park wherever you want-just not in my travel lane.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:05 PM   #45
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Hmmm, I take it back, some folks cannot afford because of life style stay any place else but free. I used to work for a living, and again, never stopped at wal-mart. But then those days I was not able to go as far or as long, so our trips were structured.
Now, if I need to stop and stay because I'm Tired, I find a passport America campground, or if push comes to shove, I would stay in a Casino's free area.

The ones with RV facilities usually charge an arm and a leg, at least the only one we stayed in did. So, I guess if I could not find a campground, I would stay in a casino parking lot set aside for RV's. Most all of them have an area set aside. And although I am sort of retired, I still work for a living as well, and again won't stay at wal-mart.

You can ask at Costco's, and I assume almost any shopping center.

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Old 09-02-2010, 05:38 PM   #46
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...I used to work for a living, and again, never stopped at wal-mart...

... I would stay in a Casino's free area....
...I still work for a living as well, and again won't stay at wal-mart...
... You can ask at Costco's, and I assume almost any shopping center...
I give up... could you please explain the difference between parking overnight in a Wal-Mart parking lot, a casino parking lot, a Costco parking lot, a shopping center parking lot?????? And if the Wal-Mart is in a shopping center with other stores, does that count as a shopping center parking lot or a Wal-Mart parking lot? And where do the Lowe's/Home Depots fall into this mix? We can't stay in a Lowe's/Home Depot parking lot... I love those "jewelry stores".
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I was offering suggestions. Since some refuse to stay in campgrounds, or don't when traveling. I prefer campgrounds. I have stayed in a Casino lot, which was designated for RV's and it was loud, with some foot traffic of an inebriated state. I did not do it again. We also stayed in a Casino "Pay Campground" and that fee came to 36 for the night. That is higher than I want to pay, but I would stay in the fee area, rather than stay in Wal-Mart.
Since I don’t choose to stay in any "public parking lot" (which includes Costco, wal-mart, Lowes, or HD) and again, that is my choice.
I was not aware Loews or HD prohibited camping overnight. I'm not sure about Costco, but have seen large RV's stopping over to shop. I shopped their, but not with the RV.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:23 PM   #48
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None of us know anything about the circumstances as to why a RV is parked where it's seen. Why criticize Rv parkers til you know what all the facts are. Feel FREE to ask why they offend your ideas about being there. Just maybe, we'll then know more than "I just don't like FREE parking". I personally would be offended by your question.
I use Passport America- Good Sams Campgrounds-they're not FREE. But if I'm on the way to somewhere straight thru and need a few hr.s sleep I'll use whatever is safe and convenient to the Interstate rt. I really prefer truck weigh stations. Can't go wrong with a lot of patrol cars around. I walk in, show my ID and ask permission to sleep a while. And yes it's FREE. Free to park is a privilege none of us should take for granted. Common courtesy seems to be a thing of the past. As has common sense. If you don't want to stop to rest at a FREE area-drive on. Just not in my travel lane.
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Still some of you stay at wal-mart because you are too cheap to support campground owners, and I find that sad, because if they are gone, we won't have any place to stay.
I think Walmarts will be around forever. Couldn't care less about the lousy campgrounds along the interstates.
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First it was told to me by the moderator, I expressed myself inappropriately and I want to apologize for way I chose my words. They were not said to offend but to disagree with the premise of camping at wal-mart. So I officially apologize to this group and in this thread. I am sorry!!!

And I also agree, GT350 about some of the campgrounds alongside the freeway, they are just too loud, and I cannot sleep. I have stayed in a few, just because for the project I was accomplishing down the road a piece, it was handy. To overcome the noise of the freeway, I start the front a/c fan on low and that drowns out the noise enough so I can sleep. Once we stayed in a Good Sam park near Bingen, WA, and it was alongside the railroad line, trains every 45 minutes it seemed, again the A/C fan works wonders, but nothing can drown out the vibration.

We plan our day, trying to get going around 9AM, and figure we can do 250-300 miles in a day, so we check the map, to see where that puts us and then try to find a campground close to that place. If it turns out we only get 250 then fine, on the other hand if it turns out we go 325 then that is ok too. We donít plan our route based on where the next wal-mart is so we can stay for free.

All the way across country, (Washington State to Largo, Florida) and back, I think we only found two or three campgrounds we did not care for, not anything terrible, just the facilities, or maybe some of the bathrooms were run down, and we felt we paid a fair price but did not receive that back because of the conditions of the park. One place near Independence, MO was ok, and it was not the CG fault it rained like a hurricane and the place was a mud hole, and I was afraid we were going to get stuck trying to get out of our spot (actually I thought for a while we might just sink out of site). The bathrooms were closed and it was just coming under new management. Would I stay there again, Not under those conditions, but I would drive into it, and see if changes had been made and give them another opportunity if they had improved it. It was a little far out of Independence to suit our needs, but it would work. In fact, any of the campgrounds would be ok for one night, although some of them were quite a ways from the freeway, and not real convenient if you are trying to make any kind of time, we were not, so they all worked. We stayed one place in Northern Florida, and it was right alongside the freeway, and had lots of noise, but the owners made you feel right at home, everything was in top shape and the grounds were very nice, and it was easy to get into and exit from. Would I want to stay there again? No, but not because of the park itself, but because of the road noise.

Now I could be wrong, but wal-marts generally are near real busy roads, so the noise would bug me, and I really believe we should try to support the campground owners, as they are trying to provide a service, one we need for our lifestyle.

Lorna, I especially appreciated your comments, because it reminded me when I was on the road building substations for the government. I lived in my Lance Camper, for months on end in the same place. I did this type of camping for four years, so I have a little bit of experience living in campgrounds, and my quarters were small then. I made it work; however, I did not come in at late hours or leave that early, unless we had emergency call out or we had an outage and had to work a partial night. I took the time to let my neighbors know we were going to leave in the nighttime and to please forgive me for the noise. Yes, I am poor now too, as I took a 66% cut in pay when I retired, that is why I took my bonus, drove across the country went to RV Repair College, and became certified RV Tech, so I could continue to work and augment my computer skills with my real passion, which is RVíing. I get to travel, and help folks keep their rig in good shape. Because of the pay cut, I need to save all I can, and I choose to use Passport America, it cuts my camping expense in half.

I have not tried BLM land, but I am sure I would enjoy it, and yes that is almost free depending on which BLM land you use. I have also parked on my land (farm), and that was free as well. I am not against free in those circumstances, but I am against free when the means and opportunity is there for someone to use a campground, and they choose not too because it costs money. Everything costs money, the air we breathe, and on down from that. And you can negotiate with campgrounds to allow you to store your tow behind rig, because I have done so (had a special table for the camper to sit on, and carried it in a trailer behind the truck). You just need to work out the details ahead of time, which is called pre-planning. Now you mentioned you work shows, so you know ahead of time where and when you need to be someplace, and I am going to assume, you might be doing the same events each time, or location, so you might already know campgrounds near the event you can use. In todayís economy, everyone will work with you; I know I would if I owned a campground, which I donít. But I have stayed in a number of them in the 26 years I have been RVíing. So I generally know what I want in a campground when I get there. And I will agree, some are great (Signature Resorts Naples, FL $89.00 a night Ė but it was first class, concrete pads, clean 50A electric Ė warranty work on my aqua hot system), and some are well, not so great, we will leave it at that. So in those 26 years of RVíing, I have seen it all or most of it all, but I might have missed something, but Iím sure I will see it before I am done.

Again, I am sorry if I offended anyone that was not my intent, and sorry to be so long winded, writing is not my strong suit.
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Now I could be wrong, but wal-marts generally are near real busy roads, so the noise would bug me, and I really believe we should try to support the campground owners, as they are trying to provide a service, one we need for our lifestyle.
Walmarts are often adjacent to major highways, but in many cases they're on streets or highways that are much quieter at night. Often, the store requests that I park in an area of the lot that's away from the road, and thus quieter -- sometimes the building will serve as a soundwall. (But of course, there are sometimes RR tracks nearby, too, which may be very busy or absolutely unused....)

Campgrounds provide a service that I need sometimes, but not always. When I just need to sleep. I want a pull-thru place requiring no backing, and which is long enough that I don't need to unhook the toad. On many of these occasions I don't need hookups or other campground amenities -- which means that I don't need to pay for them.

When I need what a campground provides, I stay at a campground. When I don't need it, I look elswhere for a place to park for the night. This can be a Walmart or other box store parking lot, or a truck stop, or a rest area, or a small town park, or any of thousands of other options.
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You can ask at Costco's, and I assume almost any shopping center.
Yes, you can ask, but what will the answer be?

At the majority of Costco stores, the answer will be no. Of the Costco stores in my database, fewer than 20% allow Overnight RV Parking.

At the vast majority of shopping centers, the answer will also be "No."
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The opposition to parking at Walmarts is definitely the fuel that keeps these Wally threads going. I say its better to vent here online then to come over to my Rv at Walmart and throw stones at me.

I challenge anyone to give a good reason why I should not stay at Walmart other then the poor campground owner who wants my cash. If we gave into this argument why stop at camping? Maybe we should do away with our stoves to keep the restaurants in business. Get rid of our tvs to help the theater business and beds to help the hotel business.

People who throw stones should take a closer look at their own situation first. Such as environmentalists who vandalize hummers because they are big gas guzzlers. Often these extremists nut bars are burning more fuel by driving longer distances with there little cars.

I park at Walmart mostly for convenience. ( free is a bonus that I also enjoy) I wont pull into a campground after dark for obvious reasons ( dont even think about telling me to stop before dark) and like others have said, I dont need their hookups. Got everything I need at Wallyland.
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The opposition to parking at Walmarts is definitely the fuel that keeps these Wally threads going. I say its better to vent here online then to come over to my Rv at Walmart and throw stones at me.

I challenge anyone to give a good reason why I should not stay at Walmart other then the poor campground owner who wants my cash. If we gave into this argument why stop at camping? Maybe we should do away with our stoves to keep the restaurants in business. Get rid of our tvs to help the theater business and beds to help the hotel business.

People who throw stones should take a closer look at their own situation first. Such as environmentalists who vandalize hummers because they are big gas guzzlers. Often these extremists nut bars are burning more fuel by driving longer distances with there little cars.

I park at Walmart mostly for convenience. ( free is a bonus that I also enjoy) I wont pull into a campground after dark for obvious reasons ( dont even think about telling me to stop before dark) and like others have said, I dont need their hookups. Got everything I need at Wallyland.
well said lets go back to horse and buggies the buggy whip industry need our support ITS MY MONEY so its my decision
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... I was not aware Loews or HD prohibited camping overnight...
Most Lowes & home Depots do allow RV parking overnight (we have asked the managers at several). It's just a bad, bad, bad idea for ME to be parked that close to a place with so many nifty tools for sale... I'm sure I can find one that I really, really NEED (or a new router bit.,. they're small and don't take up much room). David has manged to sell off most of my tools (and his as well). My 13" DeWalt planer was... SOLD! I had hardly used it!... I loved my planer... it's not my fault I have no place to keep it or any use for it. And now I'm down to 2 routers. And David says I still need to get rid of one of them (the router table). He's only keeping the big heavy duty router (it cuts Corian like a dream and we have some rail-&-stile router bits that only fit into the big router). But he says that it would be a good idea to replace our circular saws, etc with the new battery powered ones as they will cut anything that we may need to since we no longer remodel houses any more. I miss my "jewelry" (Note: I do not buy shoes, clothes, jewelry... but I do like power tools.. so they are my "jewelry"). Books & Tools. Is that so bad? But David won't park overnight at a Lowes or Home Depot... or near a bookstore (books are necessary for survival... like air).
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...the buggy whip industry need our support...
The buggy whip industry has entered the S&M industry!
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