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Old 11-12-2005, 12:18 PM   #1
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We have found the Wal-Mart's (and others that are free) to be noisy but good for one night or two at most. Always go into the store and check to see if you can stay there as some do not allow it and nothing posted. Had friends that were shocked as at midnight the security folks came and told them to move as they were not allowed there overnight. Nothing posted and they did not check first. Some city parks will let you stay free even and no hookups and some have elec./water for a small fee.
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We have found the Wal-Mart's (and others that are free) to be noisy but good for one night or two at most. Always go into the store and check to see if you can stay there as some do not allow it and nothing posted. Had friends that were shocked as at midnight the security folks came and told them to move as they were not allowed there overnight. Nothing posted and they did not check first. Some city parks will let you stay free even and no hookups and some have elec./water for a small fee.
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:56 PM   #3
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I guess it depends on where you are at. A couple of weeks ago during a 1 week trip we Wally Docked every night (in fact two nights at one of them because of rain) we parked very close to signs of this type. Most Wal*Marts in this Province have them. Actually I just wanted to prove a point.
Click--> The last night on the road we stayed in a small shopping center lot. In the wee hours, my wife being a light sleeper heard a discussion outside the van, between someone who wanted us out of there and security who said we were only stopped for the night and they would see that we were gone before the stores opened. Now bear in mind this happened in a Province that has a law that is stated on the Wal Mart signs. The thing about this is if you ask, then the answer will be no, if you don't ask then it may be OK, but in any case be prepared to move if asked.
Just a thought from our experience.
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:23 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Section three (3), article three (3) of the Tourism Accommodations Act states: "no person shall use, maintain, operate or manage a camping establisment or permit the use of any lands for the overnight parking of RV for the traveling or vacationing public unless there is a license which is in force. 199495, c,9, c.3." </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Wow, doesn't this seem a little discriminating. I guess if an 18-wheeler, or a car stopped for the night then it's okay.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I guess if an 18-wheeler, or a car stopped for the night then it's okay. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep Right on! It's just the poor wording of the act leaving a loophole that the Campground owners have exploited to the fullest. Heck even made a convert of the Canadian President of Wal*Mart Hopefully their toy will be taken from them before next season as the lawmakers have it in discussion now. Then it will be up to Wal*Mart to make a decision on their signs.
It is to be noted that one of their competitors The Atlantic Super Stores, do not have such signs in their lots and have a much better choice of groceries.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:40 PM   #6
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Check out http://freecampgrounds.com/ If you or anybody reading thes post finds another "free" CG list it with them
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We've found it's all in the wording. If you're asked what you're doing, taking a Nap or just making a snack to rest for a few hours is not camping. Just be ready to move if they ask, but most will leave you alone if you explain that you've been driving all day and needed a few hours to take a break.

We usually try and keep active till after the sun goes down and only find a spot to stay for the night in a Wally World if we have no other option.

Dont abuse the free-be by putting out your generator, pulling out your awning or putting your jacks down. We stopped in a Super Center last night and there were three other RV's there before us. One had their generator out, running with their Satellite dish set up, the other had their slide out and their jacks down! The third had chairs out and the dog tied to the bumper?!?!

This type of ignorance will get us all booted out of the various places in no time.
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