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Old 05-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #15
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There are many different version of it, but the link below leads to the one by Escapees which is a multi decade RVing club that garners a lot of respect among long time RV'ers.

http://www.escapees.com/Parking/Docs...0etiquette.pdf

The general concept is to look like you are parking, not camping. Many of the Wal-Marts that are no overnighting are due to local regulations put into place by campgrounds owners or neighbors. Having stayed over 100 times myself, you would not believe some of the stuff we have seen. It isn't a right, but a privilege. Good Luck
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #16
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I will let my bedroom slide out just enough to get around the bed.
I will park away from all RVs there when I arrive. That way when I start my generator it won't bother anyone. If they park next to me after my generator is running so be it.

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I will let my bedroom slide out just enough to get around the bed.
I will park away from all RVs there when I arrive. That way when I start my generator it won't bother anyone. If they park next to me after my generator is running so be it.
You have to watch out for the herding instinct. We were overnighting in a LARGE (5 acre) shopping mall; and as it started to get dark, there were only two vehicles left in the parking lot: us, and another RV way over on the other side of the mall. The other RV started up and headed in our direction, and settled down in the parking slot immediately beside our rig!! They were on the generator side, so we started up the generator for them. It took them 20 minutes to take the hint, and move away!
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We have a hard time using our bed if the slide is in. It can be done and we have a few times. I try to get with that slide over a parking lot island or next to a curb on the outside edge of the lot so it will not bother anyone.

I have never put down jacks or awnings or anything else. Just park and sleep. We've always been welcomed at each one where we've parked.

We use the genset only when using the microwave or making coffee in the morning. Most times, you can't hear our genset because of the diesel trucks generators or refers running all night.

One thing that surprised me thought, is how many Walmarts have parking lot vacuums, usually about 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. First time i heard one i thought they were mowing!
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We haven't been camping for very long, but had our first planned stop at a Walmart in Md on the way home from Hilton Head Island SC a few weeks ago. In doing our research for proper Walmart edicate, we found out you should call the Walmart in advance, speak to the Manager, and ask if its okay to stay there. As we found out, there are many Walmarts you are not allowed to stay at. While speaking to the manager, we asked where we should park, and what time we should be out by. We parked at the very outer edge of the parking lot, and did not open our bedroom slide until we were ready for bed. We went inside in the early evening and introduced ourselves to the manager with a full basket of supplies. We did not put our jacks down. We left by 7 am. It served us well and will do it again.
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I left 2 clevis pins on the tarmac overnight (stupid of me, for sure), and the sweeping machine ate them right up. Makes sense to do it at night and I believe they are frequently contractors instead of employees.
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Here's my take: Always park on the edges of the lot, away from the store so you don't impede auto traffic coming and going. I see nothing wrong with running the generator. I try not to put slides out, but have to put bedroom slide out to get to clothing, so if I must put a slide out, I will park on the perimeter of the lot with my slideout hanging over the edge of the lot, not towards any parking or travel lane. I try not to use leveling jacks, but sometimes if it is unlevel enough, you really have no choice if you have an absorption refrigerator, as if they are not operated reasonably level you can ruin them. For those occasions I carry heavy boards to put under the jacks, to protect the parking lot from damage. Never put out any exterior equipment such as chairs or heaven forbid a grille.

It really boils down to minimizing your impact (both visually and space-wise), respecting others, and using reasonably good sense.
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At the walmart now...on the outer edge , one slide out towards the grass. Generator would not be a problem as there are many trucks with louder than mine
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I think when the 2014 trucking regulations go into affect, there will be even more trucks in Wal-Mart. The advent of monitored GPS instead of paper logs also makes it harder for truckers to evade the regulations. There is also a shortage of truck stop slots in the US now.
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We haven't been camping for very long, but had our first planned stop at a Walmart in Md on the way home from Hilton Head Island SC a few weeks ago. In doing our research for proper Walmart edicate, we found out you should call the Walmart in advance, speak to the Manager, and ask if its okay to stay there. As we found out, there are many Walmarts you are not allowed to stay at. While speaking to the manager, we asked where we should park, and what time we should be out by. We parked at the very outer edge of the parking lot, and did not open our bedroom slide until we were ready for bed. We went inside in the early evening and introduced ourselves to the manager with a full basket of supplies. We did not put our jacks down. We left by 7 am. It served us well and will do it again.
Wal*Mart themselves welcomes RV's. But some cities, counties etc have enacted ordinances and laws prohibiting it. Usually due to pressure from local RV campgrounds.
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On RVs with large slides it is difficult doing anything with the slide in. Our full slide is on the drivers side. I also place it against a non parking or curb area & put it out. I don't use the slide on the other side but I do put down my jacks. However, most of the time I stay at Walmarts is in the winter when RV parks are not open or parks in the area are full.
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Wal*Mart themselves welcomes RV's. But some cities, counties etc have enacted ordinances and laws prohibiting it. Usually due to pressure from local RV campgrounds.
That's what I found out in my research... Allstays.com was very helpful with the edicate and reasoning... Thanks Mr_D!
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