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Old 05-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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walmart boondocking

i am a retired walmart store manager and we was always glad to see rvers park on the parking lot, most always came in and shopped the store and if they did not at the time they was most likely customers in there home town. however the is starting to be a problem with people not using the parking lot as they should, blocking traffic, parking somewhere other than out on the outside edge of the parking lot, and as i read setting up chairs , tables , etc. in the lot, i even had one fellow in texarkana tx. dump his black water in the storm drain, i called the police and they took care of him, he was from new york. use common sense and i am sure we will always be welcome.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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Thank You Jim regardless of whether at WalMart or staying anywhere respect where you are parked. I always have some ruin it for everyone else.

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Jim, thanks for posting from your perspective. While I have not yet had occasion to overnight at a Walmart, I appreciate that it is an option. We are planning a lengthy trip this summer and I am considering taking advantage of Walmart hospitality. It makes sense to me when getting from point A to B and not needing any of the normal campground amenities, that Walmart (or similar) is a perfect alternative. At our "destination" locations we will be in a campground where we can enjoy the amenities available. Your post also shows how easily one bad apple can cause problems for all of us. I agree with your reporting the black tank violator, hope he was heavily fined!
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We have a Chinook and park at walmarts when passing through. They have always been gracious to us and we usually park close to the store under a camera. There is probably not a safer place around. One guard told us the only problems they have are w heavy coaches sinking in the thin layer of asphalt, therefore they don't mind the lighter ones like ours.
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People should not stay overnight at Walmart.... That's where I often stay and i want it all to myself...... 8-)
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No matter what you say, there will always be uncouth self-focused idiots who tend to be a problem wherever they go.

We have been Walmarting/Kmarting since 1972, which I suppose is 40 years now! And loved every moment of it.

And it has nothing whatsoever to do with $$$. Given the choice of staying at Walmart or a private commercial campground for the night, our choice would be Walmart. Even if we had to pay the same $$$ for a Walmart spot for the night as we would have to pay for a private commercial campground, we would choose Walmart without hesitation!! Provincial, State and National Camprounds would be a whole 'nother matter.

We always feel at home at Walmart. I remember a couple years ago, one depressing winter evening, and I was feeling really down. So we got into the car, drove into town and spent the evening at Walmart. It was like the good ole days, and after an hour at Walmart, my spirits were lifted and I was 110% back to normal.
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It's possible to Park at Wal-Mart, and overnight at Wal-Mart, put it's NOT possible to "Boondock" at Wal-Mart.

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I think some people will always try to take advantage. We try to park way out and not block shoppers. Usually we end up buying things when we stay overnight at a Walmart and it is their way of thanking us. We should be respectful of the privilege though.
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I think some people will always try to take advantage. We try to park way out and not block shoppers. Usually we end up buying things when we stay overnight at a Walmart and it is their way of thanking us. We should be respectful of the privilege though.
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Thanks for allowing us to part at your Wal-Mart. I too have noticed a big change in the Wal-Mart overnighters over the last decade or so. Self centered is a great word.
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I apologize for the poor behavior of a fellow RVer. But, these few idiots will ruin it for the rest of us that just want catch a few hours of shut eye before getting back on the road.

And good for you for calling the cops on the idiot.

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We to have stayed in a Walmart parking lot if we drive late into the night we will stay on a Walmart parking lot to get a few hours sleep then when we get up in morning do some shopping donuts and coffee ice for cooler and what ever else we forgot and move on down the road.putting out chairs and awning up is going to far and dumping come on really all it takes is on [moderator edit] to mess it up for the us respectful campers
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Just last week there was a big rig in the East end Walmart in Regina.........All four slides out, levelling jacks down.........And it sat there for about a week as they drove around in their towed. Maybe it wasn't a Walmart parking lot maybe it was a Seasonal Camp Site
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What is the proper etiquette ? Can I put one bedroom slide out? Can I ever run the generator? Never have stayed at walmart but will tomorrow. Want to do it right.

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