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Old 05-07-2015, 02:59 PM   #29
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Thankfully Walmarts don't currently charge $30 a night... so that is not a discussion I will have to make anytime soon.
BTW, because I don't care when RVers do not overnight in parking lots, it puzzles me when another Rver cares that others do, (and wants to know why)?
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Even if walmart provided electric it would probably be from china . I simply stated my opinion on the subject as others have and yourself. I never walmart so it doesn't really affect me unless one day I urgently need to stay there and won't be allowed.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:40 PM   #30
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When that has happened and it doesn't have to be 10pm, a lot close their office at 8 or earlier but we have always found they have self registration.
My issue is nothing to do with self-registration and everything to do with other folks getting ... "testy" when a rig comes in and starts maneuvering in or out.

Secondly, if I'm not planning to use the services of a campground such as power, water, dump, why should I pay them? Are they going to pay me for my technical expertise even though they have no plans to ask me any technical questions?

If people are staying in the same area for several days, I generally agree and do use campgrounds. But for overnights, even if one stops early, what entitles a campground that merely has the claim to fame of "not being far off a major highway" to take my money for providing a parking space? If that's their big value, perhaps they shouldn't be running a campground in that location -- instead of asking for charity money.

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Even if walmart provided electric it would probably be from china . I simply stated my opinion on the subject as others have and yourself. I never walmart so it doesn't really affect me unless one day I urgently need to stay there and won't be allowed.

i don't care where things come from including elec. if i want it, they have it, i can use it at a price i want to pay then and only then will i buy it. if wally world wants to let people stay there then no one should have anything to say about it. its free enterprise. if i get to a town and wally is closed do to that town i won't drop a penny there at any business.
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i disagree, you;re being cheap.

I'm sure I'm wrong but that sure sounds like a really judgmental ad hominem attack on someone you nothing about.
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I'm sure I'm wrong but that sure sounds like a really judgmental ad hominem attack on someone you nothing about.
It was a point being made regardless who it applies too. It's my opinion and I am entitled to it much like you are yours

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i disagree, you;re being cheap. Takes no longer to pull out of a campground than a walmart, there are more campgrounds than walmarts.

I understand when you just need a place to stay and it is late and you don't want to search but a little planning will solve that.

You say it is not about the cost, so if walmart charged $30 a night to spend in their parking lot you would still stay?

We would.
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How many campgrounds have you arrived at after 10:00pm or left before 7:00am? I think you'll find you aren't well liked or appreciated.

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Exactly! We often drive till 2-3 am, stop to rest for a few hours, then resume the drive.
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i disagree, you;re being cheap. Takes no longer to pull out of a campground than a walmart, there are more campgrounds than walmarts.

I understand when you just need a place to stay and it is late and you don't want to search but a little planning will solve that.

You say it is not about the cost, so if walmart charged $30 a night to spend in their parking lot you would still stay?
I think the others have it right. At WM or CB you are only looking for a quick stop. If it were 30 bucks I'd pay if it were simple to do because I don't want to hassle with a lot of CG stuff that I don't need when I'm just overnighting.
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It appears that this is one of those topics that has gone in the wrong direction.

The question was simple: Do you; Would you, Can you?

Seems like the road-rage should be diverted to another forum.
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How can you "abuse" staying at Wal*Mart if they allow and even encourage it? Follow their rules and be considerate and there's no problem.
People who take liberties with that and break the rules are the problem, not those of us that follow the "Industry-sanctioned Code of Conduct" that FMCA, Good Sam and Escapees publish (all of which we belong to) and follow the code.

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4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills.
5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
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BTW: Wal*Mart figures ever RV increases it income by $29 a day for each rig. And, from what we spend in the stores, that's probably about right!
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We've only stayed at Walmart once so far but it was a situation where it was late (about 10pm) and we couldn't find a CG close, as the one we intended on staying in was full. We asked permission, which they said was Ok, and told us where to park. Met some nice people who parked next to us and were in the same position. We left early in the morning and it was no big deal. We did shop in Walmart before leaving.


So I agree with the others it usually has nothing to do with being "cheap" as much as being "convenient". But I also have seen those that abuse it and are all set up before it even gets dark, and are BBQ'ing in the parking lot....with that situation I would agree that they may be taking advantage or being "cheap" while traveling.
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Remember that not all Walmarts are located in safer neighborhoods. There are some places that you really don't need to be in.

And those Walmarts often ask that campers go elsewhere for their own safety.
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Have never found one yet, but did stay at a Sams Club once that we didn't feel safe at and left early.
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We have been on the road for 6 weeks from Florida to Maine. On our way home to Canada.
Used PassPort America where we wanted to stay more then one night and Wal Marts, Home Depots, and Cabalas. The Home Depots we stayed at, where Wal Marts were not allowed.
I am not ashame to use them because they get my business.
I praise them to allow us to park for the overnight stay.
We drive the car also when we travel and use for day visit where the truck and trailer don't work.
So we arrive early park out of the way and enjoy.
Been doing it for 23 years.
We are now parked in a great Truck Stop Maine and had a great meal at the restaurant and gassed up $150 worth.
It's very quiet now and even have 30amp power if I want to use it. Truck idling os illegal in Maine.
We dumped and filled in wonderful Hamburg PA 2 nights ago and called it our half way stop.
We do it twice a year and I am glad not everyone does or approves of it but we never get tired and drive and stop early.
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