Originally Posted by glenda1908
That's true, but we live in Virginia Beach and the WalMarts here take issue if you are parked in the lot too long. You CANNOT spend the night at any of the WM here for sure. Friends of ours pulled in to get a few things before they took off for a trip and were immediately "pounced" upon and told , "you know you can't park here". He told them they would be leaving as soon as they picked up some groceries and be on their way. I know they are all different. I have an app on my phone that will tell you if you might be able to park for the night. Notice, I said might. Their rules change often. We had a caravan of 7 going to Quebec and spent two nights at WM on our way. Our friend is from Quebec and has done this trip often and he knew that we were okay to spend the night....all 7 of us we asked...
He said sure and we were
The WM here is part of a group of many stores and restaurants, so they do not "own" the parking lot, so they don't want a bunch of RV's taking up a lot of space. Also, there are several campgrounds in the area that frown WM letting "campers" use them as a campground.
Probably has more to do with local ordinances. Most beach communities have laws against people sleeping in their cars on the street and in parking lots. I know when i was a teenager i tried to sleep in my ford probe in ocean city maryland. It was a few blocks in from the beach in an inconspicuous spot, but a cop managed to find me and tapped on the glass. He said it was against the law to sleep in your vehicle. So i drove 50 minutes inland and found a spot to sleep at a rest stop.
I know the walmart where i live doesn't care because i see RV's in the back lot all the time. These people are respectful and park way way in the back so customer parking is not interrupted. The back lot never fills up unless it's around christmas.