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Old 04-06-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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RON Parking at Walmarts?

Anyone have experience when traveling on long trips stopping at Walmart parking lots and spending the night. Normally getting in kind of late and leaving early. Have heard that it’s OK at Walmarts with a 24 hour operation. Planning a long trip from Nashville out to Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Glacier and Mt. Rushmore and we’re looking at RON’ing at Walmarts on the 1 night stands. Appreciate any thoughts on issues, security, etc? Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-06-2019, 10:15 AM   #2
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Lots of posts regarding this. I do stay at Walmarts where permitted. Never had a problem. The 24 hour stores have security guards that cruise around all night. Just call ahead, ask for the manager to make sure it is ok. You can also download the allstays app and it will show you more detailed info on the stores and even user feedback,

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I have done it many times.

I use a phone Apps, " Overnight Parking Finder " and " RV Parky " to confirm overnight stays are allowed.

Most city based Wal-Mart's have ordinances against it.

I also use the " Pilot Flying J " App to locate Flying J Travel Centers that offer RV parking. The RV spaces ate away from the truck parking area.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:22 AM   #4
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Stayed many times a Walmart, no problems so far. I avoid most Flying J's due to the truck parking unless there is a well defined area for RVs. Truckers hate us RVers taking 'their' spaces. Casinos are a good choice.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:28 AM   #5
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Not all Walmarts permit this. There are apps which tell which stores allow parking and which do not, but they are not always accurate. It is requested that you confirm with the store before parking. We call the store when we are an hour or two away and ask “do you allow overnight parking?” If they say no, we call another store.
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The official word from Wal*Mart is that it is allowed EXCEPT where the manager says no OR local ordinances don't allow it.
There was a push a few years ago by one of the national RV owners associations to get ordinances passed to outlaw overnight stays. They even put out a kit to help. Worked at at least one of the local ones. The owners group thought they were losing business so they jumped in. Now the local parks are full of year round residents and travelers are bypassing our area so no tourist $$.
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:07 PM   #7
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BarnicleBill, I've been a member of a Yahoo Group that's called WalmartRVing for over 15 -years. It's just one of many sources that discuss and compile the list of Walmarts that allow overnight parking for RVers. The list gets shorter every year because of a variety of problems for which we really can't blame Walmart.

I've attached the most updated list dated 3/21/2019. However, if you'd like to keep getting updates, join the group ...go HERE

As others have said, there have been dozens of threads here at iRV2 (as well as other RV forums) discussing this. I'll give you a link of the google search page on threads on iRV2 that discuss this if you're interested going through previous conversations here on this forum.

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Old 04-06-2019, 12:43 PM   #8
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WalMart’s official policy is that it is ok however many areas have laws that do not allow it. I have stayed at a few but sometimes there is illegal activity taking place at 3 AM and I did not feel safe. I have stayed many times at truck stops but they are usually noisy with trucks coming and going all night and running their generator all night too. I have a 42 foot Class A and can’t fit at Cracker Barrel’s. I now stop at rest stops or casino parking lots. I use a web site called freervcamping.net. Often I can find a city or county park for free or less than $10 or a casino lot for free on this site.
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See if there is a Cabela’s store on your route. Some of them have dedicated RV overnight parking lots.
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Just a clarification pertaining to that list I posted. It's not getting shorter every year but rather the notations of "NOP" (no overnight parking) keep getting more prolific on each update.
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X2 on AllStays app. You can find your answers there.
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See if there is a Cabela’s store on your route. Some of them have dedicated RV overnight parking lots.

Another vote here for Cabela's. Management generally welcomes RVers unless there is a local ordinance prohibiting overnight parking. And Cabela's locations are usually much quieter than Walmarts. We're regular customers of both chains, but a Cabela's is always our first choice for overnight parking if that option is available.

Plus, we really like the Cabela's crew. Since a number of them are outdoor enthusiasts, we have benefited from their advice. When I called one location, the staff member I spoke with was not only friendly, but truly apologetic that they couldn't allow us to park overnight. At another location, the staff member at the front desk said that overnight RVers were supposed to park in back by the employee lot, but he suggested that we park up front in an auxiliary parking lot because it would be much quieter. One staff member, I believe in their Grand Junction, Colorado, store apologized for not having a dump station on the premises and directed me to a local one not far from their store that he had used often himself.

Before Cabela's was bought out by Bass Pro Shops, their headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska, had an absolutely lovely little RV park on the premises - playground, shower building, dump station - that was very reasonable priced. We stayed there one night in the fall a couple of years ago and were the only rig in the park. I don't know whether or not it's still operational, but we'd stay there again in a heartbeat if it is.

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Anyone have experience when traveling on long trips stopping at Walmart parking lots and spending the night. Normally getting in kind of late and leaving early. Have heard that it’s OK at Walmarts with a 24 hour operation. Planning a long trip from Nashville out to Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Glacier and Mt. Rushmore and we’re looking at RON’ing at Walmarts on the 1 night stands. Appreciate any thoughts on issues, security, etc? Thanks in advance!
Have overnighted at Walmarts many times over the last several years we have been full timing and doing a lot of travelling. Nary a problem and very few annoyances. The most exciting thing to ever happen was two nights ago. We were watching the 10 o'clock news when we heard a muffled explosion nearby. I got up and looked out the window window to see a small older car parked about 20-30 yards away. It had what I thought was smoke boiling out of the engine compartment.
The car was intact and no one was near it and no signs of movement inside it. I quickly called 911 to report it then grabbed a flashlight and my 3A40BC fire extinguisher I keep at my entry door and went over to check if anyone was inside. It was hard to see inside as all the side windows were covered with illegal tint. When I shined the light through the windshield a young man with a blank look on his face slowly turned to look at me. I ran to the driver's door and yelled on him to get out as his engine was smoking and could catch on fire. He slowly responded while I kept urging him to get out as I looked for signs of flames and paint discoloring or blistering on his hood.
As he was stepping out he reached down to unlock the hood. I had to forcefully tell him to not do that. The last thing you want to do is introduce a big slug of oxygen laden air into a smoking engine compartment. I also didn't want to use up my fire extinguisher.
Once he was out I walked around the car and noticed a lot of coolant under the car and running along the curb. A brisk wind had been blowing from the back toward the front of the car and I could finally smell the coolant. It was a big relief but I felt a little foolish for calling the fire department.
The kid was not happy I had called 911. He said he was homeless and sleeping in his car. He didn't tell me why but he said he didn't want to encounter the police or even firemen because he "wasn't supposed to be driving the car." He asked if he could stay in our coach while they were there. I didn't even cuss when I told him NO! I did remind him that Walmart was open. Guess I felt a little sorry for him. I was broke and sleeping in my car for a short period many years ago at age 17 before I was able to "modify" my driver's license to "legally" get a job at Jackson Lake Lodge.
The kid said he was running his car to stay warm and it must have overheated and a hose split or clamp separated. Then he turned off the engine.
A fire truck and 3 police cruisers showed up as I was telling the 911 operater to "never mind." Neither the LEOs nor the firemen were upset. It must have been a slow night. They all stood around and chatted for about an hour before getting off to other things. The kid even showed up to his car and they just talked to him for a few minutes and left him alone.
And that's our most exciting Wallydocking experience. I will say that far too many people are living in their cars, vans and old run down RVs who totally trash the Walmart parking lots and make a good argument for local Walmart managers and city councils to support municipal ordinances outlawing overnight parking in parking lots.
I try to help change the perceptions of those decision makers by making sure I leave my surroundings better than when I arrived. I figure that maybe some manager or loss prevention employee may see me on their security cameras picking up trash in their parking lot with my "grabber," deposit it a plastic WM bag or two and throw it into the trash. I also return carts left out in the lot far from the store to the cart corrals. I get my exercise with a purpose, they save money not having to pay employees or contractors to pickup after litter bugs and maybe, just maybe, they get a warm and fuzzy feeling about RVers who enjoy their hospitality while passing through and buying food and supplies in their stores.
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