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Old 01-05-2010, 06:33 PM   #169
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Thanks for the update on the weather. The only good news is that it will be less crowded I hope. As to staying warm I run the genny till bedtime so I can use a cube heater to help the furnace. Then just let the furnace handle it through the night. Fire up the genny in the morning and put the cube heater back online while we fix breakfast. Have a good stay and be safe out there.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:16 PM   #170
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Originally Posted by Big Dan View Post
Wow. I haven't even taken my motorhome anywhere yet, and I already feel like white trash. Maybe this isn't for me.
Awww! Dan, when one goes out and buys a motorhome, it has to be for them
The Wal Mart vs Campground controversy has been going on since the first RV overnighted at a Wal Mart, and is sure to continue as long the two exist. Rarely is much said about overnighting at Flying J, rest areas (that allow it) Cracker barrels etc. I guess the old saying of "It takes all kinds of people to make a world" so here on the forums controversy will exist.
Now myself, well I haven't been in a campground since we got our little mh in 2005. And yes among other places I use the WM parking lots. I've been considered as being cheap by the holier than thou crowd on many threads, however no one to date has asked me what I do with the RV or why I bought it if I don't go camping.
Well we travel and as far as overnighting in parking lots I use them when it's convenient. This past summer we were away for two and a half months. We traveled 8,000 miles, In that time we overnighted in parking lots 20 nights, the rest of the time we were on private or public property where allowed at or close to our destinations. We bothered no one, caused no inconveniences, put out lots of $$$ and had a good time. I had no trouble properly disposing of garbage, finding dump sites and fresh water but I do prefer the reasonable priced dump stations ($5 to $10 much more sanitary)
Now there are a second group of people who use the WM and other parking lots where allowed, and then use camp grounds when they get to the desired location certainly they'll get no controversy from me
Then there are those who stay only at camp grounds, and again I have no problem with that.
Now lastly we have those who find fault with anyone who overnights at a Wal Mart. They profess to use only campgrounds (we have only their word that they would never overnight anywhere but a camp ground.) Maybe they do and maybe they don't. However they do TROLL the Wal Mart threads for controversy. I have to admit it keeps it kind of interesting considering it's no one eles's buisness what you are doing unless you are breaking some law or regulation, infringing on the rights of others.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:39 PM   #171
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I suppose that this might be off-topic, but there are many, many places where RVers are WELCOME to stay. We just spent 2 nights in the Spotlight 29 casino parking lot. We have stayed here before and the security people cruise by and smile, wave and ask if there is anything that they can do. I have had the exact same reception at many Wal-Mart's, Home Depot's, shopping centers and I suspect other locations I have forgotten. OK, if that leaves someone considering me to be trash I can't help that but as an RVer I am WELCOME at lots and lots of locations across this great country of ours and if this welcome happens to fall within my travel plans I am not going to have any hesitation taken them up on their offer.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:50 AM   #172
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Wow. I haven't even taken my motorhome anywhere yet, and I already feel like white trash. Maybe this isn't for me.
I haven't followed this thread closely so I don't know why you feel that way. We have been travelling in our 35' Itasca since 2004 and had over 1100 nights in RV parks. Not once have we stayed at a W-M or Cracker Bbl. Not that I won't but I have never had the need.

We try to drive 3-5 hours/day and stay at any given stop for 3-7 days or more to be able to drive around the area to enjoy the sights. Everywhere we have been had its own beauty and charm...some more than others. This involves 49 of the 50 states and 6-7 Provinces/territories in Canada.

So get out and go. See the glory that exists on this continent. (while you can)
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:55 AM   #173
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...I think this Wal Mart thread should be shut down.
This thread should not be shut down. It is very helpful to those who are new to RVing or have never had the need or desire to park overnight in a parking lot (Wal-Marts or others). It helps them to know what to expect, who to ask, and what others have done. Parking in a parking lot is not the safest place to stay. But you never know when you may need to. It helps to know what your options are. For those who have never parked overnight and want to, it will help them to evaluate a parking lot to see if they would want to park there. I think everyone should park overnight at least once (self-contained and no hookups for emergencies, because you got sick from eating something or have to wait for a repair shop to open). But then I think that everyone who RV's should spend at least one night every year in a public campground too. I also think that if you are a couple, then both of you should be able to drive the RV and set-up/tear down just in case you have too (and drive often enough to not be afraid to drive or a danger to others). Be careful about says "I will never..."! After all I was one of those teens who said "I will never get married" and got married at 19. I also said "I will never have kids"... I have twins!! You never know what you may have to do.

David was in S. Ga (about 100 miles N of the FL/GA state line on I75)) when a big hurricane was to hit FL. Many folks were evacuating. He told me every parking lot in town was full. They only have 4 campgrounds and all were packed every night. Wal-Mart had the biggest parking lot and they always had the overflow from the truck stop a few exits north. These folks had to park. And what about the people who are limping their RV home or to the nearest "factory authorized" repair shop? Or the folks who got sick on the road, or has that never happened to you? The fact is you never know why most folks park in parking lots. While we were still in NC, there was a really bad wreck on 441 near the NC/GA state line. The road was shut down for several hours and it was getting dark. The traffic backed up for several miles. Some folks were in a bus conversion and we were talking. They wanted to know if they could make it up to Cherokee where they had reservations via an alternative route (They stayed at the Wal-Mart in GA). There was no safe route for a person who was used to flat, straight FL roads to take a 40 ft bus down in the daylight and certainly not in the dark. Now I did know how to get home (my daughter needed to get to work... she was 30 minutes late but her co-worker didn't get back to town until 5 hours later, really stressed out and she said what was left of the wrecked car was still sitting in the road when she when past... at least she didn't see the car before they got out what was left of the driver, like we did). My daughter said she would have never driven those roads and she was pretty sure she would have been lost. So would anyone who was from there. And I didn't run the obscure dirt river roads either! The next morning we saw the bus passing thru our town. I'm glad their young children didn't see the wreck... it was bad. I was told later that they could not get all of the driver out of the car. These folks had not parked in a parking lot before and I had to tell them that they could and whom to check with. You never know when you may have to stay in a parking lot.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:38 AM   #174
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After thirteen pages of comments, the OP and the second post about said it all.

It's all about perception. Almost nobody notices the RV parked over to the side of the lot overnight. What does draw attention are the RVs with the awnings, rug, bbq and chairs out. I've seen this in our town as well as on the road. Most memorable was in Rapid City, SD: same rigs, fully deployed, for at least two days in the same WM parking lot while we're at an almost empty full service campground 5 miles away at $10 per night). I don't mean to start this discussion all over again, but like most everything else in life, the few abusers of the privilege may eventually ruin it for everyone else.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:42 AM   #175
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Parking in a parking lot is not the safest place to stay.
It's also not the least safe!
We have had our tow vehicle (also my work van) broken into twice in the 12 years that we have been full-timing. Once was in broad daylight at a shopping mall and once was in the Sam's Town RV park in Las Vegas. A well lit Wal-Mart parking lot that is patrolled by security is not the most likely place for a crime to take place and an RV park is not the lest likely.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:17 PM   #176
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My opinion on this matter:
My motorhome,my fuel,my money and my decisions as to where and when I stop. I really don't care where anyone else parks as long as it isn't crossways in the travel lanes. The only thing I've read in all these posts that I take offense to was the statement "Why should an officer of the law tell you the truth?" Good,Bad,Ugly,Rich,Poor,Young and Old all should Expect the TRUTH from an Officer.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:49 PM   #177
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Why be self contained if you have to depend on hookups every night. I have my rig because it is self contained and I can use it where ever I feel it's safe and legal...Happy trails....
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We too bought our rig because we're fully self-contained. We HAVEN'T stayed at a Wal Mart ... yet ... but won't hesitate to do so. AND ... to all of those out there BBQing and sitting under their awnings .... GO ON brother! IF ANYONE asks you WHERE you got those chairs ... "why I got them in that Walmart over there". "Oh, and these juicy burgers we're grilling? At Walmart" Shop there ... drop your money there and pump them up!
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:57 AM   #179
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Do you think Walmart would mind if we had a campfire to stay warm?
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Question No: 1 ???

Wal-Mart No. 1 post??? (one of them?) And I thought it was a different subject?

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Do you think Walmart would mind if we had a campfire to stay warm?
SUuuuure - why not? Might as well also unload those ATV's and dirt bikes for a little sport around the parking lot - after all, if WM didn't want us there, and appreciate our business, why would they INVITE us there to begin with...
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