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Old 09-22-2022, 12:58 PM   #1
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Any of you ever plug into a 15/20A at a walmart/cracker barrel

Just wondering if this was something people ever do. I'm going to be breaking up a drive from Northern IL. to Arkansas and want to stop midway to sleep for the night. It may be a bit chilly as it'll be Nov. and am brining an AC ceramic heater. If need by (And allowed) i'll run the genny but if they have the ability (Or are configured) to let me plug into a light pole or something I would rather do that. Has anyone ever done this? I certainly will call to ensure they allow a one night sleep over but was wondering if this was something that is done?

Also, do you guys have any recommendations for boondocking or other type of apps you use?

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Never seen or heard of any power for use by RV while parking at walmart/Cracker Barrel.

They want you to park far away from the building.

You need to use your propane heater, or diesel hydronic heat while ďWally dockingĒ
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Try the Allstays app. I usually hunt down Walmart and rest areas with it for boondocking.
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Old 09-22-2022, 01:39 PM   #4
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I doubt this is even a thing . Why would anybody expect them to furnish free electricity ? It more than nice enough to even let someone stay there.
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I doubt this is even a thing . Why would anybody expect them to furnish free electricity ? It more than nice enough to even let someone stay there.



Ya, that would likely put another nail in the coffin of "we allow overnight parking".
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That is why RVs are 'self contained' ........use the on board furnace/heating for overnight dry camping
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Ya, that would likely put another nail in the coffin of "we allow overnight parking".
Highly agreed! Don't even think of using their electric.

Bring an extra blanket or long johns or go to a RV park.
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All you need is enough amphrs in your battery bank to run the furnace blower for a night. You can camp virtually anywhere for a night. Use Allstays to locate exit ramps for Walmart, Cracker Barrel, and Cabellas. Otherwise, use hospitals, fairgrounds, sometimes rest stops (depending on state) for a one night stopover. Don’t unhook. Just turn the heater on, jump in the sack, and head out by 9am. That’s one of the big reasons for havin* an RV.
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Use your own propane or diesel heat, not electric. It is one thing to provide a parking spot at the edge of a lot for free during a time of low usage, but to expect to have free electricity is hard to understand! If your batteries won’t stand up to the furnace fan running occasionally overnight, you need better/more batteries.
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Wow, looking for a free place to park for the night and then expecting free electricity. I guess the next thing people will look for is free fuel when they park for the night.

I don't think this will ever happen. These stores are kind enough to let you get a few hours' sleep and rest before you hit the road. They are not meant for setting up camp.

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Let's try a different perspective.

I think I will pull down this residential street, there is plenty of street parking. Before I curl up to get a few hours of shut eye, let me run my extension cord up to this house and keep my AC running tonight.
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Apparently the OP is new to dry camping and using Cracker Barrel or Walmart lots for overnight parking. Not knowing the standard operating procedure or what was available at these stops he asked before acting. Let's give him credit for asking first.
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Let's try a different perspective.

I think I will pull down this residential street, there is plenty of street parking. Before I curl up to get a few hours of shut eye, let me run my extension cord up to this house and keep my AC running tonight.
I like the way you think. Out here in the rural west a lot of outbuildings and irrigation pump stations have outlets with no one anywhere in sight. As an added advantage you could dump your waste tanks and the sewage would probably just mix in with the cattle droppings. The only downside is you do run a slight risk of extreme lead poisoning. Well worth it for a cheap, climate controlled, evening.
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Apparently the OP is new to dry camping and using Cracker Barrel or Walmart lots for overnight parking. Not knowing the standard operating procedure or what was available at these stops he asked before acting. Let's give him credit for asking first.


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