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Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1560

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For those of you that just might need to stop for awhile for a rest or whatever this web site will find the closest Wal-Mart and even map it for you.

www.walmart.com/cservice/ca_storefinder.gsp

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1561

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Be aware, some towns have band RV's staying at local Walmarts. Why, you may ask, because of the people who make things bad for all of us. They come and stay with slideouts out, and awning downs, and use the stores lot for days. This is particularly popular at resort towns. They think of this as free camping and not an overnight convenience. We were at Myrtle Beach and an expensive rig was in the parking lot for several days, with there awning and slideouts out. Again, ruining it for all of us who are looking for an overnight stay, to rest. You might want to check with the local Walmart, to see if it is okay.

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1562

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There is a photo somewhere on the web of an RV owner dumping his black tank into the drainage grate at a Wal*Mart. I have actually spoken with some Wal*Mart campers and every one of them insists that it is their God given right as a citizen of the United States (and most often a draft dodger) to steal services from the campground industry.

But with all that Wal*Mart seldom does the banning--we are very good for their business. My wife says that it costs us more to overnight at Wal*Mart because we usually do some shopping before we pull out in the morning.

The culprits in the banning of parking are the local towns. Usually there is a campground owner 30 miles off the road nearby who has complained that he is loosing business and got his buddies to write a local law. Some campground owners don't understand the concepts of destination camping and enroute parking. Some towns ban RVs because they think it doesn't look pretty. I've often thought that either ban couldn't be supported in court if someone ever challenged them--but the people it effects (us) just move on and spend their money somewhere else.

We use Wal*Mart frequently when traveling. But we always ask the manager on duty if it is OK. It usually is. In fact, in Santa Maria, CA we had to move to the other side of a concrete strip because we were not in the Wal*Mart area and the local shops didn't allow parking (guess where we didn't shop).

Glenn

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1563

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Do any of you ever look at some of the folks who frequent Wal-Mart? Sometimes I don't feel safe shopping there, much less staying overnight.

No thanks - I'll stick to campgrounds.
Joe & Barb
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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1571

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Do any of you ever look at some of the folks who frequent Wal-Mart? Sometimes I don't feel safe shopping there, much less staying overnight.

No thanks - I'll stick to campgrounds.


Sorry, Commander sir, but this old Navy Chief has to take exception with your statement. We shop at Wal-Mart on a regular basis. As a matter of fact my wife and her mother are there as I type this doing their weeking grocery shopping. The people who shop at Wal-Mart are just good, hard working folks. As a matter of fact, I seldom use the Exchange on the bases we stay at because I can go out the gate and get the same stuff much cheaper at Wal-Mart.

We have stayed at many Wal-Mart stores back when we were still working regular jobs. We had limited travel times to get to our destinations and would usually pull in around dark and leave around sun up. We always asked the manager for permission to park. Almost every Wal-Mart we stayed at had on sight security and a well lighted parking lot. We will be leaving soon for an extended trip to the east coast. I have planned out the trip and made reservations at the destination sites we will be visiting. The first two days will be just getting there and the plan is to stay at Wal-Mart in North Little Rock, AR, the first night and Chatanooga, TN, the second. After that it will be private and military campgrounds for the next eight to ten weeks.

To each his own but I appreciate Wal-Mart for welcoming us.
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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1573

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Ditto..Oldchief46 on Walmart parking.
I also shop in diferent W-Mart around this country with no problems.
Plenty security and the employes are courteus.

But however when your day is up ..It will be up regardles where you are.

The key here is "Caution" above all.

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 11 months ago #1577

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A word of caution on wally world camping, some Wal*Marts will ask you to not stay there, but at another Wal*Mart. Take their advice when they say this, it is usually because they do not have 24 hour security at that location, and they would rather have you at a location that has 24 hour security. Just make sure that you get in to the lot and ask the manager early enough so that if you do have to relocate to a safer location you will have the time to do it. Also remember in these cases they are moving you along for your safety, not their convenience.

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 10 months ago #1794

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Just wanted to say we also love to stay at walmart. we have never had any problems.

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 10 months ago #1798

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And, sometimes town law says campers cannot stay overnight at the Wal-mart ... it varies by town. Although I personally have only stayed a couple of times at Walmart in an "emergency" when tired and can't find anything else or a rest stop, the general knowledge is that Walmart welcomes the overnighter because it brings in business that night or the next day.

Unfortunately, some folks set right up and open slides and light-off BBQ and stretch out for a few days ... that may ultimately kill what is otherwise a very convenient stop-over for travelers... as usual, some thoughtless individuals might ruin what for some is a great[occasional] option on the road.

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Re: Wal-Mart parking 13 years 10 months ago #1800

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And, sometimes town law says campers cannot stay overnight at the Wal-mart ... it varies by town. Although I personally have only stayed a couple of times at Walmart in an "emergency" when tired and can't find anything else or a rest stop, the general knowledge is that Walmart welcomes the overnighter because it brings in business that night or the next day.


We are currently in Savannah, Georgia at a very nice RV Park. On the way out from Oklahoma we did stay two nights in Wal-Mart lots. In Savannah, TN, and Marietta, GA. In Tennessee there was no problem and the manager welcomed us to stay. In Georgia we first stopped in Kennesaw at a Wal-Mart in a fairly upscale part of town. As always, we spoke with the manager and was advised that the city ordinance did not allow overnight parking. The manager, an RVer himself, was very nice and said he really did not understand the cities attitude. We immediately got on the phone and called Wal-Mart in Marietta, the next town, and they said "come on down".

The key is ALWAYS ask first. Very seldom will the no overnight parking policy be from Wal-Mart. It will normally have to do with the local city.

BTW, our next stop this Thursday is Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC.
Rick Stone, YNC, USN(RET)
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