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romore

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Posted: 07/10/18 08:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We never camped in a parking lot although have pulled in to grab a few hours sleep in a pinch. We much preferred to set camp and put our feet up with a cold one in a more relaxed setting. We were seldom in such a hurry that we had to push to the end of the day then hurriedly look for a place to crash for the night.

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Posted: 07/10/18 09:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe you need to define your definition of full timing.
Is there a Walmart overlooking the Grand Tetons, or how about the Oregon Coast?
If you have to stay at a WalMart for multiple nights due to cost, then you cannot afford to full time and need to find alternate plans for your future.
We have been rv’ing for 27 years, and full time on the road for four. Camping is NOT the most expensive part of this lifestyle.
There are many other places to stay for free while traveling through an area than a Walmart.
Have yet to stay at one, and never will.
Might want to check out free and low cost camping websites, join Passport America, etc. There are hundreds, if not thousands of alternate options.
Might want to do a little more research before you head out in a couple months.


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Personally, I have never stayed over night at a Walmart parking lot and would only do that if I was on the road and absolutely had no other choice. If I did, it would only be to get some sleep. I'd never disconnect, put out my slides or awning, or grill hamburgers. If I can't afford to pay the fees at a state park or a private RV park, I'd sell my rig and give up the RV life style.

* This post was edited 07/11/18 08:33am by IBcarguy *

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Imbriaco wrote:

Hi all! We’re not new to the RV scene but we are new to a ‘08 Montana 34RL and will be embarking on a full time RV life beginning in Sept. I need someone to settle a disagreement I have with my wife.

If you’re using a wall mart parking lot, is there a time limit, do you or can you d/c the truck from the trailer to check things out, and do you typically open all slides while parked there?

Thanks in advance for responses; this will be the 1st of many queries I have as awe prep for our next adventure.


Wally Docking:
1) Each store allows/disallows based on Local Ordinances
2) Time limit....OVERNIGHT
3) Not a CG so one should pull in..inquire with Store Manager as to YES/NO and if OK where to park---out of the way
4) Slides....??? really shouldn't cause it is NOT a CG but IF you have parked along a landscaped area away from flow of traffic then it is sorta OK

5) It is a business that has welcomed RVrs to utilize their parking lot for a overnight stay for the purpose of Sleeping....not sight seeing/adventuring or cheap camping

We Ftd for 7 yrs and NEVER needed to use a 'parking lot'
We traveled weekly..leaving one place around 10AM and parking/setting up by 3PM (CG/Fairground/City Park/State-National Parks/BLM boondocking)
Pretty sure Wally World did not intend on RVrs taking up parking area at 3pm and staying until 10AM before leaving

Use it if you need to catch some ZZZZZZZZZZZsss then move on


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One night was all I wanted in wal mart. some nut kept driving around the parking lot with his load muffler and car

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Ralph Cramden wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

Check in with the manager, do some shopping there and generally be gone the next morning.



Or you could sprout roots and stay a spell, put your feet up...lol



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Looks like a typical KOA to me. No trees and plenty of RV's.

That'Coachmen' looks like it has issues.

Never understood the Walmart attraction. Cracker Barrel is much better and a genuine RV park is better yet. My philosophy is, if you are that cheap (you have to stay at Walmart, stay home instead).


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old guy wrote:

One night was all I wanted in wal mart. some nut kept driving around the parking lot with his load muffler and car


There seems to always be some altercation going on at our local Walmart. My wife calls it 'punch out at Wally World'. goes on weekly. Not sure if it's drug related or what but certainly not a good place to set up shop at.

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stayed many times ,I do put my slides out only way to get to my bedroom. We do shop their also. I try to find the furthest spot so iam not taking parking spaces up that customers would use.

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And sidecar flip has nothing to do with price. I drive well into the night to get where iam going. Don't think at midnight a koa would let me in lol. Iam heading to pembrooke maine for a week this Friday after work. So a Walmart will be our choice Friday night.

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Posted: 07/11/18 06:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Imbriaco wrote:

B.O. Plenty wrote:

Why not opt for the security and convenience of an RV park? We will never stay in a WalMart lot. They aren't all in good neighborhoods, besides if we park there it's one less spot for the 1/2 million dollar diesel pushers that roll in at noon to spend a couple days there.
B.O.

Totally agree. Just understanding how people use (or avoid) the cheap or free nights stay.

The same type of people who complain there are not enough campgrounds where they want to camp or the campgrounds are not kept up to their liking.
If you don't support the campgrounds when traveling then don't complain when you can't find a campground when they close because they can't make a profit.


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