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Dumping your black water tank in a parking lot is gross!
Could someone here tell me about the rules for using a generator in a Walmart parking lot?
Well said, Bill!
While I understand the FMCA/Good Sam club views on overnight parking at Walmart, I don't believe that the letter they print for members to put under the wipers of "offending" RVers is a good thing. Could create a very bad situation for someone.
Common sense is the rule. What difference does it make if I put my slide out when I park on the fringes of the parking lot and it extends over the grass? If I need to use my leveling jacks and it is a cold day, they won't damage the asphalt. If it's hot, I'll put down pads under the jacks. Generator, I use it as needed. A/C is a wonderful thing in the hot summer time.
I've asked several times at Walmart if not only was it okay to park, but may I put out my slides? Most of the managers had no idea what a slide even was.
Common sense is the rule. If you wouldn't do it in your front yard, don't do it in someone else's.
Old Snipe wrote:While I understand the FMCA/Good Sam club views on overnight parking at Walmart, I don't believe that the letter they print for members to put under the wipers of "offending" RVers is a good thing. Could create a very bad situation for someone.
This reminds me of the South Park episode where Kyle's dad goes around parking lots giving people Green Tickets because they are driving "gas guzzlers." I understand people's concern of losing the right to stay overnight at a Walmart parking lot but handing out flyers is going a bit overboard.
We always stayed at Wal-Marts when I was a full-timer years ago. Rand McNally printed a Wal-Mart version of their national atlas, identifying all their locations coast to coast. I bought the new edition earlier this year in prep for going back out on the road. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. The 24 hour Wal-Mart Supercenters were always the best choice for overnighting, and the best chance it was allowed. We also stayed at Flying J's and many other truck stop chains. There are always RVs overnighting in the back of the lots at all four Wal-Marts in the Spokane area, including the small store that closes at 10. I don't deem it necessary to ask at a 24 hour location, especially when there are other rigs obviously parked for the night, but if the store closes, I always ask.
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On a dark stormy night when you are really looking for something to do to avoid having to talk to the spouse, you can go here http://www.irv2.com/forums/f59/walmarts-parking-54934.html and start reading over the Wal-Mart Parking thread. As of today there are nearly 2400 posts to this one thread. The same opinions are repeated over and over but it will give you a pretty good idea about how contentious this issue can be. I have no earthly idea why, but there are some very strong opponents out there.I like:Wal-Mart / Sam's ClubCasinos (especially the ones with free hook-ups)Flying JCabellasHome DepotCracker Barrel
Without reading the linked thread, I can guess from conversations I've had with people in person that a lot of it has to do with the old saw about Wal-Mart selling so much Chinese-made merchandise, and their tendency to come into a community and displace higher priced retailers with volume purchasing. When I've made the comment that I do some of my shopping at Wal-Mart, I've had some people go nuts and verbally attack me as though it were treason to shop there. I'm sorry, but they do have some good deals, and it's not the weakly made Chinese merch I'm interested in.
When I shop there, I'm mostly after name brand American items sold for far less that competing retailers, and I also favor some of their house brands. Why pay $3.68 for a box of 7 packets of Quaker Oats instant hot cereal when I can get a similar box of 10 packets of Great Value instant oatmeal cereal for $1.68? I get more cereal and save over $2 on the box, and the flavors are just as good. That's good home economy in my book.
The argument I've mostly had with people is about Costco. A lot of people I've met who shop exclusively at Costco go ballistic when they find out I shop at Wal-Mart, including my most recent girlfriend. I shopped with her at Costco, but she could not bring herself to set foot inside a Wal-Mart. I'm way too pragmatic to go in for that kind of thinking. I'm not here to defend Wal-Mart or to cast stones at other stores, although I refuse to pay a membership to join any store; I'll fill out the form and accept their discount card, but that's the extent of it. I just want good deals and a parking lot for boondocking.
I'm not exclusive to any single store. I must have had a hundred store cards in my possession when I stopped full-timing the first time. Shopping at different stores is actually kind of interesting, because I find different brands and styles everywhere, and it's interesting to try new things sometimes. Nowadays, the other stores I shop at are Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Fred Meyer (Kroger/Smith's), and Rosauer's/Huckleberry's (Spokane grocery chain), but none of them let RVs park overnight. Wal-Mart fills an important niche for travelers, regardless if one chooses to buy their stuff.
Ah, I see. Well, given that the rig I was in was over 10 years old and worth a fraction of many of the rigs around us, I had fewer issues with that. Boondocking is a good way to save money when full-timing on a budget. Some of the folks I met who had big rigs in the six figure range put their whole life savings into it, and boondocking made sense for them for the same reasons as it did for us--to save money as well as time finding a campground, and to camp overnight at a place we were going to shop anyway. Wal-Marts frequently have on site security driving the parking lot all night, and felt a touch safer than truck stops, especially since a lot of truck stops require dirt or gravel parking, where Wal-Marts are always blacktop and usually flat. In that sense, and as a place to save money on groceries, Wal-Mart has always been a good friend to my family.
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If I parked overnight at a Wal-Mart I would feel oligated to shop in the store and I never shop at Wal-Mart.
Some Home Depot stores will allow overnight parking subject to prior approval. Same applies to some county facilities like at the water treatment plant.
I would not mind paying to park in a truck stop parking lot as the security is usually excellent. Some of the larger Flying J truck stops have dedicated RV parking out of the way of the big rigs.
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Here in Fairbanks, Alaska, the local Walmart store has a special area in its parking lot, reserved to RV and there is even a sign where it is exactly and many rigs are there all summer long and it even starts to look like a normal campground site! That includes old school bus converted into RVs, motorhomes, travel trailers and weird looking trucks from Europe... So if you ever come this way, feel free to use Walmart parking lot...