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Old 10-09-2014, 10:19 AM   #31
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I would think the barrier is more for the Semi-trucks making deliveries, in-order to keep them from driving across the main parking lot. Probably a safety thing.

At the WM's where I've seen the barrier there is another entrance w/o one nearby that heads to the delivery/dock area.
I agree with you. As RIP learned, his travel trailer fit under the barrier but his cousinís fifth wheel didnít. Unfortunately most of todayís fifth wheels are as tall as 18 wheelers. My Silverback is 13 feet tall so being height aware is imperative.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:28 AM   #32
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One of the first things I do when I purchase a new RV is measure it's height.

I know my exact height. I would even consider going under something unless I had 6" extra clearance. A little bit of angle or a bump & you lose an AC.

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Old 10-09-2014, 10:31 AM   #33
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Even campground roads can present a hazard to fifth wheels. Here’s a pic of a tree in Meramec State Park that has a 12 foot clearance. Can you see the yellow ribbon hanging from the tree? Newbees to this state park usually don’t either. There is a small hand lettered two foot high sign that warns of the clearance this is easily missed too.
The tree is a 300 year old Oak. Oakman tried to pressure the DNR to cut that huge limb…to no avail. Click on the picture to make it larger.

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Old 10-09-2014, 10:33 AM   #34
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Will they let you drive around it
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:45 AM   #35
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I live in Shreveport and that is the only walmart in town that has them. The other three don't. The one you are talking about is right on the interstate and has the to keep the 18 wheelers from filling up the parking lot. There are four ways to get into the parking lot and one way by the fuel pumps doesn't have the height barriers.
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The wm here in town they have no height beam. But what they do have is curbs that are too tight to drive around with a truck or camper.
But if you drive into the front of the store area first you can then reach the outer parking lot for truck n rv parking.
Personalty, I would not even go thru the hassle to park there with my rig.

Oakman, we stop going to one of favorite cg because of low trees. I too tried to get the dnr to cut the trees , but had no luck.

I did have good luck with my local township as I requested they cut the low hanging trees. It was getting hard to navigate the low branches.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:01 PM   #37
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Good move!

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Walmart is usually RV friendly, that's why we like to load up on supplies there on our trips.

Had a chance to sleep on this. When I went to local Walmart today, I decided to use a pro-active approach... I asked to speak to the store manager and thanked him for being RV friendly unlike the WM in Sheveport which used entrance barriers that could damage an RV. Think I'll do the same when I visit Target, Sams Club, Costco, Kroger, HEB... and mention fuel access too.
Good approach! What do you think would happen if we all gave store managers this kind of positive feedback? Givin' strokes makes for cooperative folks.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:14 PM   #38
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Good approach! What do you think would happen if we all gave store managers this kind of positive feedback? Givin' strokes makes for cooperative folks.
Absolutely right!

Dad always told me that you can attract a lot more flies with honey than vinegar.....'nuff said
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #39
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There is a parking garage near hear that has a height restriction that keeps some SUVs from getting in. They have taken the proactive approach to hang 6 inch wide by 8 foot long PVC pipes painted yellow at the maximum height from chains right at the entrance. I can tell you they sound like a base drum when hit. Don't ask how I know.

I am pretty happy they have not needed to put those devices at our Wally. I would expect it is for safety reasons since it seems pretty silly to turn away someone who wants to go shopping with a WHOLE TRAILER to fill!

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Old 10-09-2014, 02:23 PM   #40
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Every walmart i have been in the South has plenty of clearance at fuel pumps but most are curbed around where you will probably ruin a tire. I like Walmart except when pulling the TT they are very user unfriendly to trailers over maybe 20' long
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