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Old 09-20-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Walmart camping :)

I am curious since I see a few motorhomes park during the night at Walmart parking. I am guessing Walmart doesn't care.

I am in the Southern California area.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:13 AM   #2
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most Walmarts in California have city/county codes that prohibit such overnite stays in their parking lots.

most get away with it since the police are short or too busy to enforce it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:52 AM   #3
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Overnight parking

The keyword is overnight parking....there is no camping allowed....so don t set up the lounge chair and let out the awning....check in with the manager to see where to park if they allow it.....and all of us will be able to park there in the future....also check to see if generators are allowed.....there is walmart rving site on yahoo to get updates
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:44 AM   #4
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Yeah, some allow it. They get testy when you build a campfire though...
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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There are apps for smart phones that show which Wal-Marts allow it.
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The keyword is overnight parking....there is no camping allowed....so don t set up the lounge chair and let out the awning....check in with the manager to see where to park if they allow it.....and all of us will be able to park there in the future....also check to see if generators are allowed.....there is walmart rving site on yahoo to get updates
What he said. The yahoo group is pretty helpful for knowing which do and don't allow it. Interestingly, there are a handful of Walmarts with signs for "no overnight parking" yet allow it if you ask. Check the site and call the store - always ask for permission (imo).
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I think Florida also has a state law against over=night parking at Walmart. Sometimes (Missouri a few years ago) the area where they want you to park may be parked next to semis that are idling all night long.
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I think Florida also has a state law against over=night parking at Walmart. Sometimes (Missouri a few years ago) the area where they want you to park may be parked next to semis that are idling all night long.
We snowbird in the Orlando area (Orlando Thousand Trails) and the Walmart north of SR 192 on US 27 has signs stating "No overnight parking", but every night there is at least 1 if not more that do overnight with the slides out. Mostly motorhomes, but some tt and 5ers. Evidently the police and Walmart look the other way or really don't care. A few even park in the Lowes lot across the street north of Walmart. If there is a FL law against it, it sure isn't enforced.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:27 AM   #9
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Lots of local ordinances prohibit it. Most cops have better things to do. Nobody I know has ever had an issue. I can tell you though, if you're in a raggedy old 60's motorhome, doing the tweaker thing with 1000 bicycles strapped to your trailer, the cops are going to stop by and ask questions.

All of those parking lots are privately owned real estate, not city streets. Unless a WM customer complains to management, or an employee gets suspicious, then cops won't get a call.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:41 AM   #10
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Once again, common sense and reasonableness needs to rule the day.

If you see a bunch of campers in their lot, then obviously it's OK (at least that day anyways), no need to ask, just slip in there and don't be an obnoxious pest to the community.

If there is nobody there, then you should ask. Maybe prohibited, maybe not. It may be against the law, but the manager says OK anyways.

Usually these laws are put into place to address either some problem (squatters) or some grievance (local RV parks). They are there to use if someone complains. Cops have better things to do than hassle tourists. Worst thing that could happen is they knock on your door and ask you to move.

Highway rest stops supposedly prohibit overnight parking. Nearly all let you do it. Suppose they'd rather have sleepy drivers parked in the rest area rather than out on the highway.
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