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Old 08-11-2016, 09:01 AM   #41
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What I've been told is if the no parking sign is posted by the town. Then you can still park there overnight. However always get permission from the Manager.
If the no parking sign is posted by Walmart (with the name Walmart on it). Then it's NOT OK to park.
Also only park overnight in the Walmart Supercenters because they are open 24 hours & therefore the parking lot is security patrolled 24 hours.
If you don't know where they are get the Rand McNally Road Atlas sold at Walmart's and Sam's Club's. Make sure it is marked on the cover "Includes Walmart & Sam's Club Store Directory". It lists all Walmarts / Sam's Clubs plus: pharmacy, food, tire / lube services, fuel, 1 hour photo, and vision center. Usually sells for about $14 with a magnifying glass / light. Lists addresses and Zip Code for US and Canada.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:44 AM   #42
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I think that's absurd. Camping and traveling are completely different. There aren't camp sites open along every route nor are there KOAS or the like at every turn. You're assuming because people are at Walmart they have no money which is an unintelligent assumption. Just my opinion.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:48 AM   #43
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I think Walmart should ban overnight camping in there parking lots. You can't afford to stay at a campground you can't afford to travel. Just my opinion


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And you think this for what reason? Does it bother you that people stop at Walmart to grab some shut eye? Is it harming you or anyone else. I know it doesn't bother Walmart because I always ask and get a warm welcome. I also make sure we spend some $$$ there.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:40 AM   #44
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You ARE entitled to your opinion of course. But I've seen $500,000
motorhomes camping overnight at Walmart. Do they have money?
Obviously but do they want to part with it?
Since we joined Passport America (2000 half price CG's) we seldom
stay at Walmart anymore because Walmarts are quite noisy and my wife is a light sleeper. At Passport America we've stayed in CG's for as little as $15 with full hook ups. Granted some aren't the nicest sites but if you're leaving first thing in the morning?
Another issue is places like KOA. KOA's are beautiful but if you are trying to get somewhere. Do you really want to spend $40 plus for a night where
you don't go near the swimming pool or any of the other facilities & plan to
leave early in the morning?
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:17 PM   #45
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IMO, you can't relate people's person finances (and it's none of our business) to their camping style. I'm sure there's some many multi millionaires sleeping in tents.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:32 PM   #46
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I agree, although I'm definitely not a millionaire nor do I sleep in a tent . I have a TT and 4 boys and love the mountains. We generally boondock because we like to, not because we cannot afford to use campgrounds. The experience we are in search isn't about RV parks, just not our thing, but I'd never say something negative or offensive to those that do.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:32 PM   #47
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That's not my point. There's 2 styles of camping (at least 2). Would you spend $40 for a night if you arrive late and leave early? Whether your a millionaire or are flat broke you want the best value for your buck & if your not spending time on the amenties why pay for them?
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:23 PM   #48
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I Just don't believe that the majority of people who spent a night at Walmart do it to save money. I think it is a convenience thing.
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:33 PM   #49
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It is about money to me. If you live paycheck to paycheck or have a million bucks in the bank, value is value. Sometimes all I need is to crawl into my bed and sleep, and an extra $35 or $40 bucks in my pocket buys a lot of groceries or a nice dinner out the next evening.

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I agree with RCW and the same applies to those nights we stay at Flying J, rest areas, or Indian casinos. When we are "traveling", not camping, we want easy-on, easy-off access, a secure, lighted parking lot, and maybe a few groceries or a quick/fast food meal. And Walmarts often meet those requirements. We have ear plugs and blackout shades to take care of the road noise and nighttime lights.

Before we bought our first RV, we avoided Walmart like the plague, but now, with an RV, Walmart is our friend. It is our preferred stop to buy/replace a leaking potable water hose, a broken sewer line connector, a 30A power cable extension, toilet chemicals, RV toilet paper, DEF, a telescoping RV wash brush, flashlight batteries, and even new rear truck tires (in Whitehorse, Yukon). So, we certainly leave plenty of our RV travel $$$ at Walmart!
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