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Old 01-06-2015, 07:16 AM   #11
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This is a great site i came across. It also has a state by state list of walmarts that prohibit overnight stays.

http://www.walmartatlas.com/rv-parking-at-walmart/


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Old 01-06-2015, 08:12 AM   #12
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My thoughts are.....The less intrusive you are, the better. Park out of the way, no awnings out, picnic tables or bbqs set up, and don't look like you're moving in for a while. It should look like you stopped to shop. Draws less attention.
But each place has its own expectations so you may want to ask mgmt. Good that you asked here.
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So I'm seeing as I try to look at the rest area policies. I'm not ruling anything out yet but I want to try to be prepared.

Roger that on the safety. We'll have layered security with multiple cell phones backed by multiple pit bulls backed by multiple firearms and a cat with a surly disposition.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:49 PM   #14
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We've used WMs about 1/2 a dozen times without issue. If we're the first RV there then we'll ask to be sure it's ok although I usually just ask a staff member that's handy. If there's others already there we'll usually forgo asking just grab an out of the way spot with the others. I don't see a problem in using the jacks or slides to keep things comfortable on the inside but stop at using anything on the outside like awnings, mats, chairs, BBQ or geni. We'll usually eat in or out if there's something within walking distance. If we don't have anything then we grab something at WM. Lastly we always clean-up after Fido.
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From my experience, rest areas, which are built for this purpose, are completely different from using private property for something other than the intended purpose.

It's unfortunate, but due to trash, pet, noise, drug & alcohol, homeless, and other problems, Walmart is becoming more unfriendly to overnight campers.
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It's unfortunate, but due to trash, pet, noise, drug & alcohol, homeless, and other problems, Walmart is becoming more unfriendly to overnight campers.
These are things we've experienced in rest areas but never at a Walmart.
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My question is why "camp" at WM or truck stops? The local restaurant has a problem with people who drive MH and stop for a meal. They go to the washroom and take all the toilet paper. Come on people if you can afford to purchase a MH or high end trailer don't skimp on camping fees.
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My question is why "camp" at WM or truck stops? The local restaurant has a problem with people who drive MH and stop for a meal. They go to the washroom and take all the toilet paper. Come on people if you can afford to purchase a MH or high end trailer don't skimp on camping fees.
X2 on using campgrounds instead of truck stops, rest areas and Walmart parking lots.
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My question is why "camp" at WM or truck stops? The local restaurant has a problem with people who drive MH and stop for a meal. They go to the washroom and take all the toilet paper. Come on people if you can afford to purchase a MH or high end trailer don't skimp on camping fees.


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X2 on using campgrounds instead of truck stops, rest areas and Walmart parking lots.
Wow, those are the kind of replies you would expect over at RV.net
Kinda makes you wonder....
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My question is why "camp" at WM or truck stops? The local restaurant has a problem with people who drive MH and stop for a meal. They go to the washroom and take all the toilet paper. Come on people if you can afford to purchase a MH or high end trailer don't skimp on camping fees.

My family is planning a trip to Disney world this year. We will be driving from Canada. What the plan is, is to just drive until I need to stop. Find the closest Wally World put the kids in bed and rest for the night. Early rise and on the road again. So we can get down there sooner than later. Problem being, we can't tell where we will be when the time come to pull over. So it's hard to reserve a campsite. That's why a Walmart is very convenient for us. And I bring my own toilet paper.


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