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Old 01-04-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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Etiquette

I'm soon to be new to camping (waiting for the call that the camper is off the line), and I'm curious about the etiquette of overnight or "WalMart" camping.

If we're stopping overnight in a rest area or store that allows it, are we still allowed to put out the slides? Do we still put down the stab. jacks? Is using the generator considered rude?

I don't want to offend people, or possibly get a ticket, I just want someplace to sleep overnight to get on the road the first thing in the morning.

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Old 01-04-2015, 05:28 PM   #2
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we did just that on our way home with our new unit didn't have any problems however I don't know about the generator
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:35 PM   #3
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I would stay hooked up and leave stab jacks up. Only put out slides necessary to function in the trailer for the night.
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We prefer our slides out to comfortably function so we look for a spot where they won't intrude on whatever is around us.

For generators, I'd say this is a case by case basis. Is anyone around that would be offended/annoyed by the noise? If so, go without if you can.

For stab jacks, it depends again- be *very* mindful that hot blacktop is very easy to damage by small concentrated points of pressure. I've heard stories on the Walmart RVing Yahoo Group about leveling systems poking $2,000 holes in the blacktop at Walmart's expense. (I know stab jacks are different than leveling systems by A LOT, but still...)

The Walmart RVing group has a "code of etiquette" document that they put together with some other groups. Basically, try to keep as many appearances of "parking" instead of "camping" as possible.
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MOST IMPORTANTLY! Always ask first. Even if there are others parked before you, ask first either via phone or by going inside.
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Thanks all.

Yeah, I've spent a lot of years on motorcycles (the camper is a toy hauler) and seen too many times where the inconsiderate abused a privilege that resulted in the revocation of that privilege for all. I don't want to be "that" person. This is the definitive case of it's better to ask permission than to beg forgiveness.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:21 PM   #7
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Etiquette

Here's the best resource for etiquette and a list of which Walmarts that do/do not allow overnight parking:

http://halberstadt.macmate.me/Walmart/
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There's also an app Allstays Camp & RV that lists all sorts of things including Walmart locations, phone numbers etc. which also allows reviews/comments. Excellent resource. BTW I believe this practice is called Boondocking.


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In reality we're probably more concerned with rest areas, but I would hope that the "rules" would be similar.
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In reality we're probably more concerned with rest areas, but I would hope that the "rules" would be similar.
State rules will vary. NC allows no overnight parking. Some of the others do. Can't imagine that a rest area would be nearly as safe as a Wal-Mart. Be careful.
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