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Old 08-26-2015, 03:47 PM   #11
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Most Walmarts would say no slides out or jacks down and might have a caution about a generator. They also must conform to local ordinances so work with them and always ask.
Here I was planning a Walmart stay on my next trip to Pigeon Forge just to "Test the generator system" before making a longer trip next year.

I can understand no jacks down but I always use timbers under my jack feet so they won't destroy the asphalt.

No slides out? Don't understand that one and it would be useless to spend the night there with slides in.

Are these rules everywhere or just specific to Walmart only or specific to Walmart in certain locations?

Inquiring mind needs to know...........
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:57 PM   #12
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Most Walmarts would say no slides out or jacks down and might have a caution about a generator. They also must conform to local ordinances so work with them and always ask.
I participate in a Walmart Parking Yahoo Group (forum similar to this). In the 2 or 3 years I've been a member, only once or twice have I seen any "rules" given or even implied by Walmart regarding jacks. And that's only at one who had a handful of back to back occurrences of jacks down punching holes in the hot asphalt.

The only "rules" are the "suggestions"/"recommendations" of Walmart goers and the RVing community. The items above are recommended as you want to give the appearance that you're just parking for the night.

That said, when I've done it- we put out 3 of our 4 slides for convenience inside the camper. We were parked where they didn't impede the flow of traffic into or out of the parking lot.

Longest story shortest, no one cared. We arrive just prior to midnight but ended up not leaving due to technical issues until late in the morning.


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Here I was planning a Walmart stay on my next trip to Pigeon Forge just to "Test the generator system" before making a longer trip next year.

I can understand no jacks down but I always use timbers under my jack feet so they won't destroy the asphalt.

No slides out? Don't understand that one and it would be useless to spend the night there with slides in.

Are these rules everywhere or just specific to Walmart only or specific to Walmart in certain locations?

Inquiring mind needs to know...........
As I mention above, there are no rules- just recommendations. Walmart corporate doesn't handdown any rules of the dos and don'ts of staying in their lots overnight. Some places prohibit parking due to thier own rules or local ordinances. Some won't say no, but also can't say yes (but will usually tell you if you can expect a knock on your door at night). Some have preferences for where you park in the lot. The courtesy is to call ahead and ask for permission and ask where they'd like you to park.

Once there, you can be the judge if your slides, jacks, or generator will be problematic for the situation.

The golden rule- be courteous.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:09 PM   #13
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We use a tumbler lock bicycle cable anytime the generator is in use. Always secured to the rear bumper of our MiniLite etc 181. Never stayed in a commercial store's parking lot, so can't address that part of your question. We do a lot of dry camping in National Forest campgrounds, state and national parks, and have never had a problem. Those cables require a pretty heafty cutting tool.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:33 PM   #14
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Encouraging

Ependydad: That was encouraging, I may seek out that YahooGroup for further education on my part.
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:07 PM   #15
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I have to laugh just thinking about running a Honda Generator at a Walmart parking lot! How in the world could anyone hear it over the sound of (Big Rigs running their 400HP engines/ Reefers running on Box trailers/Harleys with their Quiet Pipes/Boom Box Low Riders/) I think Generators is the Low End of Noise! Youroo!!
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:35 PM   #16
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nick m walmart pigeon forge tn does not allow any campers on the lot over night due to some people dumping waste down the sewer lines in parking lot
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nick m walmart pigeon forge tn does not allow any campers on the lot over night due to some people dumping waste down the sewer lines in parking lot
Nice to hear the few ruin it for all others....
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:57 PM   #18
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It depends on where you want to stay. Each Walmart location is different. Some allow campers and big trucks to park overnight. SOME DON'T. I have been to Walmarts that actually had signs posted in their parking lots prohibiting it. I have even made deliveries to Walmarts that wouldn't let me park there overnight after I delivered a load to them.
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true and they do have a sign but i know what you mean joe i used to deliver to them and sams club both
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I have been to Walmarts that actually had signs posted in their parking lots prohibiting it.
It always pays to ask- often times the signs are there, but parking is allowed anyway with permission.
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