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Old 08-26-2015, 08:10 PM   #31
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Discuss with the store manager?

Seems like the correct way to take advantage of Walmart (or any other host) hospitality is to talk directly with the store manager and ask permission to do what you need: slides out, landing gear down (on protective pads or timbers), gen running. If he says no either follow his rules or move on, pretty simple don't you think?

I don't normally drive until 11PM or later, I want to be off the road before dark, 6 to 7 PM is ideal. My driving day is limited to no more than 8 hours, 6 is ideal. I'm also not back on the road by 7 or 8 AM, I'd rather enjoy a morning coffee before heading back to the super slab.

Having heard all these opinions I think it's time to rethink my overnight plans and look for other options if Walmart, Sam's, Cracker Barrel, etc. hospitality doesn't fit my needs.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:12 PM   #32
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Honestly, putting landing pads (mine are 2 ft in diameter) and landing gear down for 1 night is not going to damage anything. I have never stayed at a Walmart but this is a backup plan as everywhere we travel there are Walmart's it seems!
The point was, just suck it up and live with a little rocking when your settling in for a FREE nights stay. Since you havn't been to a Walmart yet, I have, you havn't seen the "camping" that some do. As for download pressures from levelers, it's not necessary to enjoy your sleep stay, so why risk damage to their lot was my point.
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Seems like the correct way to take advantage of Walmart (or any other host) hospitality is to talk directly with the store manager and ask permission to do what you need: slides out, landing gear down (on protective pads or timbers), gen running. If he says no either follow his rules or move on, pretty simple don't you think?

I'd be shocked if a manager has any idea what jacks or slides are or why you want a generator when you have a camper. He doesn't know nor care about those things- regardless of what some here would have you believe.

The disappearing Walmart permissions typically have nothing to do with these specific things. Don't let some over zealous "rule"-makers here scare you. Leave damage or a mess or look like a full-on campsite and that's one thing. Slides for a night, give me a break.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:32 PM   #34
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The point was, just suck it up and live with a little rocking when your settling in for a FREE nights stay. Since you havn't been to a Walmart yet, I have, you havn't seen the "camping" that some do. As for download pressures from levelers, it's not necessary to enjoy your sleep stay, so why risk damage to their lot was my point.
There is a Walmart 2 km from my home. Many camp there in fact I stopped one night and said Hello to Caravaner from Europe, they were on a Cross Canada tour for a year. Right hand drive to boot! Many trailers stop for the night, with slides out!
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I'd be shocked if a manager has any idea what jacks or slides are or why you want a generator when you have a camper. He doesn't know nor care about those things- regardless of what some here would have you believe.

The disappearing Walmart permissions typically have nothing to do with these specific things. Don't let some over zealous "rule"-makers here scare you. Leave damage or a mess or look like a full-on campsite and that's one thing. Slides for a night, give me a break.

Absolutely dead on. We stay at Walmart often when traveling and always take time to go in and find the manager on duty preferably with groceries in a cart to shake his hand and tell them how much we appreciate the hospitality. They live it and it makes their day. The Walmart's that suspended overnight stays are ones that have had city ordinances force them or places like ND that has had gross misconduct on the property.
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There is a Walmart 2 km from my home. Many camp there in fact I stopped one night and said Hello to Caravaner from Europe, they were on a Cross Canada tour for a year. Right hand drive to boot! Many trailers stop for the night, with slides out!
How did he get to Canada? By boat? That is CRAZY! and cool!
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Absolutely dead on. We stay at Walmart often when traveling and always take time to go in and find the manager on duty preferably with groceries in a cart to shake his hand and tell them how much we appreciate the hospitality. They live it and it makes their day. The Walmart's that suspended overnight stays are ones that have had city ordinances force them or places like ND that has had gross misconduct on the property.
You need to remember how much the tax payers drive law. You see these ordinances in place in the "tourist areas" because the hotels / campgrounds complain of the competition. Most places Walmart is a dirty word to the local business economy so they will stick it to them when they can.
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I've seen them before on one of those RV shoes.. So COOL! LOL
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:39 PM   #40
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When travelling have stayed at several Walmart during our travels ... Never an issue with putting down jacks or bedroom slide ... Have used our generator but Walmart staff have asked that they be shutdown between 2300 and 0700 hrs (11 pm and 7 am) ... Consideration of others ... Chained generator to 5th wheel bumper ...
Have bought a portable battery operated fan for those muggy nights ... DH needs the fan and moving air ...
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