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Old 07-01-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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When parking at Wal Mart, are you allowed to use your slide out and/or a portable generator?
Wife and I are brand new at this , so we don't know very much at all about different rules and such. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Glen
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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I've seen folks camping at WalMart with slides both in and out, generators on also. They are usually parked at the farthest corner of the lot that can be found with good lighting.

I believe some people ask the store manages prior to setting up. Some cities don't allow overnight parking within the corp. limits, so you may have to ask.

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Thanks Mike for the quick reply. Looking foward to these later years. My wife just retired and we are looking forward to traveling and just taking it easy. Once again, thanks for the prompt information.\Glen
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:55 AM   #4
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Thanks Mike for the quick reply. Looking forward to these later years. My wife just retired and we are looking forward to traveling and just taking it easy. Once again, thanks for the prompt information.\Glen
No problem, glad to help. That's what these forums are all about, sharing information and helping others.

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Old 07-01-2010, 11:21 AM   #5
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We did this on our road trip from Long Beach to San Antonio last December and it worked out great for us.
Note that most Walmarts do allow RVers to overnight one night - but some do not - mostly because there may be a local city ordinance that prohibits it. It is always a good idea to call the store ahead of time (before you leave on your trip) to confirm so you can plan out your stops.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:28 AM   #6
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less is more at wal marts
i have seen huge million dollar coaches all slides out, awning extended, patio rug, bbq and chairs set out. and no one around


if we have to spend a few hr in one we maintain a low impact on the parking area, only open a slide if we need to.


like it was mentioned many city ords. prohibit over night stays

i have seen a few new wall worlds that actually have dedicated rv big rig parking on the side lots, long spaces, water spigot etc....
i wonder if they plan a truck stop sort of thing next. if i see one with a dump station i am staying
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:21 PM   #7
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I usually park in the Walmart lots when waiting to check in at a campground. I like to leave early in the AM so I avoid the beach going traffic. Once there we usually take a short snooze and then go into the store to pick up a couple things bad for us, Donuts or something real good from the bakery. I haven't spent the night at any but it's nice to be able to stop and catch a few "Z"s. Cabella's and Bass Pro Shops are other places Camper Friendly, but for overnight the local ordinances may prevent you from being able to stay.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:19 AM   #8
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Overnite

I have done it a number of times - in Geogia on the way to FL; along 81 in VA, WV, MD on the way to New England, and others I can't recall right now. I have only seen one Wally World that had "no overnite" signs and that was Port St Lucie FL - it was so crowded I could not even park to do some shopping. What I find is that there can be lots of noise during the night and the street sweeper comes in about 3 or 4 AM and thats a "pain" in the ears!!!!
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:42 AM   #9
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We also stay at Walmarts if their close to the interstate when were traveling. I always ask the manager if its ok to park over night. And then park in an unused lighted area away from the traffic. And yes, i do move my bedroom slide out. The others stay in. I have met other campers in the parking lot and watched people go in and out of Walmart sitting on my lawn chair with a cup of coffee in my hand. If there is more than one Rv parked, we have gotten together and discussed the worlds problems knowing there is nothing we can do about anything.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:57 AM   #10
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We have done the Wally world camping a few time. We always ask the manager or someone at the service desk and have never been told no. One place they looked at me like I had 2 heads when I asked and she said ya go ahead no one ever asks here they just do. If you do a google search you can find Walmart camping etiquite. What I do now is prior to a trip I use Google Street view and take a look around the Walmarts in question to see if their parking lot is designed to be able handle campers and have found a few that there is no place to even put a 55+ ft truck and trailer combo to even go in the store let alone let it stay overnite, but mostly they are situated in the middle of a city where I would not want to go anyway.
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