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Old 02-24-2016, 12:28 PM   #11
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I'm sure I will get all kinds of hate mail from this, but here goes. I have been camping/RVing for 40 years. I figure if I can afford a camper and tow vehicle, I can spend a couple more bucks and stay in a campground. Walmart does not provide any security and I have heard of a couple instances where local police asked the camper to move on. Good for them. So start sending all that hate mail.

Usually it's not Walmart who won't let you stay. In many cases, municipal ordinance dictates where you can/can not stay in a RV. City of Daytona is one. NO parking/staying in a RV except in designated campgrounds/resorts. Bank in 1998 I had a friend who was a vendor at a week long event at the Daytona municipal stadium. He had a Freightliner FL60 toter w/living quarters plus a 40 foot 5th wheel cargo/vendor trailer complete with 16 feet of completely self contained living quarters in the front including shower, toilet, queen bed & dinette etc. He had to get a motel room for the week and at 10pm each evening, security would come-a-knockin to make sure he was locking up and leaving for the night.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:28 PM   #12
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I figure if I can afford a camper and tow vehicle, I can spend a couple more bucks and stay in a campground.
True. But there is another aspect. We traveled from Richmond, Va., to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., this past fall. We needed to break the trip up and the mid point was near Wilkes-Barre. There are no CG near I-81 in that area. (Francis Slocum SP is in the vicinity but would have added too much time to our trip.)
There is the Mohegan Sun Casino, however. They allow you to stay in their lot and will send a shuttle to carry you to the casino and restaurants.
Heres our campsite.


CBs, Wal-Marts and the like can be more convenient for layovers. On the way home (from Watkins Glen) Gettysburg was half way. Plenty of CGs close to Rt. 15 there so we chose a camp nearby.
It's not about saving money for us. It's location, location, location.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:31 PM   #13
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Casinos also good out here, and yes, it's all about location
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Old 02-24-2016, 01:55 PM   #14
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I'm sure I will get all kinds of hate mail from this, but here goes. I have been camping/RVing for 40 years. I figure if I can afford a camper and tow vehicle, I can spend a couple more bucks and stay in a campground. Walmart does not provide any security and I have heard of a couple instances where local police asked the camper to move on. Good for them. So start sending all that hate mail.
Would you prefer that I pull into a campground at 11:30pm? Midnight? 1:30am?

And then there's the finding a site in an unknown campground in the middle of the night issue- I have a broken skylight to thank for that. Turned out the campground was very, very tight.

For me, it has NOTHING to do with the cost and everything to do with courtesy to my neighbor and convenience to the highway.
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Parking @ Walmart

I'm sure the retired/full timing RVrs can make it to campgrounds early along their travels since they do not have a time frame. The ones of us that still punch a clock and have a tighter schedule may need to only be off the road for rest durning non business hours. In at midnight gone by 6 am. I would not want to wait around till 9 for the office to open up to pay my tab.

I know I saw a couple of people do this at a state park in PA. They came in at 11pm. It woke me up. And they were gone by 6:30. I'm sure they did not pay for the site.
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And I've seen off/on ramps that had more to offer than some campgrounds....
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I agree with you (BTW, I have being camping for 36 years...) but my intention to stop by (not to camp) @ Walmart is because we want to cover 1500miles in 3 days so I'll be arriving at after 10:00pm and leaving before 7:00am... during the trip...
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We have not stayed at a Walmart yet, parents do it all the time. I have spent many of nights at the rest stops. Nothing against the Wally Worlds, just none have fit our stop locations.

I am from the group that is not opposed to paying for a site. I just need a spot of convenience. That tends to end up being a rest stop or truck stop. I am NOT looking to drive miles off track to get to a camp site at 9 or 10 pm, P-off the neighbors then roll out at 7am.
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Especially if your driv'n an old 'rattler'.......
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Especially if your driv'n an old 'rattler'.......
Yeah, I'm surprised how quiet my dmax is but I am sure the neighbors would be happier. I failed to mention we do not put out slides on our overnight stops. We bought our trailer specifically because it is entirely usable with the slides in or out.

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