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Old 02-26-2016, 07:48 PM   #61
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The longest I've ever stayed at a Walmart, rest area, or parking lot has been about 3 hours at most. It's also been around 1:00am or so. Does anyone consider that as overnight?
What difference does it make? Walmart understands the business relationship and it mostly works for them and we have a place to drop in and stay overnight while getting on our way. They understand we will shop while parking. It's not camping it's parking. I really appreciate their understanding of our need to have a safe place to stop when it's required.
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:22 PM   #62
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:37 PM   #63
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What difference does it make? Walmart understands the business relationship and it mostly works for them and we have a place to drop in and stay overnight while getting on our way. They understand we will shop while parking. It's not camping it's parking. I really appreciate their understanding of our need to have a safe place to stop when it's required.
I think there is a difference of "parking" and "camping". To me, if you are pulling in, cooking a meal, watching TV, getting some sleep, and spending 10-12 hours, you are camping. Pulling in at anytime, day or night, spending 2-3, or more hours sleeping then moving on, is parking. I would hate for those that "camp" in Walmart, ruin it for those of us that "park" at Walmart. I can drive for days on end with 2-3 hours of sleep. I know when I need it, and I find the first place that I feel is safe, (or those around me are safe from me ).
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:03 PM   #64
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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.
We called ahead to a campground last night, we were running late. They told us we had to be there by 9pm or there would be an additional charge. That left us with two options; hotel or Walmart parking lot. I can't see paying $75 (cost of campground plus surcharge) for what at best would have been a 8-10 hour stay.

Do I make a habit of using Walmart? No, but it is a viable option in some cases.

We always ask permission, park as far away from the entrances as possible, open only the minimal number of slides and are on our way early the next morning.

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Old 02-26-2016, 09:14 PM   #65
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The longest I've ever stayed at a Walmart, rest area, or parking lot has been about 3 hours at most. It's also been around 1:00am or so. Does anyone consider that as overnight?

That's not overnight parking. That's grabbing a quick nap. I used to be able to do that but no more.
When on the road we will be at a Walmart from around 8 pm till 8-9 am. I always talk to a manager and let them know how much we appreciate the ability to do that. I have always gotten a response like its our pleasure. I have asked what they consider to be abuse and it's always the same. People ( mostly truckers) leave their garbage in the lot. Truckers often leave their full piss jugs in the lot. That will be what gets it shut down not someone staying 10 hours.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:27 PM   #66
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Just averaged out what a 6 hr stay here would cost, based on monthly rate....$1.63.....Oh, and that's with water and power..
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:32 PM   #67
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If I can find a CG close to my route with a pull-thru available I'll go there. If not I look for a place to spend from 4 hours to possibly 8. Never a Walmart as I don't buy anything there so will not stop there.
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:25 PM   #68
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Just averaged out what a 6 hr stay here would cost, based on monthly rate....$1.63.....Oh, and that's with water and power..
A campground my guess? If will they let you stay for 6 hours and pay $2(let them keep the change lol)

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Being retired, we NEVER stay at Walmarts or Cracker Barrels. See no reason for it for us or full timers. Just need to PLAN AHEAD!
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Also being Retarded oh wait retired planning ahead is like back working at a job, half the fun is not planning and ending up where ever this is RVing. If you start looking early in the day most time you can find a campground. If not cracker barrel or wally world will do, haven't been to church in years so I don't think of those as a stop over.
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