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Old 06-21-2016, 10:00 PM   #11
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I agree that if you are pulling in to a Walmart late at night and leaving early in the morning and using the lot as a quick stop over then it is acceptable. But when several rigs pull in at 3 in the afternoon and set up camp with lawn chair out and propane fire in the center then this is camping on the cheap. In the community near where I live there are 6 CG with in a 10 mile radius. One is a city run CG that is only a 10 min drive from Walmart the other 5 are within a 1/2 hour drive from the Walmart. All the CG are only a 5 min. drive from the main highway.
If you are using a Walmart for a quick stop over then go for it. If you are stopping early in the day and leaving late in the morning then spend a few dollars and get a proper campsite.
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Old 06-21-2016, 10:38 PM   #12
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While traveling a few weeks ago, I had a late dinner at Cracker Barrel (9 PM) and asked if I could park in the back of their lot for the evening and they were fine with it. It was nice because they close at 10 and they have a good many spaces in the back for rigs or busses
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A couple of the newer ones I have been in look like they are discouraging it. Very narrow entrances to the lot with large boulders right on the edge of the turn that would wipe out the side of your trailer. Doesn't bother me. I never camp there.
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:33 AM   #14
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A couple of the newer ones I have been in look like they are discouraging it. Very narrow entrances to the lot with large boulders right on the edge of the turn that would wipe out the side of your trailer. Doesn't bother me. I never camp there.
Complicated entrances seem to be a Wal-Mart thing. It seems like I always have to drive down a service road of some sort to even get to their parking lot.

There are a couple near me have these weird 5-way stops that are always a pain to get through and always get backed up on busy weekends.
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:51 AM   #15
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That's condescending and actually not the point, so double fail for you

When driving a 30 hour trip, it's hard to find a campground willing to let you in past 9:00 PM. They can also be far off the road you are travelling.

I love Wallys hospitality. I make sure to ask permission and shop, in return I get a well lit parking lot with great security.
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That's condescending and actually not the point, so double fail for you .
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:23 AM   #17
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People camped and did 30 hour trips long before Walmart's were on the scene. IMO, it's just being too cheap to use a campground and extremely poor planning.
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That's condescending and actually not the point, so double fail for you

When driving a 30 hour trip, it's hard to find a campground willing to let you in past 9:00 PM. They can also be far off the road you are travelling.

I love Wallys hospitality. I make sure to ask permission and shop, in return I get a well lit parking lot with great security.

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I have witnessed more and more RVs RV'ing in the parking lots by 3pm! Slides out, awnings out, chairs out, grilling away!

What was once a late night quick stop, has turned into a destination for some!
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I have witnessed more and more RVs RV'ing in the parking lots by 3pm! Slides out, awnings out, chairs out, grilling away!

What was once a late night quick stop, has turned into a destination for some!
Those are the folks that are too cheap to find a campground and will get Walmart to ban all campers. IMO, Walmart should ban camping in their lots.
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