Originally Posted by B and B
I can not use my trailer without slides out. I lay odds 3/4 of people with slides are in the same situation.
There are numerous articles on the net about where to stop for the night if you are just traveling through. There are also sites about etiquette when staying in those free places overnight.
As far as slide outs go. Most Walmarts, Lowes, Home Depots, Costcos, Sams clubs and nearly every parking lot in the good old USA has a perimeter to it with pavement, a curb, and then landscaping of some sort.
Take your Trailer or motorhome and park along the curb situated so the slide out section goes over the curb. Sound simple enough.
The most important thing about over-nighting in a parking lot.. NOT CAMPING, is to not loiter. If you want to stop for the night fine. take the time to ask permission. then only open your slide-outs when your ready to use them
Most every Walmart we have seen in the recent years have restaurants next to them. If your over-nighting, why not frequent one of them. You are saving more than the cost of that dinner by not paying for a campground with hookups.
BTW, if you take the time to do a search, there are several websites out there that contain a list of Walmart Stores that DO NOT allow overnight parking and are updated on a regular basis. In most instances the only reason overnight parking is not allowed is because of local ordinances.
Most major cities and metropolitan areas have ordinances against overnight parking. It is usually OK to overnight park at the rural Super Walmarts. the regular Walmarts may be a different issue because of their lot size.
Now don't be afraid to ASK, and then leave a tip for that FREEBEE you are receiving by frequenting the local restaurant or spending some of that hard earned cash in the Walmart store you are about to spend the night at.
I really don't think there is a Super Walmart within 30 miles of Downtown Detroit that allows over night parking, why, LOCAL ORDINANCES. Go an hour out and most do.