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Old 03-14-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Any Wal Mart Campers out there?

If you plan to stay over night at a Wal Mart and don't want to carry the water on the trip, how do you get some water into your water tank when you get to your destination? Any ideas?
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Quick water question.

Most campgrounds have a fresh water source available.

Otherwise, if you have a water hookup at your site- you don't actually have to fill your tank.
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X2 on what ependydad said. Although we never travel with no water at all. We always have some water for flushing the toilet etc. Also lots of fuel stations have water spigots available for water while traveling, Flying J for instance.
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I don't pull any water weight in my trailer at all. I do have a 2Ĺ gallon water jug for dishes,drinking, coffee etc. & a 2 liter soda bottle full for flushing which I carry in the truck. Plenty for one night, maybe even two, but then I would be getting a little ripe & need a shower.

State & national parks that I have been to have water sources to fill up your trailer. Sometimes they are not very convenient so I carry an extra fresh water hose. I fill up both water containers & drain the trailer fresh water on the road when I leave.
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I have stood at a Wally World once. Last resort in my opinion. I try and carry a few gallons on board for flushing/washing hands and a few Nalgene bottles for drinking.
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If you plan to stay over night at a Wal Mart and don't want to carry the water on the trip, how do you get some water into your water tank when you get to your destination? Any ideas?
if i KNOW im going to overnight in a wally/cracker barrel lot i just make SURE i have at least 5-10 gallons in the tank....and to be honest i NEVER travel anywhere without 5-10 in the tank for stops or using the outside kitchen sink to wash up.....

my neighbor used to NEVER want to carry water in the tank, but always carried 2 5gal jugs??....lol....to each thier own....

putting 5 gallons in your tank for an overnighter only adds about 40lbs to your trailer....and at least you can get it in from a known clean source/spigot..(i still use an inline filter when i fill my tank from the hose)

but hey...if your in a walmart lot, you could just walk in and buy a cple gallons of water to use while your there......that is kinda the beauty of being in a wally lot! haah...of if you get a hankering for an ice cream sandwich at midnight.....
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if i KNOW im going to overnight in a wally/cracker barrel lot i just make SURE i have at least 5-10 gallons in the tank....and to be honest i NEVER travel anywhere without 5-10 in the tank for stops or using the outside kitchen sink to wash up.....

my neighbor used to NEVER want to carry water in the tank, but always carried 2 5gal jugs??....lol....to each thier own....

putting 5 gallons in your tank for an overnighter only adds about 40lbs to your trailer....and at least you can get it in from a known clean source/spigot..(i still use an inline filter when i fill my tank from the hose)

but hey...if your in a walmart lot, you could just walk in and buy a cple gallons of water to use while your there......that is kinda the beauty of being in a wally lot! haah...of if you get a hankering for an ice cream sandwich at midnight.....
And that's coming from a guy who must have a lot of experience buying ice cream sandwiches - does Walmart sell individual ice cream sandwiches or do you have to buy a dozen at a time?
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Thanks for all the info. Sounds like I can fill when I get there. Caring 5-10 gal is probably a good idea. On another issue does Wal Mart not care if you spend the night in their parking lot?
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I would rather stay at a Wally World than almost any campground. Cameras all over the place and almost all have full time security guards. Ever been in a campground that had either.
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On another issue does Wal Mart not care if you spend the night in their parking lot?
It depends on the Walmart. Some allow it, some don't (or can't due to municipal restrictions). There is a Yahoo group that keeps a pretty accurate list updated from actual stays/contacts with stores:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/walmartrving/info

In their files, they have the list.

The general etiquette is that you're parking overnight not camping overnight. That means, no awnings, no grills, no outside chairs and whatnot (supposedly this happens ). You also want to be aware of your stabilizers/landing gear on hot asphalt- you can easily punch a hole in it mid-summer. The topic of slides is hotly contested- in my opinion, as long as they're opened over a grassy median and not taking up too much space, they're fine.

And lastly- always ask for permission first! Even if you see other RVers there already, go inside (or call) and ask. They'll likely have a specific area that they want you to park in.
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