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Old 03-24-2014, 04:15 PM   #21
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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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I don't think there are baffles which would sort of argue for a full or empty tank, actually. I go with a 1/3 of a tank and don't worry.
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I'm curious if there are baffles in the tanks to reduce the effects of sloshing around. If not, I sure wouldn't want a full or near full tank while I am traveling.
Baffles in a black tank would cause a log jam you would not want to deal with....

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Regarding overnighting in Walmart, there is a great phone app that cost like $5 from Allstays that lists all the Walmarts in US and whether or not they allow overnighting. Not all do (sometimes it's a city ordinance etc.)
If I need to stay at one I will save the five bucks and just ask inside and then park where they want me.

If not then the next wide spot or truck stop will do.
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I'm curious if there are baffles in the tanks to reduce the effects of sloshing around. If not, I sure wouldn't want a full or near full tank while I am traveling.

Regarding overnighting in Walmart, there is a great phone app that cost like $5 from Allstays that lists all the Walmarts in US and whether or not they allow overnighting. Not all do (sometimes it's a city ordinance etc.)

And all the Cracker Barrels
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Always ask and park well away from the other vehicles. I never put down the stabilizers or unhook. Walmarts typically have lots of security and even at ones I thought were not the best places to stop I never had any problems.

I also like to let the manager know how much money I spent at their Walmart. Most of us can find more than just a few items worth picking up at Walmart.

The really important thing to do is be very polite and a good RVer. It is great to have a Wally World as crash pad. If you pick your Wally World right, you don't need to unhook. There may be plenty of things with easy walking distance of where you lock wheels.

I usually carry 10-20 gallons of water in the RV...more if I am out West somewhere. Water is just not one of those things you ever want to be short of. I generally don't travel full as the fresh water tank holds 100 gallons. I like to say that is enough for several guys for several days or me and the pardette for one weekend.
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Interesting comments. I have never stayed at Wally world. I just find a flying J and stay there. The truck noise don't bother me, the rv spaces are normally out front of the store away from the trucks, they have cameras, as well as security or employees walking the lot. I always travel with water. My unit tows better with at least a half tank of water. Never thought of the holding tank falling off though...
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If I need to stay at one I will save the five bucks and just ask inside and then park where they want me.
A better deal is the Allstays RV Companion. It lists not only Wally Worlds, but Flying Js, TA, Cracker Barrels, State Parks, KOAs and most importantly low bridges

Not bad for $9.99 and it is updated frequently
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And all the Cracker Barrels
I doubt it can be all as local ordinances are why many Walmarts disallow it- Cracker Barrel would be subject to the same ordinance restrictions.
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Cabelas (some) will also let you stay overnight and they also have a dump station but they do not provide the water hose.
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And all the Cracker Barrels
We stayed on a Cracker Barrel last yr.
Cheaper that WalMart
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Any Wal Mart Campers out there?

Bass pro allows it at some locations also.
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Well stayed at our first WalMart this pass weekend. Traveling the interstate had a tire go down. Decided that I wanted four new ones and tried two RV parks that were in the area, both full. WaLMart was 200 yards from the tire store, joined four other RVs for the night. Pulled in late, up and going early the next morning to get new tires.
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Y'all need to keep in mind, the security cameras are for the protection of Walmart, not the rv's in the parking lot.
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Fuller the water tank, the less sloshing. Not that it matters but if you can get near the garden section, there is usually water there for the plants, etc and they will let you use the water. Not that I would want to but...
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:19 PM   #35
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I always travel with a half tank of water. Keep it at least 1/2 full even if on a cg with a water hook up, I have been in 3 different cg over the years that have had issues with their water systems not working. Was glad I had water in my tank to use.
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Stumbled on this Wal Mart parking lot in Whitehorse on our way to Alaska.
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Lol.....that's cool!!! I would have brought a portable fire pit
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If you need water for an overnight while there, how much can you use? Go in the store and buy 3 or 4 gal., they have it in gal milk jugs max a dollar. Or just be like the "PEOPLE OF WALMART" Walk in in your slippers and jammies and use the bathroom in the store.
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Y'all need to keep in mind, the security cameras are for the protection of Walmart, not the rv's in the parking lot.
Good point OC, you can't be too careful with all these notoriously wild RVers, out there!
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Two interesting links about RV Parking at Walmart

RV Parking at Walmart | Walmart Atlas

No Overnight Parking at Walmart | Walmart Atlas
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