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Old 07-26-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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We have a 24 hour Walmart that's located 20 minutes from the fabulous Adirondack Mtn's and 20 minutes from the Saratoga Race Track.
Well I went shopping up there this morning around 6:30am and there had to be at least 8-10 RV's parked in the back parking lot.All set up.Curtains closed.They have signs everywhere that there's no overnight parking yet they still park there...
First of all I don't know why anybody would want to park in a Walmart parking lot for their vacation.
I mean I know it's alot cheaper than actually paying to stay in an RV park in the Adirondack's but if you can afford a very expensive RV you should at least be able to afford to stay in an RV park...right??
I don't know.It just seemed strange to see their parking lot turned into an RV park....that's all.
I know I shouldn't worry about it(and I'm not)it's not my problem(no it's not) but just wondering why anybody would want to spend their vacation in a parking lot?
All you RV'er's out there...is that the norm?
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: California
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It just depends, they may just be passing thru and not want to find a RV park or maybe their in town to visit and don't want to pay for a spot to park, most walmarts welcome this, our walmart doesn't allow them to set up, just park for the night, most seem to be just passing thru and its convenant for them.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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Smile I don't think there's anything wrong with them parking there....

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It just depends, they may just be passing thru and not want to find a RV park or maybe their in town to visit and don't want to pay for a spot to park, most walmarts welcome this, our walmart doesn't allow them to set up, just park for the night, most seem to be just passing thru and its convenant for them.
Our Walmart does not allow this at all but apparently there's nothing they can do if people don't pay attention to the signs posted everywhere.
They go thru this every year.I remember a couple years ago the manager of the store almost got into a fight with one of the RV owners that wouldn't vacate the parking lot.
They put up signs thinking it would help but is does not.
I don't think their doing any harm parking there but it just looks kinda
funny.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Thumbs up Wal-Mart over-nite parking

All over Ohio they allow them to park overnite as well as any and all truck drivers. Its a good way to keep people coming back when they know a store may be concerned about thier safety on the road and while they sleep. A big thumbs up to any Wal-Mart that allows it.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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A lot of Walmarts allow RV's to park and it's smart business. They are open all night, they have the security cameras going whether someone is there or not and the RV travelers will tend then to go into the store and replenish supplies and food or just shop.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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This has been a policy of walmart for many years but some dont allow it depending on location.its best to ask manager 1st to avoid any problems.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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This has been a policy of walmart for many years but some dont allow it depending on location.its best to ask manager 1st to avoid any problems.
It might not be Walmart that wants to forbid this but certain localities that do. Even still -- if they're open 24 hours, you could just be parked outside them for several hours -- resting or shopping.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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All Walmarts across the USA allow RVers to stay the night. In some towns the city forbids it, even though Walmart owns the land and should have say in who parks on their land. But America is heading torwards communism so......

There are even books out there listing Walmart RV friendly parking stores across the USA. I think what you saw is not vacationers, they are overnighters. Though Walmart does not require it, it is only polite to notifiy the security car or go in the store and notify management your plate number and that you are staying the night. Walmart does forbid extended stay. Their hospitality is for overnight only. There are no hookups ya know. Though I see it in the future.

I am no fan of Walmart and I do not shop there but Walmart allows RVers because they know when the RVers get up in the morning they will pick up some grocerys before leaving. It's good business and for that I commend them.

You do have a point that those who can afford some of those rigs surely can afford to pay a night in your area. Which I love by the way.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Sometimes RV'ers just need an overnight rest if they've arrived too late or maybe a day early for check-in at a park. No big deal.
Really, think about it. You don't want a tired driver to have an accident do you?
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:15 PM
 
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All Walmarts across the USA allow RVers to stay the night. In some towns the city forbids it, even though Walmart owns the land and should have say in who parks on their land. But America is heading torwards communism so......

There are even books out there listing Walmart RV friendly parking stores across the USA. I think what you saw is not vacationers, they are overnighters. Though Walmart does not require it, it is only polite to notifiy the security car or go in the store and notify management your plate number and that you are staying the night. Walmart does forbid extended stay. Their hospitality is for overnight only. There are no hookups ya know. Though I see it in the future.

I am no fan of Walmart and I do not shop there but Walmart allows RVers because they know when the RVers get up in the morning they will pick up some grocerys before leaving. It's good business and for that I commend them.

You do have a point that those who can afford some of those rigs surely can afford to pay a night in your area. Which I love by the way.
I don't think all RV'ers are necessarily rich and spending $30 a night just to park because they don't need water or electricity or facilities gets too expensive. They could park in the rest stops too -- which of course many do and you can spend the night in those even just sleeping in your car -- but it's good business for Walmart to get them as shoppers. Plus Walmarts are almost always near restaurants and busy shopping locations. I've gone by and seen people sitting out on lounge chairs socializing and I'm always kind of envious -- it looks like fun.

You're right, Walmart should be allowed to have them and they hurt no one. I'm more likely to go into a Walmart at night that has them because the parking lot looks more occupied than if it is empty.

I know RV'ers sometimes are a bit creative when looking for a place to park. One woman told me that they wanted a quiet place for the night and would look for an empty lot with a for-sale sign or in a new housing subdivision going up. Usually they weren't questioned but if they were they'd say they were considering purchasing the place and were just checking it out. They never hurt anything and probably their presence in a housing subdivision was protection for the homes.
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