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Old 03-28-2015, 09:27 AM   #21
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Update from RV Travel Newsletter: Is free "camping" at Wal-Mart doomed?
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:42 AM   #22
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Sadly "free" draws many less than savory characters these days. Part is because of the non recovery in the economy and lack of jobs, part is just too many people living in their vehicles. It's not the typical RV who causes problems, but it will be the typical RVer who will pay the price.

People abuse the gesture all the time. Here in Az i have watched a TT with mat out sitting at Wally world for the last week. No vehicle around during the day but obviously living in it. I agree more and more cities will place restrictions on overnight parking because it is drawing the wrong people. Safety is being put in jeopardy. I agree with the article, WalMart and others will come to the conclusion the risk is not worth the few $ they may make, and I can't blame them.
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Too bad if WW ever is forced to change their policy. It is a great thing and has been a regular part of our on the road planning. Just overnite when on a multiday drive. Like I said before, have never had a problem.

And have to disagree with the poster who said that WW will conclude that it is not worth the ??few?? dollars they make. On our final stop before our destination site, we spend $300 - $400 for groceries, Rv supplies, and general merchandize. Everything from flip flops to a replacement electric space heater, and a vacumn to replace the one the wife forgot to bring. WW is a master at finding ways to get shoppers into their stores. Overnighting is just one of them.
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It's called an attractive neusince. Other people had minor injuries, if they sue WM, they will win. $400 means nothing, they are attracting and allowing bad behavior. They are responsibe. If I can't afford the $30 or $40 then I should not be traveling. Their are neumeruous camp grounds within a few miles of this WM, no need for them to allow 8 people to live in an SUV for days. .
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And have to disagree with the poster who said that WW will conclude that it is not worth the ??few?? dollars they make. On our final stop before our destination site, we spend $300 - $400 for groceries, Rv supplies, and general merchandize. Everything from flip flops to a replacement electric space heater, and a vacumn to replace the one the wife forgot to bring. WW is a master at finding ways to get shoppers into their stores. Overnighting is just one of them.
And I ask you, if Walmart bans RVs from parking in its lot overnight, where else are you going to buy those things? Especially some place you can easily swing in with a RV?

The amount of revenue Walmart will lose in sales (if any) is a drop in the bucket compared to the money is may lose in increased insurance premiums or the money it may lose in a lawsuit if Walmart is ever found negligent in the killing of an employee or customer by its policy allowing vagrants to use their parking lots as a hostel. Like everything else, people take advantage of a good thing. And like every else, all good things must come to an end.
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I personally can see using one for a quick nap but have never done that. I have stopped at a rest area and grabbed a couple of hours from time to time. The thing I cant understand is who would want to camp in a Walmart parking lot! That is crazy, if you cant afford to pay 30 bucks a night to camp DONT go. I personally would rather stop at a KOA or another campground and set up for the night then stay in a parking lot. But I can see it as a convenience if you are just shutting down for a few hours and not trying to get some relaxation and a few beverages in. As the others have said there are a few that will wreck that for everyone.
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The thing I cant understand is who would want to camp in a Walmart parking lot!
You must be unaware of the whole subculture of those who are now roaming the U.S. and dry camping in the parking lots of Walmarts, Lowe's, Cabela's, and other free camping sites. They have featured this part of society in many a newspaper and magazine and many of them are making some money by chronicling their day-to-day routine on YouTube.
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Go read the threads on this site VanDweller Community Forums . There are some good people on here and some that are the problem we are talking about. There's a thread where they talk about how to pretend to be family of people in hospitals to take a free shower and take food of of trays. They talk about sneaking into hotels in the mornings to eat the free breakfast.

How much money do you think they spend at Walmart while sleeping on the parking lot?
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I think a few of you misunderstood me. I am NOT looking to camp in a Wal Mart lot. I am looking for a place to park and sleep for a few hours as we are leaving on a trip that will have me driving overnight.

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I think a few of you misunderstood me. I am NOT looking to camp in a Wal Mart lot. I am looking for a place to park and sleep for a few hours as we are leaving on a trip that will have me driving over night. RB
Fair enough. With the title WAL MART ... it provided an opportunity to also share insight to Wal-Mart's (current) policies for RV'ers. So ... we killed two birds with one stone!
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