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Old 03-23-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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Correct me if I am wrong, but do Wal Mart stores allow overnight camping in there parking lots ?
If so, do I need to check in at the service counter at the store and is there typically a fee ?

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Some will allow it. Some won't. Sometimes there is a local ordinance that prohibits it. That is usually caused by a couple of local campgrounds feeling they are being cheated out of a nights fee. They would much rather YOU feel cheated for a couple of hours of rest.

Best thing is to ask the store manager.
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Also, get close to the other RVs in the WM parking lot. Wal Mart prefers that the RVers stay in one part of the lot, where allowed.
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Some will allow it. Some won't. Sometimes there is a local ordinance that prohibits it. That is usually caused by a couple of local campgrounds feeling they are being cheated out of a nights fee. They would much rather YOU feel cheated for a couple of hours of rest.

Best thing is to ask the store manager.
Actually many cities put a stop to it because of the people that were living in the parking lots. May want to google Cottonwood Arizona. A family living in the WalMart parking lot attacked the police who were responding to a sexual assault call Bottom line One dead and a cop shot, 7 arrested.

It has nothing to do with campgrounds feeling cheated it has everything to do with crime. I have stayed in a few Casino Parking lots, with permission, but never at Wal Mart. Wal Mart is not secure while most casinos do have security and camera surveillance. JMHO
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The Aastays iPhone app shows WalMart locations and if they allow overnighting.
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I stay a Walmarts often while on the road, but some don't let you for whatever reason. I stay at truckstops if the local Walmarts don't let ya. Never had a problem there. Some states let you stay in the rest areas too, but some don't. Anywhere you see semi's is a good stop, I mean just to fill up and grab some sleep for a while anyway. Don't put out the awning and start grilling haha.
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It is a good idea to check with the customer service desk or a manager before making yourself at home. Many reasons that they don't allow it.

If they OK it, don't ruin it for future over-nighters by cranking a generator or acting like you are in a campground. I would not even open a slide if it were me.

Purchase some food or supplies as a good well gesture.
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We've stayed at Walmarts along RT81 with no problems at all but usually pull in after midnight. Typically Home Depots, Lowes, Camping Worlds parking lots are good as well if they are right off an exit. I personally stay away from truck stops and rest areas.
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It is a good idea to check with the customer service desk or a manager before making yourself at home. Many reasons that they don't allow it.



If they OK it, don't ruin it for future over-nighters by cranking a generator or acting like you are in a campground. I would not even open a slide if it were me.



Purchase some food or supplies as a good well gesture.

X-2 when we stay at Walmart it is usually a late day, always ask, I only stay at super Walmarts that are open 24hr. Purchase food or supplys as needed , it's not a campground just a place to rest for the night abuse it we loose it .
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We have stayed at walmarts a few times in between destinations. Its a one night thing and that's it. We don't open our slides and other expandables. We also stay as far back as possible so not to interfere with other vehicle traffic. We do go in and always ask to make sure its o.k. On one trip, we had a flat on one of the RVs in our convoy near the Wisconsin Dells and it was late, we pulled into the local walmart and there were signs stating local ordinance said we couldn't stay. We went into the store, explained the situation and that we intended on using the autoshop to repair the tire the next morning and they allowed us to stay (we took the tire in the next morning and they wouldn't fix it because it was a trailer tire, so I ended up plugging it myself after purchasing a plug kit from them). The mgr said the signs were there because the local campgrounds put up a fuss as mentioned and the town adopted the ordinance. They also said, being a tourist town, they would have RVs there many nights in a row if it wasn't posted. Bottom line, be sure to check with mgt before staying.
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