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Old 12-30-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Cabelas Camping???

We are making a trip this summer from Central MN to Hill City, SD and I was looking at stopping at Mitchell,SD and camping one night in the parking lot of Cabela's. I was wondering if anyone has ever camped in a parking lot of any stores anywhere and if so how did it go? Did you feel safe?
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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I have stayed once at Walmart in Minot ND. Overall it was fine, other than that night was the night they decided to sweep the parking lot. There was probably about 20 campers in the lot that night.

A coworked stayed at the Cabellas in Mitchell, he said it was great! and recommended staying there. He stated a few minutes after they showed up a guy driving a golf cart arrived up with a mitt full of store coupons, told them all about the Cabellas and non Cabellas facilities in the area. The guy also recommended to park by the curbs that have plastic inserts as there was power for the TT, so they could run the AC.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Cabela's near our house north of Ft Worth, Tx has several signs up stating no overnight camping.

Hopefully this is the exception rather than the rule.
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Cabela's near our house north of Ft Worth, Tx has several signs up stating no overnight camping.

Hopefully this is the exception rather than the rule.
In most cases it is a city ordinance that keeps the stores from allowing overnight stays.
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In Sidney Nebraska the Cabelas has their own campground on the edge of their parking lot property, this is the location of their first store
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WhitehawkMN, there are countless threads on Walmart camping. Costco has fewer stores, but much more peaceful as they close early. We spent a night (with consent) at a Catholic church in a small Colorado town. Left $20 before leaving in the morning. Wherever you stop, it's always best to get permission.
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Are regulars at Wally World when we travel. Never spent a nite there without at least 6 or 8 other Rv'ers. Only one bad experience when a group of teens spent 2 or 3 hours sitting on the hoods of their trucks talking about their trucks. One overnite at Camping World where they had hookups and a dump station. If the lot is void of RV's that might be a hint and the only time I actually went in the store to ask the manager. The manager actually went outside the front door and showed me the best place to park.

They do this for a reason, they know you are likely to do some shopping before you pull out.
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Never a Cabelas but many Walmarts, truck stops, and rest areas. Never felt unsafe. Pack earplugs if noise bothers you.
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I camp at truck stops and store lots a lot when traveling.. the general rule is to go in and ask the manager if it is OK to spend the night at the EDGE of his lot. Awnings and chairs out are considered a no-no.
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stayed in Mitchell sd. on the way to black hills Cabelas has a designated overnight rv lot there .no problem . at least 6 units there that night from truck camper to class a.
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