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mayo30 wrote:

...Asked Walmart what was up and was told that units are towed,looks like maybe a City bylaw,not Walmart.


Sorry, cannot figure out what you are trying to say. Aren't trailers, by definition, towed?

I've overnighted in a lot of parking lots. Never a Walmart, but other types of businesses. Including truck stops, which are probably your best bet at assurance that it will be allowed. Sporting goods stores are another option.

Overnighting to me usually means arriving after dark, usually after business hours, and usually hitting the road before sunrise, looking for breakfast.


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After checking with the manager understand that there is no such thing as FREE overnighting at a Walnart. You WILL buy something. Most of the time it will cost more than a CG. 'She who must be obeyed' will go on galley strike & demand food from Walmarts ready to eat bar. You will not walk out without at least a few things in hand that you did not know that you needed.


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retail store parking lots, freeway safety rest areas, truck stops, etc. can all be "safe".
They can also be very dangerous.
But then, the same applies to all campgrounds.
Even the "gated" ones with a security guard in the gate house.
It depends on where they are.
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Chances are there won't be any problem.
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If it is permitted than one night is fine but staying longer is not RVing (in my opinion).


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mowermech wrote:

retail store parking lots, freeway safety rest areas, truck stops, etc. can all be "safe".
They can also be very dangerous.
But then, the same applies to all campgrounds.
Even the "gated" ones with a security guard in the gate house.
It depends on where they are.
"Safety" is an illusion. all you can do is hope for the best.
Chances are there won't be any problem.
Good luck.


X2. I try to be alert everyday, going to work, shopping, whatever. I've spent a night in Walmart and had no issue. Arrive midnight, gone by 6:30.


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We routinely overnight at Walmarts or Casinos when enroute to a destination. Considerably more convenient than a campground. Ref security, we have had or seen a number of security incidents in camp grounds, but never in a overnight situation like Walmart, Costco or casinos.


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We have stayed overnight at Walmart. I call in advance and ask.

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We have stopped overnight at a Walmart many times. We always ask the management and buy something. Never had a problem.


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I always stop at Walmart. It saves me money and miles that I don't have to travel to a campground and pay for things I don"t use or need. I never use the restrooms,gamerooms sauna, pools. I don't need electric and if I need to dump, it's only every 5/7 days when on the road and by that time I am at my destination. We stop, get the generator going, go into the store and buy a roto chicken, some potato salad and maybe some jello salad. Dinner and a lot cheaper than going to a resturant. I seldom put out the slides. that make it look like camping.And don"t forget, If you feel threatened, use your key fob and press the PANIC button. I have never been were I feel threatened.

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