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Matt_Colie

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To those that do not approve of overnight parking at other than a designed campground (or often cramp grounds), I have this comparison to offer.

Do you often spend money on a meal to leave it on the counter?

If we are traveling in a self-contained unit, and we want a quiet, more or less level place to stop for the night, should we have to pay for a pool, a weight room, a kids play yard or a bathhouse? I don't think I need to do that.

The places we choose to ONP are convenient to out planned route. As we don't need to get to an office, our arrival time is never an issue as is also not our departure time. Some states still have rest areas along the highway, most are pretty. Tennessee or Kentucky (I would have to go back to trip reports) has plowed a bunch of their rest
areas in. We now drive right through there too. That is unless we find a good flat place off the highway.

Back in our days when the vehicle was not self contained we bought nights at a campgrounds that fixed out current attitude. One time we got off the highway and drove 6 miles through the hinterland to pay for a place that was so tight we had to be careful opening the car's doors. We hadn't heard of slides. We were also back next to the highway we had left, but long side a grade where the trucks were either powering up the slope or Jake-braking down the other way - All Night Long. And, this place was not cheap. Our dog really did not appreciate the play yard or pool either.

Now, we stop where we like. If it is a business that we can patronize, then we usually do. We used to like the Cabela's in Hammond (IN). DW like to shop for interesting bargains when we did. Then the local law enforcement chased us out one evening. We haven't spent any money there since.

Some years back, a lady in the state of Maine was pushing a law that made over night parking of RVs outside of campgrounds a violation. That was the year I had planned to take the coach east. I cancelled a grand tour but we went and visited family and friends. We flew in and borrowed (you didn't want to rent a car in Rhode Island) a car and stayed with family and left behind almost no money. We spent that money in other states. The law got changed. Move championed by the lady that started the first law, but the plan has not been revived.

There are lots of ways to find free ONP. We tend to use all the sources listed. With demise of the good underway navigators of Streets & Trips and Street Atlas, it takes a lot more doing now, but we still manage.

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Have some self respect, all he asked about is an app. Geez.lol

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We use the Walmart Locator guide available at .....Walmart. When we plan a trip with an overnighter or two on the way to our destination, we call ahead to ensure they allow overnighters.


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Edd505 wrote:


I'll just never understand all the $$$ spent for an RV to camp at Walmart?? And in a class A forum?? 200K for my class A to camp at Wally World, must of spent all my $$ on the Class A and can't afford a campsite.


I don't understand people who spend a large sum of money to purchase a self-contained RV that is entirely capable of providing comfortable accommodations without requiring any outside infrastructure except a fairly small flat, open area in which to sit, and then are entirely unwilling to spend the night anywhere that doesn't provide a bunch of additional infrastructure...and, beyond that, disparage anyone who might think otherwise.





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The app is called overnight rv parking. You have to pay an annual fee. Around $25.00 It lists all the walmarts on a map and will show either red or green. When you click on it all the info is there address. GPS location. Where to park. nearby restaurants and more . Also lists some other places. Worth the expense. I don't think you can find the app in play store. Just google overnight rv parking and it should show up. Will save you stopping at a walmart and after parking they throw you out A few years ago we stopped at the Walmart in Barstow. The security guard asked us to leave. I never went back. But this year I was looking for an overnight in that area and that app showed the Barstow walmart. They built a new store and parking is allowed. Right off the interstate and one of the nicest Walmarts! One year we were looking for somewhere to park near Good Year. The app showed a Cummins dealer that would let you park if you had a Cummins engine or Onan genny. We stayed one night. Alas bums started to stay in beat up old vans and they discontinued the parking.

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Edd505 wrote:

Two Hands wrote:

The Walmart parking lot is not a campground.


I'll just never understand all the $$$ spent for an RV to camp at Walmart?? And in a class A forum?? 200K for my class A to camp at Wally World, must of spent all my $$ on the Class A and can't afford a campsite.


I travel to BE somewhere, I’ve seen enough ‘interstate vista’s’ over the years, the fewer days on the road the better so I drive till I’m tired, usually somewhere around 10 to 12pm then I’m back on the road at zero-dark-thirty, maybe earlier.

Maybe I’ve just lived in Canada too long, I’ve become TOO considerate. Why would I want to ‘perturb’ a bunch of folks trying to enjoy their vacation time rolling in late then rolling out super early just so I can pay for a bunch of amenities I don’t need and won’t use?

I’ll just never understand inconsiderate I guess.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

To those that do not approve of overnight parking at other than a designed campground (or often cramp grounds), I have this comparison to offer.

Do you often spend money on a meal to leave it on the counter?

If we are traveling in a self-contained unit, and we want a quiet, more or less level place to stop for the night, should we have to pay for a pool, a weight room, a kids play yard or a bathhouse? I don't think I need to do that.

The places we choose to ONP are convenient to out planned route. As we don't need to get to an office, our arrival time is never an issue as is also not our departure time. Some states still have rest areas along the highway, most are pretty. Tennessee or Kentucky (I would have to go back to trip reports) has plowed a bunch of their rest
areas in. We now drive right through there too. That is unless we find a good flat place off the highway.

Back in our days when the vehicle was not self contained we bought nights at a campgrounds that fixed out current attitude. One time we got off the highway and drove 6 miles through the hinterland to pay for a place that was so tight we had to be careful opening the car's doors. We hadn't heard of slides. We were also back next to the highway we had left, but long side a grade where the trucks were either powering up the slope or Jake-braking down the other way - All Night Long. And, this place was not cheap. Our dog really did not appreciate the play yard or pool either.

Now, we stop where we like. If it is a business that we can patronize, then we usually do. We used to like the Cabela's in Hammond (IN). DW like to shop for interesting bargains when we did. Then the local law enforcement chased us out one evening. We haven't spent any money there since.

Some years back, a lady in the state of Maine was pushing a law that made over night parking of RVs outside of campgrounds a violation. That was the year I had planned to take the coach east. I cancelled a grand tour but we went and visited family and friends. We flew in and borrowed (you didn't want to rent a car in Rhode Island) a car and stayed with family and left behind almost no money. We spent that money in other states. The law got changed. Move championed by the lady that started the first law, but the plan has not been revived.

There are lots of ways to find free ONP. We tend to use all the sources listed. With demise of the good underway navigators of Streets & Trips and Street Atlas, it takes a lot more doing now, but we still manage.

Matt
You sure are hateful towards an entire industry that does nothing but provide services to RVers. Over the years we have provided service to hundreds of thousands of guests. Many of those guests return time and time again. Seldom do complaints arise and those that do are most often of a very minor nature.
But like most things, you tend to get what you pay for. If you always seek out the lowest cost provider, you are likely to get the lowest level of service.
If staying in parking lots fills your needs, no problem. But constantly berating those people who don't want spend their nights in the midst of Walmart shoppers as well as always slamming Private RV Parks that provide services the vast majority of RVers seek just reeks of someone angry at the world. In your brief post you apparently hate RV Parks, Cabelas, the police, truckers, the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Maine and Rhode Island. You are upset that two publications went out of business. Perhaps the problem isn't all those entities but rather the image you see in the mirror.

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Wire Man wrote:

Anyone know of a Walmart RV parking app? A way to locate a Walmart near you while you are traveling that allows RV parking?

Thank you, Barney

There's this.... NO overnight parking
but like the Walmart atlas with all their stores in it and especially with the ones that are noted with being close to the interstate.
There's was a period, for them not publishing it anymore and then, finally started to find them again. Haven't looked for one lately and plan on making do, with what I have.


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westernrvparkowner wrote:

Matt_Colie wrote:

To those that do not approve of overnight parking at other than a designed campground (or often cramp grounds), I have this comparison to offer.

Do you often spend money on a meal to leave it on the counter?

If we are traveling in a self-contained unit, and we want a quiet, more or less level place to stop for the night, should we have to pay for a pool, a weight room, a kids play yard or a bathhouse? I don't think I need to do that.

The places we choose to ONP are convenient to out planned route. As we don't need to get to an office, our arrival time is never an issue as is also not our departure time. Some states still have rest areas along the highway, most are pretty. Tennessee or Kentucky (I would have to go back to trip reports) has plowed a bunch of their rest
areas in. We now drive right through there too. That is unless we find a good flat place off the highway.

Back in our days when the vehicle was not self contained we bought nights at a campgrounds that fixed out current attitude. One time we got off the highway and drove 6 miles through the hinterland to pay for a place that was so tight we had to be careful opening the car's doors. We hadn't heard of slides. We were also back next to the highway we had left, but long side a grade where the trucks were either powering up the slope or Jake-braking down the other way - All Night Long. And, this place was not cheap. Our dog really did not appreciate the play yard or pool either.

Now, we stop where we like. If it is a business that we can patronize, then we usually do. We used to like the Cabela's in Hammond (IN). DW like to shop for interesting bargains when we did. Then the local law enforcement chased us out one evening. We haven't spent any money there since.

Some years back, a lady in the state of Maine was pushing a law that made over night parking of RVs outside of campgrounds a violation. That was the year I had planned to take the coach east. I cancelled a grand tour but we went and visited family and friends. We flew in and borrowed (you didn't want to rent a car in Rhode Island) a car and stayed with family and left behind almost no money. We spent that money in other states. The law got changed. Move championed by the lady that started the first law, but the plan has not been revived.

There are lots of ways to find free ONP. We tend to use all the sources listed. With demise of the good underway navigators of Streets & Trips and Street Atlas, it takes a lot more doing now, but we still manage.

Matt
You sure are hateful towards an entire industry that does nothing but provide services to RVers. Over the years we have provided service to hundreds of thousands of guests. Many of those guests return time and time again. Seldom do complaints arise and those that do are most often of a very minor nature.
But like most things, you tend to get what you pay for. If you always seek out the lowest cost provider, you are likely to get the lowest level of service.
If staying in parking lots fills your needs, no problem. But constantly berating those people who don't want spend their nights in the midst of Walmart shoppers as well as always slamming Private RV Parks that provide services the vast majority of RVers seek just reeks of someone angry at the world. In your brief post you apparently hate RV Parks, Cabelas, the police, truckers, the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Maine and Rhode Island. You are upset that two publications went out of business. Perhaps the problem isn't all those entities but rather the image you see in the mirror.

I think he's just calling it, the way he sees it. Not knocking park owners in general, but you must understand, it's like any other business and with no guarantee that you'll do well, with many preferring other types of service. Many times with an overnight stay at a Walmart, we've spent upwards of $200, by the time we fueled up and resupplied. I mean they do have an excellent camp store and if you like restaurants, there's usually one in the same strip.
As for RI campgrounds, don't even get me started....
Being that you're Montana, let me say that I love this state for travel, but again, you do what you gotta do, every once in a while. For instance, we stop in Billings and call the KOA. Are you kidding me with those prices and because they were the first KOA, if that might have been the reason? Anyway off to Walmart it was and with arriving at a scene, I'll never forget. Even took some pictures. I mean there were RV's of every description in there and security with his amber bubble top a flashing, was helping them to park....lol Never seen anything like it, in any of the lower 48!
On an opposite note, we found some campgrounds along Flathead Lake that were great and reasonably priced. Inside Glacier NP, the amenities were sparse and the rules were strict, but can well understand that, so no complaints and well worth the beauty of that place, which is on my list of favorites. Beside, there's an abundance of full service CG's outside the park, if that might suit one better. We didn't have a toad then and liked being near the bus stops and bicycle paths. Point is and again, the mom and pop and private owners missed out
All in all, I haven't seen that many RV parks fail and closed up, like so many restaurants and other businesses. Many in the first year, at that, so really don't think that it's all that bad for attracting travelers, if it's nice and reasonably priced.
Actually on average, I don't see all that many RVeer's in a Walmart. Billings MT being an exception of course. As for these type threads and people becoming hostile with another's choice, I've found it's the anti-Walmart people, that are most guilty and they can't all be park owners.

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