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Author Topic: Reason #26 for parking @ Walmart  (Read 4982 times)
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« Reply #30 on: May 20, 2013, 06:04:15 PM »

Roger, never heard of that problem. Stayed at several just this last trip, and no issues. Some of those RVer's can really smear all of us. That is sad.
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« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2013, 07:10:15 PM »

Sounds like RVers are becoming just like lawyers, 99% of them are giving the rest a bad name. Sad state of affairs.

NOT among the 99%, Sam
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« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2013, 07:33:43 PM »

For those times when the local Walmart doesn't allow parking or you just decide to stay somewhere else...what alternatives are available? I know the larger truck stops are ok but noisy. What about Lowe's, Home Depot, Cracker Barrel or others? Is anyone RV friendly other than Walmart?
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« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2013, 08:38:50 PM »

Cracker Barrel is RV friendly, if you can fit their spots.  We can't when we are towing as we are at 53 ft.  Their spots are 40' I believe.  A lot of their parking lots are rather tight.  We do frequent them when we are camped nearby.

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« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2013, 06:16:31 AM »

I have heard some in the busing community have had luck by going into a Cracker Barrel late, after their dinner rush, disconnecting their tow car, and sitting nicely on a 40 foot site. After sleeping,  they have an early breakfast, hook up and get gone.
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« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2013, 08:48:56 AM »

In order of best first we prefer the following.
 
Casinos
Bass Pro Stores
Cabella Stores
Churches
Cracker Barrel
MallWart

We will never ever overnight in a rest area or truck stop, period.

If you have the America The Beautiful pass you can park on national public lands for free, ie. Forest Service, BLM, Corps of Engineers, National Scenic Areas, Seashores, Grasslands, etc.)  After age 62 the cost is 20.00 for life.  A great deal.

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« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2013, 02:09:35 PM »

To add to the information about America the Beautiful passes, Active Duty military and most Reservists qualify for the pass for free.
see http://store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html
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« Reply #37 on: May 22, 2013, 07:55:33 PM »


We're about 2000mi into a 5000 mi trip and only found a couple of WMs in CA which didn't allow ON parking. No problems in OK, TX, NM, AZ or OR. CA and the NE states seem to be the worst.

Truck stops are our WM backup. Used them probably 50 times with never a problem, they are numerous and always a fair place to eat. Usually well lighted and secure.

We also use casinos when possible but they are scarce in some parts.
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« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2013, 01:46:16 PM »

We are business members at Sam's Clubs. They are our number one choice for what I call Freedom Parking. I got in trouble on various RV forums for calling it boondocking ("it's not real boondocking if another human is less than a mile away from you") and wallydocking ("it's not wallydocking if you are not in a Wal-Mart") so I have my own phrase, definition and conduct guidelines now based on our experiences of what store managers say we are allowed to do. We always ask permission to do any grilling, sitting outside, running generator) etc. It has always been given and even encouraged. We had a Sam's Club ask us to stay a week so that we could go to their community Founders Day celebration. We always ask where they would like us to park at. We don't stay anyplace that gives me bad vibes.

#1 Sam's Club (all night security patrols, usually free coffee and danishes or fruit in the early AM for business members).

#2 Cracker Barrel (supper then breakfast the next morning)

#3 Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, et al.

#4 Rest areas, truck stops, picnic areas on primary highways, et al.

David is partially deaf and I wear 3M ear plugs I buy from Home Depot. The soft, memory foam ear plugs muffles the loud noises down to where I will drift off to sleep but a really loud noise will wake me up. We have yet to be told no at anyplace we have parked at. We also keep a cell phone turned on all night and I write down our location on a piece of paper that I leave under the cell phone. If anything happens I will call 911 not the store. Unless I am at a Sam's Club.

We had a bad experience at the Wal-Mart in New Braufels, TX (homeless drunks fighting in the parking lot at 2AM). I called the 24 hour Wal-Mart 3 times and got nowhere. Lesson learned.

We will keep on Freedom Parking. We figure 2 to 3 nights in a parking lot and then one night in a free or cheap ($25 and less) campground (Thank you Don Wright's Directories - I have both Eastern & Western editions). We use the campgrounds to dump our holding tanks and fill our fresh tank overnight (my filters knock the water flow down to 1 gpm so we have a float valve in the tank to shut the water off once it gets full). We prefer to stay on the primary highway system (the old US and State highways). Ride is more relaxing and interesting. I use "The Next Exit" to see what is at the exits of the interstate we either cross over or parallel at times.
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« Reply #39 on: May 24, 2013, 03:00:22 PM »

The comment above about keeping the cellphone and store address handy reminded my of the following resource...
     RV author Ron Jones made the following points on boondocking safety at a recent FMCA rally in Brooksville, FL.  This was subsequently published in the Southeast Bus Nuts newsletter. Granted, some of the suggestions are just common sense, but others had not occurred to me. I would be interested in readers' reactions - and additional suggestions.

1. When camped in a rest area, Flying J, WalMart or similar setting, lock your doors,windows, storage bays, tow bar and tow vehicle;
2. If you have electric steps make sure they are CLOSED (in travel position) and will not go out if the door is opened; inside, it is a good idea to also close the step-well cover at the door. This acts as an additional barrier should an uninvited person manage to enter;
 3. NEVER open the door to a stranger. If someone knocks, speak to them through the kitchen or other smaller window. If it is the police ask to
see a badge, while looking for the marked police car, and even then it is wise to verify the information through the local 911 agency;
 4. Always close the shades/curtains in your coach so that your activity inside is not visible;
 5. If parked in a business or retail parking lot, park under a light with the door and windshield facing the front of the store;
 6. Donít leave computer, cell phones, GPS, radar detector, or other electronics OR THEIR CORDS or mounting bases, on the dash, attached to the windshield, or under the curtains where they would be visible from the outside;
 7. If you have one, use your coach rear-view camera monitor to watch activity behind the bus; if you have docking lamps, light these if you hear suspicious noises;
 8. If you suspect someone is messing with your tow vehicle, from inside the coach use the keyless remote lock or panic button to chirp its horn or to sound the alarm;
 9. If your automatic rooftop satellite dish has a built-in light shining on it, try powering down the controller inside. On most systems, once the dish is in place, it will still function properly while not being a BEACON at night;
 10. If someone does approach you asking for aid, (gas, food, battery jump, wife sick, dog hurt) through the window and with your cellphone in hand, let them know you will be happy to contact 911 or a local charitable service on their behalf. Many times if the person seeking aid was up to no good, this will cause them to decline your offer and move along.

Hope this generates some discussion and additional suggestions!
Mike in GA
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« Reply #40 on: May 24, 2013, 06:58:11 PM »

A non ending adventure parking in different places and a good way of being protective and aware of your surroundings.
depending where I am, I might close all blinds and have TV on all night, then I might leave all blinds open and no TV nor internal light.
I feel comfy in truck stops, maybe from my trucking days, never had any issues othere than lot lizzards.
Everyone needs to do what they are comfy with, I use the Cracker Barrel lots even when towing, park in side lot taking a few car spots and leave enough space to get out without backing up.
Hard to list all the possibilities as every situation is different usually.  W/M is not high on my list, a rest area, Fly J etc  work for me.
I think a dog is a wonderful friend to take along, they make good watchers and friends both.
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« Reply #41 on: May 24, 2013, 07:21:59 PM »

I don't know which is worse at a truck stop the big engine idling ,the refer unit running all night or these new APU man those things make a terriable racket we avoid truck stops both of us are lite sleepers and truckers love to park right at a open window some are thoughtful and will try their best to park away from you very few now days though   


We like Nev rest areas trucks are not allowed in the same area but you still can hear a refer running
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« Reply #42 on: May 24, 2013, 07:44:54 PM »

I don't know which is worse at a truck stop the big engine idling ,the refer unit running all night or these new APU man those things make a terriable racket we avoid truck stops both of us are lite sleepers and truckers love to park right at a open window some are thoughtful and will try their best to park away from you very few now days though   


We like Nev rest areas trucks are not allowed in the same area but you still can hear a refer running

Funny you should mention trucker parking an APU or refer next to an open window Clifford.
Years ago when I was driving heavy duty tow trucks my main truck was a Cabover MH600 Mack that had no A/C.
So many a night I would slip into a quite spot in a truck stop and pull in so I'd be away from "most" of the noise and leave the windows down and sleeper door and vents open.
Never failed I'd wake up with an old rattling thermo-king pukked in next to me or a bull wagon backed in next to me!
I swore up and down I'd NEVER drive either of those kinds of trucks.

And when I went full time over the road I pulled refer's coast to coast and occasionally pulled bull wagons for a friend down in Franklin, TN when they were in a hurry to moove large #'s of cows and didn't have enough trucks to make the mooves.

I got to where I couldn't sleep good if that refer unit didn't start and stop every so often.
Some nights I'd get out an turn the unit on just so I could sleep!

Moral of the story is my momma always told me growing up that I should never say NEVER. And she was write because I pulled both kind of those trailers and grew to love them! (OK well I loved the $ I made most of the time then!)
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« Reply #43 on: May 25, 2013, 10:43:55 PM »

Idling trucks and reefers never bother us, constant noise is actually a sleep inducer - sort of a "white noise" effect.

It is the sudden loud bikes, train whistles and pickup trucks that awaken us sometimes.

Never had the slightest security problem anywhere yet. A little common sense goes a long way!

Never found any rest stop that allows overnight parking?
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« Reply #44 on: May 26, 2013, 06:27:26 AM »

... Never found any rest stop that allows overnight parking?

Texas. Also many have Wi-Fi which is handy.
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