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Old 12-05-2018, 05:09 PM   #1
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When traveling I use Allstays rest stops plus, Allstays truck& travel, Allstays onp walmart and a couple others to find overnight parking.

My question is Overnightrvparking.com worth $24.99? All the others are either free or cheap. Is it that much better? Who has this app?


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Old 12-05-2018, 07:53 PM   #2
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My thinking, and I don't want to be rude, is to research your locations and rent a nice RV space. That way you won't be literally blocking the ingress/egress of a parking lot meant for "shoppers", not freeloaders. Just had to make an entire circle around the parking lot in the local Walmart because 2 Class C (old) RVs determined that they had the best idea of blocking the only easy exit. I have never, and won't ever, impose on anyone, or any business to save a buck. If I can't afford to stay in a nice place....I don't/won't go.

I know there are various views of this, and I'm not trying to put anyone down, but after looking at the lots around here for the last few weeks it is painfully apparent to me that RVrs need to pay their way or stay home. As a consumer I have found that Walmart parking lots are difficult at best, and getting worse. It isn't helped by old RVs with flower child junk painted on their sides taking up space and blocking entrances or exits. I go to Walmart to shop, not navigate a bunch of RV folks too cheap to pay for a place to park their rigs. To me, it's a pay to play game (RVing) or go home. Let the comments begin...

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Old 12-05-2018, 08:21 PM   #3
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RV Parky, Good Sams, RV park reviews are a few free good resource apps for rv parks.
As for staying in business parking lots, have NEVER done it, NEVER will do it & if I can't afford a spot in a rv park I'll stop rving.
I understand those parked in those lots normally go inside & shop or eat which should be mandatory, but the folks that own/operate rv parks are also in business to make money & probably could use the business far more than Wal-Mart.
My wife's brother in law has buckets of money, could afford to stay at any rv park, they travel from east Texas to Cheyenne Wyoming every year to the rodeo & "camp" at Walmarts all the way to & from every year. Not because they travel late & leave early, but because he's too damn cheap to pay for a site.
Not trying to offend anyone, just my opinion on the subject & I'm sure there's nothing I could say to prevent anyone from camping in parking lots, especially the cheap brother in law.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:59 AM   #4
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I like RVParky app. It shows Walmart, Cabelas, Cracker Barrel. Easy to use.

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Old 12-06-2018, 06:18 AM   #5
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If you are stopping at 5 pm go to rv park.
if your stopping at 10 pm or after 11pm and get going at 7am why not use walmart or rest area ?.

Foxwoods casino in ct has rv parking (no hookups).Anytime we go that way we stop for the night eat + gamble a bit few free drinks and gone in the am.
You can stay as long as you want.

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Old 12-06-2018, 06:20 AM   #6
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Gotta agree with Danny and Danny above^^^. The long term "freeloaders" are making a really bad impression relative to RVers in general. Drove past a Walmart on I-15 the other day and it looked like Beirut
That said there are Free Camping opportunities that do not impinge on the general public's right to access their local shopping center.
Check this site:https://freecampsites.net/ Most sites listed (at least out west where we travel) are open space, BLM or other such areas. We use this app to locate overnight stopping places while on the road from point A to B. No hook ups, just a place to park, eat and overnight before moving on to our destination.
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:57 AM   #7
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Im on the road 6 month a year never stayed at Wal-Mart. I have never paid for just one night. We use all stay app it tells us what to expect sometimes where misformed not often. Where into casino camping, some moose loudge will have overnight camping for donation .will be visiting Az spending a few months dry camping on BLM , if you want water ou dump there is charge .
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:22 AM   #8
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Just want to expound on my earlier post:

What I worry about is any/all RV forums advocating the use of "free" Walmart parking as the way to plan a trip to new owners. As the sales of RVs increase exponentially, and, IMO, poor advice being given to new owners telling them to use Walmarts as a way to plan overnite stays (of course, pay for that by running in and buying a bottle of water and a pack of chewing gum), we are going to kill a resource that has a legitimate place for RVrs. I have never used a Walmart but would not rule it out completely because I might have an emergency or failure some day requiring me to do so.

If we finally make Walmart hostile to RVers that choice won't exist. Case in point; the Walmart I mentioned above was asked by RV owners at this park if they could temporarily move their RVs from this park to the perimeter of the Walmart parking lot when hurricane Michael hit (predicted to have a 9' surge here) - Walmart refused. I can only assume due to the bitter taste they have in their mouth over parking lot abuse. The RVs had to be relocated to the other big parking lot in town at a food store which agreed to allow them. As I said, we just don't want to abuse this courtesy until it is removed, which is what I fear will happen since I was told of the occurrence I mentioned.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:15 PM   #9
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Been doing this since the early 70s. Have never stayed at Walmart or other "free" place. Always had a plan to get to a certain destination before dark. Hasn't always worked and had to set up in the dark at times.
I worked for wages all my working life and figured paying for a campsite was the "cost of doing business" as in camping.
We raised 3 kids and bought lots of toys along the way. Never looked for a handout.
Not saying staying at Walmart or other free overnight stop is wrong by any stretch sometimes it is necessary. I have seen it taken advantage of on many occasions.
This is my personal opinion. YMMV

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Old 12-06-2018, 02:00 PM   #10
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On long trips I usually do most of my driving at night. (weather permitting) In the morning after fueling and feeding my fat face I'll stay at truck stop or find the next large rest area and find a spot the furthest away from facilities, crawl into bed, put my pillow over my head and sleep most of the day away. (Repeat as many times as needed)

Traveling this way, staying in Wall-mart lots would be very costly since the copilot would be shopping while I slept and the bags of "goodies" might put me overweight at the scales and underweight in the wallet. JM2, Hank

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