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Old 12-06-2018, 02:27 PM   #11
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Okay, I don't want to be rude either. I hope this can stay friendly. But, what I've seen these day, and this can be almost any subject, we seem to have an epidemic in this country of self righteous people.

The fact is Walmart in their corporate policy states they are okay with it. I know some people, like with anything abuse it. When the day comes they don't want it, I'm sure they'll change their policy.
In the mean time telling people there is something wrong with them for accepting the hospitality is like if I were to criticize someone for accepting your hospitality staying in your house.
What business would it be of mine who you invite to stay with you? If you don't want to stay at a Walmart...Don't. But don't self righteously criticizes someone for using what's offered to them. And not everyone has buckets of money. Some people actually have a budget.

I want too reiterate, I sincerely hope this can stay friendly. I was just asking a question about an app.

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Old 12-06-2018, 02:58 PM   #12
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I see both sides of this discussion, probably siding more with VJR. We have stayed in the Wally World parking lot, only because it was handy, late and needed out early. I prefer the large truck stops as does DW Brenda because of more space and the noise doesn't bother us.

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Old 12-06-2018, 03:03 PM   #13
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The casino in Prince Albert has free parking for RV's, and maybe four or five have electricity. All you have to do is go in and register. They have a nice restaurant in the casino. We have also overnighted at Walmarts in SK and AB. We go in and ask if we may stay and we have always been welcomed. It is disgusting sometimes to see the privilege being abused.

Whitehorse, YT Walmart is a sight to see in the summer time. By afternoon it is full of huge 5th wheel and self-propelled RV's, 99% US plates. They are parked willy nilly all over the lot. We parked at the gov't campground. I wonder if the poor people in those land yachts maybe can't afford a commercial campsite? Frankly, I don't really care where you park, just have a bit of consideration for others.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:04 PM   #14
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We don't stay at a Walmart (truck stop/rest stop) while traveling. I don't have a problem with anyone staying there if necessary. I do have a moral problem with folks with their 6-7 figure dollars Class A MH's bragging that they are staying there to 'save money'. Great fun and conviviality in a multi acre asphalt parking lot. HUH! Maybe they just need to 'save money' to make their 20 years of exorbitant payments that are crimping their lives - but how dumb is that. We enjoy most CGs. They are usually reasonably quiet vs the constant stream of noisy truck traffic (and often drunken behavior) in a Walmart, truck stop or rest area. Freebie parking may be your forte - not ours. But if you need to, for some reason, stay in a freebie lot - go for it.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:30 PM   #15
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Here is the Walmart corporate statement on parking lot usage:

While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.

I too hope this can be a friendly discussion - we are friends on this forum with a common interest. The OPs original question wasn't particularly about pushing Walmart parking lots as a prime way to camp, but looking for apps to find Walmarts for free parking, with lots of newbies on this and other forums reading and logging that. Then hearing that the local Walmart wouldn't even let these poor folks move their trailers to their lot for the incoming surge.....I can put 2 and 2 together. It was just to point out the potential problems those that need a parking place could face in the future. "Self righteous person" might be a little stiff...but, hey, my "red A" personality takes it in stride.

As far as the "freeloading" comment, if that is why I'm "self righteous", I refer to, as a previous poster said, all the folks that drive/tow very nice trailers and Class As that literally take over a section of a Walmart lot and turn it into a tailgate party then justify that because they went in and spent $2. That is wrong in my book any way you look at it. But, here's the deal, it's immaterial to me - I don't go there and don't intend to. I'm just trying to point out a situation that I worry will get worse....and I have ZERO doubt it will because folks just seem unable to help themselves.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:34 PM   #16
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I'm very happy this has stayed friendly. Just a couple points to clarify my question. First, I am looking not just for Walmart...I already know about that and the current app's I have show them as well as my GPS. I thought this app might also have other options I hadn't thought of.
Also, we leave Virginia right after Christmas for the Southwest. Most RV parks on our way are closed for the season and the few who are not are usually well out of our way.
Another point, it isn't until Texas before we start seeing other RV'rs on the road. Sometimes we drive all day without seeing another and if we find a Walmart for the night we are frequently the only ones there at that time of year.
Another thing, I always go in and ask if it's okay to stay and if so I make a point too park well out of the way. I never extend my slide out. We are only stopping to sleep and we usually spend more than a couple bucks. We often stock up. BTW, Walmart has gotten rich off me, so I don't feel that guilty.

I also would love to be able to pull into a KOA or other campground along the way. I wish they would offer a lower rate for travelers that just need to park for the night. I don't want to sound cheap, but who wants to pay $40 to $80 if you are not going to use any of the facilities. We are passing through and just need a rest before continuing.
We also have stayed at Casinos, truck stops and rest area.

Thanks for keeping lite. BTW has anyone used that app?
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:37 PM   #17
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Still can't understand why folks are hung up on Walmart and truckstops (not quiet or private) when other options are available. Really, if just stopping for an overnight spot to eat and sleep is the criteria, check this app out: https://freecampsites.net/. Simply plug in the city you're close to and it will come up with multiple options. Some free some minimal charge some just good old rv parks. We've used it and found that it works for us.
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:03 AM   #18
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To answer the OP I do not have that app and doubt many do. With all the free apps, gps poi's and plethora of information available on the www I suspect it wouldn't be cost effective.
As for camp Wally World I've not used them and can't foresee staying there. That's my choice. I don't have an issue with those that do as that's their choice. If the campers there are blocking the roadway or doing something offensive then inform the manager. The reality is if it disturbs you then shop elsewhere. Nothing gets a retailer's attention like lost sales.
I must say there have been many occasions where I have wished the folks that came in at midnight and left at daybreak stayed there, or somewhere else rather than disturb me at all hours. Some cg along interstates will keep a section for the "one nighters" but I'm not aware of any offering a discount. If I owned a cg I would not offer a discount either because its not about you and your limited usage. That space could be used by someone staying several days so the revenue must be consistent. JMHO
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:55 PM   #19
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I agree with "sourdough"

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