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(CNN)   If you ever dreamed of spending the night in a Walmart parking lot, I have some bad news for you   (cnn.com) divider line
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2 days ago  
Oh no!
Where will Gas Pedal and Nestor live now?!
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2 days ago  
That's unfortunate. I've been on a few road trips where do to late hours and busy roads there were no hotels available. Walmart parking lots were a godsend because they were large enough to give you some privacy, well-lit to prevent petty crime, and you could often go into the Walmart if you needed the restroom or if the situation outside became dangerous.
 
2 days ago  
this is why we can't have...things.
 
2 days ago  
Walmart near me has a big sign posted that says no overnight parking
 
2 days ago  
I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.
 
2 days ago  

Catlenfell: I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.


Walmart has been a pretty big supporter of people living out of RVs and Travel trailers in the past so long as they don't make their lots a permanent home. It's still advice given to a lot of people who live on thre road that Walmart is a safe place to spend a few hours if other arrangements aren't feasible.
 
2 days ago  

Catlenfell: I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.


My thoughts exactly.
It was ok for people passing through, especially as they will need supplies.
But making it permanent reduces parking, as well can have negative issues if RV people do not maintain vehicle or throw waste out.

I'm sure the majority do their best to not ruin it for everyone, but you still have the minority.
If I was in Walmart's shoes, especially in today's floating sentiments I'd allow it, AND be very clear those who were not allowed as to why they were kicked off.
Brownie points in the community go a long way.
 
2 days ago  
They said the policy is up to the store manager, but lots of places with shopping adjacent to interstates prohibit overnight parking of any kind, to prevent the lot from becoming an ersatz truck stop.
 
2 days ago  
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/I wonder how strong that suction cup rubber is, like if meets a piano wire sharpened to a point
 
2 days ago  

thecactusman17: Catlenfell: I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.

Walmart has been a pretty big supporter of people living out of RVs and Travel trailers in the past so long as they don't make their lots a permanent home. It's still advice given to a lot of people who live on thre road that Walmart is a safe place to spend a few hours if other arrangements aren't feasible.


They even paid for a blog from a couple of RVers crossing the country. Which backfired because they hadn't disclosed that Walmart was paying them to make the trip.
 
2 days ago  
Some of these restrictions are due to RV travelers leaving litter in parking lots and dumping out wastewater from their toilets on the pavement.

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2 days ago  

Vlad_the_Inaner: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 214x236]
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/I wonder how strong that suction cup rubber is, like if meets a piano wire sharpened to a point


Full blast your heater for about 15 minutes and you can remove it with a credit card.
 
2 days ago  
When I had my RV, I usually just stayed in a truck stop after gassing up at the end of a long day driving.  I would stay in a Walmart parking lot, though. Also, overnight in rest areas aren't bad.
 
2 days ago  
All the fark ads for this are, "Ready to sell your RV?" Gettin' a kick.
 
2 days ago  
I camp out west and in the northeast in national forests and national parks. Walmart is a great stop when in transit. One reason not mentioned in the article that some jurisdictions prohibit camping other than in campgrounds is purely to increase business in campgrounds. Compare to free, $30 or more a night is expensive at a commercial campground. Likewise, they tend to be in inconvenient locations, and if you arrive late, you may disturb other campers. Where Walmart does not permit, an alternative is large truck stops. But bring your ear plugs. Comparable are rest-stops along the freeway, even where overnight camping is prohibited. Since I am an old guy, I set an alarm for 4 hours, get up to pee, and then drive to the next rest stop. When my RV is a trailer, I park in the truck spaces, as indicate, and usually there is no overnight prohibition there.
The other businesses ,mentioned are good, and usually close to expressways.
I always gas up, eat, or buy supplies at the businesses where I "camp".
 
2 days ago  

Resident Muslim: Catlenfell: I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.

My thoughts exactly.
It was ok for people passing through, especially as they will need supplies.
But making it permanent reduces parking, as well can have negative issues if RV people do not maintain vehicle or throw waste out.

I'm sure the majority do their best to not ruin it for everyone, but you still have the minority.
If I was in Walmart's shoes, especially in today's floating sentiments I'd allow it, AND be very clear those who were not allowed as to why they were kicked off.
Brownie points in the community go a long way.


If you were in Walmart's shoes, you'd be in the middle of the store, and that is a very silly place to park an RV overnight.
 
2 days ago  
I owned a summer home a few years and there was one Walmart in an area where there weren't hotels or motels or RV camps (I had a teardrop camper). I stayed twice, skeptically the first time, but it worked out fine. Wouldn't have been my first choice if there were alternatives.
 
2 days ago  

labman: When I had my RV, I usually just stayed in a truck stop after gassing up at the end of a long day driving.  I would stay in a Walmart parking lot, though. Also, overnight in rest areas aren't bad.


I've slept several nights in Washington State rest stops while moving up here.  Felt fairly safe, the overnight slots got filled up fast with locals though.  Was in Rav 4, wasn't fun but wasn't terrible.
 
2 days ago  

gregscott: I camp out west and in the northeast in national forests and national parks. Walmart is a great stop when in transit. One reason not mentioned in the article that some jurisdictions prohibit camping other than in campgrounds is purely to increase business in campgrounds. Compare to free, $30 or more a night is expensive at a commercial campground. Likewise, they tend to be in inconvenient locations, and if you arrive late, you may disturb other campers. Where Walmart does not permit, an alternative is large truck stops. But bring your ear plugs. Comparable are rest-stops along the freeway, even where overnight camping is prohibited. Since I am an old guy, I set an alarm for 4 hours, get up to pee, and then drive to the next rest stop. When my RV is a trailer, I park in the truck spaces, as indicate, and usually there is no overnight prohibition there.
The other businesses ,mentioned are good, and usually close to expressways.
I always gas up, eat, or buy supplies at the businesses where I "camp".


We stopped overnight at one truck stop and parked in what we thought was out of the way spot.  Turned out it was one of the more obscure exits, so around 3 am ...
 
2 days ago  

Catlenfell: I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.


If you have your own private RV to live in, are you really homeless?

People sleeping under bridges or in doorways are homeless.
 
2 days ago  
I used to do this all the time during my roving days. It was harder to find a store that allowed it in New England; I guess they were ahead of the curve.
 
2 days ago  
I think most of the restrictions come via ordinances which are pushed by local campground owners. I've parked in a Walmart lot just once.

I'd prefer to just sleep at a rest area if all I'm trying to do is get some sleep. Many of those have signs that say "no overnight parking" but I don't think that get enforced very often since the places are stuffed with 18-wheelers.
 
2 days ago  
"People that treat it like a campground are ruining it for everyone else," said Mat Axelrod, 32, a member of a Facebook group called "Wal-Mart Boondocking and Camping."
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2 days ago  
Impacted UK man reached for comment.

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Unfortunately nobody could understand him.
 
2 days ago  
Go park in church parking lots.
 
2 days ago  

Cold_Sassy: Catlenfell: I'm sure some of it is due to the massive homeless crisis in some parts of the country. Plenty of people living in their RVs now.

If you have your own private RV to live in, are you really homeless?

People sleeping under bridges or in doorways are homeless.


Its like in the movie Independence Day, when the aliens blast the cities and the American become refugees.

They all hop in their RVs and refugee their way over to Area 51.  (where they save the day with a computer virus)  ((with a MACINTOSH computer virus))

Americans refugee that way, it's American Exceptionalism.

/It's just how they roll
 
2 days ago  
ive always sort of wondered this, so maybe people can explain this.

If i have a self contained RV (ie not a trailer) why wouldn't i just stop somewhere like a rest stop?  The RVs have their own bathrooms, right?  Isn't that the whole point...you have a kitchen, bathroom, and a bed?

What am i missing with this?  Ive always wanted to travel this way but its based on the assumption that i would be like a self contained space ship...is that not really the case?
 
2 days ago  
I used the Walmart in Longmont CO during my drive from Dallas to Oregon a few years back; well lit and quiet, newer feeling store. Sleeping in a Ford Escape was not the most comfortable thing I have ever done.

The Walmart in Pueblo CO sucks... which matches the rest of the city.
 
2 days ago  

freakay: ive always sort of wondered this, so maybe people can explain this.

If i have a self contained RV (ie not a trailer) why wouldn't i just stop somewhere like a rest stop?  The RVs have their own bathrooms, right?  Isn't that the whole point...you have a kitchen, bathroom, and a bed?

What am i missing with this?  Ive always wanted to travel this way but its based on the assumption that i would be like a self contained space ship...is that not really the case?


Yes you're right; as long as you have water in your tank (for flushing, bathing and cooking), and enough fuel to power your generator to run your a/c and other things that make it comfortable, you're sitting pretty. The allure of a campground "with full hookups" means you have a water source, power and sewer you can dump right at your spot, so you don't have to worry about keeping that on board while you're there. We just got a motorcoach and are learning, lol!
 
2 days ago  

freakay: ive always sort of wondered this, so maybe people can explain this.

If i have a self contained RV (ie not a trailer) why wouldn't i just stop somewhere like a rest stop?  The RVs have their own bathrooms, right?  Isn't that the whole point...you have a kitchen, bathroom, and a bed?

What am i missing with this?  Ive always wanted to travel this way but its based on the assumption that i would be like a self contained space ship...is that not really the case?


Someone has to empty the tank.  The more it is used, the more it needs to be emptied.
 
2 days ago  

edmo: I think most of the restrictions come via ordinances which are pushed by local campground owners. I've parked in a Walmart lot just once.

I'd prefer to just sleep at a rest area if all I'm trying to do is get some sleep. Many of those have signs that say "no overnight parking" but I don't think that get enforced very often since the places are stuffed with 18-wheelers.


Like most things, those signs are mainly there to stop people from trying to live at the rest area.
 
2 days ago  

freakay: ive always sort of wondered this, so maybe people can explain this.

If i have a self contained RV (ie not a trailer) why wouldn't i just stop somewhere like a rest stop?  The RVs have their own bathrooms, right?  Isn't that the whole point...you have a kitchen, bathroom, and a bed?

What am i missing with this?  Ive always wanted to travel this way but its based on the assumption that i would be like a self contained space ship...is that not really the case?


The toilet and waste water, and the water supply, need servicing every couple of days, depending on how many people are using them. And mains electricity hook up is nice for the microwave, AC, etc. And official campsites will have a set area, plus usually a campfire and a picnic table. If you stay in Walmart or by the side of the road for days on end you're going to need to empty the waster water and take on fresh water sooner or later. Plus a lot of places don't like RVs parking in laybys etc and will move you on. Other places you can get away with with no problem.
 
2 days ago  
I've stayed at camp Walmart a few times.
 
2 days ago  
This policy was something Sam Walton believed in. Like everything else he ever stood for, his anti-American swine of offspring flush it down the toilet in their race to enrich themselves and their Communist Chinese partners. Fark the Waltons.
 
2 days ago  
We've never camped in Walmart parking lots "on purpose" but the few times that we have due to necessity we actually met some really nice people.

They were all older than us but were all doing the same thing (drinking wine out of Solo cups and enjoying the last of the sun).

And the fact that you can use the washrooms and get supplies is nice as well.
 
2 days ago  
Aren't all the folks camping at a Walmart "homeless"? The absurdity of stratifying RV people when their next sentence is "I can't afford to stay in a KOA"
 
2 days ago  
Walmart doesn't mind making people homeless with their starvation wages and lack of benefit, but they do mind when the homeless sleep in their parking lots.
 
2 days ago  

chieromancer: Walmart doesn't mind making people homeless with their starvation wages and lack of benefit, but they do mind when the homeless sleep in their parking lots.


*yawning*
 
2 days ago  
I'm surprised that Walmart still allowed the practice to continue at all after the incident of that family of religious wackadoos who went WWE RAW with the po-po one night.

Police Release Video of Wal-Mart Brawl
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2 days ago  

Cold_Sassy: f you have your own private RV to live in, are you really homeless?


well that depends does the RV have a refrigerator?
 
2 days ago  

zepillin: Cold_Sassy: f you have your own private RV to live in, are you really homeless?

well that depends does the RV have a refrigerator?


True.

If your RV looks like this or better:
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Then that's a lifestyle.

If it looks like this:
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Then not so much.
 
2 days ago  

krinklechip: Vlad_the_Inaner: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 214x236]
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/I wonder how strong that suction cup rubber is, like if meets a piano wire sharpened to a point

Full blast your heater for about 15 minutes and you can remove it with a credit card.


Acetone works pretty well. I would suggest a combination of chemical and thermal attack.
 
2 days ago  

Carter Pewterschmidt: zepillin: Cold_Sassy: f you have your own private RV to live in, are you really homeless?

well that depends does the RV have a refrigerator?

True.

If your RV looks like this or better:
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Then that's a lifestyle.

If it looks like this:
[Fark user image 850x637]

Then not so much.


Clean up the rust on the 2nd, give it some repair work, and detail it with a wizard and a busty barbarian and that would be a sweet-ass ride.
 
2 days ago  
Walmart is ok in a pinch but I'd still prefer staying at trucks stops for the lot lizards.
 
2 days ago  
You can park overnight there, but you are not supposed to camp there.   Keep your rig slick, no awning or sliders.   Don't put out the deck chairs and lawn flamingos.

Urban camping is all about keeping a low profile.
 
2 days ago  
Hmm...new revenue stream when the economy really goes tits-up...Walmart can charge to rent out their parking lots to create Trumpvilles.
 
2 days ago  
I wonder if there are trolls who own RVs that intentionally piss in the pool, so to speak, just to get these kinds of things shut down.
 
2 days ago  
I like the poster's suggestion about pulling into church parking lots. "I was a stranger, and ye took me in," that kind of thing. Put it to the test.

Lord knows there are enough four-acre parking lots at churches that typically get used only twice a week.
 
2 days ago  
20th Century:
RV=Recreational Vehicle

21st Century:
RV=Residential Vehicle

Discuss.
 
2 days ago  

SPARC Pile: Carter Pewterschmidt: zepillin: Cold_Sassy: f you have your own private RV to live in, are you really homeless?

well that depends does the RV have a refrigerator?

True.

If your RV looks like this or better:
[Fark user image 850x478]

Then that's a lifestyle.

If it looks like this:
[Fark user image 850x637]

Then not so much.

Clean up the rust on the 2nd, give it some repair work, and detail it with a wizard and a busty barbarian and that would be a sweet-ass ride.


I think "Free candy" would be more likely.

studebaker hoch: You can park overnight there, but you are not supposed to camp there.   Keep your rig slick, no awning or sliders.   Don't put out the deck chairs and lawn flamingos.

Urban camping is all about keeping a low profile.


It crossed my mind a few years ago to get a Mercedes Sprinter LWB panel van and fit it out inside as a RV but leave the outside as plain white panel van, not even have windows. That way you could park it almost anywhere and sleep in it without anyone realising it was a camper.
 
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