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Yes!!You can park RV @ Wal-Marts overnight!!

In Information-Interesting, postaweek2011, RVing on February 21, 2011 at 2:42 am

Over Night Parking at Wal-Marts

Can you live RVing without a Wal-Mart store?  Of course you can, but I wouldn’t want to try if I could avoid it. Why not, you ask? Well, let me put it this way. When my wife and I were making our retirement plans , we decided that we would try to visit each one of the continental 49 states. Our retirement plans were to leave Florida where we lived, in early April and not return until late October. This we did for about 14 years. We have parked in many, many Wal-Marts parking lots in our travels.  This is what you need to do, if you don’t already know. First, you need to go to a Wal-Mart (only) store and buy a”Wal-mart’s  Rand McNally  road Atlas  for 2011 (or 2010).” Open your Atlas road map  and you will find that Wal-Mart has listed every one of their Wal-Mart and Samsclub stores,  state by state. Also, they list each store number and address, what stores are within one mile of an interstate highway exit, what the interstates are and what the Exits numbers are. The stores open 24 hrs are highlighted. It will list what  the store has to offer, (a pharmacy, a tire/lube express, a gas station, RV accessories, a food service, a 1 hr photo, a vision center and a “map key” and “GPS co-ordinates”) so you can locate the store on the state map.  Most, but not all, Wal-Mart stores allow over-night parking. If in doubt, ask.  All store managers have final say! We have done a lot of  “over-nighters” in a Wal-Mart parking lot. I had the security guard help me park safely once. I was in the rear of the parking lot, and he wanted me to park across the parking strips so I wouldn’t stick out.   Just remember, use good sense when staying over-night. Don’t pull your awning out or even get your chairs out.Wal- mart allows you to stay over-night to rest and sleep, not to party. You may be asked to leave if you do! Treat your over-night stay as a privilege, not a right. Go inside and buy something, because there is always something you need! This is a two-way street and we all need to take care of it. Wal-marts is a very big reason that we could afford travel around the country so much.  Free RV Overnight Parking can be found at Walmart.They have welcomed RVers for many years, graciously allowing over night RV parking in their parking lots. THERE IS NO OFFICIAL CORPORATE  POLICY regarding overnight parking at Walmart.  Instead, they leave it up to the individual stores to determine whether they will allow travelers to spend the night in their parking lots or not. If there is a local ordinance forbidding overnight parking, there will be signs posted.  Otherwise, you’re welcome to spend the night in your RV in a Walmart parking lot. As a point of interest, Wal-mart has over 2,500 Supercenters. Of these, there are approximately 450 “no parking” stores. (2008 figures) We also have parked at Home Depot building Supplys, and Lowes Building Supplys, parking lots.  Here it would be best to check with the manager first because they have trucks coming in at all hours and they don’t want you in the way…. Here we are at Wal-Marts !   Happy trails, my friends, Happy Trails.

RV Parking at Wal-Marts

Here we are at Wal-Marts