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Old 01-17-2019, 04:17 PM
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Anyone ever park/camp in a WalMart parling lot for an overnight en route to your destination? Good experience (well as good as it could be, anyway)? Horror stories? Thanks!
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We have spent one night in a Walmart parking lot when traveling from Western MA to AZ just after Christmas. No RV parks are open between our home and TN making it necessary to either spend one night in a Walmart parking lot or in a hotel for the night. The Walmart we would stay at is located in Maryland. For the most part it was a good stay. There are several other campers there, parked at the end of the lot away from where most shoppers park. There are a few drawbacks though; it is often too cold to spend a comfortable night; I like to call them "Walmart Zoom-Zoom cars" that speed around the parking lot with their high pitched exhausts all hours of the night; and there is the street sweeper cleaning the parking lot making sure to get as close to us as possible - at 2 and 3 AM. The last few years we have opted for a hotel room and that is by far more restful. We have not stopped at any other Walmart parking lots and one shouldn't assume other stores would have similar overnight issues.

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Did back in 1991 or 1992. I will never do it again. Too much light from the parking lot lights. Cars/trucks coming and going all night. We got almost no sleep.
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on our 9500 mile trip last summer, we stayed in 3-4 Walmart lots and once at planet fitness. Not a single problem anywhere and the states were TX, AL. IL.
we even stayed in a shipping canal of the army corps of engineers in WI.
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a walmart parking lot is no fun. They are noisy, toomuch light.

I learned on our trip to LA that if call a campsite that you think you can make, you can usually reserve a spot for the night.

another option, but this usually requires 24 h notice, is harvesthosts. You can now stay at golf courses.

The Park Advisor android app is very useful. We managed to stay in some very nice campsites with little or no notice. A data plan and smartphone is very helpful.
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I would definitely check for permission first though.

The local Walmart here in Perry, GA is right off of I-75 and there have always been big rigs and RVs parked in the distant areas from the store. Then someone, either Walmart or the owners of the shopping center, suddenly hired some out of town contractor to monitor the lot and put boots on vehicles they deemed parked too long. They even booted a couple big rigs while the driver was inside the store and had no intention of staying overnight. There was a big uproar and I don't know if it ever got resolved or if the contractor was following the law or what. But I still see trucks parked out there.
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