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Monday, April 4, 2016

RV Overnighting At Walmart

Up to when I bought The Beast, I had no idea that some Walmarts (with an emphasis on some) allow overnight parking for weary RV travelers at no charge. It was while watching travel/camping YouTube channels, such as the Nomadic Fanatic, that I became aware of this. I have not stayed at a Walmart as yet.

Depending upon local city ordinances, Walmarts will allow for parking in their parking lots for travelers who need to stop for a few hours to rest up. They provide no facilities (restrooms or water & electric hookups) for travelers.

According to Walmartlocator.com:
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 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.
Walmartlocator.com has listings of Walmarts who don't allow overnight parking.

There are certain etiquette rules to overnighting at a Walmart:

Industry-Sanctioned Code of Conduct
(RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy)

  • Stay one night only!
  • Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
  • Obey posted regulations.
  • No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills outside your RV.
  • Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
  • Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
  • Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
  • Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.
People who violate the above rules will ruin the privilege for everyone else. 

For more details on overnight parking at Walmart, go here.

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