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TomG2 wrote:

My local Walmart told me that they do not even own or control the parking lot directly. That is why they allow overnight trucks but not RV's. The abuse that I see when traveling convinces me that it is just a matter of time before other lots become unavailable. Long term parking, slides out, trash, all contribute to our image and it is not a pretty one.


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romore wrote:

It may be due to a local bylaw.


^^^^^ This.

Local city ordinances prohibit it. Here in northern Colorado, it's been that way for years in Fort Collins. Loveland allowed it...until recently. Ordinance passed and signs such as what the OP posted appeared at the Walmarts.


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Could be a local ordinance.

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Rv parks complain to city council that they are losing money. City council capitulates and viola. New signs. Don't blame Walmart they just have to follow the law. Blame the Rv parks. I remember that happened in Prince George B.C so everyone going to Alaska told council they didn't need to stop in P.G. Well all the fuel stations and restaurants complained so they rescinded the ban. Power to the $$$ for sure.
Yep, RV park owners easily can out spend and out maneuver Walmart. The fact that Walmart really couldn't care less one way or the other is the only reason such ordinances ever pass.

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TomG2 wrote:

My local Walmart told me that they do not even own or control the parking lot directly. That is why they allow overnight trucks but not RV's. The abuse that I see when traveling convinces me that it is just a matter of time before other lots become unavailable. Long term parking, slides out, trash, all contribute to our image and it is not a pretty one.
This. Wal-Mart was never supposed to be more than an overnight stop. A place to park, get some sleep, buy some groceries, and then get on the road again in the morning. That courtesy has seriously been abused.


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This. Wal-Mart was never supposed to be more than an overnight stop. A place to park, get some sleep, buy some groceries, and then get on the road again in the morning. That courtesy has seriously been abused.

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Yup. Two of the main reasons why some Walmarts are putting up signs no overnight parking.

1.RV'ers who make Walmart their long term "destination" CG to avoid paying for a CG.

2. Rolling Meth Labs

http://www.walmartlocator.com/overnight-parking-etiquette/
excerpt:""...Most of the complaints lodged regarding RV parking on business parking lots have to do with aesthetics and perceived abuse of the privilege. There are a variety of competing interests that were balanced to arrive at this industry-sanctioned code of conduct. As you can see, this Code of Conduct is nothing more than an RVers’ “Good Neighbor” policy.

Not following the code has serious consequences and is detrimental to the rights of all RVers. Already, some municipalities have passed ordinances to prohibit parking on private business property overnight....""



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TomG2 wrote:

My local Walmart told me that they do not even own or control the parking lot directly. That is why they allow overnight trucks but not RV's. The abuse that I see when traveling convinces me that it is just a matter of time before other lots become unavailable. Long term parking, slides out, trash, all contribute to our image and it is not a pretty one.
This. Wal-Mart was never supposed to be more than an overnight stop. A place to park, get some sleep, buy some groceries, and then get on the road again in the morning. That courtesy has seriously been abused.


My feeling too, but a lot of the RV Parks do get in the act and try to shut down the use of parking lots. Personally when I'm going to a destination I'm not particularly interested in paying $40+ for an RV spot that I'll only use for the night and may not even use the hookups, so parking lots and Rest Areas are my first choice. Different when I get to some place I want to camp for a day or more though and then I'm more than willing to pay for a full hookup site. Too bad the RV Parks don't understand there are a lot of RVers like me and come up with a plan to accommodate those of us "in transit" with a low overnight parking fee.

BTW, I did find one RV Park in Alpine, Tx that gave me a spot to park without hookups for the night for $10. I was more than happy paying that, as I had a flat and needed a place to park until the shop opened in the morning.

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C-172-AV8R wrote:

Rv parks complain to city council that they are losing money. City council capitulates and viola. New signs. Don't blame Walmart they just have to follow the law. Blame the Rv parks. I remember that happened in Prince George B.C so everyone going to Alaska told council they didn't need to stop in P.G. Well all the fuel stations and restaurants complained so they rescinded the ban. Power to the $$$ for sure.

Really? EVERYONE going to Alaska thought to contact the city council to tell them they no longer had to stop in PG because they couldn't overnight in WalMart?? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?
The local Wallyworld by me bans overnight parking. There's not a cg close enough to care. Go figure!

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donn0128 wrote:

Good for Walmart. In Bend the parking lot looks like a druggie parking lot 24/7. Im almost scared to even stop any more.


We drove past there on the way to a CG and were shocked at all the RVs in the lot. Went to the Walmart to do some shopping and found that all the RVs were on display from a local dealer. Weren't many regular RV-ers there doing an overnight or two that we could see. Doesn't seem quite right to open up a large section of their lot for a dealer.


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I haven't run into it but only stay once a year in Benton Ky.

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