Sam Walton loved RVers because they spent so much money at his stores.
WalMart is a great place for RVers to shop because you can get groceries, hardware, auto parts, craft supplies and RV stuff all under one roof.
You can also do some birdwatching there time permitting (really, no kidding, click here for more bird tales - Bird Watching On The RV Road
.) But what happens if you've been traveling all day and you pull into a WalMart to spend the night and see a sign that says "no overnight parking."
Well, you could just move on down the road or you can consider other options. A great idea is to buy a copy of the book that lists WalMart stores that do not allow overnight parking - you can buy it here at RVbookstore.com
First, you should look around and see if the sign is for the actual WalMart parking lot or does it belong to another business sharing the same parking lot. If it's a shared parking lot chances are that the sign only applies to the other stores and you may be able to stay in the part of the parking area controlled by WalMart. Your second option is not to spend the night, but to spend several hours "resting" after you shop. To be honest it costs me more to spend the night in a WalMart parking lot than it does to stay at an RV park because I usually end up spending far more in the store than I do for renting a site. However, it's late and you don't know where an RV park is and frankly you're pooped. Fill up your shopping cart with whatever items you intend to buy and before you check out find the manager and tell him or her your RV is parked in the parking lot and you don't intend to spend the night, but you will be parked there for a couple of hours putting away groceries, reading the paper and resting up for the next leg of your trip. Ask them to inform security of your intentions and that you will be gone before anyone might complain and oh, by the way, when does the bakery put out the freshly baked donuts? RV friendly managers will understand and say something like, "OK, just be sure you don't spend the the night and the donuts will be ready at 5:30 am." Funny, but you never see signs that say, "No Over Day Parking." So, in my view if you're at a 24 hour WalMart there really is no such thing as "Over Night" because it's a 24-7 operation.
Still, local authorities may come by and wake you up and tell you to move and that's the risk you take. Please click on the word "comments" below and tell us what kind of experiences you've had "resting" in your RV after shopping at WalMarts with "No Overnight Parking" signs. Doing my best to interpret the sign's of the times - Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing