Living and dying at the Walmart parking lot

by Deanna Tolliver As if Walmart needed another excuse to ban overnighters, most of whom these days stay in RVs. But it should have been expected: as people are living in their vehicles in Walmart, they are also dying.  It’s happening in all areas of the country. Often they are homeless, living in tents behind the store or in their…

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Letter to editor: Protect Walmart overnight privilege

Walmart and other “free” stay places Dear Chuck, It’s time to go on the offensive. As more people join us full-timers, there are more and more people taking advantage of free overnight stays at Walmart, Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc. Unfortunately, quite a few do not have any respect or thankfulness for those places that graciously allow us to spend a…

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RVer concerned about overnight parking bans

By Deanna Tolliver We received a letter from California RVer Curt Dowd, who is concerned about finding places to “dry-dock” his RV in an urban area. With his solar-equipped motorhome he can live entirely off the grid. But finding a place to park has become increasingly difficult because of parking bans. Here’s what he wrote: “My wife and I are…

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Is staying overnight in an RV at Walmart in jeopardy?

By Bob Difley RVers who frequently spend the night in Walmart parking lots while on road trips are in danger of losing the privilege, according to an article Wednesday in the Salem, Oregon, Statesman Journal, part of the USA Today network. What is happening at these stores may very well indicate a trend that could force more stores to post…

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Is Walmart ‘camping’ doomed?

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR It’s only a matter of time, in my opinion, before Walmart pulls the plug on free overnight stays in its parking lots. Many stores already do so, and more post “no parking” signs every week. Sometimes they’re enforced, sometimes not. Or sometimes they’re enforced one day and not the next. For RVers, Walmart has been a…

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How to find boondocking spots on cross-country RV trip

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, My wife and I are planning a trip across the country with no planned agenda, going wherever something strikes our fancy. However, that prevents us from making campground reservations. We like to boondock and wonder whether we will be able to find dispersed camping options if we can’t…

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VIDEO: Which big box stores allow overnight RV ‘camping’?

  Jim O’Briant of Overnight RV Parking runs down the list of popular big box stores (and a restaurant chain) that do or don’t allow overnight stays. Most RVers know that Walmart is usually accommodating, but what about the other big chain stores? In this short video, learn which ones are RV friendly. And be sure to check out Jim’s…

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What is boondocking? The readers speak

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris “To the beatnik It’s his beard, beard, beard To the monster Something weird, weird, weird To a night owl It’s a good days sleep To the Yankee’s It’s a four game sweep Happiness is Different things to different people!” So ran the 1960’s tune made popular by Ray Conniff*. Yeah, everyone wants…

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Hubby wants to confront Walmart camper misfits; wife worried

  Dear RV Shrink: We have been using Walmart parking lots for overnight stays while traveling between destinations. We think this is a wonderful opportunity offered by Walmart. We call them our “Pit Stops.” We do our shopping, laundry nearby and rent a movie from Red Box. They always have an out-of-the-way area that is not too noisy or bright.…

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