Dear RV Shrink:
We are rather new at RVing. I know many people stay overnight in Walmart parking lots but it makes my husband nervous to spend a night in Walmart or any parking area. It’s not crime or security issues with him, it’s runaway shopping carts.
We spent a truckload of money on our new home on wheels and have witnessed two incidents where the wind has blown shopping carts into parked vehicles. He is so afraid that a rolling food rocket is going to slam into our rig he won’t consider parking in a large lot with the motorhome, even to shop.
It would be a huge savings for us to park in these areas when we are making time and need a safe place to drop anchor for the night. Can you shed some light on food cart phobia? Is it widespread or just something my husband is suffering from? —Not crashing at Walmart in Wilmington
Dear Not Crashing:
Your husband has every reason to be concerned. Runaway carts are not uncommon. I think most people have noticed this potential problem. I am sure it is covered by your insurance, although it may affect your rate. Do not look to Walmart for damages; they are not responsible for them.
My suggestion is to help your husband understand that scat happens everywhere on the trail. You can run but you cannot hide. Waiting for an accident to happen is not going to make him a happy camper.
When you park in a large retail parking lot with your rig or any other vehicle, be vigilant. Scout out the most sensible area to park. If you see loose cannons, secure them in the cart corral. Most stores have people rounding up carts continuously, but they can’t be on top of them all.
If you start adding up the savings for all your short overnight stays in legal parking spaces it would most likely pay to repair what damage a cart would cause. I don’t have any hard data but I am guessing the odds of a cart collision are equal to actually winning money in a casino. Remember, free casino lot parking is only free if you do not go inside. But look on the bright side, no shopping carts. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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