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  • We have parked many times overnight at Wal-Mart in transit from Point A to Point B and have never had a problem with runaway carts. Just watch for loose ones and put them in the nearest corral.

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  • Most Walmart stores that allow overnight parking ask that the RV be parked far away from the store entrance. There are fewer carts out there.

  • Park as far away from the front of the store as possible. We do this with our cars as well. Most people are too lazy to park on the outskirts (except for other folks looking to keep their cars from being damaged), and carts rarely blow that far. Other than that, just roll the dice and hope for a winning roll.

  • We’re in our ninth year of full-time RVing and our RV has never been hit by a shopping cart in a Walmart parking lot, despite many overnight stays at them. Our parked rig WAS hit, however, when “safely” anchored in a site at an RV park (it’s a long story — a little old lady thought the driveway was a street when she was returning to her rig in her toad from the laundry room). We also witnessed a man smash into his own rig with his toad, also when the rig was parked in a site at an RV park (he was at least three sheets to the wind… maybe four). We left there the next day. Not to scare you, but dangers are everywhere, and shopping carts during an overnight stay at Walmart are probably the least of your worries. As others have said, stop worrying, or you won’t go anywhere.

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