Does Walmart still allow overnight RV parking?
Walmart stores have for the longest time been a favorite stop for many RV owners. Reason; the good deals? Well, maybe but also for the hard to find the overnight parking spot in a secure environment.
The chain has allowed RV owners to spend their nights at the open parking spaces for so long that Walmart is somewhat synonymous to RVs and RVers. There is even a directory indicating which particular stores offered this facility.
A particular lot could hold as much as 100 RVs at the same time. That is until recently when much to the dismay of many RV owners the store announced that it would no longer allow their parking lots to be used as overnight stays by the people on the move.
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According to an official statement which was not entirely committal a spokesperson form Walmart has indicated that indeed the chain is soon to stop overnight parking services for RVs. This was after serious deliberations by the top management of the company which expressed its own disappointment at having to take this action.
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Apparently, there have been reports of alleged cases of general insecurity around these parking spots which has been attributed to the presence of the RVs. Some of the occupants of these vehicles are suspected to be behind some cases of car break-ins and muggings.
There is however yet to be any formal reports that could give more insight into these allegations; they are going round more in the form of innuendos where you can’t really point a finger at anything. The parking lots have also allegedly become dumping sites for some of these patrons.
After spending the night some people not only don’t want to clean up but they also dump whatever other trash they had in their vehicles out onto the parking lot before leaving the next morning.
The store says that it has received reports from customers complaining about the untidy parking lot which has been littered sort of trash. There has been a mixed reaction from the general public. Some regular Walmart customers who are not RV owners are shocked at the move not being able to identify with any of the allegations.
People who have been shopping for years say that they have never had any incidences of insecurity at the parking lots and say that they even feel safer with the big cars around because the big number of people actually make the place feel safer.
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There is, however, a general consensus that the lots could be kept cleaner. It is however not clear whether the litter was in amounts that would actually call for such action by the store.
There are people who feel that this is good riddance to the RVs who they blame for the case of insecurity and littering especially at the very lots. The most devastated though are the owners of the RVs who have used these as their overnight spots for ars. They feel that a little consultation and behavior change could have solved the problem.
How can you show good manners while staying overnight at Walmart?
- Buy any supplies you need at Walmart.
- Clean up your trash.
- Clean up after pets if you have any.
- If outdoors, keep all pets on a leash.
- Don’t run the generator all night.
- Don’t use the outdoor kitchen.
- Avoid playing loud music.
- Thank the manager before you leave.
Overnight Alternatives to Walmart
If you can’t find a Walmart don’t panic. Try this list of suggestions for possible alternatives overnight stays:
- Flying J Truck Stops
- Camping World
- Cracker Barrel
- Kmart, factory outlet stores & shopping centers
- Highway rest areas
- Fraternal lodges