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Walmart overnight parking

Tom_M1
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I was recently told that Walmart has changed their policy concerning overnight parking nation wide and no longer allow overnight parking. I can't find anything doing a Google search. Can anyone confirm this?
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JaxDad
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deadticket8 wrote:
Quite a number of Walmarts have posted No Overnight parking. Some will allow with permission regardless. Some told me the police will likely knock on my door during the night because of local ordinance. I am on private property so whats up with that? Local Walmart policy I think.


It’s not Wally Worlds doing, it’s the local governments doing.

I can tell you from experience, the likelyhood of ‘the knock’ is directly related to the appearance and how long it’s there. In fact I’ve stopped for the night in many rest areas that were clearly posted and had security or police direct me to where I should park for the night.

Like many other laws, it’s just one more tool for law enforcement, and it’s not universally applied.

deadticket8
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did an 8 week trip from NH to Idaho and back through many states. Quite a number of Walmarts have posted No Overnight parking. Some will allow with permission regardless. Some told me the police will likely knock on my door during the night because of local ordinance. I am on private property so whats up with that? Local Walmart policy I think. So the problems are: some lots are not owned by walmart and since 24 hour stores are a thing of the past security may toss you. people that are drug/alcohol addicted or have dissassociated from society have made old rvs and parking lots their home. If an RV is abandoned at walmart its not going to be a later model. Walmarts are having issues with getting them towed because the owners don't claim them and the tow companies don't want them taking up space. Then there are the issues of prostitution, drug dealing, dumping black water etc. Not pointing fingers at every older model but these are real issues.

pianotuna
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Oddly enough, the original Walmart doesn't allow over night parking. City ordinance.

They did let me stay near the Murphy Gas Station.
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Bemota
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There is an “app for that”, Allstays ONP Walmart that I’ve used for years, tells you which stores allow parking. Some stores used to allow parking but due to changes in city ordinances they can’t any longer. I usually stop, talk to manager and ask, sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t and somtimes they will direct me to where I can park. Trial and error
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Cptnvideo
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Looks like its time to bring out the ignore button for jrscooby.
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JRscooby
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CWilson wrote:
JRscooby wrote:


The fact you post the deceptive maps implies you want it to be seen in political light. The fact the deceptive maps stay up proves my point; Bash left ideas is not political, but defending them is.


Deceptive Maps?

ROFLMAO.....You started the political carap, the same as you always do based on many of your past posts. Nothing deceptive about statistical rates of homelessness which the map reflects.


Not that one. The only way the other is not deceptive is if it is labeled to tell it shows which states send most money to federal government in taxes compared to states that get most benefits from government.

CWilson
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JRscooby wrote:


The fact you post the deceptive maps implies you want it to be seen in political light. The fact the deceptive maps stay up proves my point; Bash left ideas is not political, but defending them is.


Deceptive Maps?

ROFLMAO.....You started the political carap, the same as you always do based on many of your past posts. Nothing deceptive about statistical rates of homelessness which the map reflects.

NamMedevac_70
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Yes, a key phrase is "not enforced". That has been my experience with good results.

Matt_Colie
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As we are travelers more than campers, we overnight in lots of places that are not thought of as camp grounds.
When we have had the opportunity to ask, of the so many times, I think we have been refused about twice. For us, as many of the places are retail we ask as "when we finish our shopping here, can we spent the night in your lot?" We are seldom refused. I also very specifically remember that once we were refused with that request, we also figured out that the new stop should have what we planned to buy there. That sounds fair - doesn't it.
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austinjenna wrote:
By the way when we do stay at Walmart it is because we are pulling in late and leaving early, no campgrounds or to far away. Last time the campgrounds was 30 miles roundtrip from where we wanted to be the next morning.


I think thats what the majority of folks do. The WM's are generally close to the highway so easy pull off to get some sleep, eat in the morning and then head back out.


I agree. I think the longest we have ever stayed at a WM parking lot was about 16 hours - 5pm to 9am.
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austinjenna
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By the way when we do stay at Walmart it is because we are pulling in late and leaving early, no campgrounds or to far away. Last time the campgrounds was 30 miles roundtrip from where we wanted to be the next morning.


I think thats what the majority of folks do. The WM's are generally close to the highway so easy pull off to get some sleep, eat in the morning and then head back out.

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JimBollman
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Never stayed at Walmart a lot but the last time the manager told us to park out by the no parking sign, said it was a town thing that was not enforced. By the way when we do stay at Walmart it is because we are pulling in late and leaving early, no campgrounds or to far away. Last time the campgrounds was 30 miles roundtrip from where we wanted to be the next morning.

JaxDad
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Tvov wrote:
JRscooby wrote:

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Well moderators, here comes another left leaning post, to counter some from the right;
Why should only the people that can afford at least 2 homes, one of which has wheels, park for free?
And the idea that homelessness is limited to any one state is crazy.


No need to stereotype people - I am pretty sure that Walmart just wants to keep their property from looking tattered and junky looking.


A good friend is in the property management field, specializing in retail space, he says it’s rarely the tenants, Wally-world or other, that prohibit parking, it’s the landlord, the municipality or both that make that move.

(Chuckling)  For all the NO Overnight comments, some should swing by the Rhinelander, WI parking lot the week before HODAG music festival.   The campers/5ths/motors are 3 isles deep in the back lot, and partying is going on at all hours.   You wouldn't know that you weren't actually at HODAG.   Respect is given and afforded, with or without 'local ordinances'.   Respect goes a long long way.