By Russ and Tiña De Maris
While working our way through the country, we often overnight at “Camp Wally,” the friendly neighborhood Walmart store. Yes, it’s a controversial issue with some; RV park owners feel a bit jilted when they see rigs parked at Walmart and not at their own “pay to stay” places, but that’s a subject for a different time.
What is relevant to RVers is this: No matter where we stay, we are judged by one another’s conduct. We recently overnighted in Mountain Home, Idaho. It’s a pleasant little community, and the Walmart is handy to the interstate. The store, while not huge, still has a good selection and we invariably leave a few bucks behind when we motor out the next day. If you stay there, why not pay for something you can use.
WHAT DISTURBED US was the evidence that not all who take advantage of Walmart’s hospitality think beyond their own selves. Witness a large bag of garbage, presumably left behind by someone who couldn’t muster up the decency to drop their stuff off in an appropriate trash container. Happily, it wasn’t floating all over the lot and was contained; but still, it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of the public. You can almost hear the mental comments: “Stinkin’ trailer trash folks. Next thing they’ll drop their sewage off, too!”
Aside from not dumping your trash in the lot what might make a difference in the view the world has of RVers? It’s all been said before, and it should be simple enough for all of us to do: Don’t overstay your welcome – a night at a Walmart is A night at a Walmart. Don’t set up your barbecue. Keep your awnings in. Don’t let your pets run wild, and clean up after them.
One RVer we saw here gave a “Bravo!” to another when the new arrival went out of his way to take an empty (and abandoned) shopping cart on back to the store, rather than waiting for the store employees to have to come and hunt it up. What the Master said a couple thousand years ago is just as true today as then, “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them.”