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Walmart “campers,” do you ask the store for permission to stay, or just stay?

If you frequently or sometimes stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot, do you ask the store permission first to stay, or do you just pull in and set up and not ask permission? Does it depend on the Walmart or if there is signage?

Some RVers, we’ve been told, will pull into an area of a parking lot where there are already other at least a few RVers there for the night. They’ll just assume it’s okay to stay if others are already there. Is this you?



We give you a few options on the poll, but please feel free to leave a comment after you vote and tell us why you ask for permission or why not. We’re curious to hear. Thank you!

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Shirley Hedstrom
4 days ago

We traveled every year from Wyoming to Florida in the fall and then back in the spring so we took the same route for18years.In the beginning we asked more often, but by the time the manger was found because they were busy.The answer was always yes just park over to the sides or end of parking lot, there was one time we pulled into a Walmart parking in Nashville TN the sign said no overnight parking It was spring we had been driving in heavy rain and traffic all day stuck in traffic due to a bad wreck, and my husband said he just had to get off the road it’s was around 2:00pm, he said I’m pulling in this Walmart. anybody being a RVer know when the drivers done DON’T push it. I told my husband I would go in and explain our situation. The manager was so nice and said just park at the end hon, if you have any problems and she gave me her name, what a sweetheart. Anytime we stayed at a Walmart,I always went in and brought items my way of saying Thank You Walmart we appreciate this.

phone search
4 days ago

just stay. every manager I have spoke to, told me to just stay and not bother store personnel as they are short staffed already

Wildsanta
4 days ago

It’s rare for us to use a Walmart because there are numerous other not widely known, but safer places to stay.
It was explained to us about staying on a property that belonged to a business store, restaurant, hotel, other you need to get permission and make sure to give you license plate number, a contact number and a description of your R.V.
In doing so if anything happens overnight you had done what was required and by the business giving you permission and having received all your contact numbers and R.V. information you have entered a contract with the business. legally protecting you if anything were to happen whereas the owners that just decide they can park wherever they want whenever they want have no type of standing if anything were to happen on that property. Always legally protect yourself.
Plus no matter the lot size there are only a small number of parking slots for overnight parking those with permission are safe from tows, boots or tickets.

Chet
4 days ago

For years Walmart supported truckers and allowed them to overnight in the parking lots of their stores. Mainly because they recognize that without trucking American stops functioning. But over time RVs began overnighting in the lots which was likely fine too because everyone needs something from Walmart when traveling. Now there’s a gigantic influx of homeless folks living in old crappy campers and in their vehicles in the parking lots. Which includes garbage, pets, partying and a host of other issues. It’s no wonder there are new, no overnight parking, regulations in place. One more tale of a few screwing up a good thing for everyone else. Not bitter but this is the reality.

Lawrence D Scism
4 days ago

When they know you’re there the official clock starts to tick minus 24 hours.
And believe me they’re keeping track.
What they do not know will not hurt them because they’re not looking for a specific camper or motor home in a lot with others around to distract them.

Kevin Sinn
4 days ago

It’s usually after the store has closed when I arrive and then I’m gone almost always before time to open. But while taking my morning walk I police the area around where I “camped” picking up trash others have left, not wanting us RV’rvs to have a bad name

Hallie Bogart
5 days ago

I went in the first time I parked in Walmart to ask permission ask the cashier and she more or less told me I was stupid and knew nothing about it. I ask for the manager and she said he went home. So do never ask again

Michael Curtis Allen Divine
5 days ago

Yes Walmart I think does allow you to stay overnight because they have big parking lots and a lot of space and Sleep over night

Marcus Price
5 days ago

I never ask permission but I’ve seen a couple of Walmarts with a sign saying “No overnight parking” and I moved on.

I have a really nice motorhome, I park in the far corner away from the store and immediately go in and buy groceries etc. I only put slide outs out when we’re ready for bed and I only use Walmarts if I need to shop and I’m between actual campgrounds and I don’t need to empty tanks.

Kristin
5 days ago

I am so greatful that it was a place to stay. I Lost my apartment during covid and had to live in my car for days. Nowhere to go and walmart parking gave me a place to go. I still can’t find a permanent home. I have moved 13 times over the past year. I just want to find a place to call my own again.

Deborah Mason
7 days ago

We very rarely stay at Walmart, but if we do we go inside & check to make sure it’s OK. And we buy some supplies or groceries. Better to move on now if it’s not OK than to be rousted in the middle of the night.

Lorelei
8 days ago

Define overnight. I once stayed till almost midnight and did not figure that was overnight. Then I moved to elsewhere for a few hours.

Trina
8 days ago

If you have a GPS for truck follow it keep you out of harms way.

Sharon baker
9 days ago

I feel that if these RV owners can afford these luxurious campers they should be able to afford to spend the night at where they are suppose to; a ⛺️ campground not a Walmart parking lot!

Lorelei
8 days ago
Reply to  Sharon baker

I’ve thought that for years. Some of those behemoths take up quite a few spots. And they go looking for free places everywhere they go.

Don
5 days ago
Reply to  Lorelei

It’s not like they park in the cripple spots.

Scuttlebutt
6 days ago
Reply to  Sharon baker

How does someone using an empty parking place at a random Walmart parking lot at 2am effect you? BTW, most of these people are parking (without power and water!) out of desperation, not planned….

Don
5 days ago
Reply to  Sharon baker

Jealous much?

Marcus Price
5 days ago
Reply to  Sharon baker

I have a very nice motorhome and I stop at Walmarts sometimes as it’s convenient if I need to shop for groceries and I’m between full hookup campgrounds. I am FAR cleaner and more respectful than the ones you can tell are long term campers in that parking lot. We stopped at one the other night in Billings MT on our way to Wyoming and there were several run-down campers you could tell were staying there long term. I’d rather see my motorhome in the far corner than some Cousin Eddie tenement on wheels in the middle of the parking lot.

Dave
5 days ago
Reply to  Sharon baker

😆
(Sorry, Dave. The filter wouldn’t allow your comment, so I altered it.Diane)

Lawrence D Scism
4 days ago
Reply to  Sharon baker

I Have a 27 year old 30 foot Motor home I got on the cheap but needed to be gutted out and rebuilt and I do not have the funds to buy a new interior or the money camp grounds are charging every day just to tap into there power pole or constantly drain my {bleeped} tank.
I’m retired and if it was not for my motor home I would be home less living in the streets.
Rent is through the roof with there cost I have no income accept a few dollars I make on a side hustle.
Walmart parking is my life line at this point in time.
If you can afford to buy a brand new motor home for upwards a quarter of a million dollars than yes they can afford to park else where and pay…

Larry Boswell
9 days ago

I generally refer to the OvernightRVParking app on my phone. If I can’t verify there that parking is ok, we shop, then ask the store manager.

Paula
9 days ago

We sometimes don’t bother to ask if we see another RV parked. However, one time we were the only RV, so we went in and asked. The manager was very nice and he said he wouldn’t recommend it as the neighborhood changes “after dark”.

Kathryn
10 days ago

We never ask permission. We think bothering the store manager, who has a lot of other things to do, is wasteful of. his/her time. However, we google as much information as we can, including local statutes, watch out for No Parking signs, park as far from the building as we can, and spend lots of money at a lot of Walmarts during our travels.

cee
10 days ago

I ask before I do my shopping. The answer is usually yes, sometimes the manager says the policy is no overnight parking but if you stay far from the store on the edges you won’t be bothered. This last spring I stayed at the Winslow, AZ store. I was appalled at the 4 very large shiny DP’s parked between the front of the store and the end of the lot with their slides pushed out on both sides. They were parked where customers would have parked. One was bold enough to get out their lawn chairs and several ran generators non stop. Actions like that will work against us.

John Koenig
10 days ago

If there are a number of RVs already there, I usually just “drop anchor” near the other rigs and turn in for the night. In the AM, I shop at said Walmart. It’s amazing how fast $100 can disappear!.Sam Walton was a GENIUS!

There WAS one Walmart outside of Denver, CO. There were NO other RVs parked so, I did go in and ask about parking overnight. An assistant manager stated that a “local ordinance” did NOT allow overnight parking BUT, a Walmart ~ 5 miles down the road did allow it. Arriving at the second Walmart location, there were NO other RVs so, I went in and found the manager. When I told her what happened at the first location, she laughed and told me BOTH stores were in the same jurisdiction and NO laws prohibited overnight parking. She asked how long I planned on parking. I told her I’d be gone in the AM & she said fine. I spent $0 in the first location & over $50 in the friendly store.

Bob p
10 days ago

We’ve stayed in the Walmart “truck stop” in Calera, AL several times, there are always trucks, RVs, etc.

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