Posted by: Mark Polk | 2012

Why Wal-Mart Stores Turn RVs Away

I am sure you have heard the expression “one bad apple spoils the barrel” at one time or another. When we travel in our RV and just want a few hours rest we usually stop and stay at a Wal-Mart along the way. Whenever we do this there is an unwritten protocol we follow to ensure that staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot remains an option for RVers in the future.

1) Always ask for permission to stay.

2) Always ask where they would like you to park. Never block loading zones.

3) Do not put out the lawn chairs, awning & BBQ grill.

4) Do not stay for more than one evening.

5) Do not use leveing jacks in the parking lot. The weight of the RV can cause damage to the asphalt. (See photo above)

There are more common-sense rules that apply, but these are what I consider to be some of the more important points to follow. We also reciporcate by shopping at the Wal-Mart to re-supply and re-stock the RV with any essential items.

Many Wal-Mart stores around the country offer this overnight parking service to RV owners until somebody spoils it for everybody. It’s easy to quietly pull-in, park, spend the evening, clean up after yourself and leave in the morning.

Try not to be the bad apple when it comes to staying at a Wal-Mart in your RV!

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

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