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Old 06-23-2022, 07:24 PM   #11
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I use an app called Allstays. You can filter the Walmarts by whether they allow overnight parking or not. You can also read the reviews that people have left to see what the recent experiences of others have been like.

The app includes a huge library of other places you can potentially stay; Cracker Barrel, Cabelas, Dicks, rest stops, truck stops, and private and public campgrounds. It has proven to be quite handy.

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Old 06-24-2022, 12:36 PM   #12
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No more Walmarts since we obtained Sporty/SMB. When we slept/camped in our SUV. We stayed there a lot w/no problems (though) some Walmarts are as "sketch" as they come and we wouldn't stay. Most have signs IF you are not able to (ie part of a strip mall that will not allow bc other stores). We found that 5am brought out loud pickup trucks taking pictures/scoping the van out, but waking us up, booooo. We then started looking for Sams lots...MUCH BETTER!
As the years went by, we gave this up totally. Now IF we can't find a spot or are in between destinations, we look for Cabela's (we call MGR of store and have ALWAYS had a "ya sure"), Cracker Barrel (lots are usually very small and lot WILL BE FULL if you sleep past 8am lol) but GREAT takeout breakfast (lol)...Tourist(y) spots like Florida coast towns, we blend in like member "Two" spoke of and look for a Ford dealer's lot (well lit and can have lights on inside), a hotel lot or just off the street of sd hotel, which we have walked into in the AM (looking like a guest) to use bathroom. Lastly, SOME states have really nice Rest Areas that are well lit, somewhat busy, sometimes patrolled, off HWY a bit and with our white noise machine, a great spot to sleep...BR facilities and sometimes great vending (lol)...good luck!

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Old 07-01-2022, 04:57 PM   #13
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I found that some Walmarts will post signs "no overnight parking." this is usually a result of a local ordinance.
If you see that a Walmart parking lot is patrolled 24/7 that is usually a no camping indicator.
I use truck stops........just remember many idle their look for space away from trucks.
If your in a casino area many of them allow and encourage overnight parking. they will usually have an RV parking area.
In most National Forests they allow dispersed camping.
The more your van does no look like an RV the better you can stealth camp.
Nice to know about Cabela's....Pro Bass Shop??????????????????
Yes western Cracker Barrel's are hoping for your breakfast business.
The very best to you "BOONDOCKING" van people.
Just returned from 11 days in Utah and Colorado......beautiful, free camping sites.

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