As an occasional user of the free overnight camping/parking in a WalMart parking lots, I have noticed the WalMart near my home has put up new signs in the area where over-nighters normally park. Previously, there were no signs there at all but recently they have put up new signage stating “2 Hour Parking” and in-between those signs, additional signs that say “No Overnight Parking”.
Wondering why this change, I spoke with a WalMart employee and he said: “it’s because this WalMart does not own the building and parking lot and must abide by the rules of the landlord”. This store is part of a large strip-mall with a dozen other stores renting in it. My guess is some of the other stores wanted it stopped because some campers make the area look like a homeless ghetto (bad for business). Crime, where I live is escalating at a rapid pace, car break-ins, home invasions, and parking lot robberies are now common.
It’s a shame that we lose the ability to stay for free because of a few people abusing this great option. Van-Dwellers, people living in their cars or full-time RV’rs who simply have to or want to escape the government mandated lifestyle are being squeezed out of free places and the methods to live free. I fully expect the government will soon charge a hefty daily fee with short maximum stay’s on BLMLand simply because they want to punish us for living free from debt and politicians personal BS agenda of harassing people whenever possible.
Just my thoughts!
So, what’s the truth about WalMart overnight camping/parking?
I went to the WalMart corporate site and found this statement in their FAQ’s:
“While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”
Some parking lot photo’s including the new signage:
No Overnight Parking signs are posted along the entire fence of the west end of the parking lot. (where the overnighter’s park).