49 (continental) states and that is what we did, staying a minimum of 3 days in each state.
Our retirement plans were to leave Florida (where we lived), in early
April and not return until late October. We did this for over 14 years.
We have parked in many, many Wal-Mart parking lots in our travels.
If you plan to utilize Wal-Marts parking lots in your travels,this is what you need to do, if you don’t already know. First, you needto go to a Wal-Mart store and buy a copy of ”Wal-mart’s Rand McNally
road Atlas for 2011". Open your Atlas road map and you will find that
Wal-Mart has listed every one of their Wal-Mart and Samsclub stores,
state by state. Also, they list each store number and address, what
stores are within one mile of an interstate highway exit, what the
interstates are and what the Exits numbers are.
The stores open 24 hrs are highlighted. It will list what the store has to
offer, (a pharmacy, a tire/lube express, a gas station, RV accessories, a
food service, a 1 hr photo, a vision center and a “map key” and “GPS
co-ordinates”) so you can locate the store on the state map. Most,
but not all, Wal-Mart stores allow over-night parking. If in doubt, ask.
All store managers have final say! We have done a lot of
”over-nighting” in a Wal-Mart parking lot with never a problem.
Just remember,use good sense when staying over-night. Don’t pull
your awning out or even get your chairs out.Wal- mart allows you to
stay over-night to rest and sleep, not to party. You may be asked to
leave if you do! Treat your over-night stay as a privilege, not a right.
Wal-mart is a very big reason that we could afford to travel around
the country so much. Wal-Mart have welcomed RVers for many
years, graciously allowing over night RV parking intheir parking
lots. As a point of interest, Wal-mart has over 2,500 Supercenters.
Of these, there are approximately 450 “no parking” stores.
We also have parked at Home Depot building Supplys, and Lowes
Building Supplys, parking lots. Here it would be best to check
with the manager first because they have trucks coming in at all
hours and they don’t want you in the way…. Here we are at a
Wal marts....Happy Trails, my friends, Happy trails....
Andalways remember to park on the edge of the parking lot away from popular heavily used parking areas and under a floodlight whenever possible.