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Wal-Mart stores that do not allow overnight RV parking

Most Wal-Mart stores perhaps nine out of ten graciously allow RVers to stay the night in their parking lots.

But, increasingly, many do not. In fact, hundreds of stores throughout the United States do not allow RVers to stay overnight in their parking lots, and the list of locations is growing every week. In some cases, it's because of a local ordinance, other times because of objections of nearby businesses or residents, or, sad to say, because of abusive behavior by some RVers who have left no choice for store managers but the ban stays.

Most Wal-Marts that prohibit overnight stays post signs that say so. But not all. RVers who try to stay the night at a store where it's not permitted may be asked politely to leave, or as often happens, be ordered to leave long after they have gone to sleep. In some cases, where a local law prohibits overnight stays, local police may knock on a door late at night with an eviction notice, or even issue a citation.

Our directory lists more than 200 U.S. stores that do not permit overnight stays in an RV. We originally provided this information free, but maintaining it has became so time consuming that we now charge a modest $3.00 for the information, which you can print out to carry with you on your trips.

This list is best used in combination with the Wal-Mart edition of the Rand McNally Road Atlas, sold at Wal-Mart stores for about $5. The atlas lists every Wal-Mart store in America and Canada, plus its street address. Some RVers carry the atlas with them and use it to plot overnight stops between campgrounds. Using this list in combination with the atlas will prevent the frustration of
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And, a final note, please be aware that Wal-Mart is not a campground. It is a retail store. Limit your stays to one night or two if you are in a bind. Don't be a Wal-Mart Slug!

DISCLAIMER: The following information was supplied by our readers. This list is not official in any way, and should only be used as a general guide.

THIS LIST LAST UPDATED AUG. 9, 2002

Wal-Marts that do
not allow overnight stays in RVs

Alabama
Dothan
(W.M. SuperCenter on US 231 South, about a mile South Of Ross Clark)
Foley
Fort Payne
(Signs posted)
Gadsden
(No signs posted, but guard will tell you to leave)
Jasper (Stopped allowing overnight stays because of vandalism and liability concerns)


Arizona
Apache Junction
Bullhead City
(camp for free in a casino parking lot across river in Laughlin, Nev.)
Casa Grande (No parking anywhere in city limits except in campgrounds)
Flagstaff (No overnight parking or Wal-Mart or any city shopping center)
Glendale (no parking in any parking lot in the city)
Kingman (RVer was kicked out at 3 a.m., escorted away by city police)
Lake Havasu City (no parking anywhere in town but RV parks. You could get a severe fine if you stay at the Wal-Mart)
Mesa (6131 E. Southern)
Phoenix (store at/near Dysart Rd)
Prescott
Scottsdale
(signed posted in March, 2002)
Show Low
(signs posted)
Sierra Vista
Tucson
(Super Center at 7635 N La Cholla Blvd. -- Foothills Mall Location)
Tucson
(7100 E. Speedway at Kolb Rd)
Yuma
(Cops will chase you out)

Arkansas
Arkadelphia
(Overnighting okay, but watch for height barriers to prevent big rig truck entry)
Hot Springs
(signs posted)

California
Arroyo Grande
Cathedral City
(City ordinace bans stays, but RVers have been seen staying anyway.)
Corona
(on Ontario Street, city ordinance)
Crescent City
El Cajon
(store on Los Coches Road. Signs posted and enforced)
Huntington Beach
(new store, Dec. 2001. No parking due to city ordinance)
La Quinta (police may show up at 3 a.m. to kick you out)
Livermore
(We have conflicting reports on this store. RVers have been observed staying.)
Oceanside
(the store at Jefferson Street Exit)
Pleasanton (local ordinance)
Poway (local ordinance)
Rohnert Park
(we have received conflicting reports on this store's policy)
San Clemente
(no overnight parking anywhere in the city)
San Dimas (off I-210 freeway)
San Leandro
(on the Davis Street Exit from I-880)
Santa Clarita/Valencia
(one RVer woke up to a warning ticket on his windshield)
Santa Maria (RVers are told to leave.)
Santee
(don't try to boondock anywhere in town)
Suisun
(signs posted as of June, '02)
Ukiah (signed posted in Aug., '02)
Union City (some RVers have stayed. What is your experience here?)
Valencia/Santa Clarita (try the Camping World 100 yards away. RVers stay there)
Vallejo (ask the greeter about staying in an old truck parking lot a few blocks away)
Vista
(University Dr. store. Security guard will bang on your door at night to kick you out)
Windsor

Colorado
Colorado Springs
(at Platte & Chelton. Signs posted in April 2002)
Durango (signed posted)
Fort Collins
(store on north end of town does't allow stays, south store does)
Frisco (city ordinance)
Gunnison (signs posted)
Wheatridge
(suburb of Denver at 32nd and Youngfield. Police may kick you out)

Connecticut
Avon
(try the store in Torrington, 10 miles away)


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Florida
Bradenton
(signs posted)
Callaway
Chipley
Clearwater
Daytona Beach
(1101 Beville Rd.)
Destin (
but RVers have been staying there. anyway)
Florida City
(the city owns a campground, doesn't want competition)
Ft. Myers
(store just south of airport on 41S has no parking signs
Haines City (a local resident reported in June, '02 that RVers have been staying anyway)
Homestead
(RVers have been kicked out)
Kissimmee (4444 W. Vine. City ordinance)
Largo
Live Oak
(U.S. Hwy 129 at I-10. RVers have been staying)
Melbourne
Merritt Island
(on State Road 520)
Mt. Dora
Naples
(there are two stores here.The store off Highway 41 East bans stays. We're not sure about the other store)
New Smyrna Beach (just off I-95)
Oldsmar (see Tampa)
Ormond Beach
(1521 W. Granada)
Palm Coast
Pinellas Park
(local ordinance)
Pompano Beach (police will give a ticket)
Port Charlotte (RVs have been staying anyway)
Port Orange (just off I-95)
Port Richey
(signs posted)
Port St. Lucie (signs posted)
Punta Gorda
(3811 Tamiami Trail)
Sarasota
(store on Cattleman Road)
Sebring
(On U.S. Hwy. 27 between Sebring and Avon Park)
St Cloud
(city ordinance)
St. Augustine (2355 U.S. Hwy. 1 South)
St. Petersburg
Starke
Tampa: 3 stores:

Store along I-275 at exits 23A & B at 1505 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Store at 7011 Waters Ave West
Oldsmar store at 3801 Tampa Road
Titusville (city ordinance. However, we have been told (Jan., 2002) that the store allows overnight stays if an RVer asks first)
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Georgia
Cartersville
Commerce
(No overnight parking signs were on order in mid Oct. 2001))

Dahlonega
Perry

Illinois
Elmhurst
(no signs posted, but an RVer who asked to say was told he couldn't)
Geneseo (signs posted)
Mt. Vernon
St Charles

Iowa
Ames
(city ordinance)
Decorah
(city ordinance)


Kentucky
Berea
(the parking lot is too small, the management claims)

Louisianna
Bunkie
(Signs posted.)
Covington
Farmerville
(Signs posted)

Maine
Bangor
(signs posted, and don't try to Bangor Mall either)
Ellsworth
(but RVers have been staying there despite no parking signs)

Maryland
Berlin
(the store on U.S. 50. Signs posted)
Westminster

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Plymouth (City ordinance)
Sturbridge
(on Highway 20)
Wareham
(signs posted)

Michigan
Auburn Hills
Monroe
Traverse City


Minnesota
Bloomington
(and don't try the Mall of America parking lot. You'll get the boot)

Mississippi

 

Batesville


Missouri
Branson
Chillicothe
(signs posted)
Laurel
St. Louis area
(if you stay, you will likely get booted out by midnight)
Town and Country - Manchester Rd (Mo. Hwy 100)
Kirkwood - Lindbergh Blvd and I-44
Eureka - I-44 at Six Flags St. Louis

Montana
Missoula
(RVers have been observed staying anyway)

Nevada
Carson City
(security guard knocked on door 5 minutes after arrival to tell RVer he couldn't stay. The Carson City Nugget casino welcomes RVers in designated overnight parking lot. Stay there.)
Elko
(signs posted, but RVers have beeen staying. Ask at store if it's okay)
Henderson
(No overnight stays in RVs permitted anywhere in town but in a RV park)
Las Vegas (we do not believe any of the Las Vegas stores allow overnight stays)
Reno (Northtowne Lane store.Try the Peppermill casino or the Nugget casino in nearby Sparks)

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New Hampshire
Seabrook ("No parking signs" posted, city ordinance)
Tilton ("No parking signs" apply to trucks. Ask manager if you wish to stay in an RV. Probably ok)

New Mexico
Silver City (City ordinance)

New York
Greece
Plattsburg

North Carolina
High Point
Raleigh
(off the east perimeter bypass)

Ohio
Mentor
(signs inside store say "No overnight parking")

Oklahoma
Ada
(signs posted)
Claremore
(signs posted)
Shawnee (but okay to stay in a lot just east of the store)

Oregon
Coos Bay/North Bend
(try the casino north of Coos Bay. See our Oregon listings)
Hood River

La Grande
Lincoln City
(don't try any freebie parking anywhere in town)
Newport
Portland (4200 SE 82nd Avenue)
Woodburn

Pennsylvania
Ephrata
(No parking signs posted, but ask manager and it may be okay)
Indiana
(signs posted)
York (the store does not own the parking lot property)

South Carolina
Myrtle Beach
(try the Big K just a few blocks away)
North Myrtle Beach (signs posted)
Surfside
(south of Myrtle Beach). Signed posted

Tennessee
Chattanooga
(5764 Highway 153 location and the store at 2020 Gunbarrel Rd)
Johnson City
Kingsport
(signed posted)
Pigeon Forge
Pulaski
(a big sign says "No Overnight Parking")
Sevierville (no parking anywhere in city except official campgrounds)

Texas
Bedford (Fort Worth area)
Galveston
(police will kick you out if you try to stay city ordinance)
Orange
Victoria
(signs posted, but RVers have been staying with no problems)

Utah
Logan
(but you might be allowed to stay at the nearby Kmart. Ask first)
Park City
(signs posted)
St George (sign posted, but ask and you might be able to stay)
Vernal (City ordinance. Signs posted and enforced)
Washington (city ordinance. Signs posted)

Vermont
Rutland (Signs say "3 hour parking" limit)

Virginia
Charlottesville (store on Hwy 29. Tow away signs are posted)
Leesburg (city ordinance)
Luray (signs posted)
Mechanicsville (store at 7430 Bell Creek Rd. "No Overnight Parking" posted)
Wytheville (off I-81. No parking signs posted)

Washington
Kennewick
(RVers have been observed staying anyway)

West Virginia
Morgantown
Ripley
(signs posted. Try next door at the Kroger store. But ask before staying)

Wyoming
Cheyenne
(but RVers have been staying anyway. Police may knock to kick you out)
Rock Springs (but a Flying J Truck Stop along I-80 just east of town allows free stays. RVers have been reporting in June, 2002 that RVers have been staying at the Wal-Mart with no problems. So ask if you want to stay to be sure.)

Help us identify other Wal-Marts that do not permit overnight RV parking. Email us, with the city where the store is located and its address (or general location within the town).
Wal-Marts that were once on this list that we now believe allow overnight stays. Please let us know if you learn otherwise:
Cody, Wyoming
Roseburg, Oregon
Rapid City, South Dakota
Sulphur Springs, Texas

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