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RV Parking at Walmart

The frequently asked question below is from the Walmart Corporate web site regarding RV parking at Walmart stores.

Question
Can I park my RV at a Walmart store?

Answer
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 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.

No Overnight Parking

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Walmart Locations

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The ABCs of RV Camping at Walmart

RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury explains the “unofficial rules” for spending the night in an RV in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The price is right: free. But there is a right way and wrong way to do it. Learn the right way here. Watch the video below.

21 thoughts on “RV Parking at Walmart

  1. I drive a big truck I stopped at a Sam’s Club in Vandalia Ohio what’s going to park there for the night and do some shopping in the morning my list of things I wanted to pick up in the morning was 2 60 inch TV and a few other things that I need at home I barely got parked and there was a tow truck there was going to tell me away if I didn’t leave well Sam’s Club you missed out on a lot of business tonight very happy to see her anymore I went down to the fire just a few blocks away and they were happy to have my business good luck to Sam’s Club keep up the good work

    • I would call the manager and tell him about it, preaching to the comment section is surely a waste of your time. Have a good one, and better luck in the future.

  2. Super thankful for this list. New to fulltiming and this has been an incredibly useful resource. Thanks again!

  3. Even though it is on the No Parking list of Walmarts, the Rohnert Park, Calif store has allowed it for years… until last night. Myself and about 20 other camper/RV/travel trailer owners and truckers were given a ticket with a fine of $100 for “camping on private/public property”. Would have been nice if they could have given a warning they were changing their protocol. There is even a casino less than a mile away that will direct you to Walmart if you need a place to park overnight,

    • Really? “…it is on the No Parking List of Walmarts…” and you’re going to complain about getting a ticket? What other posted rules do you feel entitled to ignore?

  4. I came into the west valley Utah location at 7am. I had already awaken from the lot directly across the street which happens to be at the park where I am participating in a festival for the weekend. I had woken up at the park where other vendor trailers were staged, went to Starbucks then to Walmart across the street to get supplies for personal and business related items. My intentions were to be in and out then go park back at the park hopefully with coffee still warm to do some paperwork and make some calls from the trailer. I parked at Walmart went into the trailer to grab my phone and had messages right away. One thing led to another and I stayed parked there til 1:45 ish. After, not eating and such I decided to leave to eat run another errand and come back to Walmart to get the supplies. In which, I came back around six. I am traveling with my dog and I wanted to let her get water and air in the trailer while I shopped. I wasn’t but minutes later I came out to this tow truck placing a boot on my truck $75.00 to take it off. Security was aggressive in saying I was there all day. I politely said my intentions. She wasn’t budging. I said I clearly wasn’t sleeping here as she agreed she saw me pull up at 7am. unreal. It’s almost like she knew the tow truck guy giving him business. I asked her about how am I suppose to shop now? She responded with I’m sorry I don’t know.
    I paid 75 and went on my way. I am so dissapointed on how this was handled.

  5. We were on a long-distance trip from Oregon to Texas and then to the Grand Canyon, which I had never seen in my 68 years. We found that when camping sites were not available it was great to be able to park at a Wal-Mart for the night, stock up on supplies, and get a good night’s sleep before moving on.

    At the Wal-Mart in Flagstaff, Arizona, all nearby camping sites were full, so we parked in the far end of a Wal-Mart parking lot, spent a bunch of money in the store, and prepared for a few hours of much-needed sleep.

    We were rudely rousted out of our sleep in the middle of the night by a Wal-Mart employee banging (not knocking, BANGING) on our door and telling us to leave or we would be towed. There were a number of other RV’s in the lot, each receiving the same rude treatment. We moved to an empty lot across the road and when we woke up the next morning several of the RV’s were still parked in the Wal-Mart lot with no boots, tow stickers, whatever, that we could see.

    We now know to ask before parking, but the rudeness of this employee really upset us, to the point where sleep was impossible. It would have been better to have been told POLITELY and earlier in the evening that this store didn’t allow overnight parking and to please move. From now on if we are not allowed to stay overnight, we will be sure to not spend our money in that particular store.

    • Flagstaff store has been a no-park for years. Like the video said, areas near attractions – i.e., the Grand Canyon, typically don’t allow parking. Had you asked the store you would have know before you went to sleep not to be there. Don’t blame the store for your mistakes. Winslow, AZ – one hour east of Flagstaff has parking at the Walmart…

  6. Boy- there sure are some crabby pants know-it-alls on here, huh? This is a site to post your experiences. It seems once you do, grown ADULT bullies come after you to reaffirm the stupidity you felt once already. Looks like people quit posting. Gee, I WONDER WHY.

    • my thoughts exactly. I’m just looking up some info for someone else and if this is the attitude of the RV community it sure isn’t Good Sam anymore, is it?

      There’s the law & common practice. If common practice is going to be changed to follow letter of the law, the decent thing to do is post it or make it known.

  7. I have watched the parking movie but I have a travel trailer with a slide out. I can only move about the trailer with the slide out but the movie says don’t. What should I do?

  8. I just called a Wal Mart that is not on the no camping list, and the manager said they just changed their policy and got signs that said no camping. Is this a change for all WalMarts?

  9. Hi,
    I just bought my first RV so I don’t know a lot about Rving. I plan to make a long road trip in the US with my family. Can you explain to my why extanding my side out is impolite?

    Thanks you

  10. It’s not so much Walmart that’s not allowing it. The city or town are passing laws no allowing overnight parking now.

  11. WalMart stores get plenty of money from the shoppers who want to stop there, get supplies, and then get a decent night of sleep. Also, WalMart gets great publicity as to being so RV friendly; corporate offices should work to make more locations RV overnight friendly rather than accommodating the not so friendly to RV store managers. If you can find a Cracker Barrel location, they are always RV overnight friendly.

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