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Old 08-30-2008, 04:07 AM   #1
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I have been on forums for a year before we got our B and thought boondocking was a great way to go to save a few bucks. Although I was concerned my wife wouldn't take to it. Well after a few nights in Walmart & K Mart as well as campgrounds I found the answer.
Campgrounds are cheaper since the other half spends more at the stores, and likes this method, than campground fees.

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Old 08-30-2008, 04:21 AM   #2
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Good tip!

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Old 08-30-2008, 12:50 PM   #3
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I hadn't yet suggested boondocking at Wally World, just for fear of the result you got!
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:17 AM   #5
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We talked about another trip and my wife already mentioned staying at Walmart. I thik I'm in trouble.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:57 AM   #6
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When we moved from the East Coast to the Prairies, we stayed in Walmart parking lots the entire way. Work would pay for a hotel but only what we paid. If we stayed in a non-commercial place, we got $50 per night. So, for the 9 nights they allowed us, we made a few extra dollars. It helped pay for the extra gas our motor home used. I was also pulling a 5000 pound trailer which killed my gas mileage. (14ft utility trailer with a 3500 pound tractor on it and a few extra things)

The one thing we don't like about parking lots is the heat. Camping on a paved parking lot gets a little hot during the day and hold the heat on into the night. We don't have a generator so the RV was a little warm inside.

When we moved last year from the Prairies to Ontario, we stayed in mostly Provincial Parks. Having nice treed sights with electricity was a lot more relaxing. Having a playground for the kids was also a big bonus.

We haven't camped in any parking lots since that one trip. We may do some winter traveling to see family out West. If we do that, we'll probably use the parking lots since I doubt there will be any campgrounds open.

Just to make a point, my wife spent a lot of time in Walmart. I'm sure she spent most of the money we made.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:40 PM   #7
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We live in Maryland and I recently went to vist my brother who lives in Ocean City Maryland. We took our car but while we were there I ask the locals about campers and such. I had to go on line and check because I could not believe what I was told. You cannot park a camper on any city street in Ocean City except for I think it was 20th Street where you have to leave your camper and hitch a ride. The Wal Mart is even posted. I was wondering about Class B campers as they are registered as a van. Hate to get ticketed and or towed to find out.
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I'm just about to head out east to the Maritimes in Canada, so I checked with
all 4 tourism sites, and boondocking is pretty much frowned on in the mainland
provinces, but the islands have no particular problem with it. Apparently Nova
Scotia is the worst. I've seen hits on the net describing their bylaws and they
apply the punishment to the property owner, not the boondocker, to discourage
places like Walmarts from allowing overnight parking.
We still plan to play it by ear, one parking lot at a time.
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We are planning trip to the Virginia Beach area, does anyone having any recommendations for boon-docking, in or around that area? I love Wallyworld

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