National news media are taking note of the dramatic upswing in RV Sales and RV Rentals this summer. In this “RV frenzy” atmosphere, CNN has just released a story about the decreasing availability of Overnight RV Parking at Walmarts and other places.
We’ve been tracking Overnight RV Parking locations since 2005, and our website has been online since 2008, so we’re considered to be a leading authority on this topic. We’re very pleased that CNN reporter Nathaniel Meyersohn contacted OvernightRVParking.com for several telephone interviews and emailed us for additional information on this subject.
We’ve collected data over the last decade showing a decline in the percentage of Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs which offer RV Parking:
As active RVers, we think it’s important that the story recognizes RVers themselves as the major reasons behind Walmart managers banning Overnight RV Parking at their stores. We’ve spoken to hundreds of Walmart managers over the past 20+ years, and those who have banned Overnight RV Parking say basically the same thing — it was because of RVers who parked overnight without store permission, parked in the wrong part of the lot, stayed more than one night, set up campsites (lawn chairs, awnings, BBQ grills) in the parking lot, left trash behind, or even dumped waste tanks in the parking lot.
With all the “first time” RVers on the road this summer, we can all do ourselves a favor by helping them learn what is and isn’t acceptable behavior when it comes to RVing, and particularly when it comes to Overnight RV Parking at retail and restaurant locations. We can help them understand that each of us can be our own worst enemy by being part of the problem, or we can help preserve the Overnight RV Parking privilege by being the kind of gracious guest we’d like others to be when they visit us.