By Greg Gerber
Editor, RV Daily Report
As soon as I heard news that a gunfight had broken out near where RVers park overnight at a Walmart in Cottonwood, Ariz., I knew they would ban RV parking before the end of the month. It might not take that long.
According to news reports, which you can read by clicking here, Walmart officials are meeting with local police today to decide the best course of action to ban RVers from overnight parking. My guess the perk ends tonight.
As it should.
Walmart is a great place for getting groceries and other supplies at very reasonable prices. I am a near-exclusive Walmart shopper when traveling. And I can absolutely see the value in people who travel long distances in short periods of time pulling into a Walmart after dark to catch some rest before moving on in the morning. But, Walmart is not a campground.
Unfortunately, some die-hard cheapskates seem to think it is. “The current situation outside the store is a concrete jungle campground, where some campers call the parking lot home for days,” News Net 5 noted.
So, what turned out to be a wonderful perk offered by Walmart to RV owners everywhere, will come to an end because some idiots opt to use Walmart as a campground, rather than as a safe place to park an RV for a few hours to catch some sleep before restocking supplies and continuing their journeys.
Nope, some RVers have to extend the slideouts, turn on the generator, pull out the awning, fire up the barbecue grill, lay down the patio mats and sit around in their chairs watching TV for days complaining about how much campgrounds cost.
If Quartzsite is the mecca for RVers who enjoy long-term, low-cost camping, what is Walmart? It must be the holy grail for tightwads if they want to live more than 10 hours in a commercial parking lot.
Following this incident, my guess is that Walmart’s lawyers are already burning up the phone lines and sending certified letters to store managers throughout the country explaining that they can no longer offer overnight RV parking to its guests. The risk is simply too great. Who wants RVers with guns harassing employees and customers?
If the insurance companies aren’t delivering that message, city halls are going to take up the issue to keep “trailer trash” out of their communities.
It is so sad that a few morons have to ruin a good deal for everyone.