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Wal-mart camping and other free spaces - al fresco


"Do you know about Wal-Mart camping?" We didn't know, but the old man at the camp in Florida insisted WalMart not only allowable RVs and vans to park overnight, but expectant it. "Free camping," he told us, and we didn't wait long to take improvement of this new knowledge.

Somewhere in northern Georgia we pulled into a Wal-Mart, and sure enough, we saw some RVs off to one side of the parking lot, looking like they were there for the night. We were bearing back to Michigan in our conversion van, and free camping sounded good to us. We parked, plugged in our 5-inch T. V. , and established in for the night. Insignificant person hot and bothered us. In the dawn we used the bathrooms inside, and bought some carroty juice.

The next night we camped for free again, this time at a "Flying J" truckstop. There were RVs camping there as well. You'll find Hasty J Truckstops all over, and they actively court the RV crowd, together with on gas and other sales. We crammed our tank there in the morning, and bought some food as well. As long as campers stay out of the way of the truckers, free camping is expected to continue.

Other Free Camping Places

Generally, you can camp free on any BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, but for it's expressly forbidden in an area. This is also true of Countrywide Afforest lands. In both cases you're imperfect to a stay of two weeks in one place, although this rule is not continually enforced, and the next two-week place might have to be only a hundred yards away. State plant lands are as a rule open to free camping not including permits, but policies vary by state (The two-week rule seems to be common).

We camped in our van for ten days at Williams Landing, east of Tallahassee, Florida, on Lake Talquin. It's a charming place, with hot showers. Our cost? Zero, and you can stay up to two weeks. There are free campgrounds scattered about the country. Ask an RVer about this, or buy a Woodall's address list from any large RV dealer.

Note: Wal-mart seems to egg on the campers, but in coastal areas where too many RVer's want to live in a parking lot. Don't roll out the carpet and put out lawn furniture like one trekker we heard about, or you may ruin it for all. Some stay for a week at a time, going out all day to see the sights (and so they don't wear out their welcome). Wal-mart gets affair from the campers, but they'll only carry on their course of action if they don't have problems, so keep it low-key.

To find a Wal-Mart in the area you're itinerant to, visit Walmart. com. Scroll down to the "store finder" link to search. Thank you for camping at Wal-Mart!

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the U. S. and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. To read their stories, tips and move information, visit: http://www. EverythingAboutTravel. com


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