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Old 06-27-2017, 08:16 PM   #1
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A Walmart parking lot unfriendly to RVs

Like a lot of RV'ers, I will stop at Walmarts to buy supplies when I'm towing my trailer. The stores have an RV section, and the parking lots are big asphalt lots with no obstructions. The parking spaces are big and marked so that facing spaces are end-to-end. My truck/trailer combination takes up two spaces more or less, so no problems.

The Walmart Supercenter in Moscow, Idaho is different. Instead of two rows of spaces fitted together, there is a long planter (for lack of a better word) in between the rows filled with mulch and trees. You can't pull through with a trailer. Additionally, there isn't enough room between the planters to make a U-turn with a trailer. Instead of taking up two spaces, the only alternative is to park parallel to the planter and take up several spaces, then hope some doofus doesn't block you in by parking just in front or behind you.

Don't get me wrong-- the parking lot looks nice, but it's really unfriendly to RVs. I'm guessing this design was due to a local ordinance and hopefully not some trend. I didn't take a photo, but you can see what I mean on Google Earth if you type in "Walmart, Moscow, Idaho". It even shows a motorhome trapped by surrounding cars. He was there for a while, I bet.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:43 PM   #2
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Yes - there are some impressive landscaping requirements for parking lots in Moscow.
As a nearby resident, I have very much appreciated the counter balance to asphalt, and increased shaded parking. Ha! - As an upcoming travel trailer tower, I know I will be looking at the world through a different set of lenses!
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:50 PM   #3
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I suspect that there was no unfriendleness intended by Walmart. You're probably right, it's details put in more and more in parking lots to make them look less like a field of asphalt. I find them a nuisance for even plain parking at home.

I find a similar situation exists in the parking lots of many fast food outlets etc. I used to worry a bit if I couldn't park "properly". Now, if there aren't any pull through spots I park across several spots. I'm always aware to the possibility of getting boxed in. I usually, if possible, pull up to an end and leave just enough space so that I can cut the wheel and pull out.

I'm in a great Walmart tonight. On a plateau, nice view and very quiet. Much better then some campsites that I've paid a lot for.

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I usually park in a "V" formation if I have to park across a bunch of spaces. Not only am I angled to pull straight out, I can also back up a little bit (tighter jack knife) if I've misjudged my forward clearances. I also now carry a wheel for the trailer jack after a rather embarrassing hour stuck behind a Taco Bell in California
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The parking spots for Capilano Mall, where the Walmart is located here in North Vancouver, are so tight that one has difficulty opening the door and getting in or out of the car.
No tears from me when it's demolished, along with the Walmart and replaced with condos.
Street parking alongside the mall has been signed "four hours max" to convince the 'Breaking Bad' motor homes to move along.
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Someone once thought that I would follow them into a Taco Bell lot when pulling the trailer. No chance. I want something much bigger. Will park down the street or across where there is much more space, to go to any places such as Taco Bell.
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:11 PM   #7
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I usually park in a "V" formation if I have to park across a bunch of spaces. Not only am I angled to pull straight out, I can also back up a little bit (tighter jack knife) if I've misjudged my forward clearances.
Good idea, thanks.
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I'm in a great Walmart tonight. On a plateau, nice view and very quiet. Much better then some campsites that I've paid a lot for.

Ron
Now this I'm sure is intentional. I've seen many Walmarts, including the one in Moscow, ID, built on the tops of hills near a major road. You can't see the store itself from the street. Is that the reason, or is it something else?
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:24 PM   #9
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I've heard the one in Pullman is nice.
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:22 PM   #10
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On our way to pick up our Escape there were no motel rooms available in Lewiston and none in Clarkston so we had no choice, drove north that evening to Moscow through the most beautiful rolling landscape I ever saw. Found a room there.

Several weeks later our credit card statement posted a $350 charge that was bogus, that we never made. (Early hack?-- )
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