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Old 04-19-2019, 12:16 PM   #1
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Free overnight stay near Santa Rosa, California?

Hello all! Were heading north next week and planning on overnighting it near Santa Rosa, California. Ive checked and the Walmart in SR apparently has a no overnight parking policy. Does anyone know if its enforced or of other free one night parking? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:02 PM   #2
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There are a couple of different aspects to Walmart overnighting, of which we're heavy users.

One reason for them saying it's not permitted is because they're only tenants in the mall and the mall owners/managers don't want overnighters. Most times the person you ask about it will say something that sort of indicates although it's the policy....... I'd rather have a straight forward "yes, it's OK" but might stay if I don't have an easy alternative.

The other situation, no overnighting because it's a local ordinance, I worry about more. Even if the store says that they've never heard of anyone being ticketed I tend not to stay. Even if the risk of a knock on the door in the middle of the night is low it's not something I'd want to happen.

So, "no over night parking" can mean different things. The best source is googling it and see if you find write-ups that indicate several folks used it without incident.

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Old 04-19-2019, 01:29 PM   #3
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There is a casino nearby (Graton Resort and Casino) maybe you can overnight there? We've never try that ourselves tho.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:28 PM   #4
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Not anymore, unless you pay for a room and don't use your rv.

I have to admit that the area is a little harder than most to come up with a free camping site. Nothing close on "casino camping". Even the county park is a little pricey for a county park.

Couldn't find anything about Lowes policy there. In cases like this I've emailed the store or casino directly and asked what the situation was. One casino responded and apologized that while they did have free overnight parking they couldn't provide any power.

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Old 04-19-2019, 03:23 PM   #5
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I checked Allstays regarding the Wal-Mart near SR and they report that signs are posted and a security guard patrols all night and raps on the window if sleeping.

We can stay at the county park but since we’re on a 6 week trip and this is just a quick overnighter we’re trying to save some $.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:31 PM   #6
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I'd check with Lowes, Catati. I can't find anything that gives info about them.

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Old 04-19-2019, 03:55 PM   #7
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We have found that the general case along US-101 and the I-5 corridor in California, and Oregon as well, is that there is no overnighting at parking lots, nor highway rest areas in CA.
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:25 PM   #8
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Fortunately there's Rolling Hills and the Harris Ranch. As a last resort there's always the truck stops.

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Old 04-19-2019, 04:31 PM   #9
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How's the smell at Harris ranch for camping? We have to hold our noses just driving by at 75 mph sometimes.
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Looked into this issue on our last visit. Seems the rules are still the same.

You can park in a rest area for up to eight hours. Enough for truck drivers and motorists to get some needed rest so they can safely proceed.

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