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Pennsylvania Walmart Opts to Turn Away RVs

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September 26, 2012 by   1 Comment

Known as a big-box retail store that has something for just about everyone, Walmart has also garnered a reputation for being friendly to the traveling camper.

But, RVers hoping to stay in the Carlisle, Pa., Walmart parking lot for an extended period of time can expect to be turned away. Or, ticketed and towed.

According to a report by The Sentinel, the store has installed large signs at the entrance of the lot reminding customers that overnight parking for RVs or trucks is prohibited. Carlisle Police Lt. Michael Dzezinski said the rules have been in place for a long time.

“This parking enforcement isn’t anything new,” he said. “The property owners have asked us to enforce these parking regulations for RVs and tractor trailers for several years, and we’ve done so when time permitted or a complaint was received. As such, there are signs posted in each entrance to the lot that advise motorist of the parking restrictions.”

Further, Dzezinski said, enforcement actions typically involve tractor trailers that aren’t making deliveries to stores within the complex, as well as RVs that are attempting to occupy the parking lot overnight.

A spokesperson for the local store could not immediately be reached.

However, a message posted on the chain’s corporate website said, “While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”

One Walmart location that has a no-camping policy resulted in a $1.2 million RV being towed earlier this year at one of the stores near Chicago.

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One Response to “Pennsylvania Walmart Opts to Turn Away RVs”

  1. James O'Briant on September 26th, 2012 1:50 pm

    The only “news” in this article is that signs are going up at the entrances to this parking lot. The http://www.OvernightRVParking.com database has listed this Walmart lot as “NO” for Overnight RV Parking since April 2008, the month in which the website launched.

    A Borough of Carlisle ordinance forbids occupancy of a vehicle “for temporary or permanent living purposes” for longer than five minutes, from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Penalty for violation is fine up to $600 or imprisonment for up to 30 days. For years, RVers who have attempted to park overnight here have routinely been ticketed and/or towed.

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