Whoaaa! Hold on a sec. "Personal responsibility" Duckface? Not all of us have the same options. I'm pretty sure you didn't mean that the way it sounded. I value your opinion - along w/all the folks who keep me movin & safe in my fulltime travels. I'm also a responsible owner & try to be a good Thor Forums community member - as I'm sure the person asking about wallmarts is. I think that you may have accidently forgot for a moment, or just misspoke, thinking that all responsible members here have the same sources of income or resources to travel responsibly whether they are retired, working, or even unemployed due to jus plain hard luck.
I know how much you have helped me out in the past, so I don't for a second believe it was an intentional sleight towards anyone. But jus in case not everyone here knows it, many of us don't have lots of resources. That doesn't mean we don't have, or don't believe in, personal responsibility as an rv'er. I'm not too proud to admit that I'm one of those without unlimited resources. Some of you probably know I'm a disabled vet, but many may not know how very creative I have to be on such a limited income to make it thru each month as a fulltimer.
I live on about $3k a month & still need to pay for my rig & all the requirements to maintain it & keep it legally insured out of that same amount. That leaves, in my case, about $500 each month to put either towards gas to travel to my next hoped for location, or to pay for an inexpensive place to stay put for the month. Notice I said "either", not both. That's it. That's what I've got to be personally responsible with. Any mishaps or unexpected expenses literally come out of my food budget. I bet I'm not the only one...
So, yes, I use Wallmarts & I shop them & am grateful for the ones still inviting the RV community. I'm also consider myself tough & well armed - but I still want to know which Wallmarts have safety issues - that doesn't mean I don't belong at a Wallmart overnight!
That being said, if we don't as a community support the continued use of Wallmarts, Cracker Barrels, etc... they will all eventually disappear as a resource for us. Even the fortunate "glampers" out there (blessed, in my opinion), will at times find that sheis happens & that Wallmart becomes a haven in the storm. I believe we need to continue to responsibly support all businesses that support the RV community (& "we" are not all cut from the same sailcloth). My apologies for side tracking the conversation, but I think it's important to remember that we, as a community, come from every possible circumstance & that doesn't mean we aren't personally responsible rv'ers.
So, back on topic, I use the "rvparky" app for my Wallmart reviews (& everything else!). I believe the original app designers no longer make system updates, but it's still available & I've noticed that rv'ers still update their reviews of places like Wallmart on the App. Hope that helps...
Originally Posted by ducksface
The advent of pull through spaces kinda negates the argument you present about a towed vehicle.
If you can take the time to search out a Walmart you can take the time to search out a pull through rv space.
You can stop at the local Walmart and buy things you need on your way to that pull through or on your way out of town.
I will say that as a whole, this Thor group stops at Walmarts throughout their trips to replenish supplies, maybe even daily, without spending the night.
I think, and this is just me, the community here at the Thor forum might of late be trying to, in general, get people to accept a bit of personal responsibility.
I don't think we as a whole are being more harsh about the responsibilities that come with an rv, I think we're trying to get people to acknowledge the responsibility which comes with an rv