Wal Mart Parking

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James R.'s Comment
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My hubby and I were just talking about this. We have 2 WM supercenters where we live. One of the areas is not a good location and we would tell someone it is not safe to park there. We were wondering how you know if you are in a bad area to park. Whether it be WM or some other place that allows you to park.? Any way to know those things before you risk it to park?

If you use truckers path and look at the reviews you can often see in bad areas that people will have complaints about vandalism or other such things. I use it to avoid the really bad stops full of "commercial company" , scammers, and people selling stolen/ illegal goods.

At any rate i go home once every 3-4 months, and walmart has basically been my home away from home on weekends. Every single weekend for the past year i've parked at a walmart and found a nice restaurant in walking distance, get my hair cut, buy new clothes, whatever i need i can pretty much do there. It'll be really disappointing if they decide to stop allowing trucks to park there entirely. I don't even know what i'll do then... truck stops never have anything good nearby and are depressing to park at for a weekend to me.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Ugh. This sucks. I'm hopefully going with Prime and there is a Walmart basically across the street from my condo that I was hoping to park at when I had home time. Back to the drawing board....

SamTon's Comment
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Thank you all for responses... definitely helps to plan ahead and your experiences will help us too hopefully :)

Wade P.'s Comment
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Mark, it might not be what you're thinking. It could be that Prime has had a lot of their equipment vandalized while parked at Walmart. I don't know what's going on but there could be a lot of different reasons. I remember Daniel B having his trailer "tagged" with spray paint while parked at a Walmart.

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Guess I should elaborate that the message included the fact that a driver had been issued several hundred Dollars to get his truck out of impound. But good info - guess I have been lucky and only parked in relatively crime free areas.

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There are some WMs because of local ordinances that prohibit overnight truck parking and also may have noise ordinances. Even though I run Walmart Deficated, I always inform the manager on duty that I am breaking in his lot.

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Arg! I meant "dedicated". Auto fill, I hate it. Sorry, OMG! I will crawl into the closest hole now...

Hahaha! Too funny! I'm with you brother, can't stand auto fill. Can get really sticky with the wife sometimes!

Craig T.'s Comment
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Got a message on Qualcomm yesterday that no Prime trucks were allowed to park overnight in Wal Mart store parking lots effective immediately. Has anyone driving for other carriers heard anything similar? Or did Prime do something so awful that they were singled out...?

It was not for Prime specifically as far as I can tell from one of the messages. Holiday shopping is basically the reason used. As for the Walmart in Springfield, I heard it was because it basically turned into a hobo camp with many truckers tossing their DEFICATIONS and other trash in the lot not even trying to at least hide it in trash cans 5 feet away.

Truckers who drop bags of actual crap, jugs of ****, and garbage bags right out the door when they leave their parking space are why many places stop allowing overnight parking. It's as if they are dedicated to making the world a crappier place.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

James R.'s Comment
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My trainer would go under the trailer and **** right on the ground.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Crst sent out a mass message saying we are no longer allowed to park at walmarts... They said even though you get a OK from the manager on duty that corporate has deals setup with tow companies to monitor the lots and tow trucks away...

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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WTF!?! It is probably about to happen with every major company. BTW, I know of TWO Walmarts in western Nebraska that have ACTUAL truck parking spaces.

There are also smart phone apps that tell you where the Walmarts that allow truck parking are.

Dave

SamTon's Comment
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Went by local Walmart this morning it was empty of trucks. What if you just want to go shop and leave was any one told they could not do that?

G-Town's Comment
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WTF!?! It is probably about to happen with every major company. BTW, I know of TWO Walmarts in western Nebraska that have ACTUAL truck parking spaces.

There are also smart phone apps that tell you where the Walmarts that allow truck parking are.

Dave

I checked with my terminal manager, haven't heard about anything on a grand scale. However we were given notice (and we pull WM trailers for store deliveries on this account) that they will begin stricter enforcement of existing parking bans where it is clearly marked, "no overnight truck parking." If I hear otherwise, I will post it. Part of the issue is many times the Walmart does not actually own the property where the store is located.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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