Quirky (Sometimes Beautiful) #Vanlife Photos and #TravelTales by an OTR Vandweller

Got to Dallas yesterday. After lookin' at lodging options, Vanholio! said, "Fuck it! I'm gonna camp at Walmart! " No ne...

Walmart Camping in the Big D


Got to Dallas yesterday. After lookin' at lodging options, Vanholio! said, "Fuck it! I'm gonna camp at Walmart!" No need to spend money that don't need spendin'!

Dallas Walmarts that do and don't
allow camping
over night
At first, I was gonna hit up this place north a town by Lake Lewisville. Got there and found out some ugly truths:

  • Had to get a full-hookup site at $30, not the $11 as expected.
  • It's a far drive from friends I'm visitin' in town.
  • Payment was a bitch:
    • Couldn't pay at the park.
    • Payin' online didn't work with my computer and browser
    • Couldn't get ahold a the folks at city hall to pay

"Fuck it!" I said. I'll get a room at a Motel 6 closer inta Dallas proper.

But then I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. With tax and all, it woulda been close to $130 for the two nights.

The van's got a bed, dammit! I don't need to rent no bed! Only thing Motel 6 offers is a shower, and that can be got much cheaper at a truck stop or city rec center.

So while Vanholio! hates stayin' at a Walmart parkin' lot normally – especially in a big city – that's what he did last night. And it's tonight's plan, too.

Thrift is the secret to a long and happy #vanlife!

Walmart gave me a little bonus today, though. Had to get an oil change. Decided to do it at the Walmart where I stayed last night, long as I were there. Turns out there's a sale on full synthetic! Never seen it so damn cheap: $44.88. With tax and all, it was still less than $50. Gives a man a woody!

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