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Parking Lot Addiction Syndrome Reader Diagnosis

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Do you have Parking Lot Addiction Syndrome?”

Fifty-eight readers gave us their full Parking Lot Addiction Syndrome Reader Diagnosis self diagnosis.  Some have it bad, others think it’s bad to have, and a few openly confess to being parking lot curious.  Get ready for a roller coaster of responses and some of the funniest comments ever on Question of the Week.

“Yes, we have it.  We didn’t know what it was called, but now, thanks to Truck Camper Magazine, we have a name for it.  We stick mostly to Walmart, truck stops and even a rest stop once in a while.  We know Cracker Barrel allows overnighting but we haven’t tried it yet.  We have seen other folks overnighting at Kmart and Home Depot..” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500 Quad Diesel Dually, 2004 Lance 920

“Yes, we traveled to Alaska and back from Alabama.  We spent the night in turnouts, roadside parks, truck stops, and in an abandoned church parking lot.  We met two great people who lived in the old pastorium.  In twenty-eight days, we only spent two nights in a campground.  Loved it!” – Don Hamilton, 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2007 S&S Ponderosa 9.5 FSB

“I’m not sure we have P.L.A.S.  We just returned from a thirty-five day trip up the eastern seaboard, including visits to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and fifteen states as well.

We love staying in Wally Worlds.  I figure it saved us around a thousand dollars, and we totally enjoyed the trip.  We even stayed in the visitor center parking lot ($7 per night) in Old Savannah, Georgia.  We could walk to most of the attractions since Savannah’s attractions are mostly centered around downtown where the visitor center is located.” – Mike Chiles, 1999 Dodge 2500, 2009 Lance 915

“While we don’t have the full blown disease, we do use Walmart and Sam’s Club parking lots for overnight stays while going from point A to point B.  And, to get away from the normal traffic patterns, the rear of the buildings can sometimes offer quieter surroundings.  The far corners of major truck stops can also offer a quiet one night stay for free.  I had not thought about using a mall for one night, but will think about it in the future..” – Robert Hicks, 2008 Chevrolet 3500HD, 2011 Lance 992

“Yes, Walmart and Cracker Barrel.” – Larry Rathburn, 2013 Ford F550, 2012 Chalet TS116

“We prefer nature in remote places.” – Ted and Joan Berger, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 2001 Northstar TC650

“Yes, I sure do have P.L.A.S!  And my husband hates those type of nights.  My favorite spots are city halls in small towns. .” – Denise Hupé, 2004 Ford F250, 2004 Adventurer 810WS

“We often find that the events which we wish to go to are at a distance from a commercial campground which would necessitate breaking camp for the day (or shorter time period).  Often the event is quite close to a number of parking lots which will suffice for the period of time required and/or an overnight stay.

We have found Walmart to be our overnight stay of choice since they sell most everything that campers could need, they are well lit, are relatively secure, and are usually much quieter than the truck stops.  We often find that there are a number of RVers parked for the night which provides an added sense of security.” – Peter Staples, 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2013 Lance 1172

“We have P.L.A.S. for health reasons.  We have multiple allergies, sensitivities to chemicals such as perfumes, (including scented laundry detergent), campfire and barbecue smoke, etc.  Where we live, most campsites have campfires.  So we camp out in the bush, logging roads, and if traveling, use Walmart or rest areas that allow overnight parking.” – Marian Muir, 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, 2004 Snowbird 8’10”

“First of all, I have to admit that I don’t have P.LA.S. because I haven’t tried it yet.  Maybe I should go and spend the night at a Walmart to see how its done.  I have seen travelers staying overnight.  I usually travel close to home but a long trip is in the plans.” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F250, 2006 Travel Lite 800SBX

“No.” – Matt Penttila, 2002 GMC Sierra 1500, 2010 KZ Sportsman Classic 19BH

“We went through the same thing you did in our first nights of parking lot camping.  We heard every car coming close to the camper and kept checking out the window when we heard a noise.

Now it is a way of life and so convenient.  We have had some tense times in city campgrounds and isolated camping areas with rowdies coming in and having a loud drunken party too close for comfort.

I am curious about how many truck campers carry protection of some sort.  Since we have done that, we sleep much better.  I have a concealed carry permit that is good in most states we travel through.” – Allen Brummel, 2008 Dodge Ram, 2008 Northstar TC650

“I don’t have P.L.A.S. yet.  We just purchased out truck and camper after many years of dreaming and looking.  I have spent one night in a Walmart in mid Kansas.” – Rochelle Berg, 2013 GMC 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 992

“Yes, oh yes, we have P.L.A.S.  We have done this for many years and always call it “Camp Walmart” on all of our cross-country trips.  We make all of our travel days end in a town that has a Super Walmart.  Be sure to call ahead to make sure you can park overnight because some cities have ordinances that will not allow overnight parking anywhere in the city limits.

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