Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sleeping at Wal-Mart

The custom made rubber part of our brake lines didn't arrive until almost closing time, but Brad the friendly mechanic stayed late to get us on our way, and we headed toward Dothan. Hot, tired and dirty since we had no sewer dump and dared not shower at the shop.

There is a big new Flying J truck stop in Dothan, so we planned to fuel up, fill our propane tank, take long, hot showers and park in their truck lot for a good night's rest. That was a pipe dream. We got our fuel and propane just fine, but Flying J no longer bestows free showers on their fueling customers, not unless they have a special card and fuel enough times or gallons, etc. For the rest of us it's $10 a shower! Too high for our frugal ways, we settled for sponge baths in the restrooms.

Flying J's truck lot was full, so we wandered around town looking for a place to plant the rig for the night. Wal-Mart was perfect. The Asst. Manager on duty gave us a gracious welcome and indicated where she wanted us to park. We slept beautifully.


  1. Ahhh love those Wal-Marts for an overnight! There is usually one in just about every town, so when you see that sign from the exit ramp, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Curious as to why you didn't dump your tanks at the Flying J too? I know they charge now for it, but with the "RV rewards card" it's a lesser fee.

    I HATE showering in public showers... (besides the ICK factor) I like having my own stuff at hand when I step out all clean and ready for bed. Not trudging through the parking lot in my jammies. LOL

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  2. You nailed it. We were too cheap to spend $5 to dump since we were planning to be in a park the next day. We'll need to check into the Flying J card. Learning so much from you, thanks!