Besides being a big-box retail store, Walmart parking lots across North America have generally been hospitable to the traveling camper.

But, RVers hoping to stay in the Kamloops, B.C. Walmart parking lot on Hillside Drive for an extended period of time can expect to be turned away.

This past summer, the company SmartCentres, which owns the shopping centre, installed large signs on the lot reminding customers there is no overnight parking for RVs or trucks.

Sandra Kaiser, vice-president of corporate affairs for SmartCentres, said the no-overnight rules were always in place, but not enforced stringently until recently.

She added the measure is not meant to crack down on RVers staying a few hours or even a night, but is intended to address RV owners staying for days and weeks.

“More and more campers were coming and staying for longer periods of time, to the point where we were losing parking spaces that we have to provide to our tenants,” Kaiser said, adding the company had received complaints from tenants in the shopping centre.

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