Good to hear from you hope all is well with you and yours. I don't know about the Home Depots but all the Walmart's are not allowing overnight anymore in ca that I am aware of, signs posted some local law prohibits it and I have been told by the Walmart folks not to do it or risk getting tagged or towed. I "ASSUME" that goes for all the big box stores. Looking at the parking lots in google earth, shows lot of trees in many of the lots, very sharp turns and curbs that would limit maneuvering with rigs like ours, old style flat open parking lots are a thing of the past it would seem.
Good to hear that you're back on the road! Was worried that I would hear of another tree crashing into your rig! Can't help you on the Bakersfield area.
There are 4 Home Depots in Bakersfield. ( that surprises me!) Never had a problem staying overnight at HD. Maybe there is a city or even a state rule? Wouldn't surprise me.
Yes it is possible, but with the breakins that are happening all over and Bakersfield is NOT the best place to be I hate to leave a new Jeep unattended, the Jeep Gladiator is one of the top vehicles to be stolen or broken into. I had my Freigthliner broken into and lost my GPS, microwave, refrigerator, CB and TV while parked in a supposedly secure long term hotel parking lot while in Ontario ca, lets just say all I want to do is get through ca without spending any money or incurring any loss.
We had planned on already traveling south but had trees fall on the house and garage so our travel date has been put off until sometime hopefully in early January. I have our route planned and one of our usual stops was at the Flying J, a bit north of Bakersfield, however this year my wife will be driving the Jeep so we won't be stopping in truck stops as I don't want to take a full space from a trucker while parking the Jeep. Don't want to spend 50 dollars plus just to sleep and leave, the Walmart in Bakersfield is out so kinda at a loss as to a place to spend the night. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, thanks.