Free and inexpensive places to stay with your RV in the U.S. and Canada!
When it comes to free places to stay a night in an RV, Walmart is the best bet. We estimate that about 80 percent of all its stores in the USA allow stays in self-contained RVs.
Other businesses that allow free overnight stays include Flying J Travel Centers, Cabela’s, Cracker Barrel restaurants (official policy is overnight stays are NOT permitted although most stores allow the practice), Costco and Kmart. Many RVers routinely stay in shopping center or factory outlet parking lots. Many casinos allow or even encourage overnight stays in RVs.
Recent reports of free and inexpensive places to stay with an RV:
Daniel Reed Memorial Pier, Westfield, NY
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Obtain permission from Harbormaster’s Office when office is manned. Park in any marked parking space that will accommodate your RV. Restrooms in Harbormaster’s office open in season. Level. Well-lit during the season (off-season it’s unlit, windswept and deserted). Beautiful view of Lake Erie. 2-3 restaurants within a 2-4 block walk. Click here for details.
Paria Contact Station (BLM), Big Water, UT
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed and permission is not required. From US 89, turn south on road towards Paria Contact Station; just after the cattle guard turn right on the dirt road, bear to the right. Select a level spot off the road and park. The area has level spots, is quiet, unlit and appears safe. No hookups or other amenities. Potable water available at Paria Contact Station, with BLM staff approval. Maximum stay: 14 days. Click here for details.
Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demo. Watch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.
From our Facebook Group, Free Campgrounds
• Airport Park Campground in Concordia, KS. Free (donation) for the first week. $100/wk. after that. Water & electric (50/30A) with a dump station. Please note that some sites are 50A and some are 30A, so check them out before you park. There are about 15-20 sites with most that can accommodate long rigs (we are a 45’ Class A pulling a Dodge Ram truck and we didn’t need to unhook). This is a city park and has a disc golf course. Easy in/out right off of US 81. —Linda Rykard Phelps
• Lucky Star Indian Casino, Clinton, OK. 1 mile east of Hwy. 183 on BL40. Has free 30- & 50-amp posts on north & south end of large parking lot. Check in with security. Not level, but workable. Lighted and patrolled by casino security. 👍👍👍 — Larry Boswell
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• Walmart Directory: Best printed directory of Walmart locations
• Guide to Free Campgrounds: Best-selling directory, year after year.
• Overnight RV Parking: More than 14,000 location listings. Inexpensive membership required.
• Harvest Hosts: Members can stay free overnight at farms & wineries.
• Walmarts that do not allow overnight RV stays.
• Video: Where to camp for free in an RV.
• Video: How to camp in an RV at Walmart for free.
• Video: Best source of free and inexpensive RV camping.
• Video: Which “Big Box” stores allow free RV camping?
• Video: RV camping for less than $1 a day. Stay months.
• Video: Okay to stay overnight at truck stops?
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Walmart Free RV Parking
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• The ABCs of “camping” at Walmart.
• Guidelines for overnighting in an RV at Walmart.
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