Friday, February 3, 2023


Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 924

Free and inexpensive places to stay with your RV in the U.S. and Canada!

Updated weekly

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:


Garcia River Casino, Point Arena, CA
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed but permission from the security department is required. Park parallel to S end of parking lot, which is small & suited for smaller RVs only and not for large rigs or for vehicles towing. Larger rigs park in open lot across Windy Hollow Road, E of Casino. No hookups, no water, no dump station. Casino closes 1 a.m. but lot lights remain on all night. The River Bar & Grill in casino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Click here for details.

Cracker Barrel # 410, Binghamton, NY
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed but permission from store is required. Park in one of 6 marked bus/RV spaces behind store, or as directed. Small RVs that will fit in a single auto parking space may receive permission to do so. Well-lit and appears level. RV spaces are shielded by building so only light to moderate traffic noise. If you park overnight here, please purchase your evening meal and/or breakfast here. 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

Please join our Facebook group and share your favorite free camping spots or submit free or inexpensive campground information to us here. Thanks!

See last week’s free (or almost free) locations here.

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.

Helpful videos
• 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?
• Video: Camping at Elk Lodges. An amazing bargain.

Walmart Free RV Parking

Walmart’s official policy about overnight stays in RVs.
The ABCs of “camping” at Walmart.
• Guidelines for overnighting in an RV at Walmart.

Good Reading
RV park owners say “Walmart campers are cheapskates.”
The appeal of boondocking in the desert.
Articles and information from about boondocking.
Six safety tips for overnight RV stays at casinos.
Free camping at wildlife refuges.
Why overnight RV parking at truck stops is a bad idea
Try winter boondocking at LTVAs in AZ and CA deserts.


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3 years ago

Interesting that goofy space bomb claiming to be a truck with Teslas name on it.
Sorry to rain on the fetish, but why the 0-60 in 2.9 seconds? Who needs that?
If dumb speed and a 6/5 foot box sells these I suspect few RV folks will buy.
But the biggie Tesla or others peddling EV nonsense will let you in on, is the cost – THE REAL- cost of these playthings of the rich when 3 items of importance cross its path for the normal wage earning consumer-
#1 -the cost when the electricity subsidies are called in
#2 – cost of maintenance over its useful life -(best check that out if the material is made available)
#3 andddddd value on trade in day.

I’m betting the F-150’s survival is guaranteed on both counts for a very very long time.

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