Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 928

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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:

From OvernightRVParking.com

Cracker Barrel # 580, Birmingham, AL
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed, just obtain permission from the store before parking overnight. There are no bus/RV spaces at this Cracker Barrel. Park in the parking lot on the west side of the building, between Cracker Barrel and the bank, without obstructing traffic lanes. The lot is well-lit and appears level. It seems safe and fairly quiet. Click here for details.

Walmart Supercenter # 783, Macon, MO
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed but you must obtain permission from the customer service desk. Park in the south part of lot, farthest from the store, but not in portion of lot belonging to the adjacent supermarket. Well-lit, appears level, quiet, and safe. There is a Subway, a Mexican restaurant and a Chinese restaurant in the strip mall just west of the store. 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.


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.


Resources
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 RVtravel.com 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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