Monday, October 3, 2022


Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 937

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 65 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:


Cracker Barrel # 374, Harrisburg, PA
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed, just obtain permission from staff or manager. Park in one of 4 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. The lot is well-lit and appears level. Quiet, with only light traffic noise. Good pet walking area. If you park overnight here, please purchase your evening meal and/or breakfast here. Click for details.

Wood’s Fort Historical Marker, West Point, TX
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed, but only for small RVs that will fit in a single auto parking space. This location was the first roadside park established in Texas, in 1933. Two picnic tables under shade trees, with BBQ grills & trash barrels on site. A prominent sign says “Watch for Snakes.” Click 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

From our Facebook group, Free Campgrounds:

“Magnolia Beach near Port Lavaca, TX – County park, right on the water, free.” — Jeanne McKenzie

“Millers Rest Area about 10 miles north of Tonopah, NV, is a great overnight spot. Drive through the initial rest stop area to a large open lot where tons of RVers park all the time. There are garbage cans and some picnic benches around the edges, but you can park ANYWHERE in the area. We use it all the time. During summer months there’s a dump station and clean water, along with the customary toilets.” — Tommy Molnar

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.

AFFILIATE OFFER: Save 10% on campground fees when you join the Good Sam Club!

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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