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 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:
FMCA Campground (FMCA Members Only), Cincinnati, OH
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed (for FMCA members only!). 15 paved back-in E/W/S sites. Free Wi-Fi. Sites reservable at FMCA website; $5 fee for canceling a reservation, whether done online or by telephone. Maximum stay: 2 days per month; up to 5 additional nights possible but only with FMCA approval. 2020 FMCA Member rate: 2 nights free; additional nights (if approved) $20/night. Click here for details. And click here for up-to-the-minute details.
McDonald’s # 11066, Truth or Consequences, NM
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed for McDonald’s customers only. Lot has ‘No Overnight Parking’ signage, but this does not apply to customers who purchase their evening meal and breakfast at this McDonald’s. In addition, permission from the manager on duty is required. Park in separate lot behind auto lot, without obstructing traffic lanes or movement by other vehicles. If parked on the north side of the lot behind the motel, please do not use generator. Level, well lit, and appears safe. 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.
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