Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 951

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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 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:

From OvernightRVParking.com

Terrible’s Roadhouse Casino, Searchlight, NV
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Room for about 10 rigs in lot on the south side of the casino. Additional space in an empty lot across the street, just south of the casino. No lighting, some road noise, but no apparent safety issues. Food is available inside the casino. Fuel and McDonald’s nearby. Click for details

Twin Bridges Campground (County Park), Colesburg, IA
ALMOST FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. County Park Campground has 15 30/50A E hookup RV sites, 10 also have water hookup. Dump station is $5. Three picnic shelters, trout fishing, well, toilet, horseshoe courts and a playground all on-site. Open mid-Apr. to mid-Oct., weather permitting. No reservations. Park ranger comes around in evening to register campers and collect payments. Maximum stay: 14 days. 2020 rate: E $15/night, E/W $17/night. 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 OvernightRVparking.com.


Please join our Facebook group, Free Campgrounds, 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.

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.

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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john1470
25 days ago

Fuel is almost always the same – some have different additives, but it’s all just about marketing. Price is my main decision maker for fuel.