Sunday, October 2, 2022


Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 962

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 58 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:


Jack’s Family Restaurant, Iuka, MS
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed but please obtain permission from the manager. Park in the gravel lot to the S of the paved lot, without obstructing movement by other vehicles. Level and well-maintained, well-lit and appears safe. Reported as quiet, though trucks occasionally overnight here as well. If you park overnight here, please purchase your evening meal and/or breakfast here. Click here for details.

Bayard City Park, Bayard, NE
ALMOST FREE! Overnight parking is allowed! The city has three long, wide back-in 20/30/50A E/W RV spaces on gravel on south side of 11th St, across from City Park. No S hookup, no dump station. The park has a swimming pool (in season), basketball and tennis courts, playground area, picnic shelter, trash receptacles. Open all year. No reservations. If staying more than 2 nights, register at City Hall, 445 Main St. Maximum stay: unknown. 2020 rate: First 2 nights free, then $10/night. 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

Two new guides to free campgrounds
Roundabout Publications has teamed up with the Ultimate Public Campground Project on these two new guides. Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various governmental agencies. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.

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!

From Facebook user Randy Benteman: “Just South of Dunseith, North Dakota, is the town of Rugby, ND. At the NW side of town is the Pierce County fairgrounds. At the West side are RV hookups and a real nice bath/shower house. We have stayed there several times over the last 5 years on our way to the International Peace Gardens. Never been a charge for staying. Check with the City of Rugby to be sure.”

And for those in South Dakota, Facebook user Gary Yadon writes, “Martin, SD. City park one night free no hookups.”

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

Walmart Directory: Best printed directory of Walmart locations
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 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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