Thursday, November 30, 2023


Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 964

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:


Steve’s Place (privately owned RV Park), Lincoln, MT
ALMOST FREE! Local resident allows overnight parking on a wooded lot in downtown Lincoln, MT. 12 RV spaces ranging from 33 ft. to 70 ft. in length. No satellite reception due to trees. No hookups. Cenex station immediately to the west that has a dump station ($5), potable water fill (free); bulk propane. 3 – 4 eating places within a 2-block walk. Lot is level, quiet, and safe. Season: Opens when snow melts in the spring; closes when snow arrives in the fall. Reservations available by phone. Maximum stay: Unknown. 2020 Rate: $10 or more per night donation; 100% of all donations go to local school district. Click here for details

Quality Inn Suites Hotel, Tallahassee, FL
ALMOST FREE! Overnight parking is allowed! Dry camping in grass lot behind hotel, on hotel property, surrounded by trees. No hookups, no potable water, no dump station. Room for 5 RVs. Hotel has free Wi-Fi. Free access to ice machine. Coin laundry on site. Inquire at hotel front desk about discounts to local attractions including Auto Museum across US 90. Spaces reservable by phone. Maximum stay: 5 nights at nightly rate; or $160/month. Backwoods Crossing Restaurant, Waffle House adjacent; other restaurants nearby. 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!

Facebook user Gary Gilmore says, “Tatum, NM Free Camping. 401-499 E Beech St, Tatum, NM 88267 (full hook ups!)”

And user Gary Yadon says, “Thedford, NE. City park with thirty amp elect. Donations.”

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.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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