Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 974

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 60 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

Bravo Farms, Kettleman City, CA
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed but please obtain permission from customer service, management or store security. Park in NE corner of the lot, furthest from the store, without obstructing traffic lanes. Lot slopes gently downhill toward this corner. The lot is well-lit, appears safe and is reasonably quiet. Gas station on-site (Sam’s Club members only); Diesel availability unknown. Click here for details

SR 146 Historical Marker Turnout, Ware, IL
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed! Paved turnout is off and separated from hwy, with entrances at both ends. Level, not lit, but appears safe and should have only very light traffic noise at night. Park parallel to N curb, closest to the highway, without obstructing movement by any other vehicles. Long enough for 1 – 2 RVs. Historical marker; no other known amenities. 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.

Two excellent 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.

And this guidebook should be an essential resource for RVers who boondock on public lands: Bureau of Land Management Camping.

From Facebook user Connie Parker-Flower on our Free Campgrounds Facebook group: “Magnolia Beach, TX. 14 days free boondocking. There is a restroom with hot showers and flush toilets. NO hookups of any kind. Some pavilions with picnic tables. No reservations. First come, first served. Don’t know about where a dump station is.”

And from Facebook user Jon Wysoski: “Lubbock, TX, area has free camping at city parks for 3-5 days with free electricity. I know someone who spent months in that area.”

Please join us in our Facebook groups, Outstanding but affordable RV parks, and Free Campgrounds.

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.


Here’s Pilot Flying J’s directory of locations that allow free overnight RV parking, plus info on fuel discounts, propane and dump stations.

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.


Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments