Friday, October 7, 2022


Free and cheap places to stay in an RV. Issue 921

Free and inexpensive places to stay with your RV in the USA.

Updated weekly

When it comes to free places to stay a night in an RV, Walmart is the best bet. We estimate that about 80 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


Santa Fe Safari Campground, Chanute, KS
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. City Park campground has 28 level, paved E/W sites (50/30/20A). Water pressure regulator advised. The park has free WiFi. There is a Walmart and laundromat within 2 miles. Open all year, but the water is turned off Nov.-Apr. No reservations. Register and pay at Iron Ranger next to dump station. Max stay: 10 nights in any 30-day period. First 2 nights free, then $10/night. Click for details.

Village RV Rest Area, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, QC
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed at this small city-owned “RV Rest Area”. Park in one of 3-4 pull-thru RV parking spaces; no hookups. Dump station and potable water fill on site (free). No permission required, no registration process – just park in an available space. Level, not brightly lighted, quiet, and appears safe. Local church next door. May not be available in winter. Maximum stay: one 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

From our Facebook Group, Free Campgrounds

New Mexico State Parks campgrounds have been $14 per night with electricity. Some (few) also have water. Fewer (if any) have campsite septic drains. The parks we’ve been to do have potable water faucets so you can fill your fresh water tank and separate dump stations with water faucets. —Wayne F. Caldwell

If you’re a member of FMCA, they have a FREE campground at their headquarters in Cincinnati. —Bill Kuch

We went dry camping on BLM land outside Riverton, WY, to see the eclipse. Before and after we spent some time at the Wind River Casino in Riverton. Not only do they have some great spaces and some with electricity, but the food is great and huge portions. Loved the coffee so much that we bought some beans to bring home. They have 24 RV spaces available, 120 amp and 50 amp power plugins provided, WiFi access and two sets of coupons. It’s $25 a night and you can use your rewards card for 10% off. —Barbara Jean

From reports by readers

• Rest areas in Washington state have “No Camping” signs. But they allow stays of up to eight hours. So grab some sleep, but don’t pitch a tent (camping!). —Kent LaBard

Submit free or inexpensive campground information here. (Thanks!)

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.
Walmarts that do not allow overnight RV stays.

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.
Guidelines for overnighting in an RV 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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