Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Need hospital care? Your RV may be welcome

By Jim Twamley
Many hospitals have designated RV parking for when you need hospital care. In fact, many have hook-ups that patients and family members can use for free. Often the idea of a designated spot for parking RVs comes as an afterthought, so hospitals may have sites grafted into an existing parking lot. In cases like these, electric is great, water sometimes, but don’t expect to find a sewer hookup.

These RV facilities are often found at hospitals that have long-term treatment programs like cancer treatment and guarded pregnancy (requiring the mom to be in hospital care to bring the baby to full term).

Hotel costs are often prohibitive for people in these situations, which is why the RV solution is a great alternative. Patients and family members can live on the hospital campus in the comfort of their own RV.

Check with hospital administration

If you need to use one of these facilities make sure you check in with the administrative office. These spaces are usually on a first-come, first-served basis, and require some connection with a patient in the care of the hospital.

I’ve used hospital RV facilities several times in conjunction with the care of family members and it is very convenient. A fixed-income cancer treatment patient told me that she didn’t know what she would do if it were not for the RV parking available at the hospital. She counted it a great blessing to be able to stay there for free while undergoing treatment.

If the hospital RV parking is full or they don’t have RV hook-ups, you may still be able to park your self-contained RV in the out-back hospital parking lot. Check with the hospital administration office or the security office to get permission to do this.


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kathy towers
1 year ago

Please keep in mind many hospitals don’t have enough parking for patients and families. I have worked at 2 hospitals where day shift had to park in church or other area parking lot and be bused to work.
Make sure there is room! Talk to administrator or you could be towed away/ impounded.

Michael Kavanagh
2 years ago

Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Fl. has designated parking for RV’s including large rigs. Call ahead. As far as I know there are still no hookups. Although their campus is constantly expanding so……
And the beach is just over the causeway! 😉

Last edited 2 years ago by Michael Kavanagh
Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

You’re more likely to find parking at small (or small-er) towns than big cities. In places like Houston, Chicago, LA etc, you’re lucky to find a place to park your Smart Car.

Retired Firefighter Tom
2 years ago

Saw a hospital on the south side of Kennewick, Washington has an RV spot

2 years ago

It would be wonderful if there was a directory of some sort listing hospitals that offer this amenity and what they offer.

Mike Albert
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

In most cases, if you call the hospital and ask for housing, a social worker or even Public Relations or Public Information Officer, they can advise you if RV parking is available on campus or in a nearby facility.

2 years ago

Bend, Oregon

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