Have you ever stayed overnight with your RV in a Cabela’s parking lot?

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Every Cabela’s store has a different policy about overnight parking, but many of them allow or even encourage it. Have you ever stayed overnight with your RV in a Cabela’s parking lot? If so, what was your experience like?

While Cabela’s doesn’t offer any hookups or potable water, some of the stores do have dump stations or water stations, so you might not be completely without amenities.

There are 169 Cabela’s stores across the U.S. and Canada, which means there’s a good chance you’re near one right now. Take a look at their store locator map if you want somewhere free to stay overnight.

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dave
10 days ago

While in Alaska a few years ago, we stayed at Cabela’s on our way to returning our rented motorhome. Nice place, alot like Wally world. We got to the dealership after closing and then returned the following morning.

Tom
11 days ago

In Hamburg PA and we also stayed at RV park in Sydney, NE with full hookup.

LB from dabronx
11 days ago

Anchorage AK, Hamburg PA (right off I-78)

K Swanson
11 days ago

Yes near Portland, Maine. Lots of traffic noise. First time we stayed we parked where signs indicated. Eighteen wheeler pulled in beside us about 11 pm and turned on generator on a very comfortable night so don’t know why it was needed. Ran all night. Next 3 times we parked on other side with other RV’s. No problems there.

Daniel Pearson
9 days ago
Reply to  K Swanson

K Swanson it was not a generator. It was the trailer refrigeration system for the trailer to keep whatever was inside cool or cold. It is a reefer unit. I drove one for many years. And stayed at several Cabelas and spent much money there also. Much better than Walmart and clerks so much more helpful. Now owned by Bass pro and quality has dropped in every way. Fort Worth TX did not allow over night.

Dean Owens
11 days ago

Bass pro . Stayed at the Bass Pro in Colorado Springs Co. Employees on break said no reason to check inside the store if I wanted to stay a night. Said if I was still camping for a week it would become problematic ( laughter). I thanked them for allowing us to stay. 4 other RV’ers had the same idea to stay overnight. Slides out, generators on no problem. Thank you, Bass pro and Cabela’s.

Sue
11 days ago

The last time we stayed at a Cabela’s (4 years ago), it was in Billings, MT. We were the only ones there that night. It was noisy close to the freeway but the store was closed overnight so the parking lot wasn’t busy. That store is close to Sam’s Club, BTW. We more often stay at those when we’re in transit (quieter than Walmart).

Scott
11 days ago

Only once, in Utah. Almost never stay in cities, but we had to be in town the next morning. I passed on the Walmart with literally 20 campers set up around their parking lot.

Had the lot to myself. 🙂

Dave J
11 days ago

Stayed at the Mitchell, SD Cabela’s a few times. Very nice operation. Lots of room for folks pulling trailers or driving big rigs. Safe quiet area. Handy dump station. Within a few blocks of I-90. Even had corrals for those pulling horses (or other large critters) so said critter could “stretch their legs” overnight as well as fenced play areas for the dogs.

Ron L.
11 days ago

Call me paranoid, but I wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere in an un-secured rv park…. only an emergency situation would put me that position.

PennyPA
11 days ago
Reply to  Ron L.

You are paranoid!

DPHooper
11 days ago

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11 days ago
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Bill Richardson
11 days ago

We stayed in the FHU Cabelas rv park at the Sydney, NE location. Great stop. Several restaurants nearby.

Mike
11 days ago

Made the mistake of staying at the Cabela’s in just north of Marysville Wa. With friends. Was woken up too 3 drunk Indians screaming and yelling, rocking the vehicle and throwing beer bottles that broke a window. Screaming about why didnt I buy their fish? Never again.

Daniel Pearson
9 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike that is ne t to a reservation which has had many problems other than what happened to you. I live in central Washington state and hear of the crime that goes on there. There is a marina lose at Everitt and there is boats getting broken into every day. Most Cabelas and Bass Pro do not have issues as they have roving security for the property. When driving and was near a cabelas I stayed there as did not get bothered by pimps and lot lizards as in truck stops.

Keith sellers
11 days ago

Interesting that you should ask! As I write this we are staying at a cabelas in Union Gap Oregon. It’s an outpost not a full size one.
We were traversing from Oak Harbor Wash. to Walla Walla and needed an overnight place to park. We called and asked if it was ok to park there and the nice lady said sure just park as far away from the store as possible. We went into the store to look around and took our three year old Cocker Spaniel in with us To shop. This one doesn’t have a dump station or water but it was nice to spend the night in a safe and secure area for the night. ( there was a security patrol all night long)!
We have stayed at several Cabelas across the US and each one has its own uniqueness to it, but all of them are warm and inviting. So just a precaution, be courteous and clean and don’t set up a campsite
Happy trails. see you on the road, we will be the ones with the floppy eared tan cocker spaniel with her head out the window with a pleased look on her face!

Daniel Pearson
9 days ago
Reply to  Keith sellers

Keith sellars that was in Union Gap Washington near Yakima.

Keith sellers
8 days ago
Reply to  Daniel Pearson

Yes Daniel it was. Traversing back and forth through the two states get me mixed up sometimes in which state I’m actually in! Thank you for the correction.
Right now we’re in Milton Freewater Ore. but just a few miles away we shop in Walla Walla Wash. Both states are much friendlier than commiefornia where we come from…

Ron T
11 days ago

I had to say no because the one time we thought we’d just stay in their parking lot it happened to be in Sidney, NE so we stayed in their attached campground instead.

Joe
11 days ago

One time at Wheeling West Virginia. Since they are not open 24/7 it made our experience better than a Walmart. We got in relative early so we had time to shop around. By morning there were about 8 RV’s there. I would definitely Stop again.

tim
11 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Stayed in Bass Pro(owned by Cabelas) in Columbia Mo in July. Actually talked to store managers in St Louis and KC just to coordinate in case I stopped. Cabelas/Bass Pro could not be better!!! They are my FIRST choice if i MUST stay in a parking lot!!

outlaw
11 days ago
Reply to  tim

Bass Pro ( Johnny Morris) owns Cabelas, they bought it two years ago

Fred
11 days ago

We’ve stayed at several Cabelas around the country in our travels. They come in handy after several days of Walmart parking while traversing the country, since many of the Cabelas have a dump station. No hook-ups, but being able to dump & fill is handy. I’ve also bought many hunting, fishing & regular clothing items from them both prior to, & during our full time travels.

Scott R. Ellis
11 days ago

I said I wouldn’t consider it, but only because unless there’s some sort of dire mechanical or planning emergency, I’d never stay in *any* parking lot. If I had to, I’d use a Cabela’s sooner than most.

Selene Montgomery
11 days ago

We’ve stayed at Cabela’s in Fort Mill, SC this year….one in Wisconsin in 2019, and one several years ago….sorry I don’t remember the town names.

Tom B
11 days ago

There is a candles about one-time the way on a trip my wife and I do every year. Its easy to get to, quiet enough, and good when we are just stopping for the night. I have to use a slide out for the bed, and have never had any issues

Pat
11 days ago
Reply to  Tom B

“There is a Cabela’s on the way”? I so dislike auto-correct. 🙂

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11 days ago
Reply to  Pat

Thanks, Pat. I could go in and correct Tom’s comment, but it’s funny what auto-correct did to it, and you’ve translated it correctly, I think. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com