Free Overnight Parking for RVers

There are many places where you can park your RV for a single day or night along the road. Keep in mind, it’s just for one night, and it’s not the same as a campground; don’t put out your awning and lawn chairs, and set up the BBQ! Keep it low key, keep it clean, stay out of the way, and be ready to move. It’s also a good idea to write down more than one location, in case your first choice doesn’t pan out.

Walmart: Probably the best known overnight stop over for RVers, but overnight parking is not true of every single WalMart, so check before you set up for the night. Keep to the outer edges of the parking lot, out of the way of parking lot traffic. Also, it’s a courtesy, and economical, to go inside and stock up on supplies. WalMart Locator is a useful website to find RV friendly Walmarts all over the country.

Other Retail Merchants: Stores such as Cracker Barrel, Cabela’s, and camping World also often allow overnight RV parking. Check inside with the staff to make sure it’s OK.

Trucks Stops: Truck stops are great for a night along the road, and also a great place to fill up the gas tank. Some truck stops also have dump stations for a fee, as well as propane, mini markets, and restraunts. You can find the internet to find truck stops, and there are smart phone apps too. One useful website is TruckStopGuide.com.

Indian Casinos: Casinos frequently welcome RVers, and often for more than just one night of free parking. Check in with a manager or security. Also, signing up for a “frequent player” card is often a requirement, but not always. You can use the internet to find Indian Casinos along your route. One useful website is: CasinoCamper.com.

Rest Stops: Rest stops along the highway may allow you to stop for the night in your RV, which is great, because they provide an easy on and off the highway. Be aware of local regulations, and look for signs stating stay limits.

There are also books to guide you to free camping locations! One good thing about paper, no cell service required.