Where You Can Camp For Free in the USA (with an RV)
Summer RV travel is as American as Apple Pie. Loading everything up in a house on wheels and hitting the road. Traveling the country and seeing what you can find. Finding parking for RV is easy and can be costly on your vacation budget as well, but did you know there are many places you can park for free?
Here is where to look for free places to park your RV, also known as boon docking. You will fill up your RV fresh water tank head out with a full battery and full propane and stay free. There will be no hook ups, like electric, water, and cable, and you will get to know dump stations well but you could save you over $60 a night! It’s also suggested to check with each place as well don’t always assume as rules can change.
Cabela’s – This is one of my more favorite choices for an overnight stay when trying to get from point A to Point B. Cabela’s has RV parking with larger spots they allow overnight parking and they have a fresh water station and dump station free of charge. Many (well all we have seen) also have a kennel for dogs to run in and a place to even let horse out and stretch their legs.
Walmart – This is the one everyone thinks of for free overnight parking. Keep in mind Walmart is not always the safest, so stay on guard, depending on the area of town. They also don’t have water fill ups and dumping stations so you will have to find someplace else to empty your tanks and most likely pay for that too.
Camping World – They have allowed RVers to park over night for many years. Much like Cabela’s they are more RV friendly.
Kmart – Kmart has also started allowing RVers to park overnight in their parking lots.
Many small towns offer one night free at their local county or City Park or the local campground to encourage tourism. This is something worth looking into, and getting a free hook up for a night is always a plus.
Casinos – Many Casinos over free overnight parking for RVers and while this may not be for some it is still an option. Some also have dump stations and water refill stations.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – has many areas of land across the county mostly in the Southwest (New Mexico) that you can stay for 14 days free before you have to move 25 miles away to another spot. If you play your cards right you could camp for free indefinitely.
Boon Dockers Welcome – This site is built for people looking to boondock. Fellow RVers list their properties they are willing to allow other to boondock on for free. Each spot lists how big of an RV it can handle, how many nights you can stay, and what they offer, many offer water some even offer electric and wifi.
What spots have you found to boon dock at?
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Danielle is a mom of 4, Former Navy Wife, Homeschooling mom, frugalista and blogger at The Frugal Navy Wife. She and her family of 6 are currently setting out on their lifelong dream to travel via RV around the United States. They are documenting their journey on Roadschooling with The Frugal Navy Wife.
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