Free camping, goodbye rent!
Contrary to what many people believe, traveling and living in a RV can be very cheap! You can travel across America and even save money while doing it. Here, I have compiled a list of resources that will help you save money on your adventure. In the two years that I have been living and traveling in my RV I have never once paid for a campsite! Here’s some ideas that can help you do the same and find free camping.
BLM lands/national forests
The most ideal, picture perfect camping! Many times you can find secluded beautiful spots and you can stay at these BLM lands (Bureau of Land Management) for up to 14 days at a time. You can also stay at almost any national forest land, usually for 14 days at a time as long as you follow some rules. They have to be off main roads, at a distance from a body of water and as long are no signs saying otherwise you can stay!
Free Walmart camping
Maybe not glamours, but staying the night at a Walmart has many uses. Usually conveniently located in the middle of a city you want to explore, and if you ever need something fast, Walmart has it right inside. Just don’t pop out your awning or bring out the chairs or grill, and it’s a good idea to buy at least one thing from the Walmart you’re staying at! Not all Walmarts allow this, in my experience, around 75% do, generally less as you get closer to the coast. Here is a great site to check what Walmarts generally allow overnight stays
Big outdoor stores/home improvement
Similar to Walmart, many big stores like The Home Depot, K mart, Cabelas, etc, will allow overnight stays. If there’s other RVs there it’s usually a good sign. Come late and leave early at these places, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve day camped at a local park or trail head, then around 10 pm, once the park closes move over to one of these stores for the night. Just be smart about it!
Camp at Truck Stops and Rest Stops
Truck stops can be noisy but you can always stay at these for free, Rest stops are usually nicer and usually not in town but still a great option for free stays. These places are easy to find, as they are usually right off the high way and signs are all over.
Work camping is another great option, you usually get a great camp site in a RV park, you work at the park or something similar and get free parking in exchange. Sometimes this is also a paid job on top of the free camping! You can find open positions and apply here: Workkampingjobs.
There are many other spots you can stay for free, as long as the city doesn’t have a policy against street parking overnight you can stay right in town on streets. Avoid parking in front of houses though, as many people will find that rude, or at the very least, make it a brief stay!
A better option, find a little undeveloped area of town or a nice dirt road right outside of town and you’re set! Attempt this at your own risk and do your research for local parking laws, the worst that has ever happened to me is police have (nicely) asked me to move. I’ve never gotten any kind of parking ticket.
The options for RVing free are endless! so get out there, no need to pay for campsites, unless you want too!
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