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Excellent Walmart Alternatives For Frugal Overnight RV Camping

By Levi Henley          August 30, 2022

A woman's 6-year-old daughter was killed and another was permanently injured when the vehicle next to theirs caught fire and spread to other cars.

The fire started after a Walmart camper tossed a hot cooking stove in the back of their vehicle before it cooled. The stove was covered with bedding and left unattended.

It's possible Walmart may start to rethink its overnight RV camping policy if the case is won.

9 Alternative Overnight RV Camping options

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1. Costco

1. Costco

Many Costcos allow overnight RV parking. The best practice is to call the Costco you want to stay at and ask.

2. Cracker Barrel

2. Cracker Barrel

The popular restaurant chain has RV parking at many of its locations, and most allow RVers to stay overnight.

3. Cabela's

3. Cabela's

Most Cabela's allow overnight parking. Like the other businesses, you will want to call the location you wish to park at ahead of time to ensure their location allows it.

4. Bass Pro Shops

Some Bass Pro Shops allow overnight RV camping. Like all the other stores mentioned, you have to check on a store-by-store basis.

5. Travel Centers/Truck Stops

While some travel centers and truck stops have specific spaces for RVs, the long parking spaces in the back are placed there for truckers.

5. Travel Centers/Truck Stops

Truckers are required to stop after so many hours, while RVers aren't. Many RVers will only take a truck parking spot as an absolute last resort out of respect.

5. Travel Centers/Truck Stops

Some travel centers like Pilot/Flying J offer RV-specific parking spots at many of their locations. Love's even offers full-hookup RV sites for a pretty cheap price.

6. Casinos

Many casinos allow RVs to stay overnight in their parking lots for free. You'll want to call ahead as some give you a parking pass.

7.  Rest Areas

Most states allow some sort of overnight stay in rest areas. Those that don't prevent overnight stays by a drastically small time limit.

7.  Rest Areas

For example, Florida has a 3-hour stay limit, and their rest areas clearly state overnight parking isn't allowed.

7.  Rest Areas

You will see many rest areas say that no camping is allowed. Keep in mind that this does not include sleeping in your RV.

7.  Rest Areas

As long as you don't turn it into camping by setting up a tent, roasting 'smores outside, lounging outside with your RV awning and slides out etc.

Before We Talk About 8 and 9

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8. Harvest hosts

Harvest Hosts is a network of wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms, and attractions that allow RVers to stay overnight at their locations.

8. Harvest hosts

While the locations allow you to stay overnight for free, there is a $99 yearly membership fee to access the locations.

8. Harvest hosts

They also request that members support their hosts by purchasing at least one of their local products during their stay.

8. Harvest hosts

But picking up a bottle of wine at your campsite isn't exactly an arm-twisting ask for most.

9. Boondockers Welcome

Boondockers Welcome is a $79 yearly membership that gives members unlimited access to stay at privately owned properties.

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