TCM readers reveal some interesting ideas for free overnight parking spots that you might not have considered. What’s playing at the movies? And is that a funeral home?
We Are Walmart Camping Connoisseurs
A favorite conversation starter of ours at family gatherings is to mention that we not only frequently camp at Walmarts, but that we have our favorite Walmarts across the United States where we have parked overnight on multiple occasions. We are, for lack of a better term, Walmart connoisseurs.
Make A List of Free Overnight Spots
Taking that concept one step further, we have also collected a short list of overnight spots on our Google Map. A favorite is the movie theater in Grand Junction. We have been there twice, years apart, and seen at least three films while parking overnight, and working in the camper during the day. Not too shabby.
Perhaps the best article ever written on this subject is, “Stealth Camping With A Truck Camper” by TCM contributor and retired law enforcement officer, Bryan Appleby. If you haven’t read Bryan’s article, you’re in for a real treat.
Readers also shared great cheap campsites as a result of a Question of the Week. They have shared some great, specific areas to camp for cheap or free.
Top 10 Free Overnight Parking Ideas
Most casinos allow free camping. Just ask when you get there.
2. Movie Theaters
Movies let out late, so it’s not usually an issue. We have done this many times with no problem. Ask if you’re unsure.
3. Cracker Barrels
Have breakfast or dinner during your stay. They have maps of all of their locations inside their restaurants. Just ask for the map.
Check on the AllStays app for reviews to see if you can stay.
As long as it’s not a Saturday night, it’s not usually an issue. Again, ask before you stay.
6. Arenas and Stadiums
This is an unconventional idea, but there is usually a lot of parking. Stadiums in the cities may be a bit harder, if not impossible.
7. Farms and Vineyards
Harvest Hosts is a program that we highly recommend.
8. Planet Fitness
If you have a membership, you get three great things – free camping, a workout, and a shower!
9. Cabelas Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops
Camping stores usually allow for free overnight camping. Just ask ahead.
10. Boondockers Welcome
This is another program like Harvest Hosts. You pay a small membership fee for Boondockers Welcome and then stay at locations around the United States and Canada.
Note: Prior to parking overnight in an unusual parking spot, Truck Camper Magazine always recommends asking permission.