Everyone likes a good bargain and full-time RVers are no exception. Smart nomads who carry their homes on their backs know how to keep costs down by taking advantage of cheap and free places to camp.
From parking lots to public land, driving a self-contained home enables you to choose a variety of inexpensive overnight accommodations. When you do it, just remember the trade-offs, like these pros and cons of free camping in different settings.
Not all free camping is this good! (Image: iRV2 member raytronx)
When your RV changes from a vacation vehicle to a full-time way of life, your perspective about where you park your home should change if you want to save money.
Many new full-time RVers have unreasonable expectations about parking spots, even if they’re only staying for a night. Not every campground is going to be a resort. Many won’t even have a decent picnic table to eat on. But if you’re a full-timer without unlimited financial resources, it’s smart to take advantage of free RV camping opportunities whenever possible.
Just be aware that like anything, parking on the cheap has advantages and disadvantages.
The pros and cons of free camping in parking lots
First make no mistake, this style of free camping is not ‘camping.’ It’s a bare bones way to rest your head for one night. When you legally take advantage of Walmart overnight parking, stay curbside in an industrial neighborhood or stay overnight in a rest stop, the RVers Code of Conduct must be your guide.
The main advantage is obvious; you save a few dollars when you don’t need a place to hook up your self-contained home. But this kind of overnight stay has lots of cons including: noise, crime risk and some unsavory characters who give free camping a bad name in the eyes of the public.
The pros and cons of free camping in a
René M. Agredano