Others argue that they don’t need hookups and swimming pools for a one-night stay, and that dry-camping in a parking lot works well for them on occasion. If you choose to join the ranks of the boondockers, be aware that many Wal-Marts don’t permit overnight camping. Some Wal-Marts (and, obviously, truck stops) allow truckers to park overnight, so your boondocking experience could include the rumble of diesel engines. The site does not provide campground listings, but it includes links to free RV campsite resources as well as helpful tips for boondockers.
The website also offers a useful list of Wal-Marts that do not permit overnight RV parking.
National park lovers who are not yet 62 can buy annual admissions passes for per year. US military RV parks are open to active duty members, military retirees and their immediate families.
Boondocking is the practice of dry-camping, or parking your RV in a space without hookups, usually at a Wal-Mart, casino or truck stop.
It’s free, and you can do your shopping at Wal-Mart while you are there. Boondocking is somewhat controversial; some RV owners – and RV park owners – feel that boondocking deprives RV parks of much-needed revenue.
Per-night fees for RV pads range between $20 and $50 per day.
Many military campgrounds require advance reservations. Facilities vary, but you can find information on the Army’s Paths Across America website.
No matter what your age or favorite type of fun is, there is always a way to spend time with old friends and meet new ones.