I have shared many times how I am compiling a national database on free places to camp or boondock in anticipation of that day when my wife and I have the opportunity to RV to the Midwest and East Coast. I have also shared how the farther east you travel, the more difficult it is to find areas to camp for free.
Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this website that not only lists free places to camp across the country but that the sites listed include free utilities—many of them full hookups!
Many of the places limit how long you can stay for free from one to several days, but free is free!!!
Most of the campgrounds are located in small cities in the Midwest and operated by the city in the hopes that you will stop and patronize their city, while others are operated by casinos with the hope you will stay and donate to their slot machines, but in either case they are a great option for an overnight stop along your route.
With most of them providing free electrical hookups, these parks would be especially useful during hot weather when you need to operate your RV’s air conditioning.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to research all 78 listings on the website, the ones I did do a little research on confirmed that they are operating and offer free overnight stays with utilities!
Click here to visit the website listing the free camping locations. Click here to watch a Youtube review of one of the parks by a fellow RVer.
When you visit one of these parks, be certain to thank those responsible, be a good camper during your stay and leave the campground better than you found it when you depart. Also be sure to research the RV parks and campgrounds on RV LIFE Campgrounds.
Camping for free with utilities, an adventure in RVing this thrifty ole Norwegian can get excited about! If you have experienced staying at any of the parks listed, please share.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
This is a great find today. I lived in CA most of my adult and military life and never had concerns about where to camp but since my move to FL I have been extremely disappointed. Joining the Airstream club has not proved beneficial and it seems I only hear from them when yearly dues are around the corner. I look forward to utilization of your site as I plan a trip west on the 10 interstate to the Grand Canyon and then the west coast to visit my dad. Thx
Debbie Nelson says
Wondering if there is such a site for free camping in Canada, specifically British Columbia? Don’t necessarily need any hookups.
Patricia Gillespie says
Check out the Boondockers Welcome website. Have been a member as a guest and a host for the last three years. Haven’t had a bad guest yet and have met so many nice people from this continent and Europe. Used it as a guest ourselves when travelling from central Canada to California a couple of years ago.
Duane Schreiber says
I clicked on 3 links in this article and they all led to nothing. Freshtanks.net doesn’t exist, according to what I have seen. 🙁
Melanie Jo Roelofs says
Freshtanks.net is no longer on the web. They were such a good reference. I haven’t been able to locate another resource.
Lennie McDonald says
Wonderful info – wish you had Canadian provinces to!
Sadly the site is no longer available. I used it last year. And stayed at a park in Texas.