Rest areas along interstate freeways generally prohibit overnight parking, but many malls, truck stops, fraternal lodges and shopping center parking lots allow it. Always check with local authorities to make sure you’re not breaking any local ordinances.
These notes from FMCA’s Motorhome Parking Etiquette letter pertain to overnight parking at establishments that permit “dry camping” on their lots. Dry camping means camping without the use of external hookups for electricity, water supply or waste disposal.
- Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
- Park out of the way. Leave a buffer between your RV and perimeter residences.
- Avoid using slideouts if at all possible.
- Do not put out awnings.
- Do not use your leveling jacks on asphalt.
- Limit your stay “” one night maximum! Do not abuse your host’s generosity.
- Purchase fuel, food, or supplies as a form of thank-you when feasible.
- Always leave the area cleaner than you found it.
- Practice safety precautions.
- Avoid providing a theft potential. Make sure your RV and compartments are locked if you leave your RV.
- Do not place personal items, such as chairs, pets or barbecue grills, outside your RV.
Download and print FMCA’s Motorhome Parking Etiquette letter, below. Pass it to others to promote these etiquette standards.
More info links:
RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy: Overnight parking etiquette (PDF 405K)
FMCA Parking Rights Manual & Guide