In Quartzsite, Ariz., RVers can camp for free for up to two weeks on public lands.
Even though a night at a private RV park will cost you $30 and up these days (often way up), and the cost of public campgrounds is $15 and up, there are still many places where you can stay for free or nearly free. The evidence is a mouse click away at FreeCampgrounds.com, where readers have already identified more than 2000 places where an RVer can stay for free or less than $10. Surprisingly, dozens of these spots offer hookups -- typically electricity --but some provide water and sewer as well!
The beauty of FreeCampgrounds.com is that RVers supply the information about a location and then other RVers add comments. And so when a visitor to the website locates a potential place to stay, there are often comments from RVers who stayed there recently, which indicates that the camping spot is still there, and still free or nearly free. The trouble with printed directories that list free or inexpensive campgrounds is that by the time you show up at one of the campgrounds listed, it may no longer be there or no longer be free. A lot can change from the time a directory is compliled, printed, distributed and then referenced by a camper. A city park that once permitted free stays may now be a softball field. A free public campground may now be $15.
IN THIS TIME OF HIGH GAS PRICES, finding a free or inexpensive place to spend an occasional night can help keep a budget in check. And when the place offers more than one night of complimentary camping in a park-like setting, well, that's about as good as it gets for RVers on a budget.
Of course, many of the listings on FreeCampgrounds.com are for parking lots or truck stops which are anything but scenic. But as most avid RVers know, every night on the road need not be at ground zero of Scenic Splendor. Sooner or later all RVers find themselves in places like that, where the beauty is stunning.