By Jim O’Briant
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Over the past 15-20 years, Camping World was a reliable place where RVers could count on being granted permission to park overnight for one night. More recently, as Camping World has increased its focus on RV sales and not just accessories, parts and RV service, this has been changing. More and more Camping World stores now have fenced, gated parking lots, locked at night, and they no longer allow overnight RV stays.
A NEW WRINKLE
At least one Camping World location, in Wood Village, Oregon, now allows Overnight RV parking ONLY if the RV was purchased at a Camping World RV dealership. If it was, then free overnighting is okay, provided you jump through all of the hoops: Arrive before closing time, ask permission, verify that your RV was purchased from a Camping World RV dealership, and obtain an overnight RV parking pass to display on your rig. No parking pass means no overnight stays — along with the possibility of your rig being towed in the middle of the night.
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We have yet to learn whether other Camping World locations have adopted this same policy, or will in the future.
If your travel plans include a possible overnight stay at a Camping World, we recommend strongly that you telephone ahead to verify what the location’s policy is. And please comment here to share what you learn about any specific Camping World store.
Jim O’Briant is the editor of Overnight RV Parking, the most comprehensive source of information about free and inexpensive places to park overnight with an RV.