Six safety tips for overnight RV parking at casinos

By Jane Kenny Question: Why do you suppose so many RVers are attracted to casino parking lots? Answer: It’s the free overnight parking. RVers looking for a place to “blacktop boondock” (dry camping, parking lot style — overnight) soon discover there aren’t too many places that allow free overnight parking. Most states discourage overnight parking at interstate rest areas, Shopping... Read More

RV park owners say: ‘Wal-Mart campers are cheapskates’

By Chuck Woodbury editor, RVtravel.com Originally published in July, 2011  My original essay back in 2011 sparked more than 100 comments from readers. The idea was this: Why don’t some RV parks offer $10 a night “no-frills” camping for self-contained RVers (only) who just want a place to sleep — no hookups, no use of the restrooms, pool or WiFi,... Read More

Don’t gamble with your restraurant budget: Try a casino buffet

By Bob Difley If you’re not a gambler and you’ve never been to Las Vegas, Biloxi or Atlantic City, you may not realize the full-scale delights of a casino buffet. The hotels and casinos figure that you wouldn’t be there if you didn’t engage in gaming, and they want you to choose their casino to spend your gaming dollars —... Read More

Blacktop boondocking etiquette

By Rene Agredano From WalMart parking lots to visitor centers, asphalt camping is still allowed in most towns across America. However, property owners are increasingly prohibiting it thanks to the bad etiquette of sloppy RVers. To keep this overnight parking option alive, always practice good manners such as: Remain Inconspicuous. Remember, you’re staying overnight, not setting down roots. Locate the... Read More

Navigating parking lots with a big RV

By Jim Twamley Maybe you’ve had experiences like mine: My very first time out with our new 5th wheel we decided to stop at a Subway sandwich shop. Believing the parking lot was accessible behind the store, I pulled in. It turned out to be a boxed-in parking arrangement and I was stuck. Mrs. Professor had to get out and... Read More

Basic tips for “dry camping”

By Bob Difley Dry camping, camping without utility hookups, requires special preparations — and that includes wise use of electricity. Here are a few basic energy-saving tips for getting you started. •When not in use, turn off all appliances, lights, radio, TV and anything else that requires electricity. •Turn off your porch light. •Coordinate your generator use with power-hungry devices.... Read More