Recently launched web portal FreeCampgrounds.com offers visitors a listing of free and inexpensive places where RVers can spend the night.
According to a press release, hundreds of camping locations throughout the U.S. are currently listed, including government campgrounds, rest areas, city-sponsored RV parks, truck stops, bargain-priced commercial RV parks, public lands and RV-friendly Wal-Mart stores.
Most locations are posted by website visitors, who share their favorite places and also update or comment on those already listed.
“With prices and circumstances changing all the time, what’s true about a campground today may not be true in two months,” says FreeCampgrounds.com editor Chuck Woodbury. “By encouraging readers to comment on areas already listed, the information remains up to date.
“If an RVer can stay a night for free and save $25 or $35 over what it would cost for an RV park, that money can go into the gas tank the next day,
Woodbury notes that most of the FreeCampgrounds.com listings are not for official campgrounds, but simply for places to pause for a night to sleep.
“An RVer may be traveling from one destination to another and only needs to rest overnight,” he said. “They’re not looking for a swimming pool, power hookups or other RV park amenities. They simply want a safe place to refresh before heading off the next day.”
Among the best deals are those provided by many rural small towns, which offer campsites in their city parks at no charge. “These campgrounds are seldom known outside their local areas,” explained Woodbury. “It’s not unusual for a community to offer a half-dozen campsites, often with water and electric hookups provided.”