I know a lot of people who take advantage of the free overnight parking that is allowed at many Walmarts, Flying J’s, Cracker Barrels and Fred Meyers. I have used them myself at times when I am in transition between campgrounds. The biggest complaint I have with them is the noise level (especially at truck stops). I even parked in a RV section at a Flying J and a big Class A pulled in and parked about one foot from me and had his generator going all night. Needless to say I got very little sleep that night and had to be very careful when leaving that my tail end would not swing out and hit him. Not a good experience!!!
I might suggest that instead of free camping in the parking lot of a Crackel Barrel or Walmart, why not try FREE overnight camping at a winery, orchard or a farm. I joined Havest Hosts last year and for $30 annual cost you can stay overnight at any of the 253 wineries, orchards, or farms that are members in 49 states in the U.S., Mexico and soon to be in Canada as well. That seems like a lot more fun then a Cracker Barrel or Walmart parking lot.
I met the founders of Harvest Hosts, Don and Kim Greene at the Gypsy Gathering Rally this Spring in Yuma and they are really interesting people. They have RV’ed in 40 countries and got their inspiration for starting Harvest Hosts from Europe.
I have planned my adventures this year around many of the free locations available to me. I am really looking forward to the adventure. To join me and many others who are already taking advantage of this wonderful program just click on the link below and it will take you to their site. Once you are signed up they will give you access to their directory and the maps showing the many neat wineries, orchards, and farms. They also send out a monthly email newsletter keeping you informed of any new sites that have become part of the Harvest Hosts system.
I will link to my posts where I actually spent the night at a Harvest Host campsite.
We signed up as hosts for harvest hosts last year and we really enjoy having RVrs stay a night and visit with us. Our winery in in the small town of Manton CA. We are less than a hour from Lassen National Park, and one hour East of Redding and I-5. I believe there are two or three other wineries here in Manton that belong to Harvest Hosts. If you are ever in our area, please stop by. ph 530-474-5506
Jim, thanks for this site. Will hopefully be able to use it in the near future.
I can’t wait to try this style of boondocking when we hit the road..can’t imagine anything better than finally getting off the road and being able to enjoy a nice glass of wonderful wine or some awesome garden goods!
are you the fella who i met some years ago at LOWS ranch. i think you and jack were working together at the museum on the border of mexico. loved reading all your adventures. i am pretty sure you are the same guy as i phoned you to see about your time with hooddo people….happy it went so good. i’m in bangkok thailand and will be hopefully back in missoula for the summer. stop by if you in the neighborhood . where will you be for the summer? all the best Paula
Good morning. I have the 30′ version of your Lazy Daze motorhome. Same color. I live in southern California and do a lot of camping in the desert and along the beach in San Diego.