7 RV Parking Tips You Should Know
RV parking laws vary from state to state, but there are some general tips that you should be aware of when deciding where to park your RV.
Always remember that you are not driving a regular vehicle, RV parking spots can be sparse, so you will need to plan for every leg of the journey. This will go a long way in allowing you to enjoy a hassle-free trip. Take advantage of welcome centers when you are driving on the interstate. There are often brochures available for public parks and campgrounds. You might also want to as local store owners about public parks in the area. Some retailers will even allow you to park you RV overnight in the lots as long as you are respectful to the community. As a general rule, you should become very familiar with what your RV requires for site depth as many parks have RV length restrictions.
Private parking might also be a good option. You can find out about these through word of mouth recommendations or through the Internet. Find regions that are known to be RV-friendly. RV associates and RV dealers can also be a good source of information. Park members often pay dues or subscription fees for maintenance of infrastructure. User of these parks often revisit season after season. You might want to inquire about long term rental at these parks.
Towing trailers may not be allowed in snow areas, and if they are, chains may be required. Contact highway patrol before entering a snow area. At any given time, trailers might be barred due to high winds, sands, or any number of other reasons.
Overnight parking is often “as posted” in state rest areas. Otherwise you will probably not be allowed to park there. In other states overnight parking is only prohibited where posted. You should familiarize yourself with parking rules in the particular states you will be in while planning your trip.
Water, Sewer and Power Issues
Public recreation sites often provide hookups and sanitary pump-out stations at reasonable rates. If your RV does not have any water or sewage storage, you might want to find a parking space that provides these services. Power hookups can also often be provided, but you should make sure to get the correct one. You might need anywhere from 110-220 volts depending on how much power your vehicle uses.
Make sure the spot you are using is safe. For example, it should not be flooded or be in risk of flooding. Backing into a spot that you have never used before can be difficult. Walk around the site and ask someone to stand outside and direct you inside. You have to orient correctly toward the hookups, neighboring RVs and open space.
Many areas have passed laws barring RV parking, citing that they disrupt the peace of the neighborhood. Don’t add to the problem; always be courteous to your hosting area. Avoid loud noise, bright lights and do not litter.