Street Camping In Your Motorhome
We street camp often in cities around the U.S. because it saves money and gives us up close parking to the places we want to go, see, and experience. So, if you’ve ever wondered about street camping in your Motorhome… here’s a sneak peak.
Pros of Street Camping
The Pros of street camping are simple… it’s FREE and that goes a long way when you full-time RV. The average price of a nights stay at a campground for us has been around twenty bucks or more. So a few nights a week on the street really adds up in savings.
Another big pro of street camping is location. If you want to see a city there’s no better way than to experience her corners up close and personal. Cats, trash, and other inhabitants galore. Find a neighborhood and become a resident for a night or two or three. We’ve had great stays in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and New Orleans!
The Makings of A Good Spot:
- Streets Lights
- Business or Warehouse Districts
- Churches or Government Buildings
- Level ground
The Cons of Street Camping
The cons of street camping is noise, and for Dennis the ability to fully relax and get a good nights rest. Unfamiliar sounds; walkers, talkers, trains, cat fights, garbage trucks, barking dogs, bumbling bums… you name it. I sleep like a baby while Dennis peeks out the window all night long, and finally getting rest about the time the sun comes up.
This Is Not The Spot You Want:
- On a hill
- High Traffic
It’s important to find the right balance. Being in a constant state of moving, sneaking, and high alert can be draining. Still the price is right and we’ve yet to have any issues; no knocks, no vandals, no tickets. After a few free nights, paying for a campground isn’t so bad. The park time provides us a bit of camp-relaxation and the option to get chores and work done.
Basically, don’t set up a homestead. We’ve found that being polite and as discreet as possible yields some pretty great free city camping options. We tread lightly so these spots are around the next time we pass through.
So, the when your motorhome brings you to a great city, check in to your local street lamp and enjoy a cocktail or two at that over “Yelped” pub. Live it up because the bar is stumbling distance from your bed!
What do you think about Street Camping? Can you add to what makes a good or bad spot?