We’ve had our 1994 Minnie Winnie RV for over 2 months now. We are loving our tiny home on wheels and life on the road. We are often asked about what our options are for overnight parking or longer stays. Here are out impressions of what we’ve found thus far.
Home Sweet Home
We are currently parked at Kathy’s mom’s house in South Los Angeles. It’s great! We’ve had lots of visits from family and friends. We have access to fresh water and electricity. We also have enjoyed wonderful stay at the home of our dear friend, Lecia, in Montgomery, AL and a fun night parked in front of the home of Jeri and Diane after a night of cards. I really love being able to visit folks without imposing on any one’s hospitality.
Private or Public RV Lots
The picture above is of Dockweiler State Beach RV Park. They call it a campground but really it’s just a big parking lot. You do have access to fresh water and electricity but these places are all really expensive. The range is $30 to over $100 a night. Dockweiler is $65. These places are our last resort.
Overnight Parking at Wal-Mart
I’m not a fan of Wal-Mart but we have spent several comfortable nights in their super center lots. Many RVers find this a great choice when traveling. Of course, there is no fresh water or electricity but our Winnie has a big tank for water and a good battery for lights, etc.
Wether a national, state or county park these campgrounds are my favorites. We are all about traveling, finding beauty and meeting like minded adventurers. Public campgrounds are in beautiful surroundings often with walking trails, museums or nature centers. Some have full hook ups (water and electricity) some are more rugged. The prices vary but are usually affordable at an average of $25 a night.
You can usually find a clean, safe rest area off major highways. This is a good free option when traveling from place to place. They are usually kind of noisy, with lots of big rig trucks. Some of them, like the one above near San Luis Obispo, California, are often quite beautiful.
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek, CA
Over 20 years ago I bought a membership at this members only campground. It’s really paying off now. We came up for two weeks, had full hook ups (electricity, water, dumping), were surrounded by peace and beauty and were able to use the many amenities (Jacuzzi, family center, laundry room, etc). We really love this place and are interested in exploring other membership campground spots. If you are interested in a visit to Mountain Lakes let us know.
How About You?
We’d love to hear from you about your favorite camping or RV parking spots. We’ll be getting back on the road soon and look forward to sharing more of our adventures with you.