Frequently Asked Questions
What is Overnight RV Parking all about? What does it mean?
How is Parking different from Camping?
How can I find out where I can park overnight in my RV?
How can I find out whether a place I want to park overnight is someplace where I'm not supposed to park?
How does www.OvernightRVParking.com know about these places?
Will you keep adding to your list?
If I know of a place where Overnight RV Parking is allowed, or a place where it isn't allowed, how can I get it added to the database?
When I park overnight at a location in the database, what should I do?
What if I find out that your information on a particular location is wrong?
How do I access this information when I'm in my RV, and can't get online?
What is your 'Refer-A-Friend' program?
1. What is Overnight RV Parking all about? What does it mean?
When you're on a long trip in your RV, a trip that will take two days or more, you probably need to stop someplace to sleep overnight. Then you'll be rested when you continue your trip in the morning. If all you need to do is stop and sleep, you don't need all the amenities that RV Parks and Campgrounds offer, and thus you don't need to pay for those amenities, either. Across the USA and Canada there are literally thousands of places that allow or even encourage RVers to park overnight, for one night only, for the purpose sleeping overnight.
2. How is Parking different from Camping?
Camping in an RV generally includes using RV awnings, lawn furniture, BBQ grilles, and often electric, water and/or sewer hookups. Most Overnight RV Parking locations don't have any hookups, and it's considered inappropriate to use awnings, BBQs, lawn furniture, or anything else of the sort. Use of levelers and slides is also discouraged in most Overnight RV Parking locations, but may be possible to use in others. In general, if your RV looks like you're camping, you're camping. If your RV looks like you've just parked it for a short time, you're parking.
A number of major RVing organizations have adopted a set of Overnight Parking Courtesy Guidelines that address this more fully. A copy of those guidelines is available here
3. How can I find out where I can park overnight in my RV?
There are three ways:
You’ll see a map showing all the locations in our database within a 50-mile radius of your selected location. Click on any pointer for all the details on that location. Then, you can zoom in or out on the map, or drag the map, and the search engine will rep-populate the map with new pointers. (This can take a few seconds, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.) Also, if you zoom in very close on any pointer and switch to “satellite view,” you’ll see lots of detail about each location.
- In our search fields, enter the name of any city in the USA or Canada, and then select the state or province
- Enter any US ZIP Code or any Canadian Postal Code
- Enable the “use my location option,” and allow the search engine to search based on where you are.
4. How can I find out whether a place I want to park overnight is someplace where I'm not supposed to park?
Just as a search of our database will show you places where Overnight RV Parking is allowed, the same search will also show you places where it isn't permitted.
Refer to the color code chart below the map to interpret the colored pointers.
5. How does www.OvernightRVParking.com know about these places?
We've been compiling this information since January 2007. Most of it comes from our subscribers.
We also contact stores, casinos, state Departments of Transportation, town and city governments, company headquarters, and others in order to be sure that the information we provide through our database is as complete, accurate and as up to date as possible. Every record in our database includes the date when the information about that location was gathered, and every detail is verified to the best of our ability, using multiple sources.
6. Will you keep adding to your list?
In a word, yes.
We add new locations and update the information on existing locations at the rate of more than 100 database locations per week, and we’ve been doing that continuously since 2008. We started with fewer than 4000 location listings, and thought it might grow to 10,000. We passed 10,000 listings in January of 2013, and there’s no end in sight. We think it’s a never-ending job!
7. If I know of a place where Overnight RV Parking is allowed, or a place where it isn't allowed, how can I get it added to the database?
First, search for it in our database. If it's already there, click the CONFIRM OR UPDATE THIS LOCATION button, and report on what you found.
If it's not in the database, scroll down to the SUBMIT A NEW LOCATION button, click on it, and submit a report on the location.
For each valid report that you submit, we'll add additional time to your subscription:
Credit is applied when we process your report.
For locations that are new to our database we add two weeks to your subscription.
For updates on locations, when our last report was more than two years before, we add two weeks to your subscription.
For updates on locations, when you provide significant new or additional information, we add two weeks.
For updates on other locations, we add one week.
For updates on locations where the Overnight RV Parking Policy is set by law, such as highway rest area regulations or local No Overnight Parking ordinances, we don't grant credit unless there is a significant change in the information for that location.
8. When I park overnight at a location in the database, what should I do?
Every entry in our database is dated, with the date of the most recent report on that location. When you park overnight at a location that's in our database, please send in an update. You'll be able to make any needed corrections, but even if everything in the listing is correct we still want to know the date you were there and confirmed this, because this tells other RVers that the information is still current.
Valid updates submitted through the website will earn additional subscription time as described above.
9. What if I find out that your information on a particular location is wrong?
Submit an update, as described above.
10. How do I access this information when I'm in my RV, and can't get online?
We've also broken our database down into 62 separate sections, in Adobe PDF format. That's one PDF file for each of the 50 states and 12 for the Provinces and Territories in Canada. (We’ll add a file for the District of Columbia when we locate at least one Overnight RV Parking location within the boundaries of the District.) You can find these files by logging in and then clicking the [Files] tab.
These PDF files are updated once every 24 hours, which insures that they’re always within 24 hours of being as current as our online database.
If you’re going to be without Internet access for a day or more, we recommend that you download only the file(s) for the states or provinces that you’ll be traveling in until you’ll have Internet access again. Save them to a place on your computer where you can find them. (We don’t recommend printing them out, because some of them are over 90 pages long. You’d go through a LOT of paper and printer ink or toner.)
Then, when you again have Internet access, delete the PDFs from your computer, and go back to using the searchable online database. If you’re again going to be without Internet Access, then download the files you’ll need while you’re offline.
Each PDF file that you download will be useable for a maximum of 30 days. At that time the file will expire, and the next time you need a file for that state or province, you’ll need to download a new one. We do this for two reasons. One is that if you’re going to be using the PDF files for a few days, we want you to download the newest ones, because there are so many changes. The second is to protect our copyrighted information. All of these files are copyrighted by OvernightRVParking.com, LLC.
As long as you're a subscriber to this website, OvernightRVParking.com LLC grants you permission to download one current copy of any of our PDF files your computer, for your personal use only. If you print out a given file, you must immediately destroy (not discard) all older printings of that file. You are not permitted to copy or distribute these files to anyone else, in any printed or electronic form, or to upload them to any other Yahoo Group or website without express written permission from OvernightRVParking.com, LLC. Exceeding the scope of this permission is a violation of US Copyright Law. Because this is our livelihood, we diligently protect our copyrights.
If your subscription expires, so does our permission for you to possess any of these files, and you must immediately delete all copies of the files from all your computers, and if you’ve printed out any of them you must also destroy (not discard) all printed copies of them.
11. What is your “Refer-A-Friend” program?
Our “Refer-A-Friend” program rewards our subscribers for telling other RVers about us.
If you were referred to www.OvernightRVParking.com by a current active subscriber, and you told us that they referred you to our site,
we rewarded them for the referral by giving them an extra free month on their subscription – and we also gave you an extra free month, for remembering to give them credit for the referral.
Similarly, if you’re subscriber to www.OvernightRVParking.com and you refer other RVers to us, and if they subscriber and tell us that you referred them, both of you will get an extra free month.
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